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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Kiss brown bag lunches goodbye!
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.
Looking for a little spice in your life? Try this option to give you a little kick.
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.
It is perfect for a rainy day, or a day where you just feel…”meh”.
11. Cobb Salad
Yes, this is possible to do. You’re welcome.
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
This is particularly for when you are being lazy at the end of your meal preps. It is easy and delicious.
14. BLT Salad
You really can’t go wrong with bacon. I’m sure there has to be someone who agrees with me.
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.
16. Chicken Salad
This is a perfect meal and can go with almost any type of roll as a side dish.
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.
18. Shepherd’s Pie
A meal with ground beef, peas, carrots layered underneath corn and mashed potatoes topped with gravy? Yes please.
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!
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.
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.
Another win for the Gluten free recipe seekers.
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.
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.
Desserts to die for
25. Banana Pudding
One word: yum.
This is a perfect dessert to enjoy on a nice summer evening by the pool.
27. Banana Bread
You can eat this as is or if you are a fatty like me, add tons of mini chocolate chips!
28. Jar O’ Fruit
Nothing is better for you or more refreshing than nature’s naturally made dessert.
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.
Featured photo credit: Antique Blue Mason Jar Solar Light by CreativeCorksNMore via flickr.com