“ Brand: Simply Organic / Type: Soups / Food quality: Organic food „
If you are like me and prefer to make meals from scratch so they are healthy and you know what is in them you may also be like me and have days when you either can't be bothered, or are just too busy to devote hours to the preparation of meals. This is when I have an army of little friends who wait in my cupboards and fridge to help me out.
Simply Organic Chunky Tomato and Chubby Butterbean Soup is one friend I lean on heavily in the winter months.
I love the company Simply Organic. They were founded in 1998 and have in 10 years become a market leader in organic foods.
This chunky soup is brilliant; it is a hearty wholesome soup almost like a meal in itself. It is made from tomatoes and butterbeans and has carrots, lentils, and onions too. 1/2 pot has 3 portions of your 5 a day and only 1% fat. I buy it from Tesco where it is currently on offer for £1.49. This pot will serve two.
If you look on the pot you will see the little "Soil Association" logo which means that the soup is made from all organic ingredients. On average organic vegetables contain higher levels of vitamin c and minerals as well as no additives. The crops are never sprayed so you can be sure they are not risking your health. This really concerns me as only yesterday I was reading about an organic wholesaler visiting a potato farmer who did not grow organically and seeing all kinds of dangerous chemicals on his shelf, many with poisons warnings and notices depicting advice to get to hospital immediately if skin contact with the chemical occurred. I don't always buy organic but it has made me think.......
Having read about the chemicals I did look up the current advice on the Cancer Research UK website where it does reassure that pesticides which have caused cancer in animals were given at much higher doses than we eat in the residues on our fruit and veg. It does point out that we should however wash them well. It also stresses that eating fruit and veg is protective against developing these cancers so we shouldn't restrict them if we can't afford organic. It does say however that farmers using these chemicals have a higher than average incidence of Lymphoma and Leukaemia so I guess we should think about this.
So if you are looking for a delicious and healthy soup then this is for you, you can heat up in the microwave or on the stove. The consistency is thick and it is full of chunky veg. I like to serve with a think slice of granary bread and butter. It is vegetarian and vegan and is found in the chiller. You can actually freeze it and then defrost in the fridge and then it has to be eaten within the next 24 hours.
I think it is great to know that there are healthy ready made foods out there, and that to be prepared is to know that you are avoiding depending too much on the local take aways!
If you visit their website at:
www.simplyorganic.co.uk you can read what people have said about them which is of course complimentary. My favourite quote comes from the Scotsman newspaper who say "Can brighten the darkest of days"- well looking outside as we trundle along towards the depth of winter I think this soup is just what we need to warm us up and do us good!