Dinnertime: Saved By the Sun Basket
My sister Rachel cooks dinner for her family every single night.
Like full on meals, with all major food groups accounted for. She puts out silverware, napkins, cups – the works.
If you’re thinking:
SO WHAT? I do that every night too!
Then puh-lease, know that I admire you and I am just a little bit jealous of you.
Why? Because I just cannot seem to get my you-know-what together 7 nights a week, which means lots of breakfasts-for-dinner and the occasional (not so occasional) trips to Whole Foods for their prepared deliciousness.
I don’t love admitting all this.
Especially because I grew up with a multitasking wonder woman mom. We’re talking 4 kids dressed to the nines, lovingly crafted lunches in neatly packed lunchboxes, fun projects on the table when we got home from school and delicious dinners on the table by 6 PM every night. She didn’t wear an apron and pearls, but you can add both to your mental picture to increase the June Cleaver effect.
I got my mom’s blue eyes and her left handedness. Rachel got her kitchen and crafting skills.
I think we know who won the genetic roulette.
I do have a few decent excuses in my back pocket. First, I teach yoga classes a few nights a week, which means I am running out the door as Joe walks through it. Family dinner time just doesn’t make sense on those nights (or so I tell myself).
Second, my son does not eat anything green. His ban on that color runs deep, from broccoli to M&Ms. Seriously! It doesn’t matter how many times we’ve told him all M&Ms taste the same; I’ve watched him meticulously pick out and discard every single one.
Third, I get lazy around 4 PM everyday. No, this is not a good excuse. It is just a reality. 4 PM is my witching hour; I want to put on Joe’s sweats, grab the remote and watch something mindless. I only need about 30 minutes of lazy time to recharge my batteries, but when it is over the LAST thing I want to do is make a mess of the kitchen with ingredients that are healthy, yummy and Patrick-approved (to give you an idea, his favorite meals are “Patchy roll ups” which consist of mexican cheese and salsa on a flour tortilla and dino chicken nuggets, dipped in BBQ sauce).
Please know that the last few paragraphs were a serious digression from the point of all this.
But I do want you to know who you are dealing with. So in a nutshell: (1) I don’t cook dinner every night (2) I have serious mom guilt about it and (3) Sun Basket threw me a lifeline a few weeks ago by offering to send me one of their first Family Sun Baskets. Two meals for my family of four that would require NO thought on my part and win me an adoring smile from my husband after his 78 minute train ride from New York.
If you’re about to Google “Sun Basket” – worry not! Here’s all you need to know: Sun Basket is one of the brightest stars in the extremely popular “Meal Delivery Kit” universe right now. If you haven’t heard of Sun Basket yet, you’ve probably heard of at least one of it’s competitors: Marley Spoon, BlueApron, PurpleCarrot, Plated or HelloFresh.
Ultimately Sun Basket and all it’s friendly competitors function like this: they create recipes, they load up a perfectly packed box with ingredients, they deliver, you cook.
Notice I used the word “they” three times in my last sentence. That’s a GREAT thing. It means we (or at least me) only have ONE job: cooking it up! With a little bit of prep 🙂 But even that becomes a complete no brainer with with Sun Basket because the recipes come perfectly printed and ready for you to rock.
Now WHY Sun Basket? For me, there are four main reasons.
First, Sun Basket uses USDA-certified organic and non-GMO ingredients.
Second, they provide Paleo, gluten-free and vegetarian selections. All of that definitely made the crunchy granola yogi momma cells in my body smile.
Third, Sun Basket even sent at least 4 steps that would be perfect for my 4 ½ year old mini master chefs! They loved
helping me out with everything from rinsing the beans to the final mix before I popped our meal into the oven for 30 minutes of bake time.
Fourth-and this is HUGE for me-when I went out and tried to recreate the pasta + broccoli masterpiece Sun Basket sent me and I ended up spending almost double at the local organics store (and I was SHOCKED).
Sure there are cheaper ways to eat…but there really AREN’T really cheaper ways when you want to go super high quality. I definitely think the price is reasonable for what you’re getting AND you get to try all different kinds of ingredients without having to buy large portions of them.
Sun Basket costs about $11.49 per person, per meal. Since I’m feeding 4 year olds, we had leftovers for lunch the next day, which I factor in as a great savings (especially since Joe works in the city and drops $$$$ on lunch when I don’t have something for him!)
I think you can already tell that this review is a five-star, hands in the air, extravaganza lovefest.
And I haven’t even talked about the food yet!
Our two meals were crazy good. The broccoli bake was just cheesy enough to conceal white beans, which meant but of my kids got a needed dose of protein AND to get Patrick asking for seconds (except of course that he dumped all his broccoli onto my plate.)
We did remove one ingredient from the list-roasted red peppers-because…I don’t like them. I like to think the recipe did not suffer one bit. Plus Joe had a yum addition to his sandwich the next day.
Our second dish was a little scarier for the kids. I chose the enchilada casserole with quinoa and apple-radish slaw because we love Mexican food. In making that choice, I did not think about how my kids might react to the look of quinoa. Specifically, as Sadie complained, “the little black dots.”
Again it was cheese to the rescue, plus some salsa for color and concealment. The kids ate full plates; we had NO leftovers. I was kind of sad about that and totally contemplated calling Sun Basket for another quick shipment on that one.
Final Riepl verdict?! Sun Basket rocks.
Final mom verdict? Order NOW. Sun Basket will save you time, effort and brain cells, your plates will look Pinterest worthy and your belly will thank you (and thank me!)