Tuesday, April 23, 2013

NonaLim Soups

After having had a successful business consulting career, Nona Lim decided to get back to her roots in the kitchen. She initially started a meal delivery service focusing on allergen free foods to help people eat more healthy foods without having to prepare them. She has since expanded and now offers prepackaged soups for sale as well. This year, they will be changing their name from "Cook! Real Simple Delicious" to simply just "NonaLim" so look for the new packaging soon. Because they couldn't send me the new packaging, they did send me a picture of what the soups will look like below.

I was able to try three of the soups. The first was the Azteca Veggie Soup, which was my favorite. It is like a classic minestrone soup made of vegetable broth, non-GMO corn, celery, carrots, yellow squash, zucchini, diced tomatoes, onions, pasilla pepper, and spices. I love how pure the ingredients are. I don't usually get super excited about clear broth soups, but this one was delicious. The bad news is that this soup will be discontinued soon when their rebranding effort is complete so get yours now!

The next one I tried was the Thai Green Curry. This one was okay, but I felt like the soup was way too thin and needed more flavor. Perhaps some more Thai peppers or galangal? I liked that they used Hodo Soy tofu, which, as always, tasted great, but the ratio of tofu to veggies was way off. It needs more veggies and a lot less tofu. The few veggies that I did taste were bell peppers, carrots, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, and eggplant.

Lastly, I tried the Red Lentil Veggie. This is one of those hearty, tastes-like-you-made-it-at-home soups. The vegetable broth is seasoned well and loaded with carrots (a bit too many carrots), onions, lentils, zucchini, diced tomatoes, celery, scallions, and cilantro.

What I really like about all these soups is that they are all vegan, organic, and gluten-free. They even specify that their corn is non-GMO on the package. They are currently working on obtaining their organic certification and Non-GMO Project Verification as well. I also like that all of the ingredients are fresh and without preservatives, colorings, or fillers. Other flavors include Carrot Ginger, French Onion, Zucchini, All-Bean Chili, Tomato, and Asian Lemongrass. Currently, they are sold mostly in the SF Bay Area, but you can also order them online here.  So, if you are looking for a simple, quick, easy, fresh dinner, NonaLim's soups will have you covered.

Full Disclosure: Although the products were provided to me for free to review, that, in no way, influences my veracious opinion.  

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