Friday, February 22, 2013

Gluten-Free Review: Real Simple Delicious Soups

A few nights ago I got home from work and really had no intention of cooking dinner. I figured we'd probably graze from the fridge again or have scrambled eggs and toast (a no-cooking night staple!)... and then I remembered we had 3 soup samples delivered to us earlier in the week. One of the definite perks of food blogging... free food!

Cook! San Francisco is a small company that creates homemade gluten-free, vegan, and dairy-free soups and stews. They also have a detox meal service that delivers healthy gluten-free meals nationwide for those following Dr. Mark Hyman's Ultrametabolism-Diet.

The soups and stews are quite simple and contain healthy, whole foods ingredients. That evening for dinner Michael decided to have the All Bean Chili. The chili contains water, black beans, pinto beans lima beans, onions, diced tomatoes, garlic, spices, salt & pepper. Michael said it tasted a lot like Wendy's Chili to him and he really enjoyed it.

For my own bowl, I had the French Onion Soup which contains: a homemade vegetable broth, onions, olive oil, sherry, thyme, bay leaf, salt & pepper. This soup is so light and delicious. It tasted homemade and it's like I could have made it in my own kitchen.  It would have been really awesome with a piece of gluten-free toast and mozzarella cheese melted over on top!

Real Simple Delicious Soup Pro's:

  • Very healthy, all gluten-free AND vegan
  • Low calorie, but filling with healthy vegetable protein & fiber
  • Lots of variety, some soups can be served hot OR cold such as the Zucchini Soup
  • Only 1 soup contains soy- the Thai Green Curry, every other soup is soy-free as well
  • Eco-friendly packaging, very little to throw away, and all packaging should be recyclable

Real Simple Delicious Soup Con's:

  • I don't know the actual retail price, but I'm guessing it's probably at least $5-$7 per package and each container only has 1.5 servings from 12 ounces (about the equivalent of your average can of soup), So, most likely pretty pricey for one meal (however homemade, REAL food, & healthy are generally worth the extra cost!) 
  • Not shelf-stable. These soups need to be refrigerated or frozen after purchasing. Once opened, you can store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days. 
  • I'm not sure if the soups are available nationwide yet, but their website provides a form you can give to your the manager of your favorite grocery store 

Want to know more, please check out: Cook! Real Simple Delicious Soups & Stews.


GLG Disclosure: 
Cook! San Francisco provided me with free samples of their soups and stews for the purpose of sharing an online review, if I chose to do so. This is not a sponsored post and I did not receive compensation. The opinions in this post are completely my own.

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