What if I told you that you can make recipes in a jar that was easy, convenient, and healthy?
Let’s talk about the awesome-ness of recipes in a jar.
Now I am always trying to find simpler and easier ways for you to prepare delicious meals to support just about any lifestyle. I think with this idea, I am keeping that promise. I have seen the ideas of recipes in jars for a while now and I always thought they were a good idea but I never moved forward to giving them a try. One thing I have done is when I make different sauces or condiments, I typically put them in small Mason Jars I have but never recipes in a jar until recently. I mostly work from home with my regular job and sometimes things can get real busy. So busy that I actually forget to eat breakfast sometimes When I start checking voicemails and responding to emails, I lose track of time. Higher education can get a little wild and busy. Trust me. So I need something that can make my life easier to manage on the days that I am busy. Is this something you find yourself being about to relate to? Well this post is for you!
Here is what I discovered as to why I have taken a liking to having recipes in a jar.
- It’s super convenient…DUH.
- You can get as creative as you want with what you choose to put in the jars.
- You can properly measure your meal.
- You can make more than one meal and more than one type of meal at a time!
I am seriously kicking myself in my rear end for not implementing this idea sooner. I have prepared meals in tupper ware but this is a bit different because the jars are airtight and they just look cuter to use, don’t they? I prepared two different types of meals. I used my Mason Jars to make fruit parfaits and salads. Here is how I layered my jars:
Breakfast or Snack Parfaits | Mixed Berry Parfaits
Stonyfield Greek Yogurt –>Sugar Cookie Crisps (for snack or dessert) or Granola (for breakfast) –> strawberries –>blueberries –>raspberries –>Chia Seeds for some extra protein and health benefits.
Lunch or Snack Salad | Southwest Chicken Salad
Kale Salad Mix –>Diced Chicken –> Black beans –>Corn Salsa –>Pico De Gallo –>Avocado –>Tortilla Strips.
The idea is simple. Just use a 12-ounce Ball Mason Jar and layer with the ingredients! For the salad recipes you can just add your preferred salad dressing and add to the jar and shake for an even coating.
Some other ideas you can do is make individual pies or cobblers, trial mixes, salads, overnight oatmeal, and puddings! I haven’t tried the overnight oatmeal idea but that is coming up. My life would be so much easier if I could just go into my refrigerator, grab something, and sit down to eat. How many of you feel the same way? If you do, then you need to go to the grocery store and buy a case of Ball Mason Jars and Stonyfield Yogurt to create easy and simple recipes in a jar! Good Luck!