Vegan Grilled Cheese and Dill Pickle Soup

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I have a lot of pickles in my fridge and someone on Instagram had mentioned dill pickle soup. I thought it sounded interesting but I didn’t look up a recipe.  I was using things I had in my house as I  haven’t gone grocery shopping for awhile. I added vegan butter, half an onion, 1 potato, a few pickles, and lots of spices to the soup maker. I used curry powder, dried parsley, smoked paprika, mushroom seasoning, salt and pepper. I turned the soup maker on and went to do a workout. The soup maker is still my favourite gadget.  I am always amazed by how good things turn out in the soup maker. I will make this soup again but I will use more vegetables next time to get a creamier texture.  I found this really good applewood vegan cheddar block from the UK at Save-On-Foods on sale for $8.99. I thought it was expensive when I bought  but the block lasted a long time and it melts great the best melting vegan cheese I have tried so far. You can see the cheese here on my second Instagram accoun

My experience with meal kits





Meal kits are when you are sent a bag of ingredients and you cook your meal. My attitude has always been I like going to the grocery store and cooking everything myself or get a fully cooked meal from a restaurant. To me meal kits seemed to be an in between that isn’t for someone like me. 

I like free things though so awhile ago I was given a free meal kit from a different company Good Food. It was okay I don’t follow recipes I didn’t use all the ingredients and the food was just okay. I did like that it is convenient if going on vacation or sick and can’t get to the grocery store so I kept the account its easy to keep the account and not buy anything. 

When I was recovering from surgery I couldn’t get to the grocery store so I thought it would be perfect to try another company. This time I tried Hello Fresh. The food was extremely tasty but there were so many steps and so many dishes needed to make anything. I have changed to a vegan diet and they only offer the option of getting vegetarian boxes and not using ingredients. I feel this is too wasteful they have said that they will offer vegan in the future. Their customer service confused me as I got many different replies to the same question. They decided to cancel my subscription as they don’t currently offer vegan options. 

I decided to research if there are any vegan meal kits in my area. I came across Veganofoods and Mannameals. The pictures for Vegano looked so good. Mannameals is a little different you reheat the food instead of cooking it. I always take my time and follow social media before I buy anything. I couldn’t decide which of the two I should try. Then Vegano had a promo for a free box and I got that. They also have a marketplace which is free delivery if you have a meal kit. I ordered a vegan tiramisu and some sproud pea milk. A link to a picture of tiramisu on my Instagram @livingvancouverloca

When delivery day came I got a text delivery would be in 15 minutes. I wasn’t sure how the driver got in my building without buzzing me the box was outside my apartment door. The box seemed very small for a meal kit. It was just my marketplace order. I got a text later that delivery would now be the next day. I was glad I work at home so was easy to rearrange my schedule. Delivery in my area is on Sundays normally. I waited for the delivery suspected it wasn’t coming then I got a call they explained that my kit had been damaged they couldn’t make a replacement. I was disappointed because I hadn’t bought groceries for the week. The customer service was great they gave me a credit and adjusted my order so I would get the following week. 

I was a little skeptical that I would receive the kit this week. I now have it and am impressed with how little packaging there is compared to other meal kits. The meals are in paper bags that all go in the fridge and have QR code’s on them for instructions. 




I am trying to decide on which meal to make today. All meals are vegan. I am trying to choose between udon with cabbage, French onion Mac and cheese, Palak paneer (tofu). 

You can see all the meals on my Instagram @livingvancouverloca the see next post for my experience making these meals 




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