Kettle Cuisine Thai Curry Chicken Soup is described as having, "All natural chicken, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, bell peppers and brown rice are combined with aromatic green curry, lemongrass and coconut milk in our made-from-scratch chicken stock to create a perfect balance of authentic Southeast Asian flavors." Well, that sounds fantastic to me, so this was what I pulled out for lunch a few days ago.
This soup comes frozen, and the directions say to run it under water for 30 seconds to loosen it from the bowl, then add it to a pot and heat, stirring frequently, which is what I did. Or you could zap it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes. This gluten- and dairy- free soup certainly delivers on the Thai curry flavor - which to me is very distinctly different from an Indian curry (which is what I grew up on). Thai curry is more aromatic, sweet and slightly creamy in texture and taste. It took me a while to get used to Thai curry actually, but I do like it. And this soup - well, it's very full bodied with the rice, chicken, bamboo shoot and all the other ingredients. Totally delicious.
Kettle Cuisine describes their gluten free & vegetarian Tomato Soup with Garden Vegetables as, "red-ripe tomatoes cooked to perfection, then combined with hand-prepared squash, carrots, celery, green beans, and our own blend of Italian seasonings for a soup that is as full of flavor as it is fresh vegetables." That sounds pretty good to me!
I zapped my frozen soup when I got home and savored the tomato-y smell that permeated my apartment. When I removed the container from the microwave, I looked at my snack, examining the different chunks of veggies floating in a rich tomato broth. I took a spoon and, unable to contain myself any longer, dug in. Although it's suggested suggest using this as a sauce for meat or adding Parmesan cheese, I opted to eat it plain to really appreciate the flavors. Boy am I glad I did! The veggies were not soggy at all and were cut in large, satisfying pieces, and the broth was nice and substantial without being ridiculously thick like in some tomato soups.
I like that this soup is made with natural ingredients (Water, Diced Tomatoes in Juice (tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, calcium chloride, citric acid), Ground Tomatoes (tomatoes, salt, citric acid), Zucchini, Summer Squash, Onions, Yellow Beans, Green Beans, Carrots, Celery, Olive Oil, Rice Flour, Scallions, Corn Oil, Spices, Sea Salt, and Garlic), because I feel like I'm doing right by myself eating this. Basically, this was the perfect cold day fix, both warming and filling me up.