This post from Career Girl Daily came into my in box 3 weeks ago and rocked my lunchtime world!
|Gluten Free Instant Noodles image from Glutenfreeonashoestring.com|
I love having soup for lunch in the winter. (or what we jokingly refer to as winter here in Phoenix, where it doesn’t actually get too cold!)
But when I’m working I don’t want to bring those store bought cups of msg-rich, powdered, just add water soups that are guaranteed to make you swell up by early afternoon, and I don’t want to bring Tupperware containers of soup from home to heat up in a microwave either.
|Kelp Noodle Pot image via Career Girl Daily|
But how about homemade noodle cups with fresh vegetables and a multitude of options?? In a chic glass container? I am so hooked!
|Homemade chicken and vegetable pot noodles from Kitchensanctuary.com|
The concept with these soups is that you are filling a jar with wholesome goodness and then when lunch time rolls around you just add boiling water, let it steep for a few minutes, and you are good to go!
|The Pho Jar image via Career Girl Daily|
They don’t just taste fantastic, but they are so visually appealing.
You feel satiated and satisfied and yet you’ve had a low calorie, fat free lunch that is both colorful and nutrient rich.
I bought these French Hermetic Terrine Jars at The Container Store. The middle size is perfect for a lunch soup. It’s important to get glass jars, not plastic. The glass ones look better and won’t stain.
This weekend I’m going back to buy some of these
Panoply Canisters, because I think they are also made of glass and I think they would look pretty amazing too.
|Panopy Canisters from The Container Store|
What I have learned doing these is:
*You need to soak rice noodles over night. Boiling water on dry rice noodles doesn’t get them soft and edible.
*You can make a bunch of these ahead of time (they look super pretty in your refrigerator) and just throw one in your bag in the morning on your way out the door.
*In a pinch if you need more flavor or don’t have time to prep a sauce-base you can just throw in noodles, fresh vegetables, some kelp a miso paste.
If you have some good ideas for a chic and healthy soup recipe, tell me about them in the comment section below!