Welcome to the Festival of Food Carnival. In celebration of the New Year and Healthy Starts, we’re sharing recipe ideas for healthy, nourishing recipes or anything you would enjoy this time of year. Hosted by Diary of a First Child and Hybrid Rasta Mama, you’re welcome to join us next time, or if you have a previously published recipe you’d like to share, add it to the linky below.
I’m a real foodie which of course is no huge secret! As such, you won’t find me purchasing any sort of premade or canned soup! The ingredient list is too jammed packed with things I prefer to avoid!
However, there are times when I run out of my frozen homemade soup stash and would love to have something in the pantry to grab and prepare!
Recently, I poured over my soup recipes but didn’t see any that I felt would translate well into a preassembled “jar” format. But then, it hit me! My curried chicken and lentil soup could actually be adapted to become a soup mix in a jar! I messed around with it for a few days and finally came up with a jar recipe that requires virtually no effort to prepare and is incredible nourishing!
This particular soup-in-a-jar recipe can also be quite beautiful once arranged. You can get really creative with the layering of the ingredients to create some gorgeous patterns!
Oh, did I mention how tasty this is????
- 2 (1 quart) mason type jars with lids
- 1 pound red lentils*
- 1 pound green lentils*
- Sea salt
- 6 tablespoons minced dried onion
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoons garlic powder
- 5 ounces of dried apple rings, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (I love the Trader Joes brand if you do not have a dehydrator of your own)
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley leaves
- This is where you can get creative! Layer the ingredients any way you so choose. My only suggestion it to put the cut apple slices as the very top layer.
- Remember, this recipe makes 2 jars worth so divide the ingredients in half before you begin layering.
- The jars will store at room temperature up to 1 month. If you exclude the dried apple, they will last much longer!
- Place lentil soup mix in 3-quart saucepan with 7 cups water or homemade broth.
- Heat to boiling on high.
- Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Typically I would suggest soaking the lentils for 24 hours but for a jar recipe, this is one real food rule I am willing to break in a pinch.
Please take a moment to visit the blogs of our other Festival of Food participants. The links in this list will be live by the end of the day, as participants are all in different time zones.
- Sarah at Why Food Works shares Guilt Free Ranch Dip. Food is more fun when dunked, and kids eat more veggies with dip – use this high-protein, low-fat, Ranch-flavored spread at picnics, parties, and meals! You can also find Sarah on Facebook.
- Christina at The Hippy Homemaker shares her tasty vegan Black Bean and Barley Salad With a Cilantro Lime Dressing, a low-fat meal that packs a real flavor punch! You can also find Christine on Facebook.
- Bianca at the Pierogie Mama shares a quick and simple recipe for roasting cauliflower. Garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese make anything taste amazing!You can also find Bianca on Facebook.
- Have a blender? Then That Mama Gretchen says it’s time to gather your veggies and plan a Mexican fiesta to debut this skinny version of taco soup. You can also find That Mama Gretchen on Facebook.
- Lindy at Poppy Soap Co. shared an incredibly easy Herb Rice recipe that makes a great pantry staple! You can also find Lindy on Facebook.
- Luschka at Diary of a First Child loves foraging for her food, and this Nettle Soup recipe is a great immune boost for the changing season. You can also fine Luschka on Facebook.
- Mari at Honey on the Bum shares her love of beet kvass, a daily drink that holds particular importance in the winter.
- Destany and They Are All of Me shares her recipe for low-fat healthy smoothies that taste just like dessert.
- Lauren at Hobo Mama offers a nut-buttery, chocolatey treat that tastes indulgent while being grain- and sugar-free. You can also find Hobo Mama on Facebook.
- Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares a super easy, fix it and freeze it Curried Lentil Soup In A Jar! You can also find Jennifer on Facebook.
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