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Sun Basket Week 2

We are enjoying the Sun Basket recipes so far. This post is about week two’s recipes.

A reader commented on my last post about the waste of these meal services. I wanted to comment on that. With Blue Apron I remember feeling like the waste was pretty bad (and kind of a turn off for me). But so far with Sun Basket they seem pretty good about limiting waste. The box arrives and each of the three meals are packed in a paper bag (so we recycle it). There are a few plastic bags for certain items but overall there is not a lot of packaging or waste. I’m pretty happy with that.

Week 2

Lettuce-wrapped lamb sliders with sweet potato “fries”

610 calories, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free

This meal was by far my favorite of the boxes we’ve had so far. I absolutely LOVED the flavors. The tahini/paleo mayo sauce was super flavorful and delicious, too. I loved the lettuce cups. I’ve seen a lot of those types of recipes but it never worked well when I tried it because the lettuce always ripped so it didn’t work well as a cup (or bun substitute). But the recipe described how to do it: basically cut the base off the head of lettuce and then carefully peel the leaves off. It worked a lot better and they didn’t rip.

This recipe was a home run and we will definitely be making again in the future. I’ve seen ground lamb at Trader Joe’s on occasion so I will try and look again next time to see if I can find it.

Hungarian pork meatballs with cauliflower “rice”

630 calories, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free

The second recipe was the Hungarian meatballs. I’ve made cauliflower rice a bunch of times and I’m a fan. So far the meals have been pretty good overall and the portions were right. In this one there seemed to be a lot of cauliflower rice so we ended up making it 3 servings and I had some of the leftovers for lunch the next day.

I’ve never worked with watercress before and honestly, I don’t know what it really added to the dish. It didn’t really taste like anything to me. Maybe I’m wrong?

Everything worked with this recipe but it felt a little dry and it needed some kind of sauce. I ended up adding some Goddess Dressing to the meatballs and that helped.

Steak with bagna càuda anchovy sauce, broccoli, and radishes

690 calories, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free

This was a very interesting recipe. Sure it was steak and veggies, which we do often on our own, but sauteing the broccoli was a new technique for us and radishes are not something we eat–like ever. I’ve pickled radishes a few times before and that was good but I can count on one hand the times I’ve eaten radishes. It was nice to try something new!

The steak was tender and delicious and I absolutely loved the anchovy sauce! I wasn’t sure I would but it was really flavorful and went great with the steak and vegetables.

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Some Summer Favorites

Summer is upon us! The time to spend leisurely evenings watching the sunset while you BBQ and hang out with friends. If you’re looking for some good recipes to try, this post is for you. Here are a bunch of my favorites that have been well loved at potlucks and parties I’ve gone to.

Salads

Broccoli Salad – This is an easy recipe and a good one to make for a potluck. Who doesn’t like bacon in their salad?!

Cheesy Kale Chips – I started making these a few summers ago and they were a humongous hit. So much so that people request them when they come over. I made a bunch for a 4th of July party a few years ago and my neighbor brings it up every summer– am I going to make more??

Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad – I’ve been craving this salad for awhile now. It’s cool and refreshing and goes well with a lot of BBQ food.

Japanese Sesame Cucumber Salad – A variation on the cucumber salad. Low in calories and delicious!

Snacks

Jalapeno Poppers – Michael makes some GREAT ones! By the end of summer we have so many jalapenos in our garden that we start making poppers to use them up. These are so addicting!

Watermelon and Feta  – This might sound weird, but it was such a refreshing, tasty summer snack! The shallots, fresh mint, feta and watermelon went together so well. Give it a try.

Caprese – This is an easy salad or snack to make and it’s always a hit when I serve it at parties or BBQ’s. It’s easy and if you have an abundant tomato garden like we do, you need creative ways to use them up.

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Don’t those look good? They are great for summer time when you don’t want to cook anything, too.

Entrees

Grilled Peppers and Egg – This recipe was a fun one. It was unique and delicious and so easy to make. Just put a raw egg in a pepper with some seasoning and grill it up. It’s a great one for those long summer days.

Chickpea Salad Wrap – This is a vegan recipe that was actually so tasty you don’t notice it’s vegan. It could be a entree as a wrap or you can make it into a side dish and eat it like a salad.

Pasta with Broccolini, Pickled Goat Horn Peppers and Goat Cheese – One of my favorite pasta dishes! The spicy peppers and the goat cheese…it is all amazing together. I love this recipe so much. In fact, I need to make it again soon!

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Do you have a favorite summer recipe you’d like to share?