Working from home over the last month for me has meant one thing; keeping my meal choices as interesting as they can get. Anyone who prefers working from home can attest to the fact that you might end up having the same thing for lunch and dinner for a week straight. As easy as that sounds, it is also pretty terrible.
Last week, as I was shopping, I decided to pick up a few new, different food items and try them out. Amongst them were two packets of Vegeta Cream of Tomato Soup, one of which I prepared yesterday for lunch.
Vegeta Cream of Tomato Soup comes in a 60g packet. The packaging is catchy to the eye with the front bearing an image of the final result of the soup when it’s ready. The package also indicates that there are no added preservatives to the contents and is enough for three servings.
Vegeta Creams come in about 10 different flavours including Cream of Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup, Mushroom Soup, Pumpkin Soup with Sunflower seeds and many more, the selection depending on preference.
A single packet retails for Kshs. 100.
I have never tried soup before, so I approached this product with an equal measure of scepticism and optimism. Since it is in powder form, the instructions require you to mix with boiling water and continually stir over heat to avoid forming lumps.
It is a pretty simple process since there aren’t any other ingredients to prepare alongside; just about three-quarters of a litre of water and the contents of the packet and voila, after about five to eight minutes, you have a big bowl of thick, healthy soup.
What I liked about this product is that it is easy and simple to prepare. The ingredients have been prepared for you and you don’t need to season it after preparation/cooking.
I was also sceptic of how full/satisfied I would be after having the bowl and my fears were vanquished. The right amount of water to the powder will result in a nice thick bowl of soup which will leave you satisfied for more than just an hour.
Above all, Vegeta Cream of Tomato Soup tastes amazing; it’s not too acidic because of the tomato and it goes down quite easily. It also has no after taste and tangy-ness that leaves your mouth dry. It is very nutritious with the right portions of iodized salt and corn starch.
The packaging calls for 750ml water for 3 servings which may be excess if it’s just for you. However, there is no way to measure the correct amount of powder for just one serving which may lead to wastage or excesses when preparing for just one serving.
You also have to consume the soup when it’s hot and preparing it in advance may ruin the consistency and taste of the soup.
Generally, however, Vegeta Cream of Tomato Soup is a lovely change of pace to lunch and the best part is you can accompany it with anything from bread, potato wedges or including peas and carrots into the soup (like I did).
It is also safe for vegetarians. The product, however, contains gluten, celery, eggs and milk (in some of the soups) which may not be favourable if you are lactose intolerant.
Do try it out and tell us how you like it.