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This really is the best way to cook a turkey

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Our turkey recipe veers from tradition in several ways. First, we remove the backbone, and open the turkey so that it lies flat. If you’re feeling ambitious you can do this yourself, but do yourself a favor and get the butcher to do it instead. The flat shape has several advantages: the bird will cook faster and more evenly, it’s easier to carve, and because all the skin is on top, the meat is juicier and there’s more crisp skin in every bite.

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Skip a Trip to the Grocery Store and Save More Than Just Time

Cooking dinner was a challenge for many Sun Basket customers before they discovered our delicious, organic meal kits. No doubt, Sun Basket saves time and hassle.  But how does the price of a Sun Basket meal compare to the cost of shopping for the same ingredients at a grocery store?

Great question!  To see how Sun Basket stacks up, we timed and costed out a trip to a nearby market to shop for a Sun Basket recipe.  The Sun Basket meal cost $16.99 less!  But Sun Basket didn’t just save money - it saved the time of planning, driving to the store, and shopping, plus the waste of unused ingredients. See how shopping and cooking our salmon with tomatillo avocado salsa with jicama salad recipe compares to the ease of having Sun Basket delivered. You’ll be surprised by how much Sun Basket can save you.

Here’s how Sun Basket stacks up against the grocery store.

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With Sun Basket, you can forget about deciding what to cook, researching recipes, and driving to multiple grocery stores to track down everything you need. And with our pre-measured ingredients, you get only what you’ll use, so you’re never stuck with food that will go to waste.

When you cook with Sun Basket, value comes in many forms - time, money and food waste.  It’s a wine-win-win!  


A Healthy Send-off to Summer: Fire Up the Grill on Labor Day

Make healthy grilling part of your game plan as you head outdoors for Labor Day. Burgers and steaks are obvious choices but lettuce, avocado, peaches, even watermelon take beautifully to an open flame. The advantages of grilling go well beyond flavor. There’s the pure pleasure of cooking outdoors, the lack of dirty pans (yay!), and the fact that many grilled foods don’t require added fat. This Labor Day, be sure to try grilling one of these healthy options.

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Lettuce is for grilling:  Nectarines, watermelons, and avocados, too. Your grill is good for more than just cooking burgers and steaks. So much of our favorite summer fruits and vegetables , including corn, tomatoes, and even lettuce can be cooked over an open flame. Try Sun Basket’s grilled romaine salad with chickpeas and piquillo peppers and discover what you’ve been missing.

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Flavor up: Dry rubs and marinades are a terrific way to boost the flavors of grilled foods. Play around with ingredients in your pantry. Use at least one of each of the following elements to balance the flavors. 

Fats—olive or other oils
Acids-vinegar or citrus juice
Salty/Sweet—Think beyond just salt and white sugar. Consider soy sauce, fish sauce, mustard, honey, and maple syrup.
Herbs/ Seasonings—fresh herbs, garlic, dried spices.

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Keep fat in mind: Grilling is a naturally lean method of cooking that allows the hidden fat in meat to drain away, which means that lean meats tend to quickly dry out. Watch them carefully and move them indirect heat if they are cooking too quickly.


4 Easy Paleo Recipes for Dinner

Going on a paleo diet is easier for Sun Basket customers who are on our paleo meal kit delivery plan. For those of you who are looking to transition to a paleo diet but aren’t sure what kind of meals you will be looking forward to, we’ve rounded up 4 of our most popular and easy paleo recipes to help spark your culinary curiosity.

Tomato and Peach Pairing with Pork

This pan-roasted pork recipe makes great use of tomatoes and peaches. Normally, one wouldn’t think to pair a savory food like tomatoes with sweet stone fruit, but combined with juicy harissa-rubbed pork, the flavors all come together beautifully.

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A Central American Salsa for Salmon

Wild Alaskan salmon is an ideal, omega-3-rich protein option for the paleo diet; this salmon recipe will make dinner time a real treat. Chef Justine serves the fish fillets with a fantastic sweet-crunchy salsa of fresh oranges and diced jicama, the Central American root vegetable. Then she sprinkles everything with sumac, a mild, citrusy spice that brings out the sugars and tart acidity of the salsa, while it brightens the fish.

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A Romesco and Steak Dish to Remember

Chef Justine’s romesco sauce is legendary and Sun Basket customers love ordering anything with it. This seared steak recipe is no exception—and plus, it’s one of the all-time easiest in Sun Basket’s entire archives.

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Harissa Chicken With Grilled Romaine

With summer still in full swing, take this easy paleo chicken recipe out to the grill. The grilled romaine is the perfect accompaniment to  the North African-inspired chicken breasts. You’ll want to put the artichoke tapenade on everything.

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Easy Healthy Picnic Swaps

Warm summer nights call for picnics, barbecues, and impromptu backyard meals. But if you stick with standards like burgers, chips, and ice cream, you’ll miss the chance to enjoy seasonal produce at its peak. We’ve got some ideas to help you enjoy  healthier, fresher, and more delicious easy summer meals.

Stick with skewers: Skip the hot dogs and other processed meats and opt for something a little healthier on the grill. Skewers of quick-cooking proteins like chicken and fish are better for you and tend to be lower in calories and fat.  They can easily be assembled at home and transported to your barbecue. Sun Basket’s grilled shrimp kebabs with corn and watermelon feta salad screams summer flavor.

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Salad Swaps: Potato and macaroni salads dressed with mayonnaise are American picnic staples. But they are often high in unhealthy carbs. Vegetable and whole grains salads dressed with vinaigrettes, such as Sun Basket’s farro salad with corn and spiced chickpeas, are healthier options that take advantage of seasonal produce in a fresh ways.

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Drink light: Blended Daiquiris or Margaritas may be a fun way to celebrate summer, but these sugar-laden cocktails can equal a meal’s worth of calories. A glass of rosé or a crisp white wine can be just as refreshing, with far fewer calories. For lighter, non-alcoholic options, try making your own iced teas or lemonade, steeped with fresh herbs or summer fruits.  

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Don’t forget dessert: It’s not a party without something sweet. Fruit sorbets, crisps, and cobblers are ideal for barbecues and picnics. Instead of ice cream or whipped cream, serve them with lightly sweetened Greek yogurt. Or skip the baking: crack open an ice-cold watermelon and end the night with an old-fashioned seed-spitting contest.

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