Meals in a Jar for XMas--Share your Recipe Plz

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by cluckychick, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. cluckychick

    cluckychick Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    South of KCMO
    I would like to give presents for christmas to my family and thought this would be a good idea. I can't bake sugary food due to diabetes in the family but I could make up like dry soup mixes in mason jars and decorate the jars. If anyone has any recipes please share.

  2. Well I don't know about soup, but I was planning to include an envelope of dressing/dip mix to my ranch loving family members.

    1-2t Garlic Powder, 1-2t Salt, 1-2 Pepper, 2t Onion Powder and 0-4t Parsley
    (I went ahead and put the full range of measure, some like more or less garlic, salt, pepper and parsley)

    Into a snack size zip lock, add a tag that says

    Add to 3c Mayo and 2c Buttermilk & Shake Well for yummy homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing!
    Add to 3c Mayo and 2c Sour Cream & Mix Well for yummy homemade Ranch Dip!

    I thought about doing small jars, but that would be a LOT of seasoning, and since this batch takes us two weeks to go through (using it a LOT) it worried me that the seasoning might get stale or something if it wasn't used quickly... they do have some cute holiday zip locks, but I donno.

    Just a little something, but my (very picky) nephew loves it and my SIL doesn't have the time/inclination to mix it so it seems win/win.
  3. BarbK

    BarbK Songster

    Aug 6, 2007
    Here are a few I am doing. The cheese one is good.

    Buttermilk Pancake Mix gift in a jar recipe

    Makes 10 cups of mix

    2 cups buttermilk powder
    8 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    8 tsp baking powder
    4 tsp baking soda
    2 tsp salt
    Sift the ingredients together well. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid.

    To make the mix:
    1 egg, beaten
    2 Tbsp vegetable oil
    1 cup water, or more as needed.
    1 1/2 cups buttermilk pancake mix (see above)

    Mix ingredients until blended. Let it stand five minutes.

    Makes 10 pancakes.
    Notes: Use the mix within 6 months of when you make it. If you can't find buttermilk powder in your local grocery store, try a bulk food store.

    Hot Chocolate Jar Mix Recipe

    1½ cups skim milk powder
    1½ cups white sugar
    ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
    ¾ cup non-dairy creamer

    To Make this Jar Gift:
    Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir well. For a finer mix, combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix well.

    Store in an air tight container.

    Place 2 or 3 tablespoons in a mug and add boiling water.

    If desired, print the hot chocolate directions label shown at right. Attach the label to the jar with white glue, or tie on around the lid with ribbon and a couple of short cinnamon sticks.

    Decorate the jar lid with a circle of fabric or lace, tied on with ribbon or raffia.

    • For Mocha Hot Chocolate, place 2 or 3 tablespoons of hot chocolate mix in a mug and fill with hot coffee.
    • After processing all other ingredients in the blender or food processor, empty mix into a bowl and stir in 1 cup of mini marshmallows.
    • Replace the plain non-dairy creamer with a flavored creamer such as French Vanilla or Hazelnut.
    • For spiced hot chocolate, add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon to mix, or ½ teaspoon nutmeg and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon.
    • For raspberry hot chocolate, add one package of raspberry koolaid to the mix and increase the sugar to 2 cups.

    Instant Cheese Soup


    2 cups instant coffee creamer (we used Carnation Lite)
    ½ cup imitation bacon bits
    ½ cup powdered cheese sauce mix
    1 tbsp dried parsley flakes
    1 tbsp chicken boullion granules
    1 tsp dried minced onion
    ½ tsp pepper
    2 cups (approximately) of instant potato flakes (we use Idahoan brand)
    Layer ingredients in the order given in a one quart (four cup) glass jar. Use a spoon to pack each layer in place before adding the next ingredient. Pack instant potato flakes tightly, right to the top of the jar. Secure with a screw top lid. Decorate the jar lid as desired. Print the label shown above, or write your own label, then glue the label to the jar or tie it to the jar lid with pretty ribbon or raffia.
    To Serve:
    Empty Cheese Soup Mix into a soup tureen or serving bowl. Stir in 5 cups of boiling water. If soup is too thick, add another ½ cup of boiling water. Allow to stand for five minutes and stir well. Garnish with grated cheese.
    Broccoli Cheese Soup - Add one cup of warm, cooked, finely chopped broccoli to the soup, right after adding the boiling water. Let stand for five minutes. Garnish with grated cheddar cheese.

    Cauliflower Cheese Soup - Cook one cup of small cauliflower florets until tender. Add to soup, right after adding the boiling water. Garnish with grated cheese and chives. Let stand for five minutes.

    Ham and Cheese Soup - Heat one cup of diced ham in the microwave until warm. Add to soup directly after adding the boiling water and let stand for five minutes.

    Carrot and Cheese Soup - Add one cup of warm, cooked, very finely chopped carrot to the soup, directly after adding boiling water. Let stand for five minutes. Garnish with fresh chopped chives.
  4. Kim_NC

    Kim_NC Songster

    Jan 27, 2009
    Mt Airy, NC
    This one is really colorful in the jar, and tastes wonderful.
    Italian Pasta Fagiola Soup Mix

    3/4 cups dried great northern beans
    3/4 cups pinto beans
    3/4 cups red beans
    1/4 cup dried chopped onion
    2 teaspoons dried minced garlic
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon dried basil
    1/2 teaspoon dried celery flakes
    1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
    1 bay leaf
    1 1/4 cup small pasta, (shells, bowties or ditalini)

    Layer beans in a quart jar. Combine all herbs and seasonings in sandwich baggie, close with a twist-tie. And seasoning baggie to jar. Fill jar with pasta.

    Attach recipe below, to jar:

    2 Tbsp. olive oil
    1 carrot, chopped
    1 stalk celery, chopped
    1/2 lb. ham chopped
    2 - 28 oz. cans Italian plum tomatoes, chopped
    4 cups chicken stock or water

    Soak beans overnigt. Drain. In a large pot, sauté carrot, celery, and ham in olive oil. Add beans, tomatoes, chicken stock or water and seasoning packet. Bring to a boil. Cover partially, reduce heat and simmer 2-3 hours till beans are tender. Pasta may be added now. Cook about 5-7 minutes or until pasta is al dente. You may even want to cook pasta separate, place in the bottom of your bowl and then spoon hot soup over the pasta. Garnish with shredded Parmesan cheese.

    Chicken Noodle Soup in a Jar

    1/4 cup of red lentils
    2 tbsp. dried onion flakes
    2 1/2tsp. chicken bouillon powder
    1/2 tsp. dried dill weed or dill seed
    1/8 tsp each celery seed and garlic powder
    approximately 1 cup medium egg noodles
    1 bay leaf.

    In a pint jar, layer from bottom in the order listed above, then seal the jar.

    Write these instructions on your gift tag:

    Bring 8 cups of water to boil in large saucepan. Stir in jar of soup mix. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Discard bay leaf and stir in 1 1/2 cups of frozen corn or mixed vegetables and 2 cups of cooked, diced chicken or turkey. Simmer for five minutes until vegetables are tender and chicken is heated through.

    Wild Rice and Barley Soup Mix

    1 cup barley
    2/3 cup bacon bits
    2 Tbsp. brown sugar
    2 tsp. dried basil
    2 tsp. oregano
    1 tsp. pepper
    1 tsp. dried minced garlic
    1 tsp. celery powder
    1/2 cup beef bouillon granules
    1 cup wild rice
    1 cup dried minced onion

    Layer the beans in order given into a quart jar.
    Pack each layer in place before adding the next.

    Attach this recipe to the Jar:

    Wild Rice and Barley Soup

    Place the wild rice and barley soup mix in a large soup pot. Add 14 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Add 2 cans sliced mushrooms , if desired. Cover, lower heat and simmer for 1 hour.
  5. TammyTX

    TammyTX Crowing

    Feb 16, 2009

    Cappuccino Mix
    1 cup powdered instant nondairy creamer
    1 cup chocolate flavored drink mix (Nesquick or whatever they call it now)
    3/4 cup instant coffee (can use decaf)
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

    Combine all ingredients and store in airtight container.

    To make 1 serving:
    2 tbsp Mix
    6 oz boiling water
    Whipped cream and shaved chocolate

    Refrigerated jar mix.......

    Hot Buttered Rum Mix
    1 pound butter
    2 pounds brown sugar
    1 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon vanilla

    In a large bowl soften the butter and gradually cream in the remaining ingredients. Refrigerate or freeze.

    Might be a good make/take Hostess gift.

    To make one serving:
    1 tbsp Mix
    1/2 oz rum
    6 oz boiling water
    fresh grated nutmeg

    Place mix in the bottom of mug. Add the rum and boiling water. Stir until mix is dissolved.
    Garnish with nutmeg.

    ETA: I just realized these were supposed to me DIABETIC recipes!! Sorry! You could substitute Splenda and sugar free products for everything here that calls for sugar. Splenda Blend Brown Sugar could be used for the Buttered Rum but there is still some sugar in that, but greatly reduced. Not sure how I missed that important part....I'm diabetic!!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2009

  6. ams3651

    ams3651 Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA

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