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Mar 10, 2010 03:54 PM

Protein pairing for tomato soup?

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

    1. 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. - +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

        4 Replies
        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

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

          1. re: tmso

            Though a cheese quiche would be much.

            1. re: Karl S

              an asparagus quiche would work well.

              1. re: alkapal

                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!

        2. 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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          1. re: Memily_G

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

          2. ooh, or a strip of bacon....