Lunch Packing 101: Build Your Own Soup Bowl

You’ve got a million things on your office to-do list, your stomach is growling, and it would be so easy to run off to your favorite fast food joint. But…might we suggest a quick, delicious, ultra-healthy alternative that’ll impress both your appetite and your office mates?

Today we’re teaching you how to build your own “just add water” healthy soup bowl. There are lots of recipes online that you can follow, but if you know what the building blocks are then your customization options are limitless!

The Basics:

  • Soup Flavoring — mix and match curry paste, miso paste, Better Than Bouillon paste, chicken, beef or fish paste, gochujang, coconut aminos, sesame oil, soy sauce, lime juice
  • Starchy Base — cooked pasta, glass noodles, zoodles, ramen
  • Protein — tofu cubes, shredded chicken, cubed ham, cooked shrimp
  • Vegetables — peas, peppers, onions, mushrooms, squash, celery, scallions, corn
  • Spices — salt and pepper, prepared seasoning, freshly chopped herbs

The above examples are just the tip of the iceberg, so don’t limit yourself. Also, don’t get too caught up in measurements. For flavoring, about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon is plenty and you can add spices to taste. As far as putting it all together, we’ll show you a simply and surprisingly savory option that we whipped up ourselves. In addition to the above, you’ll need a bowl with lid (we’re using our Savor the Scenery Container Set).

Let’s Get Started!

Our fresh vegetable soup contains zucchini noodles, chopped peppers, onions, portobello mushrooms, Better Than Boullion vegetable paste, and siracha seasoning.

Step One: Add Paste

Put your paste at the very bottom so it’ll be easy to stir and disseminate once you add water. About 1/2 to 1 teaspoon is plenty for concentrated pastes.

Step Two: Load Up Your Bowl

Add your starchy base (zoodles in our case) and then your chopped veggies. Top it with some spices and seasoning and then refrigerate until you’re ready to add hot water. You can make several batches in advance and store for up to five days. Just make sure your container is tightly sealed.

Step Three: Break It out at the Office

When you’re ready to eat lunch, simply add very hot (near boiling) water and mix well. Let it set for about two to three minutes and then enjoy. Don’t forget to pack some yummy fruit to munch on, as well. We opted for some gala apples and sunflower butter. Yum!

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