Showing posts with label gift ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gift ideas. Show all posts

Thursday, November 21, 2013

{Recipe ReDux} Merriment in the Mixes: Curried Lentil Soup with Dried Apples

It's that time of the year when we're looking for gift ideas! This months theme for the Recipe ReDux was gifts and mixes that we can do in jars. As a dietitian, I think that all foods can fit in a healthy diet, but the holidays can sometimes snowball out of control with all of the treats available. This is a delicious and wholesome gift that anyone can enjoy - it is vegetarian, contains no gluten and will keep up to a month in the jar.

One other nice thing about this particular mix is that nothing else is needed. While it isn't the end of the world for the mix to require other ingredients, I like that this one doesn't. Just add water, simmer and 25 minutes later dinner is served!

Curried Lentil Soup with Dried Apples
  • 2 quart jars with tight-fitting lids, or 4 pint jars
  • 1 pound red lentils
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons minced dried onion
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric 
  • 1 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 pound green lentils
  • 1/2 packages (5-ounce) dried apple rings, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley leaves

  1. In bottom of each glass jar, place 8 ounces red lentils; top with  1/2 teaspoons salt, 3 tablespoons dried onion, 1 tablespoon curry powder, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 8 ounces green lentils, 1/2 cup apple pieces, and 1 tablespoon parsley, in that order. Close jars tightly and store at room temperature up to 1 month.
  2. Prepare labels with cooking instructions; attach to jars. Add these cooking directions to each label before giving as a gift: Place lentil soup mix in 3-quart saucepan with 7 cups water or low-sodium broth. Heat to boiling on high. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 8 cups soup. 

Adapted from Good Housekeeping.

Check out these awesome other mix ideas from my fellow Recipe ReDux bloggers:

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mama's Recipes: Taco seasoning blend

Mama's Recipes: Taco seasoning blend

I didn't know that you could buy taco seasoning until I went to college and roommates were bringing it home from the store. My mom always made her own and kept it in an ancient tupperware container in the cupboard. While it isn't hugely expensive to purchase taco seasoning from the store, it is more expensive than homemade, involved extra packaging and some have an extraordinary level of salt and some also have MSG. Making your own skips all of the gross stuff!

This is not salt-free as chili powder contains salt, but it is significantly less than store bought.

Money saving tip? If you can find spices in an ethnic food store, they're often available in plastic baggies and cost a whole lot less than buying from the big-bog grocery stores. 

Taco seasoning blend

Mix the following in a small glass jar or tupperware container. Use 2-3 tablespoons per pound of beef, turkey or soy crumbles.

1/4 cup dried onion flakes
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1/4 cup chili powder
2-3 teaspoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons oregano
1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
2-3 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes

Putting this mix into a cute jar could be a simple gift.

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