This post is brought to you by Imagine.  In partnership with Imagine, I encourage you to embrace creativity in your at-home cooking by experimenting with your own simple and approachable recipes.

These colorful mason jars layered with legumes, rice and spices make the most adorable, thoughtful and delicious holiday gifts for teachers, hosts, your favorite barista, neighbors, friends, family or really anyone on your list that would love a good cozy winter soup.  The idea behind this “Soup in a Jar” is that all you would need to add is the broth.  So your recipient would literally just dump the contents of this jar in a pot and simmer with broth following the simple cooking instructions on the tag.  It couldn’t be easier for you to make and for them to consume.  It’s really a win-win.  And we could all use that this holiday season.

This do-it-yourself handmade gift will make you feel super crafty even though it requires zero actual crafty skills.  Can you measure?  Can you pour?  Can you write small on a tag?  Then you got this.

With this soup you are giving a small gift of health to someone in your life.  You can feel good knowing you are encouraging healthful eating during this hectic time of year.  Plus, with “Soup in a Jar” your gift recipient gets to, of course, keep the mason jar.  And who doesn’t love a good mason jar these days?  There are so many perks to this food gift.  Best of all, “Soup in a Jar” is trendy but not yet overdone.

I tested out a couple combinations and the below recipe was my favorite and got the best reviews when I shared with friends and family.  The layers include (from top to bottom):

  • Spice Mix (turmeric, cinnamon, smoked paprika, dried minced onion, garlic granules, cayenne, salt and pepper)
  • Red Split Lentils (adds a naturally nutty and sweet flavor, plant-based protein, fiber, iron, potassium and folate)
  • Forbidden Rice (adds a roasted nutty taste, protein and antioxidants)
  • Yellow Split Peas (or substitute more green split peas)
  • More Red Split Lentils
  • Green Split Peas (low calorie food, excellent source of dietary fiber, good source of protein, offers vitamin A, vitamin C and iron)

See the bottom of this post for the measurements.  You can buy the ingredients in the bulk food section to make it even more affordable.

This “Soup in a Jar” is very flexible and can be modified to fit what you have on hand.  For example, if you don’t have forbidden rice in your pantry, you can substitute another rice such as brown rice.

The beauty of this gift is all you have to add is broth.  And with that, I’m beyond excited to be partnering with my all-time favorite broth brand, Imagine.  For years I have been exclusively using their organic vegetable broths.  I honestly think it is the best tasting broth out there.  It has a fresh, homemade taste with the perfect depth of flavor.  It is made with real, wholesome, all-natural ingredients and is gluten-free, Kosher Parve, USDA certified Organic and non-GMO Project verified.  I love knowing that there is absolutely nothing artificial in my broth (no preservatives or added MSG).  It contains only the good stuff from the finest farm-grown organic vegetables and savory herbs and seasonings.  And that is why I think it taste