I am aware I might be late to the party, but is it ever really too late when it comes to Mason jar meals? I personally believe there’s way too much to love for them to ever get old. Portable? Check! Heatable? Check! Freezable? Check! A great way to get your fill of healthy foods despite the terribly hectic day lying ahead? Double check!
If you’re as excited about Mason jar meals as I am, you’ll absolutely love the collection of fabulous recipes included below. And if you’re still on the fence, the mouth-watering pictures included might just make you jump and join the fan side!
Hash Brown Nest Eggs With Avocado
If you’re into eggs, this recipe is for you. The original suggests using a muffin pan to make this interesting take on the traditional egg & hash browns but a smaller glass jar such as this one is a great (portable & aesthetically pleasing) alternative. Now that’s a recipe well-suited for Sunday morning brunch!
Blueberry Pancakes In A Jar
Who said pancakes had to be reserved for weekends? With this simple recipe, not only will they be ready to savor in less than 5 minutes, but will also be transportable (a.k.a easily eaten at work to fuel up before the first of a set of long meetings on incredibly busy Mondays).
The blueberries can, of course, be substituted for the fruit of your choice. Serve with a sprinkle of maple syrup or a doll-up of yogurt / coconut yogurt and you’ll be set to start your morning off on the right foot!
One of the number one complaints I hear from my clients is the lack of time they have in the morning. Between getting themselves (and perhaps the kids) ready and walking the dog, time is limited when it comes to eating, let alone preparing said healthy and fuelling meal. I get it!
Luckily, this recipe can help take a load off. Simply combine the ingredients the night before. This will allow them to magically evolve into a glorious and flavorful concoction that will be ready to grab-and-go once morning rolls around.
As an added bonus, the mango provide nearly 100% of your daily vitamin C needs whereas the chia seeds add protein, fiber, good fats and a bunch of other healthy nutrients to the mix.
Minty Yogurt Parfaits
Here’s an interesting recipe for those of you preferring more savory options in the morning. It consists of an unusual take on the original fruit parfait. The chickpeas and nuts will provide you with a great source of plant protein whereas the raisins will add energy-boosting carbohydrates to the mix. The mint adds the final touch of flavor giving this interesting recipe a definite spot on my list of must-trys. Does it gain a spot on yours?
Here’s a deliciously satisfying recipe, easily prepared in advance, or on weekends, when you’ve got a little more time to spare. Bananas contain, as you probably know, a great deal of potassium, but a little less-known fact is that they are also great sources of brain-boosting vitamin B6 and bone-forming manganese.
And, just in case you needed any more reasons to give this gluten-free delight a try, this recipe can also easily be made vegan by swapping the egg for a “chia egg” (a.k.a. 1 tablespoon chia seeds soaked in 3 tablespoons of water). Fill your jars a little less than half-way and add a doll-up of yogurt (or coconut yogurt) and some fruit for a well-balanced and filling breakfast!
Overnight Maple Buckwheat
This recipe brings a nice twist to the good old overnight oats. For one, buckwheat (despite the name) does not contain any wheat. Believe it or not, buckwheat is in fact closely related to rhubarb and sorel, making it a perfectly suitable for those of you with Celiac disease, wheat allergy or non-Celiac gluten sensitivity. What’s more, this recipe is loaded with magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron and B-vitamins, is easily made in advance and remains totally portable. What else is there to say?
Tex-Mex Quinoa Salad
One common downfall of meal salads is their lack of fiber-rich carbohydrates, meaning hunger is likely to point its nose a mere mere 1 1/2 – 2 hours post lunch. That’s luckily not the case with this salad.
Quinoa, in addition to being a great source of magnesium, iron and potassium, will also provide you with a good dose of plant-protein and slowly digestible carbohydrates. This will keep you well fuelled throughout the afternoon, preventing that dreaded mid-afternoon dip.
And thanks to this easy salad layering technique, you’ll even avoid the typical soggy mess involved with bringing a home-made meal salad to work. Now that’s what I call a two for one!
Wild Rice Salad
This nutty, fruity, yummy-looking salad is likely as much of a treat to the eyes as it is a treat to your palate. And before you dismiss it because of your dislike for rice, it’s worth knowing that wild rice has a completely different flavor and texture than your average, run of the mill white or brown rice. Plus, it’s a great source of energy-boosting B-vitamins. Give it a try; you might be pleasantly surprised!
Here’s another easily prepared and totally transportable lunch idea. In addition to being rich in folate and manganese, the edamame beans are also a great source of plant-protein. The shiitake and brown rice vermicelli, for their part, add a nice dose of fiber and energy-boosting B-vitamins. As a final touch, the sesame seeds help you get your fill of calcium and magnesium, making this recipe somewhat of a nutrition powerhouse!
DIY Instant Noodle Cup
I must confess, I’ve always been fond of the warm comforting taste of instant noodle cups. And I’m an especially big fan of how quick they can be prepared. What I’m not so enamored with is the long list of less-than-healthy ingredients, which is why I sadly had to bid farewell to the once beloved noodle cup. That’s until I recently came across this recipe with absolutely no preservatives in sight. Let’s just say the love affair has been reignited!
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