Gifting friends and neighbors this five-bean soup mix in a jar is just one way to help #LIGHTtheWORLD this holiday season.
This is a sponsored post as part of the #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign.
On December 1st, the #LIGHTtheWORLD campaign will kick off with a worldwide day of service. The campaign, which celebrates a Christ-centered Christmas, focuses on a different Christ-like behavior every day through December 25th.
I personally love December 7th's attribute: Jesus Fed the Hungry and So Can You. While donating canned food or helping in a local food bank or soup kitchen is a fantastic way to feed the hungry, I'm fairly certain you can think of at least one friend or neighbor who is struggling to make ends meet. And if you don't know from where your next meal will come, there's very little "merry" in the Merry Christmas season. Fortunately there's an easy and affordable (for you and them) way to help your neighbors in need. The best part? It helps feed the body and the soul.
Hot soup is magical that way.
This five-bean vegetarian soup is basically love in a jar. It's made with love, given in love and eaten while feeling the love. Five-bean soup has a short list of ingredients and requires the addition of only diced tomatoes and water. In fact, you could include a can of diced tomatoes when gifting to make it all the easier.
Because I had all the spices and jars on hand, I only purchased the beans and vegetarian bouillon cubes. I think the total was less than $12 and the recipe made three jars. This five-bean vegetarian soup mix in a jar is seriously one of the best gifts ever.
I did the math: Minimal Cost + Minimal Effort + Yummy Soup = Best Gift Ever.
I'll be passing out jars of soup mix on December 1st (#LIGHTtheWORLD worldwide day of service) and more jars on December 7th. As far as the other 23 days before Christmas, the #LIGHTtheWORLD calendar below has some great ideas depending on the Christ-like attribute for that day.
For more information about the campaign and ideas for how you can get involved, CLICK HERE.
To assemble this five-bean vegetarian soup mix, follow the recipe below and then attach the printable gift tag (or create your own). You can also make the jar extra cute (totally optional) by placing a cupcake liner or fabric between the lid and ring. I love the combination of parchment cupcake liner and raffia ribbon!
Printable recipe for five-bean soup mix below and printable gift tag just below that. Enjoy!
- 1 (16-oz) package pinto beans
- 1 (16-oz) package split green peas
- 1 (16-oz) package great northern beans
- 1 (16-oz) package black beans
- 1 (16-oz) package red beans or red lentils
- 1 T black pepper
- 1 T paprika
- 1 T dry mustard
- 2 T dried minced onion
- 2 T sea salt
- 2 T garlic powder
- 2 T dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 6 bay leaves
- 3 vegetable bouillon cubes
- 3 quart-size mason jars with lids
- Printable gift tag with directions (see original post: https://www.halfscratched.com/2016/11/five-bean-soup-mix-in-a-jar/)
- Layer ¾ cup pinto beans in jars; shake gently to level beans. Repeat with ¾ cup of peas, northern beans, black beans and red beans. Set jars aside.
- Combine pepper, paprika, dry mustard, minced onion, salt, garlic powder, oregano, rosemary and basil in a small bowl.
- Place 3 T of spice mix in a snack-size ziploc bag. Add 2 bay leaves and 1 bouillon cube. Gently shake contents to one side of bag and close. Fold bag around spices and place in top of each jar.
- Place lids on jars, sealing tightly. Tie with ribbon and attach printable gift tag with instructions.
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