WIN-It-Wednesday: Pacific Soup Starters

One of my favorite dishes at my local Thai restaurant is a nice simmering gluten-free pot of fresh broth, veggies, chicken and rice noodles. Going out to eat and getting this favorite dish has been a real treat for me because it is one dish that I have no idea how to even start to duplicate at home.

But now things have changed.

Thanks to Pacific Natural Foods and their line of  Soup Starters - including Vietnamese-style Pho, Tortilla, and Thai Tom Yum –  I’ve been able to create an even better version of my Thai restaurant favorite… right in my very own kitchen.

I love that Pacific Natural Foods has created Soup Starters…  a quick and easy short-cut to once mysterious dishes. No searching for hard-to-find ethnic ingredients and no simmering on the stove for hours. These organic, gluten-free and non-GMO Soup Starters do all the leg work for you – and get you started in creating fast and easy restaurant favorites from scratch.

Today for lunch I created my very own customized Tom Yum Soup for one. It took just 20 minutes to make from start to finish. Pacific Soup Starters also have a resealable container that allows you to use just the amount needed and refrigerate the rest for another meal. No waste. No fuss.

I customized this sweet and spicy soup full of ingredients I love: Grilled chicken cooked up in some Sweet Red Chili Sauce, Vermicelli Rice Noodles, water chestnuts, pea pods and bell peppers – all simmered in the Tom Yum soup base and topped with chopped cilantro and green onions. I t was yummy… AND low-calorie!  For the recipe click here.

By now you all can tell how excited I am that Pacific Natural Foods is this WIN-It-Wednesday’s sponsor! =)

A total of four (4) BeFreeForMe members will be selected to win a prize pack that includes one of each of the three varieties of the Soup Starters: Tom Yum, Tortilla, and Pho. Two winner will be randomly selected from the entries received before Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST, and two more winners will be randomly selected to win from the entries received between Wednesday, January 16 and Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM. SO – make sure you enter to win two times!

How can you win?
Easy?

Reply to this blog and let us know which Pacific Natural Foods Soup Starter sounds the best to you, and if you want…. let us know what ingredients you would use to customize your very own soup pot.

Good luck, remember that sometimes it takes just a little push to get started… and as always,
Be Free!

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58 Responses to “WIN-It-Wednesday: Pacific Soup Starters”

  1. melissa Says:

    the pho starter sounds the best, I haven’t had Pho since college!

  2. Erin Lane Says:

    Tortilla soup starter sounds awesome. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Susan Says:

    They all sound great but I especially like the Thai Tom Yum!

  4. Brittany @ Barr & Table Says:

    I would definitely want to try the Pho starter. I would toss in some rice noodles, thinly sliced white onion, scallion, thai basil, bean sprouts, and thinly sliced beef. Yum!

  5. Katheryn Says:

    I have no experience in these soups but I hope to learn!

  6. Denise C Says:

    Tortilla soup sounds very yummy with some grilled chicken, hominy, black beans, and toasted tortilla strips. Nice comfort food for a cold winter day.

  7. tomi Says:

    I love all the Pacific Natural products. The Tortilla sounds like the best to me.

  8. Cecelia Says:

    I love any kind of soups and I would love to try this.

  9. cindy w. Says:

    The Tortilla soup starter sounds great. I love Pacific brand products. Thank you for the giveaway.

  10. Angie W Says:

    I think the Tom Yum sounds fantastic– so easy to customize!

  11. Margoka Says:

    I would like to try the Thai tom Yum soup, and customize it with curry powder, rice noodles and lemon grass.

  12. Eileen Says:

    The Tortilla sounds good to me, haven’t heard of these soups.

  13. julie Says:

    chciken pho sounds good

  14. Joan R. Says:

    I’m very interested in making recipes using the Pho and Tom Yum starters. I thought I would have to start from scratch. Thanks to Pacific I’ll have a head start!!

  15. Cassie Says:

    All three soups sound delicious to me. I would find them easily used in college campus with the steamed veggies and rice noodles or with tortilla strips, either chicken or steak pieces, and beans.

  16. Kim Says:

    The tortilla soup starter sounds really good to me! I would add grilled chicken, black beans, scallions, and tomatoes. Yummy for the tummy!

  17. Meghan O'Connor Says:

    I’d like to try the tortilla soup, as that’s one I normally make at home. I’d love to see how it measures up!

  18. Christina Says:

    Pho!! Sounds like great fun for yummy dinner experiments!

  19. Kimberley Says:

    They all sound delicous if I have to pick one I would try the tortilla

  20. Michelle Says:

    I’d like to try the Tortilla Soup Starter, mexican is a favorite in our house!

  21. Kim Pennington Says:

    All three sound great- I would add chicken, rice noodles and maybe some fresh spinach leaves to the Tom Yum.

  22. Theresa Gates Says:

    I have not seen these in stores yet so have no idea what I would make but we eat a big bowl of soup at least once a week. In Alaska soup just goes well in the winter and its a hearty dinner. would love to try these.

  23. Debi Says:

    They all sound good…..I guess the tortilla would be a good start to try as we eat that more often. The others sound good and any would be great to try. I love Pacific Foods, they have so many GF options (condensed soups are wonderful for fast, convenient side dishes and meals). Thank you Pacific Foods!

  24. Susan Says:

    All of these sound so good … I believe the Tom Yum will be my favorite!

  25. Forress Says:

    These all sound very good. But I think I would have to start with the Tortilla soup. My wife makes a taco soup and I am thinking that this would be a great starter for her soup.

  26. Deb Gowlland Says:

    I would love to try the tortilla starter! I would add chicken, cilantro, diced tomatoes and of course the tortilla chips!!

  27. Susan Says:

    All three sound great and would be a wonderful addition to my kitchen.

  28. Erica D. Says:

    Already tried the PHO and loved it! I’d love to try the TOM YUM! :) YUM <3

  29. Karen Says:

    I would try the pho first, the tortilla soup and the tom yum soup both sound intriguing but the pho is the one I would start with.

  30. cb Says:

    I would try the Thai Tom Yum and add lots of shrimp. Never enough shrimp when ordered out !

  31. Sue Says:

    I would love to try the Pho but they all sound good. I love making soup this time of year.

  32. Ellen Says:

    They all sound great to try….I cook from scratch many days of the week and would love to try them all. It is cold in CT and soup is part of dinner at least 2-3 days a week. My family would love to be treated to new flavors…I especially am intrigued by the Thai Tom Yum flavor to infuse flavor to my menu.

  33. Cara Says:

    The Pho sounds wonderful!!!

  34. Ray Says:

    The Tortilla starter gets my vote!

  35. megan Says:

    i would love to try the tom yhum starter! i would add tofu shirataki noodles, light coconut milk, a little bit of red curry paste, and lots of fresh herbs and veggies (sprouts, cilantro, broccoli/broccoli slaw, maybe some chopped zucchini, scallions…)

    thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  36. Karen S Says:

    I thought the lunch you created with the Tom Yum soup started sounded great. I’d love to give making my own Tom Yum for one a try!

  37. Renata Says:

    I’d like to try the Pho and add some chicken and veggies to it!

  38. cindy w. Says:

    I would like to try all the varieties. I tend to get in a rut with gf cooking. Thank you for the giveaway.

  39. Katheryn Says:

    Reading the other responses is inspiring me to make soup!

  40. Annie Says:

    Pho!!!! Carrots peppers celery chicken and rice noodles….yum!

  41. Linda Says:

    I make tortilla soup frequently.Iwould like to try that starter to see if it would save me some time in the kitchen.

  42. Sue Says:

    Can’t wait to try all of them. Just add a few fresh ingredients and dinners on the table.

  43. Chris Says:

    I’d say Thai sounds good right now. I need some spice!

  44. Christina Says:

    Tom yum sounds good too! Thanks for another chance to win!

  45. pat J Says:

    I am not familiar with any of these soup starters, but I love the other Pacific soups. So I am sure they are very good. I would love to experiment with them though. Thanks for the drawing.

  46. julie Says:

    chicken pho sounds good with some rice noodles and veggies

  47. Georgiana Says:

    I’ve never tried these and the Pho sounds delicious to add some barley and veggies too!

  48. BETH MILES Says:

    They all sound great & would love to try them!

  49. Joan R. Says:

    Would love to try all three. IN TO WIN!!!

  50. Julie E Says:

    I love their Chicken Pho, if you haven’t tried it your missing out!

  51. Sue M Says:

    During the winter months, I try to make a meal that includes soup. Creating a soup from a base that can add a different flavor will be exciting. Playing around with the starters will let me bring back to my family soups we have not had in a long time. Along with soups, I wonder if the starter will help to make gravies and mashed vegetables. It sounds like the possibilities can be endless.

  52. TXEdie Says:

    All the starter varieties sound delicious — memories of these soups are vivid from my pre-Celiac days. I can’t wait to try all of them, starting with Thai Tom Yum. Thai food is so good, but it does take special spices, etc. and having a “starter” base will be wonderful! Pacific is a top quality, reliably gluten-free brand and I am delighted to see these new products.

  53. Forress Says:

    I would really like to try the Pho. But I would have to make it two different ways. Traditional beef for me and then with ham for my wife. Well then if the grandkids are here would have to do a chicken one for them. Man I am going to be doing a lot of cooking, lol. But love to do that so sooner you send it to me the faster I can get started ;-)

  54. Misty Says:

    I love Pho, so the starter sounds like a winner to me. I make it from home, but I never get the flavors right. I might add star anise to the starter to boost the flavor.

  55. Kim Says:

    The tortilla starter sounds great!!

  56. Erin Lane Says:

    Just saw these in the store. I am still going with the tortilla soup starter as the best sounding, but I bet they are all great.

  57. Kathleen Reale Says:

    Soups On… for these lucky folks! Congrats on being a winner!
    1.) Susan from Oregon
    2.) Eileen from Illinois
    3.) Linda from Wisconsin
    4.) Misty from California
    Be Free!
    Kathleen

  58. gluten free pizza calgary Says:

    my 11 month old has a milk allergy and now starting her on soy milk its so expensive. i was at the store yesterday and saw lactose free milk and wasn’t sureif i could give her that instead

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