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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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Last Meal

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I recently finished reading the book “Life After Death” by Damien Echols. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, he was one of the West Memphis 3 that was wrongly imprisoned for 18 years. Damien was the only one of the three boys that was on Death Row. The book will make you sad and angry at the same time. The injustices are unfair and hard to read. But that’s not what this post is about, this is  more light-hearted and fun.

Last Meal

What would your last meal be?

Looking at some famous “last meals” it seems that people go for comfort food – fried chicken, pizza, ice cream and cheeseburgers. I totally get that. If it’s your last day on earth, why would you eat a salad? (Although, I do love salads…)

It got me thinking. If I knew it was my last day on earth, what would I want to eat? Back in the day when I was obese I would have said a tub of chocolate mint ice cream, homemade chocolate chip cookies and pizza. I’d like to think that my tastes and preferences have evolved over the years, but that still sounds pretty damn good.

I want my last meal to be at Craftsteak. It’s one of my favorite restaurants in the world and happens to be in one of my favorite cities, too. Vegas!

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Craftsteak is Tom Collichio’s restaurant (from Top Chef) and although Michael and I went the first time years ago as kind of stalker-fans, we quickly realized that the food was absolutely amazing.

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I don’t have a very good photo of their amazing steaks from my collection (above is from the internet)  but trust me, one of the best I’ve ever had. And those rolls are addicting. I could eat all of them on my own. They are fluffy and hot and dusted with salt and butter on top. Everything I’ve ordered at Craftsteak has been delicious. I mean, just look at my happy face:

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That is ecstasy, my friends, ecstasy. Amazing food. So yeah…my last meal would be a steak from Craftsteak, a huge bottle of their best red wine (and maybe even one of their super strong martinis), a pan of those rolls, asparagus and…for dessert…I think I’ll go with something from a local restaurant:

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Papa Haydn’s. The best desserts in Portland.  I have never had a bad dessert there. Their Bourbon Ball is devilishly delicious. The cheesecake makes me melt. Man, now I really want to eat all of that stuff!

QUESTION: What would your last meal be?