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Favorite ready to eat soups that can be taken to the office for lunch

Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 08:39 AM

I'm trying to bring my lunch more often and have a cheapo GF grill so I can make a grilled cheese and want soup with it. Today I had the Campbell's Select Harvest Light Southwestern Vegetable and it was very good (with my grilled cheddar on Ezekial bread) and am looking for more recommendations.

I am not looking to make my own soup and freeze, etc. for a number of reasons, so don't go there ;-)

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    jujuthomas RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 09:57 AM

    last night I tried the new campbell's veggie orzo lite soup. it could easily become a new favorite. it had lentils, kale (? it did not seem to be spinach and I forgot to look at the label), zuchinni, carrot. It did seem like it could use more "stuff", but the flavor was very good.
    I also purchased the italian wedding in this line, but have not tried it yet. my store was out of other flavors when I went this weekend.

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      jujuthomas RE: jujuthomas Oct 2, 2009 08:31 AM

      having the campbell's italian-style wedding soup now. Obviously not as good as the "real thing" but i am pleasantly surprised, and for 80 cals per serving I can have the whole can for lunch!

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        Janet from Richmond RE: jujuthomas Oct 2, 2009 08:48 AM

        I had the Progresso Light Vegetable Noodle today and it was very good. Had too much celery for my taste but was filling and the egg noodles weren't mushy at all. It also was well seasoned and didn't have that watery taste some "light" soups can have. 60 calories for one serving, 120 for the can. I had the can :-)

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          jujuthomas RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 2, 2009 09:28 AM

          that is one problem i have with progresso soups. i really dislike celery! I was telling DH about this italian-style wedding soup and noticed that the noodles are whole wheat. i think that's great, more soup makers should use ww pasta, IMHO. :)
          I was checking the NI for the Progresso soups, and thought some of those single serving tubs looked good too. gotta start my grocery list!

    2. fmcoxe6188 RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 10:20 AM

      Pacific Natural Foods has a great line of soups- my all time favorite being their Spicy Chicken Fajita-Ive had cans of it that have been unbelievably hot for a canned soup. I love the stuff though- its pretty addictive :-)

      1. southernitalian RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 10:30 AM

        I have Progresso Lentil several times a week. i bring a baggie with some grated pecorino romano to top it off after i heat it.

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          SinEater RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 10:31 AM

          For most canned soups I go straight to Campbell's and my favorites aren't very exotic. Clam Chowder is always good (almost always burn my tongue though). Tomato goes great with grilled cheese, so does split pea. When I was little my dad always mixed a can of Chicken Noodle with a can of Cream of Mushroom. Sometimes I get a can of vegetable beef or something similar and load it down with Tobasco Sauce. It reminds me of my mom's beef soup that I always added Tobasco to. If you want to go a step further, cut back a little on the Tobasco and toss some mustard seed, celery salt, bay leaf, and black pepper in there. And if you want to really get crazy, throw five or six raw frozen shrimp in the mix. Pour it all over some plain white rice and call it Quick and Dirty Gumbo.

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            1. macca RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 10:46 AM

              I like Traders joes tomato- and I also bought some of their butternut squash- though I have not tried it yet.

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                HillJ RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 11:11 AM

                Janet have you tried the Select Chicken Tortilla (canned) or the Creamy Acorn Squash (box)? I also GF sandwiches @ work w/soup. Really hits the spot when I can't get out of this (*&(&(* building :)

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                  Yes Please RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 11:39 AM

                  I have Trader Joes Latin style black bean in the fridge at work!

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                    Jeanne RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 11:47 AM

                    I like most of the Progresso line - Chicken and wild rice, chicken noodle, chicken rotelli, vegetable, minestrone and lentil being my favorite.

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                      BobB RE: Jeanne Oct 2, 2009 10:39 AM

                      I'm particularly fond of Progresso Garden Vegetable - it's reasonably hearty for a vegetable soup (plenty of potato chunks and kidney beans) and significantly less salt than most of their meat-based ones without being a "lite" or low-sodium variety.

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                        spellweaver16 RE: Jeanne Oct 2, 2009 05:17 PM

                        I really like the Progresso light italian-style vegetable. It has a taste that really reminds me of the condensed Campbell's albhabet soup, but better. It's very zesty.

                      2. soypower RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 01:49 PM

                        Not very gourmet, but I'm never disappointed by Chunky Sirloin Burger soup...:o)

                        1. mollyomormon RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 02:41 PM

                          I really like TTrader Joe's lentil carrot soup that comes in the pouches.

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                            jujuthomas RE: mollyomormon Oct 1, 2009 07:07 PM

                            ooh, i'm going to have to look for that one!

                          2. boogiebaby RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 04:45 PM

                            Some of my favorites:
                            Chunky Healthy Request Grilled Chicken and Sausage Gumbo
                            Chunky Healthy Request Chicken Corn Chowder
                            Campbell's Select Chicken Noodle
                            Trader Joe's Butternut Squash (in the box)
                            Progresso Lentil Soup

                            I don't know if this falls into the "making your own soup" category, but I love the Knorr instant soups from my local asian market. They have flavors like Hot and Sour, Chicken Corn, Vegetable, Tomato Noodle, etc. They are made in China and India so they have some nice asian flavors to them. You just mix them with water and boil for a couple minutes. I either make them the night before, or in the morning and pour into my tupperware container. Only takes a few minutes to make, and they taste really good with some crackers or crusty bread.

                            1. kubasd RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 06:52 PM

                              Amy's Amy's Amy's!!!! All of the Amy's soups i've had are amazing..... I currently have a shelf stocked with the split pea, vegetable barley, tom kha phak, curried lentil, lentil vegetable, southwestern fire roasted vegetable, and no chicken noodle.... amazing! Also their spicy vegetarian chili is awesome. I look forward to when it gets cooler all summer so that i can enjoy a nice bowl of amy's soup for lunch.... I can't say enough about it

                              1. kattyeyes RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 1, 2009 07:57 PM

                                I'm just jealous that you can use your GF grill at work. I'm a fool for grilled cheese and get so tired of buying from the cafe. That is just about as fun as having an Easy Bake Oven at your desk, in my opinion. :)

                                For soups, I like the boxed soups in the organic section of the supermarket. I can't think of the brand names I've liked off the top of my head, but I'd swear the tomato one I like comes in a black box. I'll have to look more closely the next time I get to the store. Happy grillin'!

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                                  Janet from Richmond RE: kattyeyes Oct 2, 2009 08:26 AM

                                  I am lucky that it's an unusual situation. I manage a small business and am the only person in the office, so it's my castle, so to speak. I have a full size frig, a microwave, a toaster oven and my GF grill, so I can make a lot of things :-)

                                  I have sent this thread to my phone (love that feature!) and will be armed when I hit the grocery store.

                                2. sebetti RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 2, 2009 08:49 AM

                                  I try to stay away from the 'Low Sodium' labels on the canned soups - they are, in most cases, pretty tasteless. Progresso has a new High Fiber! line that's pretty decent - I liked the Chicken Tuscany and the Homestyle Minestrone.

                                  I always keep a few cans of something at work since I never really know if or when I'll be able to take lunch.

                                  1. Emme RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 3, 2009 12:15 AM

                                    From Trader Joe's:
                                    Corn and Roasted Red Pepper
                                    Creamy Corn
                                    Refrigerated Clam Chowder
                                    Tomato and Roasted Pepper

                                    1. yayadave RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 3, 2009 07:56 AM

                                      Someone has mentioned Pacific Natural Foods soups. I buy their Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato soup by the case at Costco because I like it so much. This from a guy who NEVER ate tomato soup.

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                                        QSheba RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 3, 2009 11:48 AM

                                        I like the Bear Creek soups- haven't tried all of them though.

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                                          RoxyB RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 3, 2009 11:59 AM

                                          I frequently add frozen veggies to canned soup. Makes it much more filling.

                                          1. enbell RE: Janet from Richmond Oct 3, 2009 03:01 PM

                                            Other than Anderson's split pea and Amy's canned soups they all taste metallic to me. There are two brands of dehydrated soup base to which you add water, which I much prefer. I beliebe the brands are Nile and Fantastic. Oh, and come to think of it Healthy Valley also makes some decent canned soups; I really like their black bean. The Campbells southwestern corn and the V-8 broccoli (both in shelf-stable cartons) aren't bad either. Do you like miso soup? Sometimes by the referigerated sushi in your market (well, mine at least) are individual miso servings.

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