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 dessert 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

By Mary Mazzoni

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.