Sun Basket Meal Kit Review & $40 Off Coupon
I’ve been pretty happy with my semi-regular Hello Fresh boxes but recently decided to try out a few other meal kits to see how they compare. The first one on my list was Sun Basket. They’ve been bombarding my Facebook feed with ads for weeks until I finally gave in, haha! While it looks very similar to other meal kit services, there’s one big difference that sets Sun Basket apart from most of its competitors: they offer plans based on different dietary choices. There are 10 to choose from, including gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, pescatarian, lean & clean, diabetes-friendly, and carb-conscious. Plus, the recipes actually look pretty exciting! As much as your girl likes her meat and potatoes, there’s more to life than that.
Sun Basket also offers add-ons, like fresh pasta, sauces, snacks, and packaged lunches that you can add to your order. Your total will depend on your meal plan and the addons, but the starting price is $11.99 per serving. You can also use this free $40 gift card that they give to first-time customers.
The holidays left me slightly tired of traditional American cuisine, so I was craving something different and picked my meals accordingly.
Korean Tteokbokki Rice Cake Stir-fry – stock photo
Korean Tteokbokki Rice Cake Stir-fry a la Glamorable
Korean Tteokbokki Rice Cake Stir-fry (with pork and shiitake mushrooms) – Guys, I’m almost ashamed to admit that for someone who loves Asian food as much as I do, I’ve never had tteokbokki. I was familiar with the dish itself because it’s just so popular on YT and in Korean dramas, but whenever we had Korean food I would often choose something else. Since I never had it before, I don’t actually know what it was supposed to taste like, but this recipe is really delicious. The dish was bursting with flavor and had the perfect mix of sweet and salty, chewy and crunchy. The suggested servings were way bigger than we’re used to, so we had four full-sized meals out of this one recipe. Tteokbokki is a complete dish, but I served ours with a side of Koshihikari rice because we like to have it with most of our meals.
Gingered Steak Stir-fry – stock photo
Gingered Steak Stir-fry a la Glamorable
Gingered Steak Stir-fry – On a positive note, the meat was great, which was a bit surprising because meal kits often skimp on quality beef cuts. However, even this great beef didn’t save the otherwise blah recipe. IMO, there wasn’t enough ginger to make the beef pop, so in the end, the dish tasted like its ingredients and didn’t really come together as a whole. I think maybe if the beef was marinated it would have been a different story. I also added snow peas to the stir fry and served Koshihikari rice on the side.
Tofu Pad Thai – stock photo
Tofu Pad Thai a la Glamorable
Tofu Pad Thai (with rice noodles, bell pepper, and cashews) – I spent 2 months in Thailand and know what a pad thai is supposed to taste like. This recipe was majorly lacking flavor: it had the heat and the saltiness of the pad thai, but none of that sweet and sour nuttiness the dish is known for. This was basically spicy noodles with tofu, which tasted okay, but definitely nothing even close to a pad thai.
I was very excited about the colorful dishes and the variety of recipes, but the flavors left me feeling slightly disappointed. Maybe it was just my bad luck picking the wrong meals because everything else about my Sun Basket experience was stellar. The delivery was on time, the ingredients were fresh and packaged with care, and the instructions were very clear and easy to follow. I would be willing to give this service another try in the future.
If you want to try Sun Basket, here’s a link to a free $40 gift card. Enjoy!