I was recently asked to review a Steak and Roasted Sweet Potato Dinner by Sun Basket.
I explained that I had not actually eaten said dinner so I couldn’t, honestly, review it.
They didn’t offer to send me one and didn’t seem to care that there was nothing I could say about it.
They did, however, offer to compensate me for my time.
Well, one must keep decent wine on the table, and I was getting a little curious so I decided to look into it.
Apparently, living here in the back of beyond is the equivalent of living in the Stone Age.
I know what Alexa, Siri, and Google Home are, but no one that I know here has one and most of the people that I know here have no clue what they are or why one would own one.
Likewise I knew what meal kits are but I had no idea if they exist in France and, to be honest, I thought it was something fairly new in the US. So I googled it….
My answer, after a 2 second search, is that meal kits are ‘wildly popular’ in the US and are becoming the next big thing in France.
I was intrigued.
Further investigation was warranted
The site I was directed to is Meal Kit Review.
Disclaimer: I don’t know if they are totally independent or if they are associated with Sun Basket but, while the reviews appear to be reliable and detailed, they seem to favor Sun Basket.
There are ten meal kit delivery sites reviewed and compared to each other. The premise in all of them is similar.
There are 13 different diet-specific meal plans reviewed from vegan to paleo to diabetic to keto to….
There are plans for one, for two, for families, for seniors, for weight-loss…. (if you are vegan here is a site for a vegan diet plan for weight loss)
There are gourmet plans, cheap plans, eco-friendly plans…..
There are a lot of plans reviewed.
Not all of the delivery services offer all of the plans but there is a comparison of the services for each type of plan. Most of the services are US only, but a few are available in Canada, Europe and Australia.
Some specialize in quick, easy, under 30 minute meals; others are a bit more complicated, gourmet meals taking up to an hour.
All promote healthy eating using fresh foods.
Prices range from $7.99 per serving to $11.99 per serving, depending on the plan.
As an example: Sun Basket’s Chef’s Choice menu offers Pork Chops with Mostarda and Wilted Greens, Roast Salmon with Pearl Couscous and Date – Apple Salad, and Steak with Sweet Potato Fries and Kale & Mushrooms. There are 18 meals to choose from each week and the price for 2 people is $11.99 per serving.
At the moment, or perhaps always, all of the sites are offering promos and discounts. The weekly deliveries come in a large box, packaged to stay cold for at least several hours.
All of the food on all of the sites looks fantastic.
If I lived in the US and was working I would be more than just tempted.
This, from someone who has never lived where something as basic as pizza delivery was available.
Yes, folks, I have never been able to pick up the phone and order a pizza.