I might have considered yesterday a bad day when I practically fell on my nose trying to master the Crow pose at yoga. Or when my hairdresser’s eyes popped out of her head (cartoon style, complete with the old-fashioned car horn sound) when she saw the number of gray hairs I’d sprouted since my last visit. But it wasn’t, because I had an awesome soup for lunch
Do you need a nutritious, filling meal — and fast? Have I got a soup for you! Don’t you dare stop reading now. I know that tomato rice soup is not new, innovative, or clever, but this particular combo is so fast, so delicious, and so good for you, I am telling you that you are going to want to hit your local Trader Joe’s immediately and stock up on the THREE (count ‘em, three) ingredients you’ll need to pull off this gourmet little number any day of the week.
My friend, Tracey, served this up while I was at her house recently and I was so floored by its ease and deliciosity that I knew it was going to grace my own table soon. I barely waited a week! Why am I so excited? I don’t know – it’s not like I thunk this up all by myself. Not even close. Nor did Tracey, who got the idea from a cooking demo they did at TJ’s. Maybe it’s because this weather in Boston screams for soup, and even I am getting tired of my many variations on chicken soup and chili.
Whatever. I don’t dwell too much on the whys. I just like to share when I’ve found a quick and healthy meal, even if it involves virtually no cooking at all. And, you are getting whole grain, tons of Vitamin C and lycopene, and a good dose of both protein and fiber. Not bad for a 10-minute meal.
Step 1: Find your nearest Trader Joe’s; drive there (buckle up!) and ask one of the very helpful staff for the following three ingredients:
Step 2: Heat up both the soup and rice per directions. I did the soup on the stove and the rice in the microwave. Ground-breaking stuff, people.
Step 3: Put some rice in a soup bowl, like so:
Step 4: Pour the hot soup carefully over the rice. If you like taking photos of your meals as I do, at this point you have your bestie snap the photo for you while you pour so you don’t end up with soup running down your arm and off your elbow.
Step 5: Finish with some shaved parmesan or Asiago or cheddar or whatever your favorite cheese happens to be. Something with a bold flavor works well here.
Step 6: Slurp, chew and chomp your way to happiness. This soup is so hearty and filling, and the flavor and texture so lovely, it wipes out any possibility of a bad day; even the kind involving gray hair and bruised noses