Warm up Wintertime: Amy's Kitchen Soups

(posted by Emily)

We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving week with friends and family! I know we sure did!

After our trip to Portland and the chance to check out some brand new products at VegFest, I decided to reach out to some of our favorite companies to see what sorts of taste testing we could do.

Luckily for us, Amy's Kitchen was one of the first to reply! A family founded company, Amy's uses truly natural, organic ingredients, no GMOs, no meat, and no hydrogenated fats--pretty great if you ask me! The best part? You can find their products in almost any grocery store!

We've had a variety of Amy's products before, including their Roasted Vegetable Pizza, Macaroni and Soy Cheeze, and No Chicken Noodle Soup. In fact, picking up a few cans of Amy's soup is always a special treat when we are traveling during the holidays--we can even find their products at the local Wegmans in Syracuse, NY when visiting Rick's family!

I was so excited when we were asked to try a new vegan tomato bisque. Tomato soup has always been my favorite, and I've struggled to find a really great dairy-free alternative since going vegan. An added bonus? Four additional flavors of Amy's vegan soups and chilis came in the mail with the bisque!

Up first: Amy's Organic Hearty Rustic Italian Vegetable, which typically retails for $3.49 per can. Rick tried this flavor and thought it was great. Highlights included the garbanzo beans and brown rice, which bring a good amount of protein to the table and help this soup stick to your ribs.

For me, Amy's Organic Hearty French Country Vegetable was an easy lunch at school last week. Though I am not a huge microwave user, it was super convenient to pop the top on the can (no can opener necessary!), pour the soup into a bowl, and nuke it for three minutes. I really enjoyed the long grain red rice, though I did pick around the mushrooms--I can't help it. It's a texture thing! Like the Italian veggie, this variety runs $3.49 per can.

Rick couldn't wait to dig in to Amy's Thai Coconut Soup. He's had this kind before, and likes it a lot! The flavors are bold and authentic, though he is not a huge fan of the tofu chunks. I like the meal tip for this soup that Amy's sent along in their informational materials - Toss the soup with jasmine rice and seitan strips to make a Thai stir fry. I'd be curious to try it! Thai Coconut is a steal at $2.99 per can!

While I worked on Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, Rick was at home and fending for himself at lunchtime. Luckily, Amy's Organic Black Bean Chili was a simple and filling lunch for him. In his words, "It was great! And really filling!" In line with the other products, the chili costs $3.49 per can.

The final soup we tried was Amy's Vegan Chunky Tomato Bisque. It reminded me of Campbell's Creamy Tomato, and would be perfect with a grilled cheese! The flavor is just a bit sweet and creamy, with chunks of tomato. I can imagine serving the soup on a rainy day, for the perfect, warming lunch. With an MSRP of $2.99, it's a steal!

Thank you so much to the folks over at Amy's for the chance to try some new products and share our experiences here on the blog! We are grateful for the opportunity and hope to do it again soon! You can find coupons for their products and more information here

Have a great day!


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