I always look forward to every meal, and can therefore never settle for a nasty pre-made packet sandwich at my desk for lunch. It just feels like such a waste of a meal to do that –and seeing as I eat three times every day, why not enjoy it as best as I can!
While I cook pretty much every night, there are always those evenings when I am just too tired to think about preparing lunch for the next day, so I often end up buying something to eat at my desk. While I am lucky to be based in Soho and have so much to choose from; Thai to Japanese, Mexican to Italian, it’s neither friendly on the bank balance, nor on the waistline.
Last week, I came across Glorious! and tried its new soup range. The range, which comes labeled either as ‘meal’ or ‘skinny’, will be unveiled at the Taste of London festival this week. There is a fab selection of flavours including Goan spiced tomato and lentil, Malaysian chicken and Toulouse sausage and bean and at under £2.00, they are fantastic value!
I admit that when I first saw them, I was a bit nervous that I was going to look at the ingredients at the back of the pot, and find masses of calories and loads of weird enhancers and preservatives. But, this was not the case at all! I was really impressed not to see one thing that I wouldn’t already have in my cupboards at home. I have tried two so far; the Tuscan chicken and orzo meal, which was filling, tasty and warming, and the skinny fragrant Thai carrot and lemongrass.
As it was a boiling day, I thought I would really put the soup to the test by eating it outside, so I grabbed a spoon, my ‘cold’ pot of soup and hit the park. The Thai carrot and lemongrass did not disappoint, it was absolutely delicious – perfect for a cheap, healthy and quick lunch, and at only 160 calories for half a pot, even if you have the whole pot, (like I did) you have still only eaten 320 calories!
What I really like about these soups is that they are low in fat and calories but certainly not low on flavour, having Simon Gamble, Senior development chef and creator of soups and sauces, to thank for that!
The only problem is that it seems you can only buy them in Asda, Morrissons and Sainsbury’s, and I have none of those near home or work!
Either way, I think we’re going to see a lot more of Glorious! I like the choice of different flavours from around the world, the taste, the branding, the nutritional aspect, its mission statement to ‘go beyond expectations’ and the website is pretty cool too. If you’re going to Taste of London this week, then don’t forget to swing by the Glorious! stand.