When giving the mix as a gift, write the following cooking directions on a label and attach to the jar with ribbon—To make soup: Place contents of jar in a 2-quart saucepan. Stir in 1 carton (32 oz) chicken broth, 1 cup water and 3/4 cup sliced carrots, if desired. Heat to boiling over medium heat; reduce heat to low. Cover; simmer 30 to 35 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lentils are tender. Remove bay leaf before serving.
Lentil Soup with Mixed Vegetables: When making the soup, stir in 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms and 1/4 cup roasted red bell peppers.