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7 Quick and Easy Meals You Can Make in a Mason Jar
Making meals in Mason jars isn't just for trendy foodies or Instagrammers who like taking pretty pictures of food (though if you're into that kind of thing, check out these tips to make your food pics look professional). No, folks, mason jar meals are basically the easiest, most portable way to make and take a delicious breakfast, lunch, or dinner anywhere, with 0% chance of spilling it in your purse or gym bag—and 100% chance of it staying as fresh, delectable, and totally delicious as when you packed it. And making Mason jar meals is super easy and fast when you're pressed for time, with little clean-up and none of the gross toxins found in most portable plastic containers. Here are 7 mouthwatering, easy-to-make Mason jar meals that'll make you look forward to your on-the-go meal.
Overnight oats don't take all night to make—rather, they just need time to sit and let all that deliciousness gel together. Do like VeguKate and make a low-sugar, high-protein, no-cook jam with mashed raspberries, chia seeds, a squeeze of lemon juice, and a drizzle of honey the night before. Also mix together rolled oats, unsweetened almond milk, more chia seeds, and some vanilla extract in a bowl, and let both mixtures sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, all you have to do is layer the two in a jar parfait-style for a morning meal that's sweet, tart, creamy, and filling.
This is what happens when you follow the recipe on the blog Rachel Cooks and combine nutty farro, creamy mozzarella balls, juicy cherry tomatoes, spiralized zucchini, fresh basil, and a superfast white balsamic vinaigrette in one Mason jar: an Italian-inspired lunch that won't leave you falling asleep at your desk by 3 PM, thanks to plenty of protein and fiber and zero refined carbs. Don't have a spiralizer? Using a mandolin or even just slicing the zucchini with a knife into very thin strips will also get the job done.
The Healthy Maven's Sriracha chicken Mason jar meal is perfect for dinner—and if you make enough, you can save half for lunch the next day. The sweet, spicy combo is augmented by layers of diced avocado, chopped pineapple, cherry tomatoes, plenty of fresh spinach, and a Sriracha-lime dressing.
Most taco salads are a quick ticket to weight gain, thanks to that deep-fried tortilla shell the size of your head. But not this version from Petit Elefant that uses protein-packed quinoa and black beans, along with diced avocado, red peppers, salsa, and plenty of fresh lime. It's delicious and satisfying, even if you don't have a margarita to wash it down with.
It's not your usual whole grain-avocado-kale concoction, but damn if it isn't delicious. Sliced fennel, canned white beans, spicy chorizo, marcona almonds, baby arugula, and sherry vinaigrette come together lickety split in Kitchen Konfidence's Spanish-inspired Mason jar meal. (Don't have chorizo or marcona almonds? Regular sausage and roasted almonds will get the job done.)
The best thing about Sprinkles and Sauce's chia pudding aside from how awesome it tastes is how insanely satisfying it is. Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, and soaking them in Greek yogurt (thinned with a little unsweetened almond milk) instead of all almond milk serves up mega amounts of protein. (Bonus: You only need to soak these for half an hour, not overnight.) Loads of fresh fruit add pretty color and even more fiber, along with natural sweetness.
You love hummus. You love avocado.
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