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11 delicious meals you can make in a mason jar

It's all easy and tasty.

You’re always on the go. Meetings, interviews, classes, part-time jobs—there seems to be no time during the day to sit down and enjoy a meal that you made yourself.

That stops now.

These mason jar meals will support your on-the-go lifestyle, saving you money from takeout and time from hopelessly searching your cabinets for what you should take for lunch. Make them ahead of time, seal them up for optimal freshness, and look like a savvy, eco-friendly boss when you crack open one of these delicious lunches.

1. Taco salad

Taco-Salad-in-a-jar mason jar meals

This colorful meal is a definite upgrade from the traditional walking taco. Line the bottom of the jar with your favorite salsa, then add all of your favorite taco toppings (lettuce, cheese, black beans, corn, etc.). Finish it off with a protein and tortillas strips to add a crunch.

2. Veggie macaroni and cheese

mason jar meals veggie macaroni and cheese

Add some color to a boxed macaroni and cheese dinner with tomatoes, broccoli, or veggies of your choice. The result is a heartier version of this cheesy classic.

3. Kale-Pasta Mason Jar Salad

mason jar meals kale pasta salad
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The Pioneer Woman’s light pasta salad has perfect reviews. But for a shortcut, swap in a light Italian dressing for the sauce.

4. DIY Chicken and Dill Instant Noodles

mason jar meals diy chicken and dill instant noodles

If you are short on time in the morning, this mason jar meal will have you out of the door in less than 10 minutes. Add boiling water when you’re ready to eat.

5. Portabello Mushroom, Spinach and Caramelized Onion Omelet

healthy mason jar meals veggie omlet

Hit your daily protein goals with breakfast for lunch. If you’re watching your fat intake, swap in some egg whites. Pair this omelet with mixed greens to hold you over until dinner.

6. Strawberry, Cucumber and Chicken Salad

mason jar meals fruit chicken salad

This mason jar salad marries sweet and savory. The cucumber and strawberries give it vibrant color and lots of essential vitamins. Feel free to swap in your favorite vegan/vegetarian “chicken” to keep this meal herbivore-friendly.

7. Deconstructed Sushi

mason jar meals deconstructed sushi

Colorful layers of shredded carrots, brown rice, avocado, cucumbers and a homemade sauce—need we say more?

8. Sweet and Spicy Chili with Cornbread Topping

mason jar meals cornbread topped chili

One of the advantages of mason jars is that they are oven-safe. So, jazz up leftover chili by adding a layer of cornbread to the top. Every spoonful will have chili and bread, making it a perfect dish for on-the-go.

9. Pizza in a Jar

mason jar meals pizza

This is the food of the future. The mason jar is layered with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and basil, and then topped with pizza dough. Add more of your favorite pizza toppings to make it one-of-a-kind.

10. Mason Jar BBQ Sundae

mason jar meals bbq sundae

If you have leftovers from grilling outside or Sunday dinner, you need to craft together this Southern goodness. This is for the people who mix together all of the food on their plates before digging in.

11. Minty Chickpea Yogurt Parfaits

mason jar meals minty chickpea parfaits

You only need six ingredients for this mason jar meal. If you’re looking for something light and refreshing, you need to try out this recipe. Top it with walnuts or more mint leaves to taste.

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