Easy Coconut Curry Lentil Soup in a Jar
This Easy Coconut Curry Lentil Soup in a Jar is an affordable homemade holiday gift idea that makes a delicious, hearty soup – make a meal of it with added vegetables!
OMGGGG say hello to my fave new soup! And it is the EASIEST soup you'll ever make, no lie! Yes, an easier meal prep soup than these Spiralized Zucchini Noodle Soup Jars too!
Not only is this Easy Coconut Curry Lentil Soup in a Jar the perfect gift idea, it's also just a plain old delicious last-minute meal idea for cold winter nights. So basically it's like a gift idea and meal prep all in one. Amazing if I do say so myself.
It's also gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free…I could go on. Lentils are one of my favourite protein sources and there's something about them that's so hearty and filling. They really are perfect for comfort food, and the red lentils especially add a nice thick texture to this soup alongside the coconut milk because they kinda break down a bit while they cook.
Did I also mention that you already most likely have all the spices on hand in your spice drawer? I mean, hopefully your spice drawer is well-stocked, but most of the ingredient list is made up of no-cook pantry staples.
I will say that the can of coconut milk adds a nice touch to this soup but technically you don't even need that, or the veggies. Of course since I'm all about health and nutrition though, I felt that I should at least give you a super easy way to turn this into a full-blown meal with veggies you probably already have on hand at home.
I mean, who doesn't always have a bag of carrots kicking around, or some celery? Those are two staples I buy nearly every week because I'm always snacking on raw veggies and hummus or adding celery to my green smoothies (trust me on this, it gives them a nice little kick!)
If you don't have carrots or celery readily accessible for this Easy Coconut Curry Lentil Soup in a Jar, not to fret! Any veggies waiting to be used up in the fridge are fine! Here are some extra filling ideas for these cute little lentil soup jars:
- Bell peppers
- Sweet potato
- Greens like kale or Swiss chard
- Green beans
You see it in the fridge? Dump it in here! Cooking times for different veggies may vary – celery and carrots for instance take longer to cook and won't be too unappetizing even if they cook too long, but other veggies like bell peppers and broccoli won't be as good if left in for too long so adjust the time you throw in the veggies as you make substitutions.
For a more delicate vegetable like zucchini or broccoli I would recommend stirring them in within the last 5 minutes of cooking time, while I would recommend stirring in greens like spinach, kale or Swiss chard in at the very end when you're removing the soup from heat. Don't cook them at the very beginning like I did with the carrots and celery – adjust accordingly.
Now, on top of all the other things I mentioned, this Easy Coconut Curry Lentil Soup in a Jar is also FREEZER-FRIENDLY when fully cooked!
Whip up a giant batch, then store in individual serving-size glass containers and freeze up to 3 months, reheating for 6-7 minutes or so in the microwave. Could dinner GET any easier?!
Talk about a ton of power from a tiny little jar of food.
Will you be making this Easy Coconut Curry Lentil Soup in a Jar?
These jars make the cutest, most perfect holiday gift and double as your weekly meal prep so no matter what time of year you're making these up, they'll always be appreciated as a delicious short-cut to lunch or dinner!