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These Two Soups Make My Busy Life So Much Easier — and They’re Ready in Less Than 5 Minutes

published Oct 22, 2019
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Credit: Photo: Christopher Simpson; Food Stylist: Erin Barnhart

You find out who your true friends are when you’re getting ready to move. The real friends aren’t the ones who show up with a pickup truck and a half-dozen rolls of packing tape. No, the realest friends are the ones who ask you whether you’re sure you really want to move, and who remind you how awful the entire process is. Let me explain.

After spending the past several years in a downtown condo in a medium-sized Southern city, I decided it would be a good time to move to a house with a yard and a second bedroom. And a million little problems, apparently.

The one thing that kept me from having a complete meltdown while moving was that my very first delivery from Daily Harvest arrived at my old address on the same day the movers were wrapping my stuff and explaining they didn’t usually break anything. (Ten minutes later, they cheerfully brought me the shards of what used to be a framed picture).

Credit: Photo: Christopher Simpson; Food Stylist: Erin Barnhart

It’s easy to blame moving. But the truth is, there are some days I’m just too busy to eat a healthy, well-balanced meal, no matter how much I want to. That’s why discovering Daily Harvest was a lifesaver. They deliver delicious meals like smoothies, oat bowls, soups, and lattes that are ready to enjoy in minutes directly to your door, either weekly or monthly. Even better, everything is frozen and conveniently pre-portioned. Seriously, every recipe is delicious. Probably because they’re crafted by in-house chefs and nutritionists with the freshest, most nourishing organic fruits and vegetables. Moving or not, Daily Harvest is extremely tasty and convenient. It’s also easy to edit, skip, or even pause your order, which will come in handy the next time I move.

I took the box of frozen smoothies, soups, and Harvest Bowls in my own car, and over the next few days, those combos of hand-picked organic fruits and vegetables were an absolute lifesaver. They saved me a trip to the grocery store, which is truly the last thing on my to-do list during a move. (They also kept me from living entirely on the bags of fun-sized candy that I swore I’d bought for trick-or-treaters.)

All I had to unpack was a blender, which I used for both the smoothies and the soups. I stocked up on Daily Harvest’s two new puréed soups, Sweet Potato + Miso Purée and Butternut Squash + Rosemary Purée. Give them a quick blend before heating, and the result is a thick, creamy, and hearty dish that serves all the cozy fall vibes you can dream of. I unpacked a microwavable bowl, too, until I eventually started heating them on the stove.

But yeah, Daily Harvest was the only thing that went the way it should’ve during my move. It seemed like I’d barely unlocked the front door before a line of carpenters and contractors and plumbers and electricians started weaving their way past the cardboard boxes that were stacked everywhere. If you want to give it a try for yourself, new customers can save $25 off their first box by using the code KITCHN.

Credit: Photo: Christopher Simpson; Food Stylist: Erin Barnhart

Every time someone presented a new problem, Daily Harvest kept me sane. I was kickstarting the morning with a Cold Brew + Cacao smoothie — which contains ashwagandha, an herb believed to reduce stress —when the electrician said that a junction box needed to be rewired, and so did the entire attic. And I’d had maybe two spoonfuls of the ultra-savory Sweet Potato + Miso Purée — a hearty-but-not-too-heavy soup packed with cauliflower, reishi and chaga mushrooms, a hint of jalapeño, and a dash of umami — when the plumber told me that the basement pipes were a flood just waiting to happen.

The next day, I was halfway through the Butternut Squash + Rosemary Purée — an update on a cold-weather classic loaded with maitake mushrooms, kabocha squash, and leeks for an earthy, autumnal flavor — when I had a one-sided conversation about carpenter bees. Sigh. But you know what? Even though things were hectic, I never missed a meal. You can make the soups in less than five minutes, so I didn’t have an excuse not to eat.

Credit: Photo: Christopher Simpson; Food Stylist: Erin Barnhart

Things will settle down…I think. I’ll keep my Daily Harvest plan regardless, although I haven’t decided whether to go with weekly or monthly deliveries. Their cups just make it so easy to have real food — and real superfoods — whether you’re time-crunched because of work, because of your family, or just because of life.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m about to have a Cauliflower Rice + Pesto Harvest Bowl. Fingers crossed that nothing else goes wrong, at least for the next five minutes.