Today Is A Soup-er Day!!
I've said it before, and I'll say it again... I. LOVE. SOUP. Brothy or creamy. Vegetarian or meat-tastic. Light or hearty. Put it in a bowl, and give me a big ol' spoon because I am going all in.
My husband and I both had colds over the holidays, and I desperately wanted some soup but didn't have the energy to go grocery shopping, so I opened up Instacart to see what my soup options might be from one of my favorite grocery stores. Canned soups aren't really my jam because they always just taste mushy and bland, and none of the options from the deli section were speaking to me. When I came across some packaged soup mixes I thought, "Huh. Ok," so I ordered a couple and gave them a go. Let's just say I was less than impressed, but the experience got me thinking, which led to some experimenting, which got me even more excited, and then I just couldn't stop! Bottom line: Let's just say that we've been eating A LOT of soup around here these past couple of weeks, but it's all worth it because I've got not one but FOUR amazing soup mixes ready for you all to enjoy (with even more in the works because, let's be honest, you can never have enough soup options)!
Now, my soup mixes do require a few extra ingredients, but you likely already have them in your pantry (i.e., broth) and/or fridge (i.e., carrots and celery). And some soups take longer than others to make (I'm looking at you, beans), but I promise you won't be disappointed. Each flavor utilizes a different A Bite of Good Spice Blend, making them not just delicious but like nothing you've ever tasted before, and each 16-ounce jar makes 4-6 generous servings.
So, without further delay, please allow me to introduce the newest members of the A Bite of Good product lineup!! All four are available to order now, so get yours today!
1) Herby Chicken Noodle Soup Mix
This mix is all the things you love about chicken noodle soup but with a blast of extra flavor from the herbs, spices and lemon found in my Greek Island Spice Blend. All you need is some chicken broth, a carrot, a celery stalk, and some cooked chicken breast (hello, grocery store rotisserie chicken!). It's ready in about 20 minutes, making it a perfect weeknight option or gift for that neighbor who has been under the weather.
2) Italian Barley & Tomato Soup Mix
If you've never had barley in a soup before, you are in for a treat. The nutty grain pairs perfectly here with the tomato-laced broth seasoned to perfection with my Frutti di Mare Spice Blend, a blend that was originally designed for seafood but works just about anywhere you want a little Italian flair. You'll need some broth (use veggie broth to keep it vegetarian), a carrot, some celery, and a can of diced tomatoes. Add some hearty greens (kale/collards/chard/mustards) for an extra nutrient blast. Either way, you're just 30 minutes away from dinner.
Lentils weren't a big part of my diet growing up, but my husband LOVES them, so I've been working on incorporating more of them into our diet. This soup, which is packed with complex flavor from my Five-Chile Harissa Spice Blend, is an easy and delicious way to accomplish that. All you'll need is some broth, some hearty greens (kale/collards/chard/mustards), and a lemon, and you're about 30 minutes away from a nutrient-packed meal (that freezes amazingly well, by the way!).
4) Relajo Three-Bean Chili Mix
Now I know that some will say that chili is not soup, but we'll just have to agree to disagree on that point and get to what we can agree on. This chili is AMAZING. It is seasoned with my Five-Chile Relajo (essentially a dry version of a Mexican Mole), which means that it has this super complex flavor profile that will have you wondering why you ever settled for plain old "chili powder." Whether you use ground beef, turkey or chicken or skip the meat to keep it vegetarian, I promise you won't be disappointed. You'll need some broth, a can of diced tomatoes, and a 12-ounce beer for this one in addition to a bit of advance planning, as dry beans take 2-3 hours to cook.