As a health-focused writer who juggles multiple jobs, I’ve relied on meal kit delivery services to cut down on my trips to the grocery store, reduce my personal food waste, and save time cooking and prepping. After being disappointed with the diminishing quality and nutrition of some other meal kits I subscribed to, I was interested in trying Solar basketwhich prides itself on being more intentional than its competitors to source ingredients thoughtfully.
How I tested
For this review, I followed our guide to buying meal kits, based on criteria recommended by dieticians. I ordered three Sunbasket meals over the course of a week, each containing two servings. I selected a mixture of non-vegetarian dishes, some of which were entirely new to my palate.
My card : Turkey Meatball Lettuce Cups with Buffalo Sauce and Carrot Slaw, Spicy Chicken Tinga Tacos with Black Beans and Pico de Gallo, and Baja Sole Taco Bowls with Green Slaw and Tomato Salsa. The turkey meatball lettuce cups and baja fish taco bowls were made and cooked by me, while the chicken tinga tacos were mostly pre-made – all I had to do was cook the meat and reheat the beans and sauce.
Below is my full Sunbasket review after making these meals, including my thoughts and feelings on ease of use, affordability, taste, and more.
This is where Sunbasket shines. I’ve tried a handful of other meal delivery kit companies, and when it comes to customization, I’ve seen two things: 1) There’s little, if any, ability to customize based on restrictions and food preferences, or 2) The user interface is so confusing that it doesn’t even make you want to customize. I was pleased to find that Sunbasket is clear and easy to follow. The front page of Sunbasket’s ordering system lets you check off all the diets you follow, such as gluten-free, paleo, vegetarian, Mediterranean, and pescatarian. Then there is a section where you check off food preferences like high fiber, no soy, low added sugar, no pork, no dairy, etc.
Also, once you start choosing your meals, you can choose from traditional meals (where you cook and prepare everything), pre-prepared meals (where ingredients are pre-chopped and sauces pre-prepared) and Fresh & Ready Meals (which are prepared meals just waiting to be reheated). My only issue here is that despite choosing to avoid shellfish, beef and pork, meals containing these ingredients were still populated when I went to choose my dinners.
For an additional cost, you can choose add-ons for your box, which include cosmetic groceries and Whole Foods, as well as small pre-prepared meals and snacks like smoothies, soups, egg bites and falafel.
The meals I could choose from were between $12 and $17 per serving (with two servings per meal). The total cost of my box was just over $90, for three meals with two servings, or six meals total – if your servings match Sunbasket’s (mine didn’t – more to that topic later). The fine print said my subscription could cost between $68 and $120 per week.