Before we know it the snow will be melted, the air will be warm and it will be time to spend our weekends and evenings outside. With that happy thought in mind I created these salads in the hopes of fighting off a little bit of spring fever and to prepare for the warm months that are promised to follow the dreary months we are currently experiencing. Continue reading “Salad On A Stick”→
This fall the Coborn’s Support Center moved to a brand new building. The building, my workspace and the entire campus are absolutely beautiful and it creates a wonderful atmosphere to work at, but unfortunately I have to drive a little farther for my daily commute. With busy mornings where you are trying to get up and go quickly, I needed something that makes planning out lunches a little bit easier.
I suppose the easiest lunchtime solution is to go out to eat, which I’ll admit is nice occasionally, but it can be pricey to do everyday and not always healthy for you. That’s why I’ve collected some delicious recipes to share with you all that I promise will spruce up any boring lunch routine!
Food Prep Freshness
Glass mason jars help to keep the salads very fresh, and by using wide mouth jars I have created delicious salads that are perfect for anyone on the go or looking for a healthy and fun way to get their greens in- no salad bowl necessary. My mason jars were even chalkboard jars I picked up from a craft store for added lunchtime creativity!
Everything on my Facebook homepage lately seems to feature food recipes, clean eating blogs and meal prepping ideas. What better way to follow suit than to make my complete week of salads on Sunday evening and have them ready to go for the entire week.
I love the taste, freshness and most of all the convenience of these Mason Jar Salads. Best of all you can make so many different varieties, which means lunchtime doesn’t need to be boring, it can be as original as each day of the week!
Check out some of the recipes for these Mason Jar Salads below:
In the same order that is listed above add your ingredients to a wide mouthed mason jar.
Shake jar when ready to be eaten and refrigerate if you are saving it for a later date.
Dietitian's Notes: -This salad is great because the wide variety of vegetables are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals. -Add dried cranberries to your salad to represent as many food groups as possible, but make sure no sugar is added! -Make sure you always have beans or some sort of protein added to your meals, and if a salad is your full meal make extra sure they are added! -Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar add a great flavor and provide healthy fats. -Aside from the Feta Cheese (19) and the Balsamic Vinegar (18) all of these ingredients have a 100 on the NuVal Scoring System!
Add ingredients in order to above and keep refrigerated.
When ready to eat shake jar and enjoy.
Additional optional topping: Mandrain Oranges
Tips & Tricks
The number one most important rule to remember when making these salads is to always keep the dressing at the bottom and the salad greens at the top of the jar. Keep the two layers as far away from one another as possible by having them separated with your hard veggies, protein and soft veggies. If you do that, your greens will stay crispy and fresh with no problems.
Follow this Layer List:
Layer 1 (Bottom of Jar): 2-4 T. Dressing of Choice
Layer 2: Hard Veggies- This is where you add in carrots, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
Layer 3: Protein- This is where you will add the cheese, meats, beans, hard-boiled eggs, etc.
Layer 4: Soft Veggies- In this section you will add tomatoes, onions, corn, avocado, etc.
Layer 5 (Top of Jar): Greens to the Brim- Add in your lettuce and/or spinach.
Try to keep the ratio of each jar about half-and-half. That means half of the jar holds the toppings, dressing, grains, proteins and half of the jar holds the greens.
As I mentioned I like to make several of these jars on Sunday evening so I’m prepared for speedy grab and go lunches later on in the week. Luckily these salads last a week in the refrigerator!
Because these jars are so full to the brim you might have to eat off a layer or two of greens (yum!), then replace the lid, shake the heck out of it to distribute the dressing, and then dig right in with a fork.
Hope you enjoy my creations and they make meal planning a success!
These Holiday Spice Ornaments make a perfect last minute gift or festive addition to a miniature Christmas tree used to decorate for a holiday party. I personally made these Ornaments with the intention of hanging each of them from a small Christmas tree in my home. In a few weeks I am having some friends over for a Christmas Party.
I have it all planned out. I am going to be ordering a Meat and Cheese platter, Hye Roller Tray and a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Platter from Coborn’s. I’ll also be sure to pick up some of my favorite wine from Coborn’s Liquor. After fun times, lots of laughs and a gift exchange I will let each of my guests pick an ornament off of the tree as a parting gift.
This crafty creation is incredibly easy to make. Simply follow the directions below and gather all of your ingredients to make the Ranch Dressing Mix. Your last minute creative gift planning just got a whole lot easier… And even more tasty!