Inexpensive Holiday Gifts

Turkey Noodle Soup Mix
Layer these ingredients in this order in a jar with a tight lid.

  •  1/4 cup red lentils
  • 2 Tbsp. dried minced onion
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup uncooked medium egg noodles

Directions for recipe card to attach to jar of soup mix.

  1. 1 jar turkey noodle soup mix
  2. 8 cups water
  3. 1 16-oz pkg frozen mixed vegetables
  4. 2 cups cooked, diced turkey

Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Stir in jar of soup mix.  Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.  Remove and discard bay leaf.  Stir in frozen mixed vegetables and turkey meat.  Cook 5 minutes more or until vegetables and turkey are heated through and tender.

Chili Seasoning Mix
Mix together in small bowl:

  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground pepper

Pour into a small jar. Use a funnel or creased waxed paper or tinfoil to pour into small jar openings.
Directions for recipe card to attach to jar:

  1. 1 jar Chili Seasoning Mix
  2. 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
  3. 1 can no-salt diced tomatoes
  4. 1 can white, black or red beans

Brown ground meat in a skillet. Pour off any fat. Add seasoning mix, tomatoes and beans. Cover and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.   Can top with shredded low-fat cheese, low-fat sour cream, sliced green onions. Serve with whole grain tortilla chips or a whole grain cracker.

Hot Chocolate Mix
Mix together and pour into a jar:

  • ½ C. sugar
  • ½ C. cocoa powder

Directions for recipe card to attach to jar:

  1. 2 Tbsp. cocoa mix
  2. ¾ cup of low-fat milk

On a stove-top or in the microwave, heat the milk (do not boil the milk). Stir in 2 Tbsp. of hot cocoa mix until dissolved. Pour into mug and add sugar-free marshmallows or a peppermint stick if desired.
Note: Put the mix in a resealable plastic bag and place in a festive mug with the recipe card attached for a great holiday gift!

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