Freezable Soups that Make Great Lunches
January 18 / Posted by
It’s soup season! And if one of your new year’s goals was to save some money and eat a little healthier, then lucky you- we’ve got a simple tip to make packing a lunch every day so much easier!
Soup can be intimidating but it’s a surprisingly approachable meal prep option for people that pack a sack lunch. The trick is to cook up a big pot of it on your day off and freeze it into serving size containers, and you’ve got a really convenient grab and go lunch! Plus, it will keep all the other stuff in your lunch bag nice and cool all day. Now that’s a win-win.
Before we get started, here are a few tips about freezing soup:
- Let soup cool before transferring it to the freezer.
- Hold off on fresh spices or anything the recipe asks you to add at the last minute until after you reheat the soup. These ingredients don’t hold up well to the freezer or the microwave.
- Don’t freeze noodles! Keep them in a separate (refrigerated) container and add them when you reheat the soup.
- When filling your containers, leave a little room at the top to allow for the water in the soup to expand during freezing.
- Freeze your soup in microwave safe containers so that it will be 100% ready to go when you leave for work in the morning. The less you have to prepare the better!
Here are a few options for tasty soups that freeze and reheat nicely:
Tomato Basil is a classic for a reason, and this homemade version using fresh tomatoes is way tastier than canned soup. Make it smooth and creamy or chunky based on your preferences, and easily freeze and reheat it when it suits you.
This creamy soup will pair perfectly with some saltines or grilled cheese sandwiches, or a yummy cup of salad!
Don’t have time to slow cook a fancy soup? Try this one from MyRecipes. It comes together in just 30 minutes! The author of this recipe uses a homemade Thai peanut sauce to speed things up and make this soup a little easier to prepare. It’s also a tasty way to incorporate some veggies into your lunches – it contains sweet potatoes, carrots, and onion. Treat yourself to this yummy soup for lunch and keep the recipe handy for dinners- the author says this makes an impressive soup to serve for guests!
This simple recipe results in a flavorful lunch with surprisingly few ingredients. It’s a yummy tuscan inspired dish, so if you like Italian flavors you’ll really enjoy this option. It contains a healthy serving of beans to keep you full, so it’ll carry you through to the end of your shift! And as a bonus, it comes together in 30-40 minutes, according to the author. Quick, easy, hearty, tasty- what more could you ask for?
What are your favorites soups to make around this time of year? What are your best tips for freezing and reheating soup? Leave your own suggestions in the comments below and help out your fellow travel nurses!