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Forget Tupperware, Try These Mason Jar Meals Instead

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 9/12/17 9:00 AM

If you're a fan of convenient meal prep ideas, you've probably noticed that mason jar meals have become all the rage as of late. Often referred to as the "lunchbox for adults," mason jars offer convenient and easy storage for meals of all varieties, as well as a classically charming aesthetic. If you're ready to get a little taste of this "mason jar mania," below are six delicious make-ahead meals to get you started.

1. Chicken, Vegetable and White Bean Soup 

Talk about the consummate mason jar meal! This dish is somewhat of a hybrid between a stew and a soup, and it boasts an impressive laundry list of healthy nutrients. The lean roasted chicken supplies an ample amount of protein, the carrots and spinach are both antioxidant powerhouses, and the white beans are an excellent source of fiber. LiveStrong has the recipe and instructions for this delectable dish. 

2. Asian Zoodle Salad 

Between the bright and cheery mandarin oranges, the dark green sugar snap peas, the golden-hued bell peppers, and the playful patterns of the zucchini noodles, this Asian zoodle salad in a jar is just as much a treat for the eyes as it is for the palate. Foxes Love Lemons has the full recipe. 

3. Sweet and Spicy Chili with Cornbread Topping 

If you're a fan of "sweet with heat," you're going to love this sumptuous chili dish in a jar. Using a clever combination of baked beans, chili powder and cayenne pepper, the chili offers an outstanding balance of sweet and spicy flavors, and when topped with a layer of honey cornbread, this meal is nothing short of divine. Iowa Girl Eats provides the recipe for this epic comfort food. 

4. Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad 

Volumes could be written about the amazingness of sriracha alone, but when integrated into the classic combination of pineapple and chicken, you have a dish that takes the word "flavorful" to a whole new level. Veteran recipe developer Davida from The Healthy Maven gives you the lowdown on how to create this gorgeous salad in a jar. 

5. Spinach and Bacon Salad 

If you're like most people, all you need to know is that bacon is involved, and you're there with bells on. This mason jar meal features bacon as a main ingredient, and it offers a wonderful balance of sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy textures. Perhaps the best thing about this dish is that the salad doesn't get soggy in the jar, so you could pack three or four of them at one time, store them in the refrigerator and then grab and go as needed. Blair over at The Seasoned Mom has all the details for this fantastic mason jar meal. 

6. Coconut Mango Parfait

This light, sweet and delectable mason jar dish can serve as a breakfast or a dessert. Not only is it rich in refreshing tropical flavors, but it is gluten-free, vegan and nutrient-dense as well. It's also super-easy to make, so if you're a newcomer to the world of mason jar meal prep, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better recipe to begin your journey. Karissa at The Crunchy Chronicles has the skinny on how to prepare this delightful parfait. 

Mason jars offer an easy way to make the most out of portable meals, and they're a great way to show off the various layers, colors and textures of your food (Pinterest awaits!). Keep the above recipes in mind to inspire your mason jar culinary creations. 

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