It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed any store-bought food items! The good news is that it’s been a while because I very rarely eat anything out of a can or a box or the freezer. I just cleaned out my cupboards last week and ditched about 10 boxes of random rice pilaf, falafel mix, Zatarain’s (lots of rice!) and pouches of overly sodium-laden Indian food from Trader Joe’s that I used to eat for lunch when I lived in Chicago (um…four years ago!). Needless to say, these things expired as far back as 2008.
I then found myself buying a canned item this week. I can’t recall the last time I bought canned soup — not because there’s anything wrong with it. It just doesn’t occur to me and rarely sounds good to me, as much as I love soup. Maybe I overdid it when I ate Dr. McDougall’s instant soup almost every day for work during my first year in Michigan?
Either way, I decided to snag a can of Amy’s Organic Country Vegetable Soup while I was at a swanky new renovated Kroger recently (the one at Woodward and 13 is getting there, but they’re seriously need to get it together at 9 Mile and Stephenson).
Today, as I rush around trying to get everything done before teaching a cooking class tonight and working then leaving town tomorrow (do I really have time to be writing a blog on my delicious lunch?!?!?) I reached for the can. Open, heat, eat. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
As with any meal that comes from a can, box or the freezer, it has a lot of sodium in each serving — about 25% of the recommend daily allowance. (And let’s be honest, do any of us only eat half the can? So, really, closer to 50%). Fortunately, there was no salt in my raw juice breakfast and there’s no way I’ll consume 1,000 mg of sodium in my dinner, so I think I’m good.
There are lots of good things in this soup, not to mention the fact that you can taste the freshness and see actual — gasp — vegetables, beans and grains in this vegetable soup! They include big sliced mushrooms, white beans, rice, tomatoes and zucchini. That means there’s fiber, protein and various vitamins in there too.
I haven’t had good ol’ vegetable soup in a while, but I have to think this is the best out of a can I’ve ever had. I think I’ll try to keep at least one canned lunch around I guess.