By, Sammy Caiola
Native Foods Cafe
As the characters on hit HBO series Game of Thrones would say, “Winter is Coming.” And winter, for many Americans, is a time to avoid chilly grocery store runs wherever possible and lean more heavily on easy, hot, ready-to-go meals- like soup!
Soup, when chosen wisely, can provide a big nutritional boost and a satisfied stomach for fewer calories than most sandwiches or wraps. From miso to minestrone, the big companies have a canned soup for every taste. Makes sense, since Campbell’s estimates that Americans consume more than 10 billion cans of soup in a year. But what about vegans? We too enjoy a bowl of hot, thick, flavorful liquid on a blustery day. But unfortunately our options are much more limited.
There are tons of great vegan soup recipes on the internet, like this wild and creamy mushroom from Native Foods, and plenty of offerings in restaurants (Native offers a different soup every day!) But there seems to be a gap on the grocery store shelf where canned vegan soup should be. So, for your shopping convenience, I’ve compiled a list of the five best pre-made vegan soup, according to their level of acclaim in the vegan blogosphere. Read’em, round’em up, and get slurping before the blizzards hit.
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1. Amy’s Kitchen “No Chicken Noodle” Soup
This totally-vegan, organic soup is designed for comfort, featuring semolina flour noodles, tofu, carrots and safflower oil. Serve it to your kids or your friends next time they’ve got the sniffles and they’s be eternally grateful. The only downside- it might be a little tough to find if you don’t have a Whole Foods nearby. But never fear- you can purchase in bulk on the web!
2. Healthy Choice Garden Vegetable
This can of magic should be much easier to find and contains ¾ cup of vegetables including carrots, celery, corn and tomatoes.Add in kidney beans and macaroni noodles and you’ve got one hearty bowl of soup.
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3. Trader Joe’s Organic Split Pea Soup
This one is “soup”er salty, but also packed with fiber and Vitamin A thanks to all those peas. Soup fans recommend adding a little cumin to spice up all those peas.
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4. Campbell’s Tomato Soup
Believe it or not, this American classic is 100% vegan, according to Vegan Wolf’s lunch list. As far as soup goes, this is about the least healthy canned liquid, containing 12g of sugar adn 480 mg of sodium, but it sure is tasty once in a while. Fry up some Daiya cheddar between two slices of multigrain and dip to your heart’s content.
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5. Progresso Vegetable Classics: Vegetarian Vegetable with Barley
I’ve tried a few things on the Vegetable Classics line and I tend to find them kind of “blah.” But apparently this one’s a game-changer. Plus anything with barley gets an A in my book.
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