October 21, 2022 6 min read
We all like the idea of making our families healthy meals, saving money and doing our part to cut down on waste.
But we also like the idea of getting a good night’s sleep, not having a huge mess to clean up in the kitchen after dinner and — just maybe — having time to watch a bit of Netflix or read a book.
Meal prepping with Mason jars is a strategy you can use to accomplish all of these goals while making your life easier at the same time. It’s a win-win-win because your family will love having good-tasting and good-for-you food ready no matter what their schedule looks like that day.
Think of it this way: Attempting to prepare 21 meals each week usually means you’re in the kitchen 21 times. That’s a whole lot of cutting veggies, wiping down counters, washing pans, boiling noodles, whisking eggs, chopping nuts, grating cheese and on and on and on.
It means devoting a few hours on a Sunday to a well-planned cooking spree. If you have little ones, maybe that can be their special movie time. Or maybe grandparents can even watch them for a few hours.
You can then fire up your favorite podcast and get to prepping. Is a glass of wine a terrible idea? Go for it!
You cook everything, put it in the fridge and clean up ONCE. Even better, you don’t find yourself making constant last-minute trips to the grocery store or throwing a tray of chicken nuggets in the oven because you have no better plan.
Here’s how to get the job done.
There are a lot of different ways to tackle meal prepping with Mason jars, including:
Meal prepping for a week is easy IF you take the time to make a proper shopping list. In fact, it’s fair to say the success of your entire operation hinges on effort you put into reviewing recipes and making your list.
In an ideal world, the process would look like this:
Now for the good part — the actual recipes. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started.
JarJackets are silicone sleeves that slip right over your Mason jars, making them perfect to enjoy at home or take on the road. You could even take your lunch on a hike with the help of these guys.
Not only do they look super-cute, but they protect your glass jars from the inevitable slips and bumps that life brings. Plus, they’re microwave and dishwasher safe.
Imagine your son being on his way to soccer practice at 4:30 p.m. and he’s hungry. Or you have 10 minutes between Zoom meetings. Or your spouse is home for lunch and is hungry.
All anyone has to do is open the fridge and reach for a healthy, delicious meal. And all it took you was a few hours on a Sunday that, hopefully, were far more pleasant than rushing to throw something together after a long day of work.
That’s what you can do when meal prepping with Mason jars.
Now go put your feet up, turn on some Netflix and treat yourself to this chocolate-covered raspberry mug cake.
Because there’s nothing that you and Mason jars can’t do together.
Grab our FREE downloadable PDF recipe guide chock full of great make-ahead meals you can use with mason jars via the link below.
A savory, satisfying lunch that can be prepped ahead on the weekend and enjoyed throughout the week.
1 cup dry farro
1 cup chopped broccoli florets
1 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup snap peas, halved
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/4 cup chopped green onion
2 tbsp finely chopped mint
1/3 cup chopped unsalted peanuts
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp creamy unsalted peanut butter
2 tbsp agave nectar
1/2 tsp sea salt
Rinse farro under water and transfer to a saucepan. Cover with 2 cups of water and heat over medium heat until boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 15-20 minutes. Transfer farro to a bowl and refrigerate for 1 hour to chill farro.
Stir together ingredients for dressing until peanut butter is completely incorporated.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine farro, broccoli, carrots, snap peas, red bell pepper, cilantro, green onion, mint and peanuts. Pour dressing over salad and gently stir with a spoon to coat. Refrigerate until serving. Serve chilled
Divide into 4, 16oz mason jars. Chill until ready to serve.
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