It’s ‘Just Food’…but this one is award winning – #FridayFinds
Today’s #fridayfinds is the ‘Winter Minestrone Meal Soup’ from Just Food Company. Not the cheapest 400g soup on offer but once I had a few spoonfuls I quickly realised why.
Established in 2004 by Deirdre Hilliard, she has gone from a stall in the Midleton Farmers Market, to a commercial kitchen in Cobh, Co. Cork. This by no means has meant a drop in quality as all products are still handmade in smaller batches to keep in all that taste and nutritional benefits. I picked up this little organic gem in SuperValu for €2.99.
I’m not usually the biggest fan of buying off-the-shelf soups these days as most contain a ridiculous amount of salt, masking that industrial taste. To be honest, I expected the same with this, but after the first mouthful I immediately checked the nutritional information and my taste buds hadn’t lied. That usual salty taste was almost non-existent and with only 0.5g of salt (per 100g), I’ve finally found a proper tasting soup within the ‘Salty Soup’ market. A traditional Italian minestrone soup usually contains pasta (carbs alert for those healthy readers), but they have cleverly replaced it with with protein rich and filling cannellini beans; With tomatoes, celery, leeks, and their own fresh basil pesto, this soup really will give you a lift on those fast approaching cooler winter days.
A simple but effective soup and with the beans it’s surprisingly filling. The packaging is quite good and gives you a preview of what is inside. Oh, and forgot to mention that they’ve got a few awards too! This soup was the SILVER and BRONZE winner at Blas na hEireann National Irish Food Awards. With a long winter ahead, I’ll certainly have to stock up with more of these! Brrrrrr….
Nutritional Info (per 100g):
Energy 218kJ/52 kcal
Fat 1.8g (of which saturates 0.3g)
Carbohydrates 6.1g (of which sugars 2.4g)