The Gluten Free Life with Lashaun Turner introduces and reviews ready-to-go meal and snack products that are certified gluten free, as well as discussion & tips on gluten-free living.
In today’s post I will be sharing my impressions of Progresso's gluten-free Minestrone Soup. Unlike the brands great tasting Chicken soup which I talked about in my last post, this one was a little challenging to my taste buds.
But first, let’s talk a little about this lifestyle.
Gluten Free Life
There are many reasons to consider going gluten-free. Some people have allergic sensitivity to gluten- while other conditions such as Autoimmune diseases may be aggravated by gluten.
A gluten-free diet is essential for managing signs and symptoms of celiac disease and other medical conditions associated with gluten. Mayo Clinic.
The literature is full of positive reasons for switching to a gluten-free lifestyle. But what about the challenges?
One big challenge, I find is the financial impact.
What does a gluten-free diet cost?
Gluten-free products can cost up to twice as much as comparable items. You will feel a financial impact to your budget especially when utilizing pre-packaged foods and frozen meals like I discuss in this series.
On the other hand, however, if you value time and convenience, like everything else-you pay for it.
Tips: Aim to buy raw or unprocessed food items and cook them from scratch yourself. Buy naturally gluten-free grains in bulk.
Progresso Gluten Free Minestrone Soup
Water, Tomato Puree (water, Tomato Paste), Carrots, Celery, Onion, Penne Pasta (pea Flour), Kidney Beans. Contains Less Than 2% Of: Spinach, Modified Food Starch, Garbanzo Beans, Soybean Oil, Salt, Onion Powder, Spice, Garlic Powder, Dried Parsley. SOURCE (Instacart)
The soup consistency was too thick. I opened 2 cans just to make sure I hadn’t gotten a bad one. I expect soup to be well, soupy broth like.
The label on the can said do not add water but there was no way I could eat it like it was straight out the can.
It also tasted bad to me plain out the can- like old tomato and some bland ingredients. So, I had to get to work to try and spice it up.
I added my stock veggies and basically turned it into a vegetable soup. I also had to add some sweetness to try to balance that acidic tomato taste, and I added extra garlic salt, and pepper.
Bonus: In one of the trials I added some plant-based butter I was trying for the first time. The butter had no smell, taste, or flavor to me, I wouldn’t recommend it.
I tried to make this soup good but never quite got there. This one won't end up in the pantry.
Disclaimer: Lashaun has no affiliation with the company or product discussed in this article and has not received any compensation for it’s contents.