When it is cold and you need a quick warming lunch what do you think of? Me? I think of soup, so on these freezing days in Melbourne I’m going to talk about Pitango Soups and Meals gluten free range. Pitango is a New Zealand based company and I first started enjoying their meals a few years back. My favourite being the chicken and garlic risotto that can be found in Woolworths or Coles. Using no additives or preservatives and free range chicken and pork in their soups they are deliciously perfect for lunch.
The original range that I enjoyed was served in pouches, each pouch contained 2 serves and worked really well for quick dinners. You can simply pour the soup into a bowl and microwave. Their website lists their full range, however, I’ll just be going over the few we can get here in Australia. For my New Zealand readers you have a wider range to choose from. Just head over to their NZ website to check them all out. The pouch range sold in Australia of soups and meals contains:
Organic Pumpkin and Ginger Soup
This soup is certified organic, gluten free, vegetarian and 99% fat-free. For those with allergies it contains onion and garlic and can be purchased from Woolworths for $7.50 Personally I’m not a big fan of ginger in pumpkin soup, but this is quite nice.
Free Range Chicken and Vege Soup
The combination of thyme and sweet paprika definitely makes for a delicious lunch. It is gluten free, uses free range chicken and has no added preservatives. Of course, it contains chicken making it unsuitable for vegetarians or vegans. The soup also contains corn starch, onion and garlic. This one can also be purchased from Woolworths for $7.50. I really enjoy this one for again a quick dinner with a side of crusty gluten free bread.
Free Range Spring Lamb Soup
If you need something a bit heartier and filling than the chicken soup, you should definitely try the Spring Lamb. The mix of lamb and red wine gives this soup a meatier flavour. The addition of a touch of chilli definitely helps with the warming sensations. For those with other allergies, this does contain corn starch, onion and garlic. Again this can be purchased from Woolworths for $7.50.
Chicken and Garlic Risotto
That’s it for the gluten free soup pouches, however as mentioned before they do risotto as well. Again the risotto has two serves per pack and they are delicious. Using free range chicken and obviously being gluten free this is a really easy meal for those days when you don’t want to try so hard. It does have dairy, garlic, onion and fennel for anyone with additional allergies and uses Arborio rice. Often I’ll serve this meal for 2 up with a side salad and call it a night. These can be purchased from Woolworths for around $6. This also comes in the risotto for one meal pots from Coles for $4.
Pumpkin, Leek and Spinach Risotto
If you need a vegetarian option instead then the Pumpkin, Leek and Spinach risotto would be the best option. Gluten free and vegetarian this meal for two has a creamy sauce very similar to that of the chicken and garlic. It does contain Dairy, Garlic, Onion and fennel for those with allergies. You may notice the rennet in the cheese but that Is a vegetarian non-animal rennet.
Tomato, Feta and Basil Risotto
The final risotto in the pouches is the Tomato, Feta and Basil Risotto. I, unfortunately, haven’t got a photo because I haven’t seen it in a while. I hope it is still around as it is delicious. It does contain dairy, onion, garlic and of course tomato if you have allergies.
Recently alongside the pouch range, Pitango has also released meal pots. These are single serve meal for one pots that I have only found in Coles for the moment. The range includes Paella, Risotto, Chilli, Curry and Soups so there is really something for most people. In the range that I’ve found in Australia there are:
Chicken and Garlic Risotto and Leek, Pumpkin and Spinach
As above but as a single serving instead of two. These are in an easy to heat microwave bowl for simple lunches.
Super Greens Super Soup
My lunch for today, the super greens soup is definitely the least appealing in terms of appearance. However, it packed a punch of flavour. Filled with peas and lots of other greeny goodness it is really filling and satisfying. I picked it up from Coles for $3.99.
Free Range Butter Chicken and Brown Rice
If a greens soup isn’t your thing then check out the Free Range butter chicken. It contains a mix of basmati and brown rice providing a filling meal. The pot is packed with vegetables in the form of sweet potato, cauliflower and capsicum and contains dairy, honey, ginger, garlic, onion and coconut cream. It’s definitely a mild spice too for those who can’t handle the heat. It can be purchased from Coles for around $6.
Free Range Spanish Chicken Paella
The paella is gluten free, dairy free with free range chicken. You can find it for around $6 in Coles and it has a beautiful taste. For those with allergies, it does contain onion, garlic, yeast extract and corn starch. These make really easy go to work lunches.
Mexican Bean and Pulled Pork Chilli
The final gluten free meal pot is the Mexican bean and pulled pork chilli meal pot for one. The meal is gluten free, dairy free and has no added preservatives. It has a wonderful smoky heat which is really addictive. This one is probably one that I’ll have for lunch at least once a month if not more. I’ll have to work on making more at home to save some money. For those with additional allergies brown rice, garlic, corn starch, onion and soy. Like the others, this can be picked up in Coles for $6.
That is my short review and overview of the Pitango soups. While some may seem really easy to make at home, it’s always fantastic to have quick options. These options are great for work, when you get home late or if you need to pick something up on the way to a gathering or party. Whatever your reason I hope you enjoy the gluten free Pitango range.
For recall notifications and subscriber perks, sign up to the newsletter.
Until Next Time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.