Have you been on Pinterest lately? If you have, I am sure you’ve seen lots of mason jar meals! They look so healthy and delicious, don’t they? If you like making mason jar meals or if you would like to start, you need Tanya Linton’s newest cookbook – 150 Best Meals In a Jar! (Read on to enter to win 150 Best Meals In a Jar Cookbook Giveaway!)
So what is the benefit of making mason jar meals? They are convenient to make and store. Mason jar meals make prepping for your week very easy. Line up your jars, fill them, seal them and tuck them in the fridge for the week ahead. You will be thrilled to know they are ready and waiting to take to work or school on those busy days. Talk about convenience at meal time. Just grab a fork and dig in!
Here’s a great recipe to get you started! This is one of the author’s favorites!
Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad
This salad in a jar is one of my all-time favorites. Not only is it super-easy to prepare, but the combination of watermelon and feta, with a hint of fresh mint, makes it a refreshing summertime lunch.
- 1-quart (1 L) mason jar
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 mL
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 15 mL
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup chopped watermelon 250 mL
- 2 cups tightly packed arugula 500 mL
- 1⁄2 cup crumbled feta cheese 125 mL
- 1 tbsp chopped fresh mint 15 mL
- Pour oil and vinegar into jar, wiping down any splashes on the side of the jar. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Layer watermelon and arugula on top, tightly packing the arugula. Top with feta and mint. Seal jar and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
- When ready to serve, turn jar upside down in a bowl and let the dressing coat the salad.
Makes 1 serving
About 150 Best Meals in a Jar
You’ll never again eat another soggy lunch salad.
Canning jars are the perfect vessels for healthy and delicious salads. You simply put the dressing on the bottom, add layers of heavier or harder foods and then top with lighter ingredients, such as fresh leafy greens. Everything stays crisp and separate until you’re ready to dump the salad into a bowl, toss and enjoy.
These tempting and innovative recipes store well in the fridge, so you can make several days’ worth of lunches and/or dinners ahead of time. Then all you have to do is “grab and go” on those harried weekday mornings.
Tanya has even created recipes for breakfasts, snacks, soups and desserts, as well as a chapter devoted to the ever-popular rice bowls. You’re sure to enjoy the variety of options, from leafy green salads like Waldorf Salad, Asian Slaw with Honey Ginger Dressing or Layered Caprese Salad to heartier meals made with legumes, noodles or grains, such as Roasted Broccoli and Chickpea Salad, Roasted Pasta Puttanesca or Quinoa with Beets and Pomegranates. And when you’re looking for a dessert idea for an office celebration or picnic, Pretty Pavlovas, Layered Cheater Chocolate Cheesecake and Banana Bread Parfait are sure to be a hit.
248 pages • 7″ x 10″ • Index
24 color photo pages
$19.95 CA / $19.95 US
Publication date: April 2016
About Tanya Linton
Tanya Linton is a partner and executive producer at Architect Films, a leading television production company in lifestyle and factual programming. Previous to that, she was Director of Lifestyle Content for Shaw Media, where she was in charge of some of HGTV’s biggest brands. She’s an accomplished writer and producer who is able to work in a variety of genres. Tanya lives in Toronto, ON, with her husband and three children.
150 Best Meals in a Jar is available on Amazon.com for $16.92.
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