Soups have always been one of my most favorite things to cook – and eat. They can be very easy to prep and usually yield plenty of portions for leftovers. Also, soups are the perfect food platform to pack in nutrient-dense veggies, beans, grains, and greens.
Still, there are days. Days when you truly don’t want to chop another veggie. Or cook lentils. Or open and rinse a can of beans. I know, that sounds very food-lazy. But, when you’ve already been lugging groceries, weary from household chores, or otherwise busy with work or kids (or both!) – there are times we just want convenience. For me, that convenience should also taste good, and be nourishing. Quick food shouldn’t be junk food! That’s the tricky part when eating a wholesome plant-based diet, right? Finding convenience foods that are nutrient-dense and that taste really good.
Thankfully, we do have some options! Happy Planet is one I happen to rely on regularly. They have a line of fresh soups, with quite a few vegan options.
Recently, Happy Planet added new flavors to their line-up, and also brand new vegan Grab & Go soups.
These single-serve soups are brilliant. Perfectly portioned for busy people to tote to work, for parents on the go with the kids, or for a quick meal for one at home. I use them myself, and sometimes when the kids are having leftovers of a casserole like mac and I want something spicy or legume-y (yes, that’s a thing), I’ll reach for one of these soups.
Out of their 5 grab ‘n go soups, four are vegan, including:
- West African Squash & Cashew Soup
- Portuguese Kale & White Bean Soup
- French Lentil Soup
- Thai Coconut Soup (happens to be Canada’s #1 selling branded fresh soup!)
All of these soups are also gluten-free, made with fresh, natural and certified organic ingredients, and contain no preservatives, artificial ingredients, or colorings. I think you can really taste the difference in these soups. I rarely buy canned or boxed soups, however I regularly buy Happy Planet soups.
As I mentioned in my last post, I don’t have a microwave. So, although these individual soups can be microwaved, I transfer the portion to a small dish and pop into the toaster oven until heated through. That’s still easy! Plus, I wash and reuse the containers as they are handy for lunch snacks for the kids and hubby (much like small ziploc containers!)
Since I love to “power up” these soups, if I have extra beans or veg on hand, I’ll throw them in. Or, usually I steam some kale (with this kettle trick), and serve up the soup over the kale. (I’ll share more on these add-ins in my next post.)
Our family enjoys all the Happy Planet Soups, and I’m especially fond of the West African Squash and Cashew. I encourage you to try out these soups for yourself.
As an incentive, Happy Planet has generously offered a giveaway of one month of Happy Planet’s New Grab & Go fresh soups.* You can enjoy a delicious, fresh gourmet soup every day for a month! *The prize will be in the form of 30 free soup vouchers (value $200) redeemable at Happy Planet retailers throughout Canada. Enter below telling us which soup you’d love to try first!
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