Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Review of Glorious Skinnylicious Soups

I take a look at Glorious' new range of Skinnylicious soups - designed as a lighter option for quick lunches and dinners... 

Glorious soups are one of my favourite ready-made soup brands. I don't buy ready-made soups all that often, but they're handy for having in the fridge for when you need something a bit more warming than a salad or sandwich at short notice. I've always found them to be full of flavour and they're inspired from various flavours around the world - the West African Chicken and Peanut is one of my all-time favourites. I can't get enough of it. 


skinnylicious carrot thai soup pot 

And they've brought out a Skinny low-fat range, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on a few of the soups to try. 

I was sent the Keralan Summer, Goan Tomato and Lentil, New England Butternut Squash, North African Spiced Vegetable and Fragrant Thai Carrot soups. 

The Keralan Summer soup is the spiciest - but rich, with tomatoes and Indian spices. It's warming with the spices and chilli, and was actually one of my favourites.


Keralan Summer Soup - Glorious
Glorious' Keralan Summer soup

The Goan Tomato and Lentil has been a regular lunchtime treat for me for a while now - it's not as spicy as the Keralan Summer soup, though. The tomatoes are chunky and with the lentils you feel as if you've had a full meal after a bowl of this. I love it with a slice of white bread, thickly spread with butter (I realise that this defeats the object of the soup having only 1.3% fat, but there you go). 

The New England Butternut Squash soup is again, rich - and silky. It's blended until smooth and the cumin in the soup gives the whole thing some gentle warmth. There's also a slight fruity sweetness in there, as it's finished with a little mango chutney. Lovely. 

The North African Spiced Vegetable soup was, as it says on the website, inspired by a trip to Istanbul - there's sumac, harissa and Ras El Hanout in there, along with lots of other flavours. The flavour was quite sweet and fruity, but also tangy and mildly spiced. 

The Fragrant Thai Carrot soup is creamy and really fragrant - obviously there's coconut there and you have the Thai flavours of lemongrass, chilli and coriander. My children had a taste of this and found they could tolerate it - it's one of the less spicy soups from the range I was sent.

skinnylicious carrot thai soup
Glorious' Fragrant Thai Carrot soup


In all, I enjoyed the Glorious soups in the Skinny range - some are a lot more spicy than others, like the Keralan Summer, for example - but soups like the New England Butternut and North African vegetable soups are milder. I like the soups because they taste natural - and they're a fuss-free and simple way of experiencing different flavours from around the world - lunchtimes can be a bit boring with the same old ham sandwich and these soups help perk it up, with the added bonus of being lower in fat than many other brands.

Do you like the Glorious range of soups? Which are your favourites? 

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