By Kathy Mak
Finding time to cook healthy and hearty meals can be a challenge for people with a hectic lifestyle, and that is why Paulette Hawkings created a line of flavourful, nutrient-rich meal options that are fuss-free to make. Her Simply Delish Soup and Salad products are wholesome and tasty meals made easy with blends of dry ingredients for whipping up a delicious soup, chilli, Jambalaya, salad or dessert. All dishes require minimal effort but are maxed on comforting, home-cooked flavours!
Based in Langley, Paulette launched the family-run business in 2010 after diligently sourcing the right balance of quality ingredients, and trialing a variety of unique recipes to shorten the time of meal preparation at home. Nowadays, Brad (Paulette`s son) and his wife, Chelsey are running the company. Their 24+ deliciously handcrafted products use all natural and non-processed ingredients (local and organic when possible). These nourishing and simple-to-cook meals are a great staple in any pantry, particularly for healthy-minded folks with a full schedule.
Simply Delish Soup and Salad focuses on nutritious ingredients, primarily fiber-rich legumes, grains, and quality spices. The current line-up features mixed dry ingredients to make: 12 soups, 5 crock pot dishes, 5 salads, and 2 desserts.
Packaged ingredients, including the soup base, are: all natural, gluten-free, vegan, low or no sodium, and msg-free.
Dry ingredients are simply combined and/or cooked with water as well as suggested fresh ingredients; hot dishes are cooked either on the stovetop or in a crockpot. For each package, prepare to ladle up between 8-10 cups of super-filling food (serves 4-5 people).
The products are the quintessential comfort food for home enjoyment, but they’re also ideal for convenient meals on weekend getaways, boating trips, camping, and RVing.
Suggestions for adding fresh vegetables are included in each recipe, along with other protein options. Feel-good hearty recipes range from Mulligatawny Soup, Smoky Black Bean Quinoa Chili and By the Bayou Jambalaya to Cranberry Almond Quinoa Salad.
Simply Delish Soup and Salad sell their packaged products at their artisan shop (located at Gasoline Alley in Fort Langley), various farmers markets and select shops in the Metro Vancouver, as well as online.