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Baxters Vegetarian Carrot and Coriander Soup
Description: Manufacturer: Baxters / Soups.
Anyone reading any of my earlier reviews (thanks so much, I really appreciate all reads, rates and comments!) will know by now that I am trying to lose a few pounds (well 5 to be exact) which I put on over the festive season. Because I work shifts, I often find myself snacking on the wrong things at the wrong times, so am trying to avoid this by eating sensible meals which fill me up and help me prevent snacking.
Soup is a handy and convenient lunch or dinner and when you feel like something warming and delicious, it can be the perfect food. I love to make my own soups, but often just don't have the time and so resort to buying ready made ones instead.
A 415g tin of this soup will cost around £0.90 and can be found in most supermarkets. These soups can sometimes be found on special offer so it is worth keeping your eyes open.
The tin has a peel off lid so you don't need a tin opener. It can be heated on the hob or in the microwave. I always pop it into the microwave for around two minutes and stir half way through.
The soup is a rich orange colour and quite thick. It has a deliciously sweet and slightly spicy smell too which you can smell as you are heating it up.
Tinned soups are never going to be as good as freshly made but this one is pretty tasty. It has a sweet and creamy taste and though I personally feel the coriander was not as prominent as it could have been, I enjoyed the flavour of the spices with the vegetables. The soup was well seasoned too and for a quick and tasty lunch, is a perfect option (especially if you are trying to eat healthily as it counts towards one of your five a day!)
If you haven't tried this soup then it is definitely worth giving it a shot, it is better than most tinned soups and healthy too, not to mention ready to eat in minutes!
Nutritional information is as follows (per half a tin);
Protein - 1.7g
Carbohydrate - 12.7g (Sugar - 6.8g)
Fat - 2.9g
Fibre - 1.9g
Sodium - 0.58g
Salt - 1.5g
Baxters Vegetarian Carrot and Coriander soup is a thick, creamy, delicious soup that smells and tastes fantastic.
Bright orange in colour, this delightful soup's flavour can be smelt from the moment the tin is opened. The coriander is quite intense and creates a lovely rich smell which, upon heating, intensifies (but not so much that it overwhelms).
The soup can be heated on the hob until piping hot or in the microwave for approximately 2 minutes, then stir and heat for a further 1 or 2 minutes. I personally go for the microwave option for convenience - it's both quicker and requires less effort!
Once the soup is ready, you can grab a spoon, pour it in a bowl, and enjoy!! This soup is in a word, delicious. The texture is thick and creamy and the taste is divine. Although it is carrot and coriander soup I wouldn't say you can really taste a carrot flavour. It has a very refreshing taste with a nice amount of spiciness. It's a particularly good meal because it's filling and healthy and very easy to prepare - literally 3 minutes and you're ready.
The soup is particularly nice with bread. Go for wholemeal bread to ensure a very healthy and hearty meal. I like to spread margarine over a slice of wholemeal bread and dunk it into the soup - heaven!! Depending on your appetite you may be satisfied with half a tin (ideal for sharing), or may want to have the whole tin. I have either half or all of the tin depending on how hungry I am. The good thing about soup is that it's a low calorie meal, so you needn't feel bad for eating the whole tin - it only adds up to 168 calories!
Another nice addition to the soup is a sprinkling of cheese. Of course you can add whatever you like, though. Even on its own, Baxters Carrot and Coriander soup is a real treat, so full of flavour and of such lovely consistency, if you like soup, give it a try!! I'm not really that much of a soup eater, but I LOVE this soup.
Each can contains 415g.
Nutritional info for the more health conscious:
Per ½ can - 84 calories, 12.7 carbs, 6.8g sugar, 2.9g fat, 1.9g fibre, 1.5g salt
*For those with allergies: it contains milk, wheat, gluten and celery
I had a wicked bowl of soup for my dinner today and it was a flavour that I wouldn't have bothered trying if my mum hadn't picked a few tins up in Tesco that had been reduced for some reason. I've tried carrot soups before but have come to the conclusion that I'm not mad keen on root veggies in soup... but this one is mega delish!
It's a very thick soup, something I'm not usually happy about but if this soup was any thinner it wouldn't be right. I love the bright orange colour of the soup because it makes it look like there are shedloads of carrots in it and also because it reminds me of Autumn... which is where I'd much rather be than in this nasty winter!!!
The weird thing is that carrot soup doesn't actually taste of carrots! I know this is true because my mum makes her own and I see the billions of carrots that she puts in it and even then it doesn't taste much of carrots! lol
This soup has got a bit of a meaty flavour, it doesn't taste of meat obviously but it tastes loads more filling than a vegetable soup! The coriander comes through quite strong but it's not overpowering and gives the soup a delish herby flavour that goes proper nice with the other flavours in the soup.
The texture is wicked. Like I said it's very thick and filling, it's so moorish that I couldn't stop dipping my spoon in and out of the soup and I was surprisingly disappointed when I realised it had all gone. It's very smooth and goes down lovely, I've had carrot soups before and found them a bit sticky in texture but this one isn't and is just yummy and thick.
I had mine with a crusty cob and the white bread went proper nice when it had been dipped in the soup, I don't think you'd need this to make the soup more filling though and it was just habit that had me grabbing the cob.
I had never tried carrot and coriander soup until a few weeks ago when I stumbled upon Baxter's at the supermarket. I have to say, this is a hidden gem of soups!
The carrot flavor is wonderful on its own, and mixed with coriander it is absolutely amazing. Since my experience with Baxter's, I've tried store brands of carrot and coriander soup and they were all rather bland; I would definitely recommend purchasing Baxter's if you're looking for a fuller, richer flavor.
Baxter's also has a thicker consistency that compliments its full flavor, and it was enough to keep me full all afternoon after having it for lunch. Not bad for a soup that's only 84 calories a serving! Even finishing the entire can (two helpings) is a guilt-free lunch idea, given that it involves enjoying your vegetables and sticking to a low-cal, low-fat diet.
The can I purchased was only 83p at Sainsbury's, making it a very budget-friendly food to stock up on. A must for health and budget conscious consumers.
I must confess to being very fond of a good soup. Home made is always my first choice, but in today's busy lifestyle it is not easy to find the time to create such culinary delights. So when it comes to buying a ready made one my shortlist is very short indeed. Baxters Vegetarian Carrot and Coriander is certainly on that list.
The soup is available from all the major supermarkets and smaller outlets, and seems to be a popular choice as despite keeping my eyes peeled, it never seems to be on offer for less than the current £0.86 retail price at Tesco. It is also worth pointing out that the label has changed from the one displayed.
The 415 gram tin provides a generous portion of soup for one person. I particularly like this one as the consistency of the soup is not too thick, but also not too watery. Strangely enough the colour of carrot and coriander can vary greatly from brand to brand. This one is a dark orange colour which seems right to me.
As for the taste, well if you like carrot and coriander soup then you should love this one. It is quite sweet as you would expect but also fairly salty, and this is the one area to keep an eye on, as at 1.5 grams per portion that is 24% of your daily limit. On the plus side the fat content is just 2.9grams; and a mere 4% of the daily limit. This is a big plus as some soups can be horrendously high in fat.
Other things to note are there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and once opened the soup should be stored at less than 5 degrees C and consumed within 2 days.
Under Allergy Advice: Contains Celery, Contains Gluten, Contains Milk, Contains Wheat, Suitable for Vegetarians.
The soup is suitable for microwave cooking if put in a suitable container for 2 minutes and then stirred, followed by another quick blast for 1-2 minutes. The old fashioned hob will of course work just as well but be careful to just heat and not boil as this can ruin a good soup.
So summing up; an excellent off the shelf tinned soup from a reputable company at a price that while is not the cheapest around, I am quite happy to pay for the quality of the product. Just watch that salt content!
If you read some of my latest reviews you a)know that I'll go travelling again soon and b) that therefor I'm doing my best to eat healthy to get fit and in shape. My latest idea was to have a vegetable soup for lunch at work - let's give it a try!
I've always been a big fan of soup but with the exception of pepper/tomato soup I've never managed to cook anything that was worth keeping. Tinned soups are a easy solution, too easy if you ask me. Most don't taste anything like they promise on the label, are full of artificial flavours/colours or preserving agents and inferior products.
Baxter's Carrot & Coriander soup ended up in my shopping basket as a last try, one more chance to convince me that tinned soups can be ok - and I have to admit, it worked incredibly well! I loved the carrot soup and as soon as I went shopping again I bought a huge supply of Baxter's Carrot & Coriander, Spicy Parsnip and Butternut Squash soup.
Full of good ingredients and low in fat they are a ideal snack or even a filling meal when eaten with toasted bread. I take them to work for lunch, it's quick to heat them in the morning and fill the soup in a thermos flask - it will stay warm for hours.
Ingredients & Nutrition
Baxter's promises us on the front label the no artificial colours, flavours & preservatives were used. The soup has less than 2% fat and is suitable for Vegetarians; not for Vegans though as Milk powder and butter is used.
The main ingredients are:
- Carrots 21%
- Wheat Flour
- Vegetable oil
- Milk powder
- Lemon, Honey, Sugar, Herbs and Spices (including Celery seed - so don't use it if you are allergic)
So far, so good. Sounds all very healthy and balanced. Let's have a look at the nutrition info to see how healthy it really is.
Half a can contains:
- 84 kcal
- Protein - 1.7g
- Carbohydrate - 12.7g (Sugar - 6.8g)
- Fat - 2.9g
- Fibre - 1.9g
- Sodium - 0.58g
- Salt - 1.5g
84kcal for 200g of soup is pretty good. Sugar and fat levels are ok, salt might be a little bit high depends on what else you are eating throughout the day.
Ok, 84 kcal are really good but I have to say that it didn't really fill me up, I need the whole soup (415g) to make it a real meal. Half of this is ok as a snack but not for lunch.
Look & Taste
The tin can easily be opened with the attached lid opener. The soup looks light orange with tiny bits of the dark green coriander in it. When I put it in the saucepan I noticed small bright orange bits floating around, thinking first they were bits of carrot but they dissolved while cooking.
Preparing the soup is really easy, heat it in a saucepan for 5min without boiling it or put it in the microwave for 2min.
The soup doesn't have a strong smell but tastes really, really good. You can easily taste the carrots and the coriander but I always had the impression that it was with potatoes as well. I guess it's the parsnip that I tasted.
It was actually surprisingly well flavoured - not bland as I expected it to be but with a nice spiciness and a well balanced taste of the herbs.
I didn't have to add anything, no salt, pepper or oil. The tip on the tin is good - add some crumbled feta cheese or creme fraiche but you don't have to, the soup is really tasty on it's own.
Maybe a little downside, the soup had a small salty aftertaste but my boyfriend didn't taste it so maybe I'm just being hyper sensible.
Price & Value
I bought the soup for 87 pence a tin at Tesco. That means it's cheap but there are cheaper options. But when you consider that one tin plus bread can be a healthy and filling meal it's a real bargain. One can contains 415g of soup which is enough for one meal or two snacks.
Healthy, cheap and tasty, 09 out of 10!
I am a massive fan and consumer of Baxters soups but I have to say that the Carrot and Coriander flavour is one of the weaker ones.
It is very, very watery and has very little flavour. Granted, the nature of carrot and coriander soup is that it is a light and fragrant soup but I am still disappointed that the Audrey Baxter team can not jazz it up a bit and get some flavours coming through that other soup makers haven't been able to achieve.
On the plus side this is yet again another super low cal offering from the Baxters brand, albeit it would probably need some crackers or bread with it to really fill you up.
I had some a little while ago but don't have a tin now so unfortunately I cannot give the calorie or ingredients breakdown but my best estimate is that it is somewhere between 80 and 110 calories for the whole tin and as in most if not all of the Baxters soups it will likely be free of artificial flavourings and preservatives etc.
If you like carrot and coriander soup then this brand is as good or better than any others I have tried but if you are just looking for a hearty, flavoursome, filling soup then this is probably not the flavour for you and I would try another flavour from their marvelous range of soups.
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I am really into soup at the minute, especially now the nights are drawing in and the weather growing every chillier. As I am trying to make healthier food choices this seemed ideal. It is a vegetarian soup and Im definitely not a veggie but was drawn in by the fact that there are no artifivial colours, flavours or preservatives and at 160 calories and less than 3% fat for the whole tin it is great if you're watching your waist line too.
I usually microwave mine at work as we don't have a hob at work for approx 5 minutes, stirring half way through and I must say it smells delicious. Tastewise, it is a thick almost creamy soup, predominantly orange obviously due to the carrots with a rather lovely coriander 'kick' which hits you afterwards.
A great winter warmer on it's own but is even better served with a hunk of thick crusty bread for dipping...mmmmmmmmmmm
I'm a big lover of soup, sometimes I think I could live of it as I have that much of it throughout the week, however although the soup isn't too bad for you, its the crusty bread with all the carbohydrates in it that hasn't gone down too well in my diet this week.
AS a rule, I normally purchase Heinz soups and stick to the flavours that I know best, the likes of Oxtail, Vegetable and Chicken and I don't really venture any further than that when buying soups unless I am on holiday and they normally have all weird and wonderful varieties that I do enjoy.
Whilst shopping this week, I found myself being a little more adventurous and putting a couple of tins of various flavours into my trolley from varieties different brands that I don't normally buy into my trolley, one of these being Baxters Vegetarian Carrot and Coriander soup.
Baxters was established in 1868 by George Baxter who opened a small grocery shop in Fochabers in the Laich of Moray, a place where fresh fruit and vegetables are easily grown. It all began when Georges wife started to make jams and sell them in their shop. Although the business was in its infancy, due to the business acumen that the family had and developed throughout the generations, with soup being one of things that they started to make, Royal Game Soup being one of the first. Now in the fourth generation of the Baxter family, the business is ran by Audrey Baxter, the great grandaughter of George Baxter, who has well and truly taken the business into the 21st century.
Baxters Carrot and Coriander soup has really taken me by surprise. Its a vegetarian soup that contain ingredients that make them a little bit different than the competition. When you pour this soup into a bowl to microwave or a saucepan to simmer, even when it is cold, it looks and the smell is extremely appetising. The consistency is very thick of this particular soup and it looks as though it has been through a food processor with lottle bits of carrot in it, rather than a watery consistency that you normally expect from soups. I can only describe the soup to look more like baby food, an actual meal.
When heated up, the consistency thins a little, but not a great deal, the smell of coriander hits you more so, coming off the piping hot soup with the steam.
Ideally it is best served with a crusty bun, with butter on, I tend to go for tomato and herb bread which complements this soupd really well. The taste of the soup is divine, I wasn't sure whether I was going to like it, but you have to be adventurous sometimes, but when I had my first spoonful I realised that it was fantastic. It has a unique flavour, you cannot taste carrot a great deal but there is the distinctive taste of coriander and the combination of these together is superb.
With it being vegetarian the nutritional information is also very good, with only 160 calories in the whole tin. The only downside is the sugary carbs that it contains, 50% of the total value of carbohydrate which isn't great but if you are working on a calorie controlled diet then this is fine for you, very filling and very tasty indeed.
Carrot and Coriander soup has become quite a fashionable soup of late and in my search to find a nice one I came across this Baxters version.
Carrots are good for you as they are rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants and minerals. Carrots also contain vitamin A. A lack of vitamin A can cause poor vision so by eating carrots you can restore good eyesight. However beware: Massive overconsumption of carrots can cause hypercarotenemia, a condition in which the skin turns orange although I think you have to eat a huge amount for this to occur.
Coriander is a herb native to Southwest Asia and is used frequently in cooking.
Baxters is an international food company but still like to keep their family company image. They began when a gentleman called George Baxter opened a grocery shop in 1868 in Scotland.
I would describe this Baxters Carrot and Coriander soup as a very thick and hearty soup. It is not smooth, you can tell it has lots of vegetables in it and has been blended down. It is a lovely dark orangey colour and the taste is great. It is not too overpowering but does definitely taste like carrot with some of the herb from the coriander. This soup comes from their vegetarian range which also includes Country Garden, Tomato and Orange and Cream of Red Pepper to name but a few. They also have the following ranges:
Healthy Choice Chunky
The soup comes in a distinctive green tin with the Baxters logo at the top. On the tin is an inscription from Audrey Baxter regarding the soup, "I love the lightness and simplicity of this recipe. I often add my own finishing touches and garnish with crumbled feta cheese or a generous dollop of crème fraiche."
The soup is very easy to make, just like any other soup really. You add it to a saucepan and heat gently until hot. There are also microwave instructions if you want to cook it that way.
Each tin contains 415g. According to the label each half can contains 84 calories so if you do eat a whole can (I find a whole can is just about a right portion for one person) then that is only 168 calories for a meal which is pretty healthy. It does contains wheat and gluten though so if you are intolerant then this is not a soup for you but all in all definitely one I would recommend.