CedarLean Lentil Vegetable Soup and Samosa WrapCedarLean All Natural Lentil Vegetable Soup and Samosa Wrap and I didn’t get off to a good start. When I opened the box, black plastic pieces fell out. I freaked. It turned out the edge of the bowl broke. No pieces got into the soup itself, so I deemed it safe. I microwaved the soup and carefully grabbed the edges to pull it out. Since it was missing a small piece, I was extra careful. Didn’t matter. The soup spilled. So be sure to put it on a small microwave-safe plate.

The Indian-inspired Lentil Vegetable Soup turned out to be a big bland and dry disappointment. I’ve had lentil soup many times and the lentils weren’t soft. They needed to be cooked more before they went into the package. Sure, adding a little salt would improve it, but it could’ve been spiced better without requiring more sodium.

I had better luck with the samosa wrap filled with potatoes, peppers, green peas and spices. Holding it all together is a low-fat wheat flour tortilla that lived up to expectations. The filling, while definitely oozing with Indian flavors, was average. The veggies didn’t look as bright and plump as they do on the cover. (Of course.) I cut it carefully and you can see the difference. Since I didn’t finish the soup, I can’t speak to how much the meal fills you up as the soup is important and the wrap is smaller than a typical wrap. What do you expect when the whole thing is 230 calories?

Nutrition facts: 230 calories, 6g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 480mg sodium, 39g total carbohydrates, 5g dietary fiber, 4g sugar, 10g protein

CedarLean Minestrone soup and Mediterranean WrapThe soup gets 2 stars and the wrap 3 stars.

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CedarLean All Natural Minestrone Soup and Mediterranean Wrap also had a piece broken off on the bowl. But none of it got into the soup since the plastic was on tight and it had no holes. The Minestrone Soup tasted like watered down tomato broth with soft vegetables and beans. Although it had a tinge of spiciness, it wasn’t enough to save the soup nor did add a little salt. And there was fewer veggies and pasta than what the photo on the box showed.

Look at that pitiful wrap. I cut it carefully after letting it sit a minute to cool. The samosa wrap survived the cut far better than this one did. But this one beats the samosa in flavor. I love eggplant, so it was a treat to have that along with tomatoes and cheese. I don’t eat cheese often and even this small wrap had a nice amount of cheesiness as you can see it. Messy yet tasty wrap.

Was it filling? I found the soup not worth finishing. So it wouldn’t be a fair assessment.

Nutrition facts: 220 calories, 8g fat, 2g saturated fat, 5mg cholesterol, 700mg sodium, 31g carbs, 5g dietary fiber, 4g sugar, 10g protein.

The soup gets 2 stars and the wrap 3.5 stars.

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Cedarlean Butternut Squash Soup and Quinoa WrapCedarLean All Natural Butternut Squash Soup and Quinoa Wrap is a winner! The Butternut Squash Soup isn’t a thick consistency as you might expect like in a tomato soup. Nonetheless, the soup tasted best of the three with its predominant butternut  squash taste accompanied by a skoosh of onion and carrot flavors. You can tell from the photo the actual soup looks a little more watery than what’s advertised. No surprise. (Yes, I stirred it before taking the photo.)

The wrap didn’t look pretty as I had a little trouble cutting it in half. But the firm quinoa mixed with roasted vegetables and a smattering of cheese got along beautifully. The filling  wasn’t mushy at all. You know those side dishes with grains and veggies? It was like that bottled inside a wrap.

Nutrition facts: 220 calories, 7 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 590 mg sodium, 35 g carbs, 5 g dietary fiber, 5 g sugar, 10g protein.

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Looks like some of the soups in these soup ‘n’ wraps from CedarLane need help. I’ve had plenty of healthy soups, even low sodium that tasted better. So sacrificing flavor for calories is no excuse for bland soup.