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Dec 182013
 December 18, 2013  Posted by  Features, Food, Hot Deals
soup mix

I enjoy few things more than creating and giving homemade gifts. So many different types of foods, such as quick breads, cookies, candy and drink mixes, lend themselves to giving. But giving a soup mix to someone who may not have the desire to cook for himself can be a wonderful gift to warm both heart and belly.

Gifting a soup mix isn’t the same as giving other food: Typically, the receiver will have to add a few other ingredients to actually make the finished product. But you can use that to your advantage and enhance the gift by including as many of those ingredients as possible, such as canned tomato sauce, canned beans, a small bag of macaroni, etc.

Stores such as Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Bed, Bath & Beyond are great places to find unique items with which to accessorize your gift, such as a spoon to stir the pot, a spoon rest, or an oversize mug. Typically, these stores also carry packages of gourmet crackers and bags of fun-shaped (snowflakes, trees, sports equipment) pasta and more.

If you like the idea of creating a comforting gift for someone on your list, check out the following recipes.

  • A few years back I made this Friendship Soup for several folks, who later told me they loved it.
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup is great for those who like a little spice in their life.
  • This Country Soup in a Jar recipe includes barley, rice, and fun shaped macaroni, plus the green split peas make the color ideal for a Christmas gift.
  • Love Soup Mix is perfect for that special someone. If you decide to make it for your mailman or child’s teacher, you might want to change the name.
  • Does someone on your list fancy Indian food? Consider this Curried Lentil Soup Mix.
  • And if you’re so inclined, whip up some biscuit mix to go along with the soup mix. Your gift recipient will certainly enjoy some easy fresh-baked biscuits to go along with the soup. This biscuit mix recipe is large, but can be scaled down.

Finally, remember to include a list of additional necessary ingredients (and perhaps a few of the ingredients themselves) and the cooking directions in your gift package.

Heidi McIndoo

is a registered dietitian, freelance writer, author, and bargain hunter. She loves saving money and finding great deals, and can’t help but share the wealth when she does. She also loves all things food: baking, cooking, buying, eating, and more. She’s written about nutrition and healthy eating for Parents, Woman’s Day, All You, Prevention, and more. She enjoys teaching people how to eat both nutritiously and deliciously. And, in her two latest books she does just that — When to Eat What and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to 200-300-400 Calorie Meals. She lives with her family in the Metro Boston area.

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