Rice and Lentils Soup Monday, Oct 22 2012 

I cut a circle in a piece of fabric and inserted it between the jar’s lid and ring to dress it up a bit. Then I attached the recipe card with a rubber band around the jar.

I was looking for a soup-in-a-jar recipe to give to a friend (part of a housewarming gift). I came across this recipe and it sounded yummy. It looks so pretty layered in the jar! I made a batch of the soup for ourselves too, to make sure it tasted good before giving it away! 🙂  It’s a very hearty soup, exactly what my husband likes, and we quite enjoyed it.

We asked our 18-mth old (who was devouring bowls and bowls of it) if he liked it, and he quickly said “No!” while continuing to devour the soup in his bowl. Can you guess what his favourite word currently is?? 🙂  Gotta work on learning the word YES! 😉

Another way to dress up the lid if by cutting a large circle, and attaching it below the lid of the jar. This way hides the whole lid/ring, but also hides part of the layers of the contents.

Rice and Lentils Soup

2 Tbsp chicken bouillon powder
1/3 cup rice
1/3 cup red lentils
1 Tbsp parsley
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1/3 cup rice
1/3 cup green lentils
8 cups water
1/4 cup chopped celery (opt)
1 cup cooked chicken pieces (opt)

Layer in a 1 pint jar, in the above order (minus water, celery, and chicken, of course!). Seal with a lid and ring.

Attach a note to the jar:
To make soup, bring water to a boil in a large pot. Pour in contents of the jar and add celery and chicken, if desired. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and let simmer 30-45 minutes, until lentils are tender.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies Thursday, Jun 2 2011 

Who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies?! Okay, not everyone loves them, but to me, chocolate is always good. 😉  I definitely prefer cookies made with whole grains since they have more substance. There cookies are whole wheat, filled with chocolate, and yet nicely chewy and moist. Definitely a recipe I will repeat!

Looks so pretty layered in a jar, with a pretty recipe card attached with the directions! This was part of a housewarming gift for a friend. 🙂

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Makes 2 dozens)

1/2 cup butter/margarine, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups oatmeal
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup nuts, chopped
Place oats in a food processor and process until it turns into a powder. In a medium bowl, whisk together the powdered oats, flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. In a large bowl, cream together butter and both sugars for 3 minutes on medium speed. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Gradually beat in dry ingredients. Add in chocolate chips and chopped nuts.
Roll or scoop dough into 2-inch sized balls, slightly flatten, and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350F. Don’t overbake or they will go crispy instead of soft and chewy! Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a cooling rack.

This recipe is a modification from the Whole Grain Gourmet. The original recipe looks amazing, I just modified it to fit the everyday ingredients I keep on hand, instead of running to the store. 🙂

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