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30 Mason Jar Meals That Are Instagram Worthy

30 Mason Jar Meals That Are Instagram Worthy

Let’s not try to lie to ourselves, we have all scrolled through our news feed and have seen that photo. The type of photo of the perfectly proportioned meal, delicately placed in a mason jar, titled #foodporn. We know we have all thought “Who in the world has time for that?! ” Life is hard though, we all have jobs, classes, families and unless you’re like 5 (or a man child) we have responsibilities. Do not fear, dear reader, having your very own photo of your meal everyone is envious of is easy. Most people however, do not do this for just the likes.They too have busy lives. It is for convenience and it is a great option compared to eating fast food. Mason jar meals are easy to use because you can bake in them and they can handle either hot or cold contents. Most meals can be readily available for you to eat during your busy schedule. All you need is a mason jar…or five and these recipes to get you started on your own mason jar meals.

Rise and Shine

1. Quick Breakfast

You can’t go wrong starting off simple. Bacon, eggs, store bought hashbrowns and some cheese are all a perfect combination to satisfy your morning hunger.

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    2. Overnight fruit and oats

    Overnight oats combined with your favorite fruit is an excellent healthy choice for someone with a sweet tooth. There is nothing like the taste of nature’s version of desert.

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       3. Triple Berry Chai Pudding

      If you want to go that extra mile to start your day off with a hint of sweetness, this is a perfect choice for your meal preps.

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        4. Yogurt and Granola

        Yogurt and granola is a perfect start to the morning. Adding a bit of honey drizzled on top can be an excellent choice if your granola isn’t too sweet.

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          5. Monkey Bread

          This African coffee cake is a delicious combination with your morning cup of Joe, which was probably to go as well. A match made in heaven!

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            Kiss brown bag lunches goodbye!

            7.  Burrito Bowl Salad

            This is a perfect option for lunch and you don’t have to follow this recipe exactly. With this idea, you can add or subtract from this recipe to make it your own.

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              8. Asian Noodle Salad

              Looking for a little spice in your life? Try this option to give you a little kick.

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                9. Sushi in a Jar

                Sushi is great, but sometimes we do not have the time to stand in line or the bank account to fund it. This is a fun way to get that craving and lunch out of the way.

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                  10. Chicken Noodle Soup

                  It is perfect for a rainy day, or a day where you just feel…”meh”.

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                    11. Cobb Salad

                    Yes, this is possible to do. You’re welcome.

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                      12. Stromboli in a Jar

                      In the mood for some Italian, but don’t have time for a date or the wait? I don’t either and for that, we have Stromboli in a Jar

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                        13. Spaghetti O’s and Mini Meatballs

                        This is particularly for when you are being lazy at the end of your meal preps. It is easy and delicious.

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                          14. BLT Salad

                          You really can’t go wrong with bacon. I’m sure there has to be someone who agrees with me.

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                            15. Firehouse Potato Salad

                            If you are looking for a quick meal because your boss only gave you a fifteen minute break, try this. I can scarf it down in five.

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                              16. Chicken Salad

                              This is a perfect meal and can go with almost any type of roll as a side dish.

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                                17. Lasagna in a Jar

                                This can be paired with the garlic bread you stick in the toaster oven for five minutes and they will pair beautifully.

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                                  18. Shepherd’s Pie

                                  A meal with ground beef, peas, carrots layered underneath corn and mashed potatoes topped with gravy? Yes please.

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                                    19. Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Ouinoa Casserole

                                    For those of us with a Gluten allergy or just want to avoid it all together. There is hope…that there is delicious food we can make ourselves!

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                                      Delightful Dinners

                                      20. Meatloaf Mini’s

                                      Meatloaf is amazing! I might add some mashed potatoes underneath this in my jar because the two go together like salt and pepper.

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                                        21.Chili and Cornbread

                                        The best thing about chili is that you can make it spicy, mild, or hell-flavored and it will still taste great paired with corn bread.

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                                          22. Gluten Free Quiche

                                          Another win for the Gluten free recipe seekers.

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                                            23. Chicken Pot Pie

                                            You are not alone in enjoying the flaky crust covered in a mouth watering sauce combined with chicken carrots and peas.

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                                              24. French Onion Soup

                                              Just in case you had the urge to go to France but have a full time job, online school and absolutely no time for yourself, this is for you. Close your eyes while you eat and pretend you are there.

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                                                Desserts to die for

                                                25. Banana Pudding

                                                One word: yum.

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                                                  26.Lemon Lover’s Lemon Meringue

                                                  This is a perfect dessert to enjoy on a nice summer evening by the pool.

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                                                    27. Banana Bread

                                                    You can eat this as is or if you are a fatty like me, add tons of mini chocolate chips!

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                                                      28. Jar O’ Fruit

                                                      Nothing is better for you or more refreshing than nature’s naturally made dessert.

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                                                        29. Cheesecake

                                                        Cheesecake is something you can add almost any topping too. Having it plain is always good if you aren’t sure what to put on top.

                                                        30. Butterfinger Pie

                                                        Leave this for your cheat day. Why? Because I have absolutely no idea how many calories are in here, nor do I want to know.

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                                                          Featured photo credit: Antique Blue Mason Jar Solar Light by CreativeCorksNMore via flickr.com

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                                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                          10. Find some competition.

                                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                          11. Go exercise.

                                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                          12. Take a good break.

                                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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