Meals in Jars

Turn lunch into a perfectly portable art form with these on-the-go recipes packed in Mason jars.
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Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Put a Lid on It

Desk lunches are often a sad state of affairs, what with the wilted veggies and soggy crusts galore. The key to preserving your salad for a fresh midday meal? Layer ingredients with purpose, and wait to dress them until right before eating. Mason jars make perfectly portable vessels for a variety of meals, and the finished dishes are beautiful to boot (so that lunch or snack can become a social media star).

Smoked Salmon and Sugar Snap Pea Salad-in-a-Jar

Love bagels, cream cheese and smoked salmon? Well, here they are, stacked along with spring's best produce and finished with an everything-bagel-inspired dressing (which you can also use on any non-vertical salad). The jar makes this salad super portable and shows off its pretty layers.

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Beets and Brussels Sprouts Salad-in-a-Jar

Layered is the new chopped! We've taken winter's best vegetables and gone vertical for this colorful salad. We love the tender-chewy barley, but it can be swapped out for your favorite whole grain, like brown rice or quinoa.

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Chicken, Avocado Cream and Quinoa Salad-in-a-Jar

Enjoy a layered lunch with this portable, Mexican-inspired quinoa salad. To save time, make a big batch of quinoa, and freeze portions in resealable bags for up to 1 month. Having a whole-grain arsenal in your freezer will help cut down on prep time later. 

Get the Recipe: Chicken, Avocado Cream and Quinoa Salad-in-a-Jar

Middle Eastern Millet Salad-in-a-Jar

Layer your lunch with this vegetarian and gluten-free meal-in-a-jar. We love the versatility of millet –– it can be porridgey, popped or fluffy (as it is in this recipe). To save time, cook batches of millet, let cool, then store in freezer bags for up to 1 month. 

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Coconut-Chia Pudding-in-a-Jar

Make this fruity, nutty, healthy dish for breakfast or dessert — it's your choice. The chia makes this pudding reminiscent of tapioca; it's also a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Get the Recipe: Coconut-Chia Pudding-in-a-Jar

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