Meals In A Jar

June 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

I don’t know about you, but I love the simplicity of grab and go healthy food.  I’ve been discovering all sorts of meals in a jar on Pinterest over the last couple of years and I am totally loving it.  I could, legitimately, have 3 meals a day; planned, prepared, and taken “to go” anytime.  I searched several blogs to find ideas to share.   Try out one of my suggestions or  Create Your Own!

Quinoa Breakfast In A Mason Jar

Serves 4

Ingredients
• 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
• 2 cup vegetable broth
• 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 cups kale, finely chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 4 large eggs
• 1 cup Kerrygold Skelling Cheese, shredded
• 1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered OR tomato sauce
• 1/3 cup pine nuts
• 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh oregano
• 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
• 1/4 tsp. sea salt
• 1/4 tsp. pepper
• 2 scallions, thinly sliced
Directions
1. In a large pan, bring quinoa and vegetable broth to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes or until broth is absorbed and quinoa is tender.
2. In a separate skillet, heat olive oil with garlic for 1 minute. Add kale, eggs and cooked quinoa; cook until kale is tender. Then add Skelling cheese, tomatoes, pine nuts, oregano, crushed red pepper, sea salt and pepper. Cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to four mason jars.
3. Garnish with scallions and serve warm or store in the fridge to enjoy for breakfast.

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Raspberry, Pistachio and Cardamom Overnight Oats

(makes two 1/2 pint servings)

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2-4 Tbsp chopped shelled pistachios
  • 1/3-1/2 cup fresh raspberries, or enough to fill your jars
 
1. In a small bowl, stir all ingredients until well incorporated, crushing some of the raspberries as you stir. Distribute equally between two 1/2 pint jars, or other 1 cup containers, cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve chilled or dump into a bowl and microwave for 30-60 seconds. 
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Strawberry Spinach Salad In A Jar
Get a large mouth mason quart jar and assemble a salad in it in this order; dressing on the bottom lettuce on the top with the details in the middle. If the lettuce mix touches the dressing it gets all wilty. So dressing in first, then use a hearty veggie like shredded cabbage, carrots or peapods next. Layer from there with bite sized yummies like celery, cucumber, nuts, cheese, cherry tomatoes, apple chunks tossed in lemon juice, black olives, berries and sprouts. (avocados don’t work to well in this mix) Think color and flavors. Then, when you are ready, just dump your salad out of the jar on a plate and voila! A perfectly portable salad.
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 Pasta Salad In A Jar

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package rotini pasta or bow tie pasta
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 pound provolone cheese, cubed
  • 1/2 pound salami, cubed
  • 1/4 pound sliced pepperoni, halved
  • 1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 (10 ounce) can black olives, drained and sliced
  • 1 (8 ounce) bottle Italian salad dressing

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions.
  2. Drain, and rinse with cold water. In a large bowl, combine pasta with tomatoes, cheese, salami, pepperoni, green pepper, & olives. Pour in salad dressing, and toss to coat.

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Taco Salad Jars

  • Seasoned Taco Meat on The Bottom
  • Beans next- pinto, black, etc
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Scallions
  • Red Peppers
  • Lettuce Greeens
  • Cilantro

Add whatever you like.

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No More Soggy Salads In A Jar

Check out this diagram from the Kitchn Blog- CLICK HERE

Salted Caramel Brownie Trifle

Ingredients:

  • Whipping Cream whipped
  • Box brownie mix-baked and broken into 1 inch pieces ( I, of course, would make mine homemade using organic/non-GMO ingredients)
  • Homemade Hot Fudge
  • Caramel Sauce (recipe below)

Instructions:

Layer your ingredients starting with a layer of brownie, then hot fudge, then whipping cream, then caramel. Repeat. Top with a sprinkle of salt.

Caramel Sauce Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 C Sugar
  • 6 Tbsp butter (at room temperature or even a little melted)
  • 1/2 C Heavy Cream (at room temperature)

Instructions:

Read through all of these instructions before you begin so that you are prepared because you need to move fast.

Pour sugar into a pot on the stove and begin to cook over medium high heat.

As the sugar starts to melt it will clump into little sugar rocks. Begin to whisk it at this time. Keep whisking and it will start to melt into a liquid. If the sugar gets stuck inside your whisk, switch to a spoon for a while.

Keep whisking and stirring until the temperature reaches 350 degrees or it’s a nice, deep amber color.

Then, stir in your butter. Once that is fully incorporated, add your heavy cream and mix that in. Keep mixing until you can get all of the lumps out.

Let this sit for about 10 minutes or so to set up.

 

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I follow the Crazy Little Projects Blog!  I don’t do the sewing bit, but there’s some great little ideas.

 

I just love mason jars of all shapes and sizes.  I use them as drinking glasses for water (or wine).  You can make fun appetizers and desserts in one serving sizes for parties.  And I love  premixed drinks in a jar for party guests to grab out of a tub of ice.  It’s pretty and makes less work for the hosts during the party.

This summer…lunch in a jar at the pool with the kids.  We love to have a picnic at the pool including fun snacks to share with friends.

xo

Maureen

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