When D and I arrive home from work around 7:30pm-8pm, the last thing either one of us wants to do is cook. Now that the autumn chill has really set in we have both been craving something warm and delicious. When we get the chance we cook soups and stews on the weekend and freeze them for the week. Recently we have both been working so much that cooking for the week hasn’t been an option. We sometimes pick up food on the way home, something D can easily do, but there are far fewer options for me. Luckily I have the Kettle Cuisine soups in my freezer.
Last night when I rolled in from work dog tired D was nowhere to be found. I figured he was working late so I checked my stash of Kettle Cuisine soups. I still had five left and grabbed the Three Bean Chili. Just like the chicken and rice noodle soup the chili was low in fat and calories (220 cal. 3.5 g. fat). This meant that I could have some yummy lentil chips and a little shredded cheese on top.
The chili smelled delicious when I poured it from its heating container in to the bowl. When I tasted it I thought it had a nice touch of heat, but it was a little sweet, and needed more salt. After adding the salt I tasted it again and the sweetness was now balanced. Since I like spicy foods I added some pickled jalapenos and a little shredded cheese.
I liked the Three Bean Chili. It is a good size for lunch and with a salad a decent size for dinner.
As much as I love to cook I don’t always have the time. When I’m grocery shopping I’m also on the lookout for gluten-free products that are quick, easy, reasonably healthy, and hopefully taste good. As luck would have it a gluten-free company with products matching those requirements came and found me!
A few weeks ago Kettle Cuisine, a soup company founded over 20 years ago, contacted me. After visiting my blog and reading my product reviews they asked if I would like to review their soups. Given my love of soups, who was I say no? I accepted right away and arranged to have them shipped to me the following week. Since Kettle Cuisine soups are sold frozen someone had to accept the delivery of the six soups and put them in the freezer.
The first soup I decided to try was good old-fashioned chicken noodle soup. I use chicken noodle as my baseline for prepared soups. If you can live up to my expectations here then I have high hopes for your other soups. I pulled the box from the freezer and my first reaction was great bowl, good serving size, and decent fat and calorie count (140 calories 3 grams fat). I put the bowl in the microwave and heated it for 4 minutes. The soup was piping hot and I was ready. I took my first bite and found the broth to be bland, but I’m a salt person so I seasoned it. After adding salt and pepper I could taste the flavor and I thought it was good. I also liked that the chicken was not rubbery and the size and consistency of the carrots. The noodles were decent, but not as firm as I like. I’m wondering if microwaving the soup less time would change that? All in all this was a pretty good chicken noodle soup. Next time I’ll heat it 3:30 instead.
Check back in a few days for another Kettle Cuisine soup review!