It's fall and the weather where I live has been all over the place. Some days it's 35 in the morning and 70 in the afternoon and other days it just stays cold all day. The start of colder weather always makes me a little miserable. I love the foods, smells, and beauty of fall and winter, but I hate cold weather. To combat the cold I make a lot of soup in the cooler months. When I say a lot, I mean a lot, normally at least twice a week. Recently, I was given the chance to try Frontier Soups and share my experience with all of you.
So what are Frontier Soups? Frontier soups are an easy way to get dinner on the table within only 30-45 minutes. The soup mixes are all-natural, with no added salt, preservatives or msg. Plus many of the soups are gluten free, which to me is important since I can't eat gluten. Additionally all the corn and rice ingredients are non-GMO, which is something a lot of people are looking for in their foods today.
Frontier offers a variety of mixes including: South of the Border Tortilla Soup Mix, Connecticut Cottage Chicken Noodle Soup Mix, Florida Sunshine Red Pepper Corn Chowder Soup Mix, West Coast Kale and Quinoa Vegetable Soup Mix, Mississippi Delta Tomato Basil Soup Mix, and Little Schoolhouse Alphabet Soup Mix. I was sent a big pack of soups to try and I will share my experience with the two I photographed, Quinoa Vegetable Soup Mix, and South of the Border Tortilla Soup.
The first soup flavor I tried was the South of the Border Tortilla Soup. I added shredded chicken from a chicken I had roasted the previous day. The soup was easy to put together and by adding chicken it made it a meal. The only complaint that my family had was that it needed a little more salt. I was fine with it, but I rarely salt anything, so I'm not the best person when it comes to salt content.
The second soup that I tried was the Quinoa Vegetable Soup Mix. I added butternut squash as the package suggested. I found that it needed longer to cook than the package stated and needed additional chicken stock. My soup came out more like a quinoa bowl, than soup. I wasn't able to taste this soup since quinoa doesn't agree with me, but my husband and two boys ate it. They liked the flavor, but once again though it needed a little more salt.
Overall, I like how easy the soup mixes are to put together. For my family meat needed to be added, with 3 males they just can't do without a meat protein in soups. I like how most of the soups are gluten free, since I have celiac disease and can't eat gluten. The only downside to the soups were that some of them needed more seasoning and/or salt, but that can easily be added when preparing. Also make sure that you cook to taste, I found the suggested times weren't long enough to fully hydrate some of the ingredients.
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