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"Salty Noodle Soup with Micro Bits of Chicken?"
Written: Mar 1, 2008
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Tasty, quick, inexpensive.
Cons:They went a bit crazy with the salt.
The Bottom Line: Tasty, and interesting ingredient section. I recommend to most but not all. Salt content is high.
My goodness, it seems every where I turn there is someone coughing and hacking. My oldest came home tonight and said, "Mommy, do we have any chicken soup?" Whenever she says Mommy, I know she is buttering me up for something..lol. She is 17 years old. It turns out she was sick. She came home from work, after working in the drive thru of a fast food place. She said the cooler air must have made her sick. She went searching for the Halls.
I reached to the cupboard and pulled out a very familiar red box, with the Lipton Name: Soup Secret Chicken Noodle with Diced White Chicken Meat. Luckily I caught this product on sale for only $1.19 a package at my local grocery. You get 2 pouches. The serving size says 6 servings, but when you end up with 3 sick children, they tend to gobble down the entire box. One pouch makes 3 cups. They can each eat 2 cups a piece, unless their sick with the stomach flu.
I like to sometimes purchase this product for a fuss free lunch when the kids are home on the weekends. Sometimes I will fix a pouch and add some frozen veggies to it, in hopes that my toddler won't notice the veggies. Usually she only notices the carrots, and will line them up in a row along her high chair top. (I find this very cute, as she tries to count them. I am trying to slip them in her mouth with a spare spoon, hoping she won't notice.)
My toddler and I are the only ones home during the week. Sometimes we make a pouch and split it over the course of two days. I normally scoop up the broth for myself, and give her the carb filled noodles, and the little white meat chicken bits. This works out great, because when I am not eating sweets, I am on a low carb diet. Even if I were to eat a few noodles, the carb count isn't to terribly high.
She really loves the little white meat chicken pieces, although she is always looking for more of them. They are very tiny and your really not getting many like you see on the front of thier package with a spoon full of larger chicken pieces. Sometimes I add a bit of canned chicken just to make her happy. You can't blame her for wanting more of these chicken pieces, after all they do taste good.
Its a good thing I don't have high blood pressure, and had decided to eat more than my one cup serving of soup. At 690 mg per cup, could you imagine doubling that? Most men I know wouldn't be happy with one little cup of soup for lunch. Thats why I think it is a good idea to throw in some add in veggies to stretch that salt out a bit. There is plenty enough to go around. While this soup tastes wonderful, it does taste quite salty. Some folks may not like that much salt. I suppose if I took a real good fancy to this soup, and decided to eat it daily, then all of this blood pressure talk, might catch up with me one day too? >
One day, I found goose on sale sort of..lol at my local Walmart..Tee Hee.. I bought it all up. We have been eating goose ever since. You name it, if I can throw some goose meat in a dish just to get rid of it, or make it taste different I will. You out to add a few pieces of your cooked goose to this soup. My goodness it really goes well.
I was reading on the package one day, that this product has been inspected by the U.S. Department of agriculture. That reminded me of all the problems that have been out with the beef lately. It made me glad I was eating chicken soup and not beef. I guess I should feel better that my soup has been inspected. You just never know now a days.
I was looking on the package and noticed that not only is there a stove top recipe, but also a microwave recipe. I am not much for cooking things in the microwave, but I bet my daughter might find that useful.
I like to use my favorite soup pot, and get my 3 cups of water to a boil, just like it says on the package. I have to use a nice pair of kitchen shears, to open my pouch because I have 1/2 inch spikes for nails, all real by the way. Its no big deal. My shears were in the cabinet drawer next to the stove. I suppose a normal person could open that pouch with no problem, but my hands get very achey from the fibromyalgia some days, I need a bit of help. I think a little serrated line might help us folks out who are in pain.
Anyway.. Once I get the contents of the pouch mixed in, I will cut the fire back to just a simmer, and luckily I don't need a cover according to the directions, because the last time I went to a church function, someone lost my lid! Well just as quick as I can throw a load of wash in the wash machine/ (5 minutes), my soup should be done, and if it isn't I will sit and watch my noodles and poke them with a spoon until I am sure those babies are tender. My little one likes those noodles soft.
We sit down and enjoy a bowl of soup soon after. The baby really likes this soup. I think she likes it so much, because it doesn't have all of the hot seasonings and spices like I normally cook with.
The flavor is really mild, and you can smell this soup and it even smells like there is real chicken in the soup. You can see the little chicken fat spots just floating on top of your soup. Thankfully not as much as if I were to make it myself. Us ladies need to maintain our girlish figures. (Well, at least I do.) At 1.5 grams of fat per serving, I think many people who are on low fat diets might like to know that. Shoot, just let me give you the entire list of Nutritional facts!
Calories from Fat 15
Total Fat 1.5g
Total Carb 12g
Now I should probably give you the ingredients since I have made it this far.
Enriched Egg Noodles, (Wheat Flour, Whole Egg, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) Folic Acid, Maltodextrin, Salt, Chicken White Meat, Chicken Powder, Monosodium Glutamate, Cornstarch, Corn Syrup, Paritally Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Tumeric (for color), Sugar, Parsley, Chicken Fat, Natural Flavors, Spices. Dried*
Did anyone else see it? My word! There is more salt in this soup than chicken?!? Maybe they ought to consider changing the name to "Salty Noodle Soup with Micro Bits of Chicken?" Now I don't mind splurging on a bit of salt, especially when the kids are sick. Salt can be good to replace in the body, in moderation.
Bored No More!!
I noticed on the back of my box that there was an "A-Maze-ing Airplane," maze, just for kids. No one was here except for me and the baby. I ended up doing that maze, while my little girl watched in amaze-ment. Pretty nifty in my opinion.
Overall, I think this is a pretty dandy tasting soup. I would recommend it to those who do not have high blood pressure or heart conditions though. The price of this soup may be inexpensive, but the cost of high blood pressure medications are on the rise. Take Care, and enjoy.. Soups on!
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