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23 Oct, 2016

Head start to home made? Sign me up.

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Recipes and Food

I was cold, wet, tired and hungry. I was at the grocery store when I was struck by a sudden hankering for something hot that would light my taste buds on fire. Oh, and I didn’t want to spend any extra time in the kitchen. Ha.

It might be worth mentioning that at this point in time I did not know that when I got home I’d discover our Internet was down and we’d had a wee flood in the basement that would require a mop, a sponge, a bucket, and moving things around. Sigh.

ANYWAY. I grabbed a dry soup mix that caught my eye and decided that This Was The Day I was going to try something new. And you know what, I was pleasantly surprised.

Campbell's soup kit - Thai Chicken and Rice

Sidebar: I’m generally not a fan of prepackaged soups at all. I find canned soups too salty and I also don’t trust canned meat. There you go.

The ingredients on the package were simple and recognizable and all I had to do was add some fresh stuff of my own: broth, a sliced chicken breast, mushrooms, lime juice and coconut milk. I had some powdered coconut milk in the pantry, which I had bought after a recent Indian food demo. (I had no idea such a thing existed.)

Powdered coconut milk. WHO KNEW.

But back to the soup. I added a bit of extra chicken and topped it with some fresh cilantro just before serving.

You know what, it was exactly what I needed:

October 22 #dailylunches - Campbell's Thai Chicken soup kit

It was quick to pull together, had a lot of flavour, and I didn’t need to buy a ton of extra ingredients.

Mark enjoyed it too (although he picked out the mushrooms) and I’m having it again for lunch again today. Yum.

(In case you’re wondering, this post is NOT sponsored in any way. I just like soup and wanted to share.)

4 Responses to "Head start to home made? Sign me up."

1 | joy

October 23rd, 2016 at 2:16 pm


i have tried these before, and like them a lot !

2 | andrea tomkins

October 24th, 2016 at 9:26 am


It gives you a head start on a recipe that you might not normally undertake on your own! Also, I love Thai seasonings and flavours. I’m not sure if my spice rack would be up to the task!

3 | Claudette

October 26th, 2016 at 10:34 am


My daughter’s new school is next to the Campbell soup factory. Like literally across the street. So she says every day at recess the kids can smell hot and delicious soup cooking in the factory! lol And our neighbourhood, which is about 10 blocks away, often can smell the same scents, pending how strong the wind blows that day. Funny!

I too am not a fan of canned or packaged soup but as these things go we have stuff like this on hand for those times when you’re just stuck. And with the food movement toward less salt, sugar and artificial enhancers, even Campbell had to adjust their recipes.

Your recipe, and the pictures, look scrumptious, as always. Yum. :)

4 | arielle paspalis

October 30th, 2016 at 1:26 am


Very good write-up. I certainly love this site. Thanks!


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