When I first began my journey to better health through diet 10 years ago, one of the very first things I gave up was prepared soup. It seemed like every soup on the market at the time had wheat, dairy, sugar or MSG. Add to that getting rid of any canned foods, there really was no soup option left for me other than making it myself. Apart from croissants, pre-made soup was my most sorely missed store bought food.
That’s why I was thrilled when Kettle Cuisine recently asked me to sample their new all natural gluten-free frozen soup line. I admit that this isn’t something I would have tried on my own, but now that I’ve tasted it – I have to say that it’s something that I’ll most definitely be stocking up in my freezer.
The first soup I tried was the Chicken soup with Rice Noodles (topped with some fresh sprouts) while my husband had the Angus Beef Steak Chili with Beans. Just like all their soups, the ingredient list is simple, readable and recognizable – which translates into a surprisingly comforting home-made taste and quality. The Chicken noodle soup tasted like real chicken, and my husband was very impressed that the beef in his chili “is actually real beef steak – and not some mystery meat that doesn’t quite seem real.”
Each of the Kettle Cuisine soups come in single-serve bowls that can be microwaved, or for those of us (me!) who don’t own microwaves, can be heated over the stove. All you have to do is run the sealed bowl under warm water for a few seconds until it separates from the bowl, and heat it slowly over medium low in a saucepan. The soups are fully pre-cooked and ready to eat.
This past weekend, we made the 4 hour round trip drive to Gravenhurst for a family gathering to celebrate the life of a beloved late aunt. With so much happening and a long drive thrown into the mix, I heated up two bowls of the Three Bean Chili and the Tomato Soup with Garden Vegetables while we loaded the car, transfered the soups to insulated thermoses, and drove off.
When lunch time rolled around as we were setting up for the service, we sneaked to the back to chow down on our soups – which both also had that lovely home-made quality – and were so glad for the convenience. And by the way… the Three Bean Chili was full of flavour and is definitely my favourite…that’s me on the right, enjoying the chili :). The serving sizes for these soups seemed small to me at first, but because of the high quality of the ingredients, these soups are surprisingly filling.
There’s one more soup, the New England Clam Chowder, that I haven’t tried yet since it does have dairy- so this I’m saving for my brother-in-law the next time he visits. Bonus!
Kettle Cuisine soups are manufactured in a shared facility, but the company has rigourous safety practices and their gluten-free soups are certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group and tested to 10ppm 5ppm (correction!) of gluten.
How would you like to try Kettle Cuisine gluten-free soups for yourself? The company has so generously donated four gift baskets to my loyal followers! Each basket includes:
- A $25 prepaid MasterCard to use towards the uprchase of Kettle Cuisine soups
- A collapsible insulated lunch bag
- A Kettle Cuisine notepad
- Coupons for Kettle Cuisine soups
There are 4 ways to enter:
- Register your profile and leave a comment on this post with the name of the Kettle Cuisine gluten-free soup you MOST want to try;
- Like the Gluten-Free Living facebook page and comment on the post there;
- Follow me on Twitter @victoriayeh and tweet me #KettleCuisineGF; AND
- Email me to sign up for my monthly newsletter (all current subscribers are automatically entered)
The contest closes May 31st. One of each entry type per email address. Tell your friends and family (if they win, they’ll have to invite you over to share the soup)!! Good luck!