“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Soups „
These days for 50p you think you can just about get a packet of crisp or a bar of chocolate and let's face it for most of us it is hitting us hard and we are making huge cut backs. However Sainsbury's has released this beautiful tasting soup, which from King to Pauper can enjoy. This handy soup has enough benefits that you will become a complete convert, what makes it better, this well kept gem is only 52p!
In order to save for my holidays I had to make some major cutbacks, which included cutting my lunch bills, which were costing me around £5-6 a day... horrendous! Also when you think of holidays of course it is time to start shedding some weight as well. I thought soup would be a great idea, they tend to be low in fat and are cheap, I realised that they maybe cheap but when it comes to fat content they can be deceiving too.
This soup (based on half a can basis) has only:
0.2g Saturate fat
4.8g Total Sugars
So this product was high on my list to buy. What sealed the deal was that it had high-levels of protein and provided 16% of your recommended daily amount. This was beneficial for me, as it will provide added protein for my gym workouts. This is also great for vegetarians who sometimes lack protein, as they do not eat meat. The soup contains a bit of Chilli Seasoning, chilli burns calories faster than normal food without chillis. Lastly the product has celery, which is known to be beneficial for dieters that are trying to lose weight.
So it is cheap, beneficial and Sainsbury's own brand. Now what was bugging me was that this product was going to taste vile... how wrong was I!
After can opening, tipping out the content into a bowl and microwaving the product for 4mins, it was hot, simmering and the smell was pleasant.
The consistency of the product was thick and not runny like most canned soups, it was rich in colour and it had loads of beans and lentils, so it wasn't just all liquefied. The consistency is a little thicker as it has milk and tomato puree, which gives it full flavour and thickness. The taste was flavoursome; it was aromatic and was not as spicy as I thought it would be. If you find that it is too thick, then add a little bit of water.
So let me just recap the benefits:
- Low in calories, fat and sugars
- High in Protein
- High in Fibre
- Half a can provides you with '1' of your '5 A Day'
- Suitable for Vegetarians
- Microwaveable (not the can)
- Collect Nectar Points
- Only 1.5 Weight Watcher Points
- Can is Recyclable
- Only 52p for 400ml of Soup
- Gluten Free
You can buy this Super Soup at Sainsbury's. Just don't tell Sainsbury's about this review otherwise they will up the price, lol.
I also use this as a Chilli Con Carne Base. Just add meat, a little bit of salt and chilli and voilla you have Chilli Con Carne!
When it comes to soup it's a food stuff that I really enjoy. Not being a very big meat eater I tend to look out for new and interesting Vegetarian options whenever at all possible and when I spotted this being not only a healthy soup (Sainsbury's Be Good To Yourself) but also only costing 52p for a 400g can I simply had to buy it and give it a test run!
Well like I say this comes in a 400g can with a ring-pull to the top of it for ease of opening. On the front of the can there is a photograph of the cooked soup on there and I'm told it is of course Sainsbury's 'Be Good To Yourself' Tomato & Three Bean Soup and that it is suitable for Vegetarians, counts as one portion of vegetable of your recommended 5 a day and that it contains less that 1% fat. On the back of the can ingredients and allergy advice is listed and a full nutritional chart is shown, details on how to heat it through are given and contact details for Sainsbury's are listed. Nice enough can, it's easy to open and digest the information given!
To Cook It:
Well you can microwave this in a microwave suitable dish for about 5 minutes or boil/simmer it in a saucepan of course. Both options are fine as I have road tested them both cooking ways and there is no difference in the outcome taste-wise.
The Soup Itself:
Open the can and you get a runny looking tomato sauce with bits of dried parsley floating in it. When you tip the contacts of the can out you get a more stodgy mixture of beans, red peppers and pieces of carrot in there.
Once cooked it does thicken slightly and it really isn't hard work to heat it through at all! Pour it out and serve it warm and that is that!
Taste wise this is simply ok. Be sure to like fresh tasting tomatoes but don't expect the sort of quality of a Heinz tomato soup as the liquid in this is rather runny in the sauce stakes. It's ok though and the beans used in this are Black Eyed Beans (5%), Borlotti Beans (5%), Flageolet Beans (5%) and form the most part of the soup too. They are cooked well and not too hard or mushy and hold their own well and like I said you get a bit of other vegetables in there, it's well seasoned and has a very small hint of a garlic flavouring in there too.
I like this well enough though it isn't my foremost favourite soup ever. Healthy and filling though it's a warming soup and if you fancy something hearty I'd give this a go if I was you!
Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Can:
Energy: 114 kcal
Mono unsaturates 0.8g
Only available in Sainsbury's stores.