We recently got a last minute invitation to celebrate the 21st birthday of a health-conscious vegan guy in our family, so I immediately thought of this recipe for Curried Lentil Soup in a mason jar I had seen on Good Housekeeping's website last year.
Since the ingredients are almost all pantry staples, and I always have extra jars on hand, it was a breeze to put this together quickly before the party. The recipe gives instructions for two jars worth; I cut the recipe in half to make this. Isn't it gorgeous?!?!
8 ounces Red Lentils
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
3 Tablespoons Dried Onion
1 Tablespoon Curry Powder
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
8 ounces Green Lentils
1/2 cup Dried Apple Pieces (~1/2 inch each)
1 Tablespoon Parsley
Place soup mix in 3-quart saucepan with 7 cups water. Heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 8 cups soup.
To Make Jar:
Layer the ingredients in a quart mason jar in the order listed above. Vacuum seal jar if desired.
I typed up the cooking instructions, along with what was in the jar (so he can make this over and over!) and attached them to the front and back of a piece of card stock. Then I put a grommet through the card stock with my grommet tool and attached it to the jar with some kitchen string.
It turned out beautiful, and was simple, thoughtful, AND budget-friendly!
What are your favorite handmade gift ideas??
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