Less Waste, More Taste: 10 Mason Jar Recipes

Whether you’re preparing breakfasts and lunches for the week or planning an afternoon picnic, these 10 Mason jar recipes fit the bill.

You can make them ahead of time, ensuring you’ll eat a delicious and healthy meal even when you’re on the run. No temptation to stop by the fast-food store when you tote these tasty treats — you’ll save money and reduce waste! Read on for portable and quick breakfast, lunch, and desert recipes you’ll love.

Mason Jar Recipe List

Here’s the full list of recipes, with links if you’d like to jump ahead:

  1. Chopped Salad to Go
  2. On-the-Go Blueberry Pancakes
  3. Bottled-Up Chickpea Salads
  4. Bird’s Nest Mason Jar Cupcakes
  5. Refrigerator Oatmeal in a Jar
  6. Mini Mason Jar Pot Pies
  7. Strawberry Mason Jar Cakes
  8. Toasted Oat & Coconut Muesli
  9. Mason Jar Quinoa Salads
  10. Picnic-Ready Cucumber & Avocado Salad

Up first, Chopped Salad to Go from Angela Simpson of My Fresh Perspective:

chopped salad to go

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 My Fresh Perspective, 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 offers three vegetarian recipes (plus one that includes tuna).

Next: On-the-Go Blueberry Pancakes

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  1. 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

  2. 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!”

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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