Sun Basket Review: Cheating the Cooking

When talking to people about what is stopping them from buying and cooking healthy more often, food prep, shopping and not having healthy recipes are always mentioned.

Nowadays there are so many options for people who do like cooking, but would like to skip the planning stage, here is where meal kits come in– Marley Spoon, BlueApron, PurpleCarrot, Plated, HelloFresh, etc. – with a full range of prices and foods.

During a culinary rut, I  stumbled upon Sun Basket recipes, so I decided to give it a try for the sole purpose of switching up my meal prep.

I logged into Sun Basket’s site and chose the three recipes (out of nine new options and three crowd favorites) that sounded most appealing to me. The following Monday, a box arrives at my door with the ingredients for each recipe individually packaged and cooled.

It almost feels like cheating on food shopping and cooking. You’re cooking and eating really healthy food but the effort required to do so is incredibly low.

The unboxing: 

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Each recipe has a beautifully designed recipe card with all of the cooking instructions and the ingredients were perfectly pre-portioned, so several items only required opening and pouring.

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What’s unique about Sun Basket is that they’re one of the only meal kit companies that uses USDA-certified organic and non-GMO ingredients and they are the only one to provide breakfast options. They also provide Paleo, gluten-free and vegetarian selections if you prefer.

The recipes: 

All amazing and flavorful, as well as surprisingly simple to make, the recipes I made were: Lemongrass tofu and coconut black rice, sole in parchment paper and a hearty chickpea and quinoa curry – which I’ve already made more times that I’d like to admit.

These recipes show you new cooking techniques, as well as introduce you to new ingredients (hello sumac!).

One thing I would like to point out was the fact that the curry, which advertised it came with naan bread, only included one piece to share for two people. I did point out my feedback to the support team at Sun Basket as a way to improve their success.

 

Again, these are truly top-shelf meals for very little effort and very little comparative cost. Even better is the fact that you can get three free meals with your first purchase! All you have to do is use this link.

This is not a paid review. I truly believe in the value of Sun Basket and want you to enjoy the benefits of making healthy meals hassle free.

Blasting blueberry muffins

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I have a confession to make, I sometimes fall asleep at night thinking about the following morning’s breakfast. I’m a sucker for every and all breakfast foods, regardless of course of what time in the day it is.

I hope you all LOVE these muffins! They’re:
Moist
Perfectly fruity
Not too sweet
Easy to make
& Seriously scrumptious
These would make the perfect treat to have on hand during the holidays.

If you try this recipe, let me know with a comment. Cheers and happy baking!

What you will need: 

Makes 4 muffins. 

1 cup of rolled oats
1 egg
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
1/4 cup coconut sprinkles
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 pinch salt
1 pinch baking powder

How you will make these: 

1. Pre-heat your oven to 200ºC. Soak the chia seeds in a tablespoon of water, and set them aside.

2. Mix your dry ingredients (oats, coconut, maca, salt and baking powder) in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat the egg and add the milk and chia seeds.

3. Combine all ingredients in the same bowl and place the mixture in cupcake molds, making sure to fill half way as they willrise. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden.

Cool off and enjoy with a hot cup of coffee!

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Baked banana breakfast oats

All hail the season of baked oats.

Fall is upon us (November, yikes!) and what better to celebrate than with a new recipe of baked oats to keep you warm and fuzzy.

I have been trying to up my recipe game lately and remember I hadn’t revisited this recipe in a long time. And yet it is so simple. Creature of habit, much?

So here is this easy creation I am talking about: baked oats! A nice change to regular stove cooked (or microwaved) oats. Definitively a must try this season.

What you will need:

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup almond milk

1 banana (half for the oats and half for optional topping)

1 teaspoon maca

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 pinch of baking powder

Optional toppings: chia seeds, blueberries, blackberries, apricots…

Step by step:

1. The first step is to pre-heat your oven to 180ºC (360º F).

2. In a bowl, mash half of the banana and combine with the rest of ingredients and mixing well.

3. Place the mixture in an oven proof dish of your choice.

4. Place your toppings and put it in the oven for 20 minutes, or until well cooked and your kitchen starts smelling like a bakery. Cool off and enjoy!

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Carrot cake overnight oats

Happy weekend guys!

Spring is here and I love changing my regular warm microwaved oats for some cool overnight oats. They’re both quick and delicious. I actually go to bed thinking about breakfast the following morning, don’t mind me.

This breakfast is the perfect combo of whole grains and protein to get your metabolism active and keep you fuelled all through a busy morning! The most amazing part is that it tastes like a legit piece of carrot cake, and it is prepared in a matter of minutes and ready to go the next morning.

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Dark chocolate chip cookies

There’s just something about gloomy Sundays in Barcelona spent at home reading and being lazy under the blanket that screams perfection.

And the one thing that makes a day like this even more perfect is cookies! Not kale chips. Not apple slices. Not even avocado toast. Cookies!

And just so you know a bit more about me, I like my cookies just how I like my life: chocolate filled with a healthy twist!

If this sounds appealing to you, wait until you see the ingredients in these babies.

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Banana Pancakes

Pancakes, a big must have in every balanced diet. 

Who doesn’t like pancakes? They’re like fairy dust and magical things shaped in circles and stacked so high you wonder how it is that they don’t fall. They just don’t. That’s the magic in them.

This is one of my favorite pancake recipes. 

Simple. 

Moist.

Healthy.

& overall delicious.

Whether you’re the one making these pancakes or you are able to trick someone into making them for you, keep reading – this way you’ll know how simple they are! 

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