You know, I like soup. When I first started Medifast, I was excited to see some soup options. I figured they would be quick to prepare and easy to create. Boy, was I wrong. I can’t begin to tell you how many times my soups overflowed, creating a crazy mess in my microwave. I also can’t tell you how much I’ve messed with the amounts of water, trying to get the consistency the way I was more used to. But I finally found the BEST way to prepare soup (the Sloppy Joe doesn’t fit into this category, since it’s preparation is meant to create a different consistency).
It involves purchasing a one-cup Thermos brand soup thermos. I have read in other blogs how people did this, but I never really found a mug to fit my needs. Most were too big. Most didn’t keep the soup warm enough. But this one is perfect. So, here’s my process for great Medifast soup:
1) Heat water in a kettle to near boiling. The thermos will help keep the water hot, so you don’t have to boil. If you have a hot water tap (such as we have on our water bottle cooler) this process is even easier!
2) Add the soup packet to the thermos. Fill up with water according to the directions. You will begin to know the level of your thermos for the amount of fluid, so it will be second nature to fill up the thermos. Be careful here, for the water is hot!
4) Close the lid of the thermos. Let it sit for an hour minimum. I suppose if you use hotter water, your time to sit could be reduced. The best thing to do is to prepare this either in the morning and eat it for lunch that day, or about thirty minutes after you eat a meal. This method does not work if you want to eat the soup in five minutes! But it’s great for a working person who wants to eat the soup at a later time.
5) Open the lid and stir. The solids of the soup will settle to the top and the broth of the soup will settle to the bottom. But once you stir (and this is no Medifast b-s here, this is serious) it looks like awesome, homemade soup.
I prefer the Chicken Noodle, the Chicken and Wild Rice, and the Homestyle Beef Stew. But seriously, this is SO MUCH EASIER than heating, praying it doesn’t overflow, stirring, heating again, covering, and letting it sit for 5 minutes. Let me know in the comments if you have any special tricks to preparing your soups or let me know if you use the thermos method already!