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Protein pairing for tomato soup?

joeljkp Mar 10, 2010 03:54 PM

I'm currently on a kick where I'll make a lot of one thing and eat it day in and day out until I can't stand it any more. It helps with time and I get to perfect it instead of making an attempt at a different thing every night.

So right now, my go-to dinner is homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches.

Tasty, satisfying, inexpensive, quick to prepare, and you get a full serving of vegetables in there as well.

So the only thing I'm missing is a protein. Sure, there's a bit in the cheese, but definitely not enough to make a good weeknight dinner. But that's the problem: what (inexpensive) protein source goes well with tomato soup and cheese? Some sort of bean preparation? Chicken?

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    appycamper Mar 10, 2010 04:06 PM

    add some good deli ham to your grilled cheese? devil a couple of eggs?

    1. monavano Mar 10, 2010 04:12 PM

      Stir in some low-fat yogurt to the tomato soup to make it creamy and give extra protein. Same for cream cheese, neufchatel, marscapone etc.
      Add tuna to your grilled cheese.

      1. goodhealthgourmet Mar 10, 2010 04:17 PM

        - +1 for adding ham to your grilled cheese
        - stir cooked beans or lentils into the soup
        - quiche...or if you're not up to the effort, scrambled eggs or an omelet

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
          tmso Mar 11, 2010 04:33 AM

          The quiche suggestion sounds great to me (followed quickly by sardines).

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            Karl S Mar 11, 2010 04:59 AM

            Though a cheese quiche would be much.

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              alkapal Mar 11, 2010 05:22 AM

              an asparagus quiche would work well.

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                tmso Mar 11, 2010 06:55 AM

                Not really any overlap between the two seasons, but that sounds really good. I'll have to keep that in mind with the approach of asparagus season!

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          Memily_G Mar 10, 2010 04:23 PM

          My boyfriend was raised by Aussie parents, and he goes apeshit for tomato soup + sardines on buttered toast. (I haven't tried it myself.) You could also do a tuna melt :) Mmm...

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            goodhealthgourmet Mar 10, 2010 04:38 PM

            sardines!!! you're so right - i love that pairing.

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            Memily_G Mar 10, 2010 04:24 PM

            ooh, or a strip of bacon....

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              appycamper Mar 10, 2010 04:26 PM

              i just did a little label checking and ezekiel bread has 4 grams of protein per slice. it makes a good grilled cheese, too. i think most sprouted-grain breads will add a little punch to the protein level.

              1. Karl S Mar 10, 2010 04:27 PM

                ...mmm....bacon....or ham




                egg (you can poach it in the tomato soup)


                baked beans

                but not


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                  lucygoosey Mar 11, 2010 09:47 AM

                  an egg poached in spicy tomato soup has got to be one of my favorite fast comfort meals.

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                    ipsedixit Mar 11, 2010 12:43 PM

                    Just the image of that makes me hungry ...

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                      Karl S Mar 11, 2010 01:17 PM


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                  rainey Mar 10, 2010 05:00 PM

                  Make your grilled cheese sandwiches with whole wheat bread and you have a complete protein.

                  Other than that, I always liked tuna sandwiches with tomato soup when I was a kid. And now I think a nice tabouleh salad is lovely with it.

                  1. Cherylptw Mar 10, 2010 05:56 PM

                    To the sandwich with cheese: smoked turkey, sliced roast beef, corned beef or pastrami, egg salad & bacon, fried or grilled chicken; make an open faced tuna or chicken salad melt.

                    For soup add in's: chopped ham, chorizo, cooked chopped pork & crumbled queso fresco (add some tortilla chips for crunch & dipping). Add some canned & rinsed beans such as black beans, chickpeas, red beans for protein... Other flavor enhancers are blue cheese crumbles, mushrooms, frozen & thawed green peas, etc.

                    1. Mild Bill Mar 10, 2010 06:17 PM

                      There is a Chinese restaurant in Tampa that on occassion puts 'Tomato Bass' on the specials board...
                      The fluffy white pieces of fish filet (striped bass) goes so nice with the creamy tomatoey soup....
                      I think the fish might be poached in the soup...
                      There are also bamboo shoots, soft plum tomato segments, and egg, swirled in like they do in egg drop soup.... It's a gorgeous combination of visuals, tastes, and textures---- and real nice served with white rice...
                      I can see scallops and sliced shrimp being good in there too...

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                        brooklynkoshereater Mar 10, 2010 06:32 PM

                        My winter go-to dinner is always hot tomato soup with rice, grilled cheese and breaded-fried fish (flounder, tilapia - whatever looks good).

                        1. Emme Mar 10, 2010 07:15 PM

                          like others said, beans (black or navy or LIMA) to the soup (or you could add beans to the grilled cheese too - pinto or black!)

                          TVP would be a good toothsome addition to the soup - similar to adding ground meat, but more fiber and no fat

                          Egg whites -- drizzle them in like egg drop soup (beat them with salt and pepper first tho)

                          Seared scallops or shrimp would also make a nice addition

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                            burlgurl Mar 10, 2010 07:17 PM

                            Tuna sandwich is my go to tomato soup pairing!

                            1. ipsedixit Mar 10, 2010 07:21 PM

                              Pair it with a baked potato, or baked sweet potato, topped with sour cream. Voila, complete protein.

                              1. mnosyne Mar 10, 2010 07:38 PM

                                Salmon patties.

                                1. ChristinaMason Mar 10, 2010 11:51 PM

                                  Serve it up with some cheesy quinoa instead of the grilled cheese. It's a complete protein.

                                  1. alkapal Mar 11, 2010 03:47 AM

                                    add some harissa and chickpeas to the soup -- or use as a side salad with cukes and red onions + lemon juice, cilantro.

                                    1. TheSwedishFish Mar 11, 2010 04:02 AM

                                      Toast pumpkin seeds and sprinkle over, great source of protein!

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                                        tmso Mar 11, 2010 04:19 AM

                                        I think you are seriously underestimating the protein content of cheese. A grilled cheese sandwich is probably half of the protein you need for the day.

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                                          greygarious Mar 11, 2010 12:48 PM

                                          +1, especially if on whole-grain bread.

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                                          bear Mar 11, 2010 04:39 AM

                                          Thomas Keller's BLT with a fried egg and cheese is great comfort food, and would go really well with the soup. You could use a good whole-grain bread for a little nutrition.


                                          1. MandalayVA Mar 11, 2010 05:21 AM

                                            Chicken salad always goes well with tomato soup IMO.

                                            1. ChefJune Mar 11, 2010 07:11 AM

                                              Don't laugh.... how about homemade fish sticks? The French call them "Goujonettes," and they take on new meaning when you make them of strips of real fish fillets. ;)

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                                                goodhealthgourmet Mar 11, 2010 08:31 AM

                                                i like this idea...comforting and nostalgic, but so much better than what they served in the school cafeteria :)

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                                                  alkapal Mar 11, 2010 02:12 PM

                                                  i've done that with fresh grouper. there is more crunchy goodness when you fry up fish "fingers" (we call them). i make them about 4-5" long, about 1 1/2 ' thick.

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