05 Nov 3 Yummy Salad-in-a-Jar Recipes
I don’t know you personally, but my guess is that your week is full of work meetings, balancing your budget, running errands, being a good friend, volunteering at church, and ensuring your family is fed. Just to name a few things. The world we live in today runs non-stop and shows no signs of slowing down. The best we can do to combat this is to be intentional with our time and work smarter, not harder.
Having easy and healthy go-to meals in your arsenal is one way to accomplish this. Mason jar meals are one of my favorite ways to add fun and variety to meal prep and I want to share 3 of my favorite recipes with you. Hubby and I regularly enjoy these and I hope you do too!
Classic Salad + Protein
Take your favorite fresh salad ingredients and put them in a jar. Recently, I included balsamic vinaigrette, blueberries, yellow and green bell peppers, cucumbers, red and yellow cherry tomatoes, avocado, almonds, and spinach.
I recommend including a protein in your salads so you’ll be satisfied with your meal and stay fuller longer. You can choose between animal or plant proteins. I love variety so I alternate topping my salads off with baked chicken breast, black beans (rinsed and drained), and quinoa.
First, put your dressing in the jar as the flavor base. You don’t need a lot, just enough to fully cover the bottom. This keeps the rest of the ingredients dry until it’s time to eat. Next, add your hard ingredients like chopped fruits and veggies (freggies). After the freggies, add your greens (spinach, kale, etc). This prevents the greens from getting soggy. Lastly, top it off with your protein. I pack the avocado separately and add it at the end to avoid squishing it.
Pho-to-Go (Just add hot water)
If you love pho and want to make it happen at home… you can! I was excited to find this recipe a while back and continue to work at perfecting and remixing it.
Here’s a sample list of the ingredients:
- Hoisin sauce
- Green curry paste
- Red curry paste
- Chopped onion
- Cooked veggies (ex: chopped spinach or mixed veggies)
- Bean sprouts
- Rice noodles (ex: Maifun rice sticks)
- Jalapeno peppers
- Chicken (baked, shredded)
*The amount of each ingredient is based on the size of your mason jar and your preference.*
First, set your flavor base of sauces, pastes, and spices at the bottom of the jar. Add enough of the base combo to meet your taste bud standards. Put the noodles in next and then layer in your greens (except cilantro), mixed veggies, and protein. Top it off with cilantro, lime, bean sprouts, and anything else you choose. When it’s time to eat, all you need to do is pour in boiling water and give it a good mix! Make sure to mix it well to ensure all ingredients evenly blend together. Let it sit for about 10 minutes or until noodles are tender.
Bonus add-in options:
- Lime wedges
- Star anise
- Any mixed veggies you want
- Anything else you’d like!
Mexican Quinoa Bowl
You probably love Mexican food if you’re from Texas… this bowl is for you! I like that this is another hot meal to prepare for the week. This bowl is packed with protein, as black beans and quinoa (a complete protein) are included in the base. You can also opt for brown rice instead. Next, add spinach, onions, avocado, and tomatoes. Lastly, I topped it off with sour creme, shredded cheese, and salsa. I do add chicken sometimes and you can too. Whatever you love in your tacos + have in the fridge… throw it in!
Keep in mind that the food stays fresh 5-7 days after packing because it’s tightly sealed in the mason jar. When it’s time to eat, just dump it all into your favorite bowl and enjoy.
Whenever I stumble across easy + yummy meals, I have to share. I hope you give these a try and make the recipes your own!