Posted On May 31, 2016
The latest food trend on social media has everyone tossing out their plates and bowls, and creating Mason jar-meals. Now, stacked servings are as trendy as green juice and coconut oil, and people are flocking to Instagram to show off their wonderful and quite weird food creations in a jar.
But even better, the pretty containers are also portable, portion-controlled plates.
Filled to the brim with vibrant colors and delicious healthiness, the jars usually contain favorites of the hale and hearty. The best designs of these veggie-heavy meals in a jar are properly assembled, well dressed, and of course, not soggy. Author Julia Mirabella developed a step-by-step guide to properly packing a fresh salad to-go in her book Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go.
Tips include: adding the dressing first and layering with foods that won’t soak up the vinaigrette like beans, carrots, or cherry tomatoes.
Then continue to pack in your remaining salad ingredients leaving no space in between layers, and finally top with your salad greens, cheese, and nuts, which creates a barrier that keeps your entire salad from becoming soggy.
If your salad does not include any firm ingredients like beans, line the top of your salad and Mason jar with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Pour the dressing inside your newly designed cup and twist on the lid.
Among these amazing salad creations, breakfast and your favorite comfort foods can also be stacked in a jar. From overnight, no-cook oatmeal and an omelet in a jar to homemade mac and cheese and burrito bowls.
The possibilities are endless.
Here are 27 Mason jar-meals to consider.
Let us know what portions you’ll be packing in the comments below!