A recipe for healthy moroccan lentil soup that can be pre-made and packaged in a jar. Just add water for a meal in one that you can gift to friends and family.
We are back with week 5 of DIY HOLIDAY IN A JAR! In hindsight, this theme title may be a bit misleading (unfortunately, you can’t physically fit the holidays into a jar…) but we’ve committed so it’s what you’re stuck with.
On the bright side, you’ve got all of your DIY gifts planned for the holidays, including this Moroccan Lentil Soup!
For the holidays last year, my DIY gift of choice was soup in a jar. Admittedly, because it is the least intensive DIY of your life, but also because it’s one of those gifts that actually comes in major handy.
You know those cold, winter nights when you get home from work and the last thing you want to do is cook? Well this soup is a life-saver because you literally dump the contents of the jar into a pot, add 7 cups of water and you have a complete meal! It is THAT easy and I can assure you that your friends and family will be so grateful.
Without a doubt, this habit is something I inherited from my Mom. As I get older I’ve discovered how few people grew up on soup. When I say that there was soup at almost every meal we ate, I’m not kidding. I think my Mom knew that one of the best ways to get us to eat our veggies was in soup and damn can that lady make a good soup!
Traditionally, she’d make a huge pot (seriously the woman has the biggest pot on the planet!) of soup and freeze it into individual-sized servings, but I think I may be onto something with the soup in a jar trend.
Even though you literally only add water, it kind of feels like you’re making the soup from scratch and so you not only get fresh soup, but productivity points too.
So give a gift that just keeps giving and pass along this DIY Moroccan Lentil Soup in a Jar. Or you know…make it for yourself…that’s cool too.
Serves: mason jars (about 6 cups of soup each)
- 2 16 oz mason jars (ingredients fill 2)
- 3 1/2 cups red lentils
- 1/2 cup dried onion flakes
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp coriander
- 2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 2 bay leaves
- Combine all spices (except onion flakes and bay leaf) in a bowl.
- Add 1 cup of lentils to each jar.
- Top each jar with half of dried onion flakes and half of spice mixture.
- Top each with 3/4 cup of more lentils.
- Place a bay leaf on the top and seal with top.
- Add contents of jar to a large pot and top with 7 CUPS of water.
- Bring mixture to a boil then let simmer with the top on for 20 mins.
- Remove lid and simmer for 20 more minutes.
- Feel free to add chopped kale, chard or other greens in last 5 minutes of cooking for a veggie boost.
Also be sure to head over to Fit Foodie Finds for her DIY recipe for Chewy Chocolate Ginger Molasses Cookie Mix in a Jar! The perfect dessert alongside this Moroccan Lentil Soup Mix!
Are you a soup person? What meal do you turn to on those nights when you don’t want to cook?
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