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Quick and Easy Meal: Soups!

The soup. . . such an easy, tummy warming meal, loaded with nutrients, but always forgotten about (at least in my case). And when I do think of heating up some soup for the kids, I’m always amazed at 1) how easy it is 2) that it’s filled with veggies and 3) that they slurp up every last drop. So I thought I’d take this thought, and move past the Campbell’s and the Progresso’s and see what other options were out there. You won’t be disappointed, I certainly wasn’t. Have that can opener ready!

Wolfgang Puck Organic Tomato Basil Bisque

My husband and I love tomato soup–Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup is a constant in our kitchen cupboards. Paired with a nice grilled cheese sandwich–heaven!  But I digress–I eagerly opened this can to compare to our classic, and MAN, was I not disappointed. I was instantly taken away to a far off cafe, with hot warm bread, and a rich, hearty, and so very yummy soup. I ate the entire can, in one sitting, by myself. From their site, “A wonderful rich blend of Roma tomatoes, chopped basil, finished with a touch of butter.” Wolfgang Puck Organic Tomato Basil Bisque, $2.50, available at mass grocers. Click here for more info.

Annie Chun’s Udon Soup Bowl

What I loved about this soup (besides the taste, of course) is how easy it is to heat up. No can openers necessary, it comes complete with it’s own bowl and lid, so all you need is some water and a microwave. The results? Thick, hearty noodles in a belly warming broth. I also tried the Kimchi version–which was great for me, but too spicy for the kiddos. From their site, “. . . a delicate Japanese broth that’s completely vegan, combined with premium, fresh cooked udon noodle and tofu, bok choy, and shiitake mushrooms. . .” Annie Chun’s Udon Soup Bowl, $3.49, available at mass grocers. Click here for more info. Savory Choice Beef Broth

When I make broth, I’m old fashioned–I drop a bouillon cube or a teaspoon of powder into a cup of hot water. So, I was interested to try these–each pack is a liquid, and you pour that into the hot water. I decided to use it as a base for Albondigas Soup–I was emptying the liquid into the water and I tasted a bit. OH MY, it tasted like gravy. Definitely not your grandma’s bouillon. The base for the soup was fantastic, but the broth alone was magnificent too. I gave a bowl of just the broth to my two-year-old, and she gulped the entire thing faster than she can eat a bag of Pirate Booty. The other great thing about these little packets is that they can be used for much more than broth–marinades, seasonings, and even a flavor enhancer. From their site: Liquid broth concentrate packed in single-serve foil pouches. No MSG, no preservatives, no trans–fats, and gluten-free. Savory Choice Beef Broth, $2.29 (4 pack box). Available at mass grocers. Click here for more info. (And make sure to visit their site for recipes and coupons!)

New England Clam Chowder

My husband is a clam chowder connoisseur–the man could live on the stuff. So when I saw this soup in the Vermont Country Store catalog, I thought it would make a good Christmas gift. Instant success–he loves it so much that it has become an annual Christmas tradition. Thick, creamy and filled with whole clams, the stuff is to die for. From their site, “They use only the finest and freshest ingredients—and plenty of them—for a hearty, homemade flavor that will satisfy the most discriminating palates.New England Clam Chowder (Set of 3 Cans), $14.90. Available through the Vermont Country Store, click here for more info and to purchase.

CP Shrimp Wonton

We discovered these bowls of goodness at Costco. The shrimp is gigantic, and you get a good amount in every serving. The soup base is a delicate broth that both adults and children will love. There are two versions of this soup–with and without noodles–each one is fantastic. To make, you add water and heat in the microwave–couldn’t be easier. From their site, Bite into five succulent shrimp wontons made with fresh whole shrimp, complemented with tasty noodles and soup.Made from nutritious shrimps used are raised at eco-friendly farms practicing green shrimp technology, the product contains no preservatives. CP Shrimp Wonton, $2.99 per bowl. Click here for Where to Buy. Click here for more info.

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