Spruced-up soup makes the best dinner

When I see cooking blogs that feature all of the beautiful creations other bloggers make for their dinners each night, I get a little envious. Often by dinnertime I’m too wiped from the day to think about what to fix for dinner so I turn to pre-made options like soups and Amy’s dinners.

Pre-packaged foods can be healthy if they don’t have a lot of sodium, so be sure to look out for that when shopping for dinner. But if you’re like me you may need a little more of a flavor kick and some added bulk so that I’ll actually feel full.

I found Dr. McDougall’s healthy and low-sodium soup for just $2.99 at Whole Foods and fell in love with how healthy it is and how delicious it tastes! By sautéing a few veggies in olive oil and adding a little sea salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper I stretched this delicious lentil soup into 2 full meals and added SO much flavor!

Here are some other veggie and seasoning options if you’re adding to pre-packaged soup:



Black Beans

Quinoa (a grain, but it packs SO MUCH protein and yummy texture!)



Roasted tomatoes

Canned stewed tomatoes


Seasoned salt – a little goes a long way

Dried oregano

Cayenne pepper

Cinnamon (trust me – just a dash with a tomato based sauce or soup is to DIE for!)


Here’s how I bulked up my delicious $2.99 soup!


I chopped an onion, red and yellow peppers, and some mushrooms.


I sautéed them in a little olive oil before adding them to the soup.


 It made a lot!


 It’s the perfect day for a bowl of hot soup.



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