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Friendship Bean Soup Mix Jar Gift: A Healthy Gift for Teachers

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I don’t know about you, but nothing fills me more with anxiety than trying to figure out an awesome Christmas gift for my daughters’ teachers. How can I possibly give them a healthy gift that truly reflects how thankful I am for the wonderful care they give my girls that’s also affordable? With three daughters’ who each have two teachers (they’re in French Immersion so they all have both an English teacher and a French teacher) plus their 6 before and after-school care providers, 12 teacher gifts can quickly become expensive!

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Friendship Bean Soup in a Jar - a healthy gift for teachers via @fitcheerldr #jargift #masonjar #mealprep #teachergift

This is why this year I decided to make the teachers something special, affordable (and healthy) Friendship Bean Soup Mix:

The girls and I had an absolute blast making these!  We started off by using canva.com to design the recipe cards – the girls really enjoyed learning basic graphic design and photo editing skills, and were very helpful in choosing the layout for the recipe cards.

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Friendship Bean Soup Mason Jar Gift - There is no need to be a Martha Stewart or a Julia Child to make this easy and thoughtful DIY gift in jar, simply purchase the ingredients, add them to the jar, and voila! You’ve got a hearty, tasty soup that any friend or teacher is sure to appreciate. #teachergift #jargift #soupmix #cheapchristmasgift
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We then took a trip to the Bulk Barn to pick up all of the food ingredients. (That store is my new BFF!). Normally I hate cooking because I can never find the spices I need – but Bulk Barn has everything!  If you ask the staff nicely they’ll even lend you some measuring cups so that you can measure out the precise amount you need of each ingredient:

Photo of a scoop of green lentils

The price was right too. I was able to buy all the dry goods I needed to make 12 jars of the soup mix for $17.49.

We then headed to Target Canada to buy the 1 pint Mason Jars ($7.99), bows ($2.10), ribbon ($2.10), small sandwich baggies ($3.49) and gift bags ($9.00).  

Grand total for all of our supplies = $45.38

I really like that this “craft” for lack of a better term, was well within my daughters’ skill levels.  I tried making the layered jar for chocolate chip cookies two years ago and that was a complete disaster – we had flour everywhere! (And Sierra wouldn’t stop eating the chocolate chips).

They all took their jobs very seriously! Though we still ended up with barley and lentils all over the floor *grin*.  All in all the girls greatly enjoyed their time with me, and are very proud to bring the gifts to school for their teachers!

And of course, we tried out the soup ourselves for our Sunday afternoon lunch – it turned out well and everyone asked for seconds!

Classic Waldorf Salad

This classic Waldorf Salad is full of fresh, crispy, apples, celery, grapes and walnuts with a creamy mayonnaise dressing served over a bed of lettuce. Serve it as a side dish or appetizer at Christmas or Thanksgiving. You can easily add chicken or turkey to make it a complete meal!

Get the recipe → Classic Waldorf Salad

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Friendship Bean Soup Mix in a Jar

Friendship Bean Soup Mix in a Jar

Friendship Bean Soup Mix in a Jar ~ Nothing says Mmmm Good like homemade soup! Make the Friendship Bean Soup mix ahead of time for a quick go-to dinner or give them out as gifts.


Jar Ingredients

  • ¼ cup white navy beans
  • ¼ cup kidney beans
  • ¼ cup green split peas
  • ¼ cup pinto beans
  • 2 tbs. pearl barley
  • 2 tbs. parsley
  • 2 tbs. minced dry onion
  • 1-2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup alphabet pasta, we used insect pasta
  • 1 pint jar
  • Stretchy ribbon
  • Sandwich bags
  • Single hole punch

Soup Ingredients

  • 6 cups water
  • 1 can tomato soup


Mix Directions

  1. Wash and thoroughly dry a 1-pint canning jar.
  2. Place the macaroni in a plastic sandwich bag.
  3. Place the minced onion, parsley, basil leaves and beef bouillion in a plastic sandwich bag.
  4. Layer the ingredients as level as possible in this order: white navey beans, kidney beans, green split peas, pinto beans, pearl barley, bagged seasonings and bagged pasta.
  5. Secure the lid and decorate the jar as desired. Be sure to attach the recipe for making the soup!

Soup Directions

  1. Wash beans and allow to soak overnight. Drain.
  2. Add 6 cups of water to beans and allow to cook
  3. through.
  4. Add 1 can of tomato soup, pasta and seasonings.
  5. Let simmer another 20-30 min. Serve & enjoy!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 4 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 561mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 7gSugar: 13gProtein: 10g

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