Wednesday, December 2, 2009

V8 Soup Review & Artichoke Sammy

Have you entered my Aurorae Yoga Mat giveaway yet?

The weather in SC today is nuts! There were thunderstorms and tornado (!) warnings throughout the day. Luckily, I was able to fit in a 6 mile run outside before the second set of massive downpours.

After my run, I ran out to do a few errands and got some laundry/ironing done.
For dinner tonight, we finally tried the new V8 Garden Vegetable Blend soup I received a few weeks ago. I cooked it up and added some beans for additional protein. I had mine with a side of more veggies and fruit:

And some TJ's Corn Tortilla flats


On the side of Josh's soup, he had an artichoke and cheese sandwich. I roasted up some artichokes with a little olive oil and some spices and put them on top of a toasted roll:


I then topped the sandwich with cheese and put it under the broiler to melt:


All together now with a little pineapple:


The new V8 soup is FANTASTIC! Its thick (I love thicker soups) and filling. I loved the flavor. Run out and get yourself some today!!
Random question- if you had some extra money this holiday season, what would you get for yourself or someone special? Is there a new gadget you’ve been wanting? Or an extra special gift you’ve been wanting to get for your significant other or family member?

55 comments:

Anna said...

I love to indulge in those once a year holiday treats (for me, they're Baci, Pannetone, and Peppermin Mochas). That sandwich is so cute; it reminds me of artichoke dip! :D

lesley lifting life said...

The weather is supposed to be pretty gross here the next few days too! Yuck!

Artichoke sammy?? Erica, that is my kind of sammy! : )

Jessica said...

Ugh the weather is RAINING here and its awful. Im not sure what Id buy? I have everything I want...maybe a new camera?

Ashley Lauren said...

I love artichokes :) I can't believe I've never thought of that kind of sandwich!!

I'd love to get my husband an iphone, but it would triple the monthly bill. Ugh. It would be really cool though!

homecookedem said...

What a unique sounding sammie! I will HAVE to try that out sometime!! And soup looks quite tasty as well.

If I had extra $, I'd buy lots - an iPhone, an iPod, DVR, Wii... all the cool stuff it seems everyone else has, lol ;)

K from ksgoodeats said...

Tornados?! Holy cow! That's crazy!! I haven't broken into my V8 stash but I'm so pleased that you liked it. That sandwich!? Genius!! Pure genius!

I treated myself with a new camera. I'm still getting used to it but I love it so far!

VeggieGirl said...

Crazy weather here too - hang in there!

Maria said...

I don't feel sorry for your rainy days. It is FREEZING in Utah:) I have never tried that soup, I usually make our own soups...glad you enjoyed it!

I would buy lots of food for the food banks and toys for needy kids. I would also buy my family members and hubs a few special items:)

Angela said...

Yum, your pictures look delicioussss. I've been wanting to get a different heart monitor watch. My polar comes with a chest strap that can sometimes make me less likely want to wear it. I love yours!

lizzy said...

MMm an artichoke sammie sounds so delish!!

i think if i had extra money, i would buy a WII or a new ipod! :)

Esi said...

Stay outta the rain!! The sandwich sounds good. If I had extra money I would get a car..nothing fancy. Can you believe I survive without one in LA?!

Lauren said...

I keep hearing good things on this soup. I think I need to give it a try.

And I love the artichoke sammy idea! I am thinking it would also be fantastic on Pumpernickel bread. Okay, you've sparked an idea now for a great sammy creation!!! As soon as I can chew again, I'm on it. ;)

Have a great night girl.

Fresh Local and Best said...

I like your artichoke sandwich. Holiday gift ideas: special bottle of wine, as gadgets - iPhone?

Stephanie @ cookinfanatic said...

Ooo that soup does look thick & good (def prefer thicker soups too!) I really like the artichoke sammie, I totally just recently became obsessed with those lil' marinated suckers and really need to try them this way!

Molly said...

I really need some new running shoes...Mine are quite literally falling two pieces (as in, the fabric part of the shoe is hanging onto the sole by half-inch bands). I get free shoes through Nike, but I have to wait for them to come in. I would love to just run to Fleet Feet and buy a pair!
That artichoke sammie is drool-worthy!

Pam said...

Glad u r safe! I would buy a new camera or food processor or a pull golf cart for hubby!

Great ?!

Enjoy!

Julie said...

ha! is this question about you realllly?

well IF it were me i thiink i would want a dehydrator. i'm no vegan or vegitarian but i think making dried fruits would be super fun.

but really a good old louis v saddle bag in the checkered print would make my heart skip 10,000 beats. haha but that's a shot in the dark fo sho.

mmmm soup :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

artichoke sammy? girllll I love arti's. But normally they are slathered in an oil bath in a glass jar OR with ridic sodium in a can. Any tips?

Extra cash. Hands down would put wood floors in my in-home yoga studio, would pimp up the alter front display area and would buy a bunch of cool artifacts and statues and such.

Sarah w said...

I was holding onto some extra cash leftover from my march birthday. I've been eyeing the garmin 305 forerunner and it recently dropped drastically in price - from $300-140!!! Anyways, I was goin to use the cash for that but my mother in law is getting as an Xmas gift for me. So instead I splurged on a pair of black woven Uggs. I know I know but they keep my feet warm and I'm always cold! Plus I'm in love with the woven ones. Can't beleive I spent $140. Lol. But now I have black casual boots and all is well in the world :).

Jessie (vegan-minded) said...

Yum, I love artichokes, perfect sandwich. If I had extra money (a lot) to spend I would definitely get a Canon digital SLR. I want one so bad, but cannot afford it any time soon.

Britt said...

Yum, that artichoke sandwich looks so good! I've tried a few of the V8 soups, some good some eh.

If I had some $$ to spare I would get myself a digital SLR camera or a Garmin Forerunner. But I'd probably spend in on friends and family... or maybe a fun party with all of them!

Dawn Dishes It Out said...

Mmm, the artichoke sandwich looked great!

As for extra cash, I would finally finish our den!!

inmytummy said...

The weather in Atlanta was crappy today too. I really wanted to stay in bed!

My fiance just bought an Ipod touch and is obsessed with it.

inmytummy said...

The weather in Atlanta was crappy today too. I really wanted to stay in bed!

My fiance just bought an Ipod touch and is obsessed with it.

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I love artichokes! They are so good to eat!

Anne said...

The soup looks really yummy! Hmm, I want a blackberry but I don't want to pay for the service ;) And I do want a new ipod, but I'm having a hard time justifying that until my current one completely cops out. Sooo... I don't know. I think I'd want to use it to buy gifts for the Salvation Army "angel tree" program. My family and I already got stuff from 2 kids wishlists for them, but I wish I could do more.

I hope your weather clears up!

laura dishes said...

With unlimited cash, I'd plan and take my family on a nice vacation! I always love it when we all get together b/c it's not always easy to do!

just me said...

ohhh....love that sandwich! it's screaming my name; i love artichoke hearts!!!

Holly said...

i totally agree with you on the soup - LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Oooh, that V8 soup does look thick and delicious. I always forget about soup, but when I make it, I love it. Should really eat it more often, especially now that it's getting colder.

If I had extra money, I would spend it on my family's Christmas gifts. Love buying stuff for my parents after they spent so much money on me growing up.

Artichoke sandwich - that's my kind of "grilled cheese". :)

ktbwood said...

ahh i love artichokes!! so much flava.
yeah it was so gross here today! rainy and FREEZING.

Kris | iheartwellness.com said...

Good post and question!! I love giving at christmas and I can't wait to do so this year!! I usually spoil my sis of all people.

That soup looks so good!! I love hearty soups

what can you recommend to a girl that needs to do cardio but hates it?? Lol, I need to get running, but I am not good at it.....lol

xxoo

*Naomi* said...

yum! artichoke sammie sounds fantastic, and with the melted cheese-yowwwza great idea, erica!!

if I had extra cash! i would LOVE to get a toy like yours that tracks HR and calorie burn, I think I shall get one :)

Erica said...

Sarah W- I can't get onto your blog?? But I wanted to let you know that I've been wanting those SAME uggs in grey!

Paige@ RunningaroundNormal said...

How are the corn flat breads? They sound verrry good:)

I've been wanting a BOSU ball, but that's not directly related to running. Hmm..

A said...

i so want a mini hp i wasnt going to get one but i was given some cash as an early christmas gift so i think im going to go for it.
Otherwise i really want a kindle.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Oh wowee that whole meal looks yuuuummy! I am not a fan of packaged soups, but even that looks delish.

I need to get a new laptop for Christmas, because mine is suffering from old age! Fingers crossed Santa get's the message :-P

emptynutjar said...

I have never tried V-8. I do have Amys though. I have never tried artichokes either. Have a nice day :)

Dawn said...

yep I had been meaning to try that soup. so glad you did and that you liked it. and so glad it's thick--I love thicker soups, I am not a broth girl.

Katie said...

Oh my gosh -- your dinner looked amazing. And the roasted artichoke hearts?? Totally going for that tonight. Happy Thursday!

Holly said...

v8 soup is the best for something quick and easy!!

Hmmm...if I had some extra $$$, I would probably be boring and use it to help pay off my couch or TV! And maybe save some for Vegas. :-) Gosh, I sound selfish?! Okay - I would definitely donate to Riley's Children's Hospital (in Indy), too!

Deva (Voracious Vorilee) said...

If I had extra money this year I would buy a digital kitchen scale and a Garmin Forerunner :-)

I love thick Veggie soups!

Rose said...

Good idea with the artichokes!

Krista said...

If I had some extra $$ I would buy a new dining room set. But if I had a significant amount, I would totally take the fam on a trip some place warm.

Hate tornado warnings. *shiver*

Thanks for the review on the soup...

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

V8 soup huh? Can't say I was a big fan of V8, but this looks pretty good.

I would definitely get a food processor. I think I am ready!

bhealthier said...

hmm artichoke and cheese sandwich looks SO GOOD!

I can't wait to get my V8 samples to review!

kilax said...

I have been wondering how those soups are! Thanks for the review. I think adding beans is a good idea.

If I had extra money, I would give my husband a holiday gift. We cannot afford to exchange gifts this year (that is the plan right now anyway).

Dawn (HealthySDLiving) said...

Mmmmm artichokes are one of my favorite things! Looks so delicious and I'm definitely going to try the soup, thanks!

Anne Marie said...

That sandwich looks out of this world!

Heather said...

Yum that artichoke sammy looks so good. Makes me hungry!

eatingtolivelovelaughtri said...

I love artichoke hearts. They make everything taste better...well, maybe not ice cream but almost everything!

Yum Yucky said...

I finally saw this soup on the shelves. But I didn't buy it. Why didn't I buy it?

I need a head smack, but not too hard, please.

teresa said...

mmm, i'm going to have to try that soup! i love the artichokes, delish!

hmmm, a flat screen tv is what my and the hubs are really drooling over right now.

Shannon said...

if i had a little extra, i'd probably spend it on someone else (my rents!)

Aggie said...

Oh you've got me craving artichokes!! Yum!