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10 Mason Jar Meals – Not Just Salads!

By - Posted on May 18, 2017

Years ago, mason jars were known as necessary supplies for people who canned fruit and jelly. The craft world took notice of these classic glass jars and started using them for everything from centerpieces to lighting. The popularity of mason jars continues to grow and over the past few years have become an important kitchen utility, providing a portion-controlled container for all types of foods including salads, eggs, breads and more.

Their tempered glass construction allows them to be heated, frozen, refrigerated or stored on a shelf. The jars are clear so you can see everything inside and can be easily labeled. Mason jar meals are the perfect way to bring your breakfasts and lunches to go!  Meals served in mason jars are ideal for entertaining and can also be used as school lunches.

Whether you are a mason jar meal newbie or have been enjoying the benefits of these versatile jars for years, here are some delicious recipe ideas to try:

Banana bread –  Who doesn’t love a fresh warm slice of banana bread? This banana bread is baked right in the mason jars!  Serve after cooling, store in the fridge, or freeze for up to two months.

Ramen noodles – This healthier alternative to packaged instant ramen noodle soup consists of rice stick noodles, chicken, soy sauce, and a few other simple ingredients.  Layer the ingredients from wet to dry, and when ready to eat, fill up with a little hot water.

Lasagna in jars – Appreciate all the layers of your lasagna with this lean version made with turkey, low-fat cheese and no-boil noodles.

Southwest salad –  It takes just 10 minutes to assemble this tasty salad made with lots of good-for-you ingredients like black beans, corn, and avocado. A tablespoon of taco seasoning adds a slightly spicy kick.

Maple & brown sugar overnight oats – You’d love a hearty, nourishing breakfast, but who has the time to make it? Overnight oats are the answer.  Add rolled oats, vanilla, almond milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup to a mason jar.  Refrigerate overnight, add toasted pecans and that’s it!

Mason jar eggs – Whip together eggs, egg whites and Greek yogurt and add some sausage, pepper and spinach (or customize with any other favorite omelet ingredients). Bake the eggs in the jar and refrigerate. These are perfect for any morning you want to take your protein to go.

Mason jar chicken burrito bowl –  Whole grains? Covered. Protein? Of course. Tasty? Absolutely.  Made with chicken, brown rice, black beans, corn, cheese, and tortilla chips, this burrito bowl has everything you need for a filling and nutritious Mexican-inspired lunch.

Pasta salad  -  This colorful and refreshing pasta salad makes an attractive presentation when served in individual mason jars.

Chicken pot pie  - Ordinary chicken pot pie takes a brand new shape when made in a mason jar. These perfectly proportioned pot pies are easy to make and even easier to eat!

Loaded tuna salad –  Load up on magnesium and vitamins B3, B12, B6 and D with this loaded tuna salad. The unique blend of tuna, marinated beets, Kalamata olives, apples and roasted pumpkin seeds will leave you hungry for more.

Be sure to follow Omni on Pinterest and check out our board to access links to all these yummy meal-in-a-jar recipes!

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