Best of all, every meal left me completely satisfied but not too full. It’s a balancing act that I struggle with when cooking for myself or ordering from restaurants. Here is a summary of my experience, recipe by recipe.
Rainbow Quinoa and Black Bean Tacos
My first Sunbasket meal was also the easiest. The whole thing took less than 10 minutes, and most of it was just microwave the quinoa bean filling, which was pre-cooked. Partly because the recipe was vegan, the tacos lacked the quintessential taco flavor one would expect from ground beef. But the result – with juicy tomatoes, tangy and surprisingly good coleslaw – was a welcome change. And even though it was a two-person portion, there was enough to feed three people. Not a bad way to start.
Roasted Salmon and Fennel
In the past, fennel has always let me down. But the vegetable was so good here (with perfectly cooked salmon and crispy zucchini) that I got a freshly minted fennel stan. While cooking this meal, I began to appreciate all the thoughtful details that I had missed in the first recipe: easy-to-open plastic bags, clearly labeled ingredients, and parchment paper included in the bag. All I had to do was provide salt, pepper, and oil, and I finished all the prep work in less than 10 minutes. I finished everything on my plate almost as soon as I sat down to eat, and discovered a new way to cook salmon in the process. Well done, Sunbasket!
Smoked Tempeh Nachos
Vegan cheese is a tricky subject. When done right (which, honestly, doesn’t happen often) it’s a miracle; when it’s done poorly (which it is most of the time), it’s a slimy mess that makes you question your diet in the first place. But praise it: Sunbasket’s dairy-free version on nachos is actually delicious, and it only took a little chopping to make. Well-seasoned tempeh, fresh cucumber and grape salsa, pickled jalapeños, and an incredibly delicious “cheesy” cashew sauce make a great meal when piled on top of fries. It’s also an ideal recipe for the summer, since I didn’t even have to turn on my oven. I am now a fan of Sunbasket.
Is Sunbasket worth it?
If you’re hoping to cook more at home, take care of your health, or follow a specialized diet, Sunbasket can help. I had no problems and each meal came together with minimal effort in less than half an hour; it was so good that I even reconsider my animosity towards the recipes.
The service isn’t exactly cheap, and you should consider how (or if) it will fit into your food budget before you start planning your weeks accordingly. But for people like me, who regularly spend more per serving on takeout and find themselves in kitchen ruts, Sunbasket is like an investment in myself – a promise that I’ll eat a healthier homemade recipe instead of a greasy delivery meal or the same old plate of pasta week after week. Ultimately, this delicious and healthy food lives up to its price tag and is worth trying.