If you’re looking for a simple, healthy eating plan, you’re in the right place! Today on Theresa’s Reviews, I’m sharing my experience with the Sun Basket food delivery service. For the past 4 weeks, they sent me various meals, including items from their brand new vegan, pescatarian, and Mediterranean menu. Whether you are giving up meat on Fridays for Lent (like we are) or are trying to eat more nutritious meals, these meals offer variety and help teach new cooking techniques.
Sun Basket’s New Vegan, Pescatarian, and Mediterranean Menu
To give you an idea of the types of food you can order, I sampled items from the new menu as well as some classic family favorites. My favorite was the Chipotle chilaquiles dish with black beans and fried eggs, which according to Sun Basket’s website, was gluten-free, vegetarian, soy-free, and family friendly.
I wouldn’t have expected a simple egg and bean meal to taste so delicious, and I wouldn’t have thought to use simple ingredients in this creative way. This dish pushed me out of my comfort zone in cooking and helped me think of new recipe ideas.
Another favorite was the Saigon beef sliders. With a unique carrot-cabbage slaw, this was not your typical burger. I usually eat traditional burgers with cheddar and bacon, but I enjoyed the twist on a classic dish that my family enjoys eating. While the avocado made the meal healthier, the size of the sliders made portion control easier.
If you’ve read some of my other cooking articles (such as Our Family’s Traditional Sunday Meatball Recipe), you know that Italian recipes are my go-to meals for our regular weekly dinner plans. As one of Sun Basket’s new Mediterranean dishes, the Chicken Parmesan tasted good, especially with the fresh tomato sauce. Closely following a recipe helped the breading stay on nicely and gave it a good texture and flavor.
Since I usually toss together salads that have more ingredients and flavor (such as my Strawberry Blue Cheese Candied Pecan Salad), the house salad was the only part of this dish that I would have changed if it was my recipe.
Although my family isn’t vegan, sometimes I cook for extended family and friends who are. Learning creative vegan recipes was interesting! I enjoyed the warm fusilli salad, which combined fusilli noodles with roasted winter squash, mushrooms, and a delicious sauce. This would be delicious as a side dish for a main meal if you aren’t vegan, and it would appeal to everyone.
Although I’ve never made eggplant lasagna before, this was another fantastic vegan dish. Instead of the ricotta cheese, you use white beans, and you top it with nutritional yeast instead of parmesan cheese. When I make this next time, I would use more eggplants to get a more layered look when I cut it, but the serving size was plenty for me.
Since I don’t often experiment with different soup recipes, the Chicken tom ka gai soup was refreshingly different. Chicken can become a boring, routine dish. I liked that this was still a simple recipe, but it was a new way for us to eat this type of meat.
If you’re looking for healthy recipes for the new year, this Paleo dish is worth trying. When I went on the Paleo diet, I found that the cooking usually involved complicated recipes, but this one was simple.
Although I was ordering from the family menu, the pescatarian options were limited. The poached cod soup with salsa verde was unlike anything I had made before, and unfortunately I over seasoned it with the capers. It wasn’t my favorite dish out of the Sun Basket selections, but several fish options on the Classic Menu would have worked better for me, such as the Salmon alla puttanesca with chard.
On one of the nights I was cooking, I tried to make two of the dishes at the same time, and it was a total disaster. I over salted everything. Even though you would think you couldn’t ruin a basic BBQ meatloaf recipe, it just wasn’t good. The recipe did show promise if I had just slowed down and spent more time on it.
The other dish that I over salted since I was in a rush was the korean beef skewers with sesame-cabbage slaw. Since this recipe idea also showed promise, it gave me some confidence in attempting to make skewers (one of my favorite ways to eat meat) and creative slaw recipes.
Overall, Sun Basket’s recipes were a good way to try out new cooking techniques. Since eating healthy matters, these recipes were successful in showing that a diet plan can offer a lot of variety. If you’re interested in learning more about their Heart-Healthy plans, check out the Heart-Check Certified Recipes.
Disclosure: I received a free item, but it in no way influenced my opinion.