In the frozen foods aisle at Target, I picked out bags of flavored vegetable medleys and precooked, diced chicken breast. I then added a carton of reduced sodium chicken broth to my cart.
Perfect for a zero work soup.
Less than an hour later (including a 20-minute drive home) I enjoyed a large bowl of soup for lunch.
So far, I’ve “made” two three-ingredient soups. From now on, I plan to keep frozen chicken, seasoned vegetable blends and chicken broth in my kitchen.
Why a Three Ingredient Soup?
I really appreciate the aroma of a long-simmering soup on a chilly fall or winter afternoon. I use fresh poultry or beef, beans and a variety of fresh vegetables. I slice and dice, chop and stir.
But I also like the idea of a soup that requires zero effort and no cleanup. Done right, it can be great for people who have prediabetes and/or who watch their weight. The key is to make sure the three ingredient soup contains plenty of filling protein.
How Does Three Ingredient Soup Taste?
Honestly, I was surprised at how much I liked the soups. The Southwestern flavored soup had a broth gently flavored with cumin; the Caribbean soup was sweet and spicy, thanks to cinnamon, nutmeg, tomatoes and coconut. I think the quality of Target’s diced chicken is decent; people seem to love it or loathe it.
Is an ad hoc soup comparable to a soup that cooks for hours? Of course not. It is, however, a definite upgrade from canned soup. The day after I made my first soup, we came home late and needed a quick dinner. My husband liked the soup, and said he would be happy to eat three ingredient soup again.
Great Nutrition Stats
Since the vegetable medleys vary a bit in calorie and carb count, I can’t provide exact numbers, but figure on a big bowl of soup being about 200 calories, 20 grams of protein and fewer than 25 grams of carbs. This should fit into many eating plans, including WW (formerly Weight Watchers.) People with no dietary concerns also will like it.
The following “recipe” for Three Ingredient Soup is below.
Enjoy a dump and heat meal!
Three Ingredient Healthy Soup
- 1 large soup pot
- 12 oz bag Frozen Good and Gather seasoned vegetable blend (any flavor) Can sub similar quantity of any seasoned, frozen vegetable medley.
- 1 20 oz bag Frozen Good and Gather Diced Chicken breast Can sub about 16 ounces of any frozen, precooked chicken breast.
- 1 carton Good and Gather Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth or Stock Can sub any reduced sodium chicken broth
- Open bag of vegetables and broth, pour into soup pot. Put two-thirds bag of frozen chicken breast into pot. Save the remaining chicken for another use.
- Heat to boiling, then cook about 5 minutes more.
- Garnish if desired. Soup can be refrigerated for two or three days.