I love it when I find vegan things in the regular supermarket. I’m a big fan of mainstream adoption of vegan products, as it means that these products get seen and used by everyone, not just vegans. Don’t get me wrong, I love specialist vegan shops, but most non vegans are not going to go into one.
Normally I’m not fond of a lot of prepared package food, it often tastes awful, so I was really pleased and surprised when a friend introduced me to these soups that are available in Woolworths. They are so delicious that I ate them all weekend on a recent visit to her place and bought some when I returned home.
The brand is Hart and Soul and the vegan ones come in two varieties, a Thai flavoured coconut and pumpkin, and an Indian flavoured coconut, lentil, sweet potato and capsicum. There are no nasty ingredients in them. I’m having a hard time deciding on my favourite. Every time I eat one I think that is my favourite until I eat the other.
They’ve been perfect the last few days while I’ve had a cold.
OK so it isn’t pretty and it is a kind of khaki colour, but this soup is delicious.
It packs a flavour punch enhanced by the caramelised flavours of onions and brussels sprouts and it is velvety smooth from the background of broken down potato.
I like mine with a teaspoon of cashew cheese stirred through. It adds to the flavour and creaminess. Other good toppings are dill (I am currently in love with dill as a herb) and crunchy fried onions.
I made this soup on a recent nasty, windy, cold day in Melbourne with hail and rain pounding outside and it was lovely to sit with the bowl warming my hands and eating it with some crunchy sourdough toast.
I’ve been so sick for a couple of weeks, that I haven’t felt like cooking much at all. After getting sick of eating nothing much but breakfast cereal and toast, I really needed to make something that was easy, that I could make a large batch of, and reheat as needed. And with a cold and a sore throat, soup ticked all the boxes and has been just the thing I’ve needed.
This soup is pretty easy to make, which is good since I’ve felt so awful. It is a substantial and yummy blend of grains, lentils and beans cooked in a tomato and stock base, with extra vegetables added near the end. The secret ingredient is roasted pumpkin (I just happened to have some in the fridge) which I added to the soup near the end, along with the extra vegetables. While they are cooking the pumpkin melts away to a smooth background, thickening and enhancing the soup’s flavour and texture.