Simply Delish Soups – Take 1

My mom and I hit up the Coquitlam Farmer’s Market early on this season on a whim one Sunday morning. We got there about an hour before they were closing up, so when you couple that with the fact that we’ve had horrible weather (aka – horrible early growing season) – there wasn’t much selection left. We couldn’t go home empty handed though, so we checked out some vendors we normally pass over.

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One that caught our attention (perhaps because of the overcast, drizzly weather) was Simply Delish Soup & Salad Co. All of their beautifully layered soup and salad mixes were a delight for the eyes, and their descriptions sounded like a treat for the taste buds. If memory serves me correct, they had a deal where you buy 3 for $XX (can’t remember the amount), so of course we had to buy 3. The hardest part was deciding on which 3 to get!

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We passed on the salads, and went for the soups – Mexican Taco Soup, Coconut Curry Lentil Soup, and Ancient Grain & Lentil Soup.

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Mom was pretty excited for the Mexican Taco Soup (her choice), and made it a few nights later for dinner.

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What’s great about these soup mixes is that you add your fresh ingredients as listed, throw them in the slow cooker, and let them do your thing. Someone has just taken the guess work of putting together flavours for you. A virtually homemade meal.

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Mom cooked the soup up exactly as on the package, and we topped it with shredded cheddar, sour cream, jalapenos, and tortilla chips.

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Love how many beans are in the soup. A hearty, filling meal in a bowl.

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I thought the soup had great flavour, and made for wholesome, balanced, healthy meal. My only “beef” with the soup was that they beans didn’t cook enough, even though mom followed the directions on the package to a “T”. I think she even had the soup go longer in the slow cooker than it said. I think it’s a flaw in the directions – because you add the tomatoes before you start cooking the beans, you actually toughen the skins on them, and they will take longer to soften than normal (thank you food theory for that tidbit of information). Anything acidic will cause this in beans cooked from scratch. I think that if we had started the soup sans tomatoes for an hour or 2 on high in the slow cooker, then turned the heat down to low and added the tomatoes, this may have avoided the undercooked bean issue.

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I’d give Simply Delish Soup & Salad Co. Mexican Taco Soup a 7/10 on my arbitrary scale. Simply because of the bean cooking issue – undercooked beans are not pleasant to bite into. That being said, if you are looking for a Mexican inspired soup mix, definitely pick this one up, because it does make a great bowl of soup.

Stay tuned for my thoughts on the other soups we bought…once I get around to making them 😉

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5 Comments on “Simply Delish Soups – Take 1”

  1. June 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I’ve never made a soup from a mix before, but after seeing this post I think I’ll have to start!

  2. Annie
    June 10, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    omg that sounds soo good and convenient! i must buy!

  3. June 14, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Coconut curry lentil sounds pretty tasty….

  4. March 16, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Firstly, thank you for the critique and the positive feedback. Simply Delish is our company and we are so glad you enjoyed the convenience of our packaging. I will need to try to adjust the timing instructions on the labels. It is a somewhat tedious task as with 3 slow cookers of my own, and my children each have one as well, I have discovered that “all slow cookers are not created equal”. Some cook quicker than others, thus lies the dilemma. I have designed the packages for convenient mealtimes, therefore being able to put everything in at once, before heading out to work (or play), was my main mission. If you have time, and are home during the cooking time, yes adding ingredients at different times would enhance the cooking experience. Thanks again, and check out the markets again this spring and summer. We have “3 New Soups and 1 New Pilaf and 1 New Salad”.

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