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Sun Basket Week 3

This is the last post for awhile. We’ve done this experiment for three weeks and enjoyed the diversity and the unique recipes we wouldn’t normally try. But the cost was a little out of our budget and honestly, I was looking forward to being able to experiment more with new recipes on our own. That is not to say that I am quitting Sun Basket, but I am skipping the next few weeks of delivery and when I see a week that sounds really good to me, I might try it. I am thinking once a month this would be a good service to do.

Week Three

Spanish shrimp fritters with artichoke relish

420 calories, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Mediterranean, Diabetes-Friendly

The first meal of this box we did the shrimp fritters. I did all the prep work and then Michael stepped in to make the fritters while I put Logan to bed.

There was a medium amount of prep involved in this particular dish, but it wasn’t too bad. We both really liked the texture and flavor of the roasted green beans. As for the fritters, I was especially excited about this recipe because it sounded so unique. I was a bit disappointed. The flavors were kind of bland. Michael thought the fritters needed to be cooked at a higher temperature next time and I agree. I wanted them to be slightly crispier.

The green beans were great. The relish was just ok. I liked the concept and would recreate it, but I would probably use a different flavor profile–like spicy/cajun seasoning for the fritters and a corn and onion relish instead.

The serving size for the green beans also seemed a bit big. We got three servings out of what they sent. Which was fine with me because I had the beans for lunch the next day!

Spicy Balinese chicken with cucumber-cabbage salad

530 calories, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Lean & Clean, Diabetes-Friendly

We LOVED this one. It was pretty easy to make and it was absolutely delicious. It was definitely MY flavor profile (I love everything spicy and curry-ish) and Michael is less interested in those flavors. He is not a fan of Indian food but I love it and I keep trying to sneak in recipes that are SORT of Indian that I think he’ll like. I’m glad he liked this one.

The chicken was great (boneless chicken thighs) and delicious. Lots of flavor, lots of spice and the chicken wasn’t dry. I liked the cashew dressing and the chopped cashews on top.

I was a little nervous about the mint–mint can be really overpowering, but it worked. All of it was great. This was definitely a winner and we will definitely make it again! Be aware–it IS spicy! Which is nice, because most “spicy” recipes are not spicy at all. I thought it would be nice with a dollop of plain greek yogurt on top of the chicken, too.

Taiwanese noodle soup with pork and baby greens

470 calories, Dairy-Free

I was really looking forward to this recipe. The weather is turning cooler and darker and I am feeling more tired and like I’m possibly fighting off a cold. So a hearty, warm, flavorful soup sounded really good.

This recipe had a little more prep and more steps involved, but it was ok. First off– we both loved the freshly made ramen noodles. They were amazing! So much better than store-bought, dried noodles. Second, the kitchen smelled amazing.

How was the soup? It was pretty good! We both felt like it was missing something but it still tasted really good. We decided we’d make it again and use 2 cups of beef broth and 3 cups of water for the soup broth (instead of just 5 cups of water like the recipe said).

It was kinda like pho but not exactly. We topped the ramen and pork with fresh onions, raw minced garlic and the cilantro. All the flavors of the toppings were really nice in the soup. And we both added sriracha! It was a great fall soup for dinner.

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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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