Healthy and Portable Mason Jar Meals

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Ready meals seem to be everywhere nowadays. They are packaged in horrible plastics and toxic trays and you never really know how much time it has been in there for.

If you want to have on the go meals and snacks that you know are healthy, fresh and maybe even organic, there is nothing better than making them yourself. It takes no time and you can make a few of each kind. This will help you organise your meals during the busy week and save you a lot of money on unhealthy snacks.

STERILIZE THE JARS

If you have jars at home, you need to sterilize them so that the food inside them will last a lot longer. To do this, heat the oven to 275ºF (130ºC or Gas 1). If you heat it any higher the glass jars might break.

We need to isolate the jars from the oven shelves, so lay down a few layers of newspaper on each shelf. Put the jars on top, making sure they don’t touch each other. Close the oven and leave them in there for at least 20 minutes.

Use the thickest oven mitts you have and take the jars out. put them on a heat pad or heatproof mat. If you are putting hot food inside, do that while the jar is warm. If it is cold food you’ll be adding, wait until it is cold. If you put hot food in a cold jar or cold food in a hot jar it will break.

 

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BLUEBERRY AND GRILLED PEACH QUINOA PARFAITS

Parfaits usually involve frozen ice cream and such deliciousness. In our case, we are making a tasty, healthier version that does not need to be frozen. It is a great snack to take to work, or leave ready for when the kids get home from school.

INGREDIENTS

2 Peaches, Halved and without pit

1 Cup Cooked and Cooled Quinoa (remember they need to be washed first)

1 Cup Blueberries

2 Cups of Greek Yogurt

4 tsp Maple Syrup or Honey or Agave

4 tsp Chopped Pecans

PREPARING IT

Peaches are tasteful and sweet, but they are so much better after grilling it at medium heat for 4 or 5 minutes on each side. This will make the peaches juicier and caramelized. Put them in the refrigerator to chill. Cut the peaches into pieces ½ inch thick slices.

Grab four jars and put two tablespoons of quinoa (already cooked) at the bottom of each jar. Add two tablespoons of blueberries, peaches, two tablespoons of yogurt, maple syrup and a few pecans.

Repeat this process until the jars are filled. Close them, put them in the fridge and enjoy!

 

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BACON AND EGGS IN A JAR

Of course we had to have bacon and eggs!

This is a great recipe because it is so easy to prepare and so, so, so delicious!

INGREDIENTS

2 Eggs

Fresh Spinach

Shredded Cheese

Bacon

Salt & Pepper

MAKE IT

In a bowl, mix the eggs, spinach, cheese, salt and pepper. Pour it all into a mason jars. Fill it only halfway and microwave it for 1:30 or 2:00 minutes. Check it every 20 or 30 seconds.

Don’t worry about it puffing up in the microwave, or going down when it cools. To decorate, add some bacon and cheese on top.

 

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PANCAKES IN A JAR

Well, if there ever was a great breakfast or snack, it is pancakes!

INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Flour

1 tbsp Baking Powder

2 tbsp Organic Sugar

2 tbsp Butter or Vegan Margarine

¾ Cup Nut or Dairy Milk

Blueberries

PREPARE IT

Make 4 small jars or two large ones.

Grab a small bowl and whisk the flour, baking powder and sugar until it is well mixed. Melt the butter or margarine and add it with the milk. Keep whisking until you have a uniform batter.

Take your sterilized jars and add a layer of blueberries in each. On top of them, add the batter until the jar is half filled. Microwave it for a minute if the jars are small or a minute and a half if it is large.

Let it cool off and add more margarine/butter, blueberries and syrup.

Delicious!

 

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