Soup’s on!

We’ve made a lot of changes recently. We’re running more and taking transit nearly all the time. It’s lacrosse season again and we’re also trying to get out and do a little adventuring. The days are longer, sure, but all this all means is that we are spending less time at home which means less time in the kitchen. In short, while we’re getting more active, it’s hard to balance eating well to fuel that so I’ve been looking for shortcuts.

Remember when I went to Veg Expo a few weeks ago? Well, I made a couple of great discoveries there. One was Hello Fresh Canada which is something I’m sure to share in the future. The other was Soup Girl soup.

Like me, you’ve probably seen soups that are a bunch of ingredients layered together. The idea being that you take them home, add water and voilà. Soup! What I’ve found when I’ve tried these in the past is that they either a) need additional ingredients (onion, carrot, celery) that I don’t always have on hand – not convenient or b) they’re bland and flavourless – boooooooring.

Jennifer aka THE real, authentic Soup Girl was at Veg Expo and handing out samples. It was late in the day and hers was one of the last booths we visited, but I am a Grade A sucker for good soup and hers was delicious. I was in! I picked out four soups (that was the show special.) I probably would have bought more, but my bags were already weighed down past the point of comfort.

My selections were as follows:

About a week after the expo, I came home from work late on evening and didn’t know what to make for dinner. I spotted the soup packages in the cupboard and thought it would be the perfect solution. I was right.

All that’s required is a soup pot, water and about an hour. Whether your mix comes in a jar (cuter) or a package (more practical), just dump it into the pot, add the water, bring to a boil and then simmer. Your house will fill with divine aromas and your soup will be ready before you know it.

All of ours have been fantastic, but my favourite is the one that I tried first, the Mexican Amaranth. Each has been hearty and super flavourful and my favourite part is that they’re as healthy as they are easy AND they have full nutritional information on the package. I love that.

Sure, soup isn’t your first thought when it comes to summer eating, but it’s been fueling some pretty great summertime fun for us.

If you’re in Ontario, you’re in luck. Soup Girl makes her way around events all over the province, can be found at farmer’s markets in Orangeville and Brampton, and has her soups in stores everywhere. For the rest of us, we’ll have to settle for online ordering. Don’t worry, I promise you it’ll be worth it!

What are your super easy go-to healthy meals for when you’re on the run? Please share them!

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