Healthy Homemade Gift Idea: Soup-in-a-Jar

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Looking for a homemade gift idea that doesn’t ruin the diet or the break the bank?

Gift in a Jar Soup Mix

Every holiday, we are bombarded with images and advertisements enticing us to spend, buy and give. Is it just me, or does it get crazier every year? The race to find the right expression of our gratitude for every person who touches our lives begins before the Thanksgiving to-furkey is digested, creating stress where there should only be joy.

Before you shop this holiday season, consider how much waste is produced with traditional gift giving. Wrapping paper, gift bags and colorful bows adorn gifts packaged in plastic and placed in boxes. And when it’s time to write our New Year’s Resolutions, most of the trinkets that we exchange become trash as we set goals to trim the fat and cut the clutter.

I’ve worked hard to reduce the amount of trash that our family sends to the landfill. And though recycling has been a big part of that, I’ve discovered the easiest way to make a difference is avoid disposables, and buy what I need in bulk. Of course, there is no way to avoid it all, but when you start looking at the big picture, you realize the little things matter. A homemade gift is a great alternative that won’t go to waste. Seriously, it’s the thought that counts.

Soup in a Jar Soup Mix
Dry Ingredients:
1/2 cup barley
1/2 cup dried split peas
1/2 cup uncooked rice
1/4 cup red lentils
1/4 cup white lentils
Spice Packet:
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 tbsp celery flakes or onion powder
1 teaspoon granulated garlic (mixes better and flavor lasts longer than the powder)
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon sage

In wide mouth quart jar layer dry ingredients, alternating colors as desired. Combine spices in a small plastic bag and put on top of jar mixture. Use fun fabric from a leftover project and add a ribbon. Print out the label, and attach.

If you like this, try giving gluten free and vegan pumpkin pancake mix in a gift box!

Pumpkin Pancakes Gift Box


I made the decision to become vegan impulsively. I boarded a plane with a ham sandwich and a copy of Alicia Silverstone’s “The Kind Diet”. I devoured the book and tossed the sandwich and I’ve never looked back. Becoming vegan has changed my body, my mind and my spirit, and together, we can change our communities, our nation and our planet. Eating a vegan meal doesn’t require a commitment ceremony, a press release or applause. So don’t over-think it. Just try it…one bite at a time.
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