Having a can of soup in my food bag during the winter at work is such a comfort to me. It ensures I will get a warm, soothing dinner all within about 5 minutes, with minimal preparation. This is essential for those days when everything goes haywire and all of a sudden it's way darker than it was ten minutes ago, and about 20 degrees colder, my fingers aren't functioning, and the last thing I want to do is walk the 50 feet to my backpack to dig out my knife, wrestle with my bottle of coconut oil just to get a couple chips out of it and into my pot, and chop frozen vegetables while my fingertips turn to ice cubes, all while calmly trying to tell the kid who's supposed to be the "stoker" (of the fire) for the day that yes, all the other kids are right, I know you don't want to get up right now, but we do need the fire stoked, even though we're trying to cook on the coals, because it is 18 degrees right now, and yes, they could have said it in a more assertive way, would you like to check in about what you're feeling or give feedback, but first please stoke, but please don't stoke all the way around my pot so that it's engulfed in a fiery furnace and I have no chance of keeping my arm if I try to go in to rescue it. Thank you. Ah! And don't step in my pot of veggies while you do it!
Aaah yes...canned soup. Mmm.
I have a few favorites floating around out there, but unfortunately none of them are perfect paleo. But read the story above again and you'll agree...I need canned soup. Let me know if you find any perfect paleo ones. (Update! There is now a fully paleo canned soup, which I reviewed on my blog here!) Here are my recommendations:
- Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque (contains dairy and sugar)
- Organic Cream of Tomato Soup (contains dairy and evaporated cane juice)
- Organic Chunky Vegetable Soup (dairy-free, contains corn)
- Thai Coconut Soup (contains soy AHHH!! but only teensy tiny pieces and cornstarch)
- Mushroom Bisque with Porcini Mushrooms (contains arborio rice and dairy) - note, this is different than the "Cream of Mushroom Soup" which contains wheat flour
|Max cooking up some Mushroom Bisque with chicken sausage at Zion National Park after climbing Angel's Landing.|
Pacific Foods Soups - these come in resealable cartons rather than cans...even easier with no can opener!
- Organic Creamy Tomato Soup (contains dairy, cane sugar, rice flour)
- Organic Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup (contains dairy, cane sugar, rice flour)
- Organic Cashew Carrot Ginger Soup (dairy-free, contains cane sugar and corn starch)
- Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup (contains dairy, corn starch, rice flour, potatoes, natural flavors, canola oil, evaporated cane juice)
- Thai Sweet Potato Soup (dairy-free, contains corn starch, rice flour, natural flavors)
- Organic Hearty Tomato Bisque (contains dairy, corn starch, cane sugar)
- Organic Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Bisque (contains dairy, corn starch, cane sugar)
- Organic Butternut Squash Bisque (contains dairy, corn starch, cane sugar)
- Organic Cashew Carrot Ginger Bisque (dairy-free, contains corn starch, cane sugar)
- Organic Cream of Chicken Condensed Soup (contains dairy, rice starch, rice flour)
- Organic Cream of Mushroom Condensed Soup (contains dairy, rice starch, rice flour)
Since none of these are super-substantial on their own (most are only around 200-300 calories per can), I slice up some salami to eat with them and it makes a nice, balanced dinner...food-wise at least.