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Friday, November 02, 2007

Super soups!

I love Trader Joe's. I really do.
Their frozen veggies (Greens with Envy are awesome!), no-salt-added canned tomatoes, cheap wheat pasta, fancy ethnic sauces, pseudo-healthful snack chips. And I haven't even mentioned three-buck Chuck!
I love finding new products, though recently they've taken all the fun out of it by devoting the end one aisle to new products. I preferred the old way: Stumbling upon a hidden treasure as a meandered the aisles.
I try to avoid canned/prepackaged soups, mostly because they disappoint and are chock full of sodium and sugar! Yikes!
But Trader Joe's carries a great line of boxed soups that I really like.
Like the Imagine soups, these are handy for storing and ready to eat. But I find those soups a little bland. TJ's spices up the soups: Corn and pepper, tomato and roasted pepper, carrot and ginger, butternut squash and apple.
My recent find is Creamy Corn and Roasted Pepper soup. It's sweet and creamy, but there's really no dairy in it (don't quote me on that. It might be a minor ingredient). Roasted poblanos offer a hint of heat. I mixed in 1/4 cup of brown rice. It's No. 2 on my list of best TJ soups.
It's not so bad for you: 80 calories a serving, according to this source (a quarter of the box). (Though I distinctly remember reading the box and seeing 110 calories, but that's not much of a difference.)
Topping my list is Tomato and Roasted Pepper soup. That soup in the red-and-white can was half of my favorite meal as a kid. (Grilled cheese on wheat bread was the other half.) I was so disappointed to learn recently that corn syrup is among the major ingredients of that! Yuck! Trader Joe's soup has no corn syrup in it, and there's a grown-up richness with the roasted pepper.
It's a great, easy comfort food.
TJ's soy-ginger broth is another great find: fat-free and full of flavor, I reduce this broth for Asian-style sauces or add steamed veggies and brown rice or soba noodles for a quick dinner.
I also like it cold with soba noodles and all the trimmings.


at 7:00 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

I have to concur. The sweet potato and apple one is very nice too. I'm very particular about my soups, but Trader Joe's does not dissapoint.

at 7:55 PM Blogger Earl said...

I'll have to give it a try...it still seems a bit high in salt though.

at 10:52 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am addicted to the Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup.

Step 1. Admit you are powerless over the Tomato and Red Pepper Soup.

Step 2.....

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