Less Waste, More Taste: 10 Mason Jar Recipes

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Whether you're preparing lunches for the week or planning an afternoon picnic, these 10 make-ahead recipes will put your recyclables to work saving you time and money. Read on for ideas you'll love.

Photo: Angela Simpson/Eat Spin Run Repeat

Photo: Angela Simpson/Eat Spin Run Repeat

Chopped Salad To-Go

If you're new to the meals-in-jars concept, the joy of a portable salad without all the soggy lettuce and toppings will make you an instant believer.

Dreamed up by Angela Simpson of Eat Spin Run Repeat, this preparation features nutritious spelt berries, sweet bell peppers and hearty chicken for a filling meal on-the-go. When lunchtime comes, simply tip your pre-layered salad into a bowl for a crunchy bite that's sure to please.

For vegetarians and vegans, Simpson also includes a tasty plant-based preparation featuring quinoa, navy beans and edamame.

Get step-by-step instructions on how to make both salads at home from Eat Spin Run Repeat.

Mary Mazzoni

Based in the Phoenix metro area, Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.
  • http://www.katienormalgirl.com/ katie: normal girl

    Such a clever idea! Those blueberry pancakes look SO good…nom, nom, nom.

  • http://www.urbannaturale.com/ Deborah Davis

    These are the coolest mason jar recipes to make, use and gift!

  • Jim Mazzoni

    Well researched article as usual. Very creative ideas for a healthy lifestyle. Nice Work

  • Amy Bauer

    Do not microwave anything! This sound like a great recipe but you throw it in the microwave and kill all the healthy enzymes! Yuck! Just bake it and it is much better

  • tag808

    Amy, you got that right! Threw my microwave out the door months ago! I don’t think there is an un-healthier way to cook than a microwave. Thus the term “NUKE IT!”

  • tag808

    Soy? A GMO cocktail! Meals in jar sound good but please start with some healthy ingredients and skip the nuke oven.

  • tag808

    After looking at this site have decide not for me. To much nuking and has any of you ever heard of Organic? I am sorry but not healthy eating in any shape of the word.

  • serjio

    The studies im finding point out that sometimes microwave preserves more nutrients, sometime conventional heating preserves more nutrients. Depending on the food mostly. Do you have any studies, tag808 or Amy, that show it killing important enzymes more often that conventional heating?

    Also: the term “nuke it” comes from the fact that a microwave uses low frequency radiation to heat food. Radiation is very vague term that basically just means energy (like light for example). But people love the negative connations of the word, and they love the negative connations of nuclear power, so why not lump it all together and have one giant negative connation that actually has very little connection. There is nothing “nuclear” about microwaves, not even remotely.

    • bumpkin

      I saw online the other day, a radiation-detector for microwave leaks. On Amazon.

  • bumpkin

    O make my oatmeal in two minutes. I put some in a glass cereal bowl, rinse it with water (because one time I found a mouse dropping rolled to have the appearance of a black oat, but I carefully added a drop of H2O and there was NO mistaking it) pour off that water, repeat, then add filtered water to just above the top of the oats, toss in a handful of raisins, sometimes a little cinnamon/sugar. Shake the salt shaker at it, one shake, and microwave on high 2 minutes. While its cooking, I am doing something else, then, when I am ready, out of the micro it comes, add almond milk (or any milk) and I am eating. Lovely, hot cereal on a cold day, 2.5 minutes.