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My Favorite Salads In a Jar

Last week, I shared how making salads in a jar has helped to simplify my mornings and ensure that I take a healthy and nutritious lunch with me when I leave for work in the morning.  I really am in love with salads in a jar because the possibilities are endless.  I grab the jar, a plate (or use a paper plate), and something to drink, and my lunch is packed in under 5 minutes.

I’ve been told that it’s possible to shake the jars to mix your salad, but I tend to overfill mine, so I have to pour them out into a bowl or on a plate in order to be able to experience the entire salad instead of one layer at a time.

This week, I thought I would share five of my favorite salad in a jar recipes.  Each of these recipes has it’s own unique flavor, so I don’t become bored by eating the same thing every day.  Click on the links and check out the salads.  Let us know which ones are your favorite.

The first salad in a jar that I made was this Chinese chicken salad recipe.  As I headed out the door,  I grabbed a small container that I had packed with crispy chow mein noodles to sprinkle on top of this salad for some extra crunch.    I really enjoy this salad and make it frequently.chinese chicken salad in quart and pint jarsThe next was this delicious taco salad in a jar.  I love that this salad packs all the flavor of a taco salad without the need for meat.  Again, I grabbed a baggie full of tortilla chips to sprinkle on top of the salad after I poured it out onto a plate.  This salad is delicious.  Vegetarian Taco Salad in a JarI love Italian food, so this antipasto salad in a jar was also very good.  The down side to this salad is that unless you use low fat pepperoni and salami, the salad packs more fat than the others, but if you use a low fat or fat free Italian dressing, it helps to off set the extra fat in the meats.  Antipasto salad in a jar copyright 2014 patty cakes pantryI don’t know about anyone else, but I really love salad bars, so this trip to a pizza parlor’s salad bar in a jar was great.  I really loved the addition of  the three bean salad.finished salad bar trip in a jarLast, but not least, is the spinach salad in a jar recipe.  I was worried about the spinach wilting in the jar.  Spinach leaves bruise easily, and then they begin to wilt.  I didn’t want to take any chances, so I don’t leave this in the fridge for more than two days each time I make it. you have it five of my favorite salad in a jar recipes.  If you want to try making some salad creations of your own, here are the basic instructions for making a salad in a jar.    Grab some wide mouthed mason jars and give them a try.

**Patti can also be found at where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes.  She isn’t always successful.

Simplifying a Healthy Lunch

For those of us who work outside of our homes, sometimes the morning challenge of putting together something to take to work  for lunch is nearly impossible.  Working mom’s who struggle with making sure their kids get out the door with everything they need often find that they took care of everyone’s needs except for their own.

The kids had a healthy breakfast and left with a nutritious lunch in their hands, but Mom often leaves the house empty handed.  Even the intention of packing a lunch the night before sometimes falls by the wayside while helping kids with homework, and ensuring that everyone is bathed and tucked in for the night.

In my household, I sometimes pack up dinner leftovers into containers that I can then take for an easy lunch that can be reheated in the break room microwave.  This is a good solution,  but what happens when there are no leftovers?

As children turn into teenagers, they begin to eat more.  It’s not uncommon for a growing boy to devour two or three servings of dinner.  No leftovers means no easy fix for lunch.  No easy lunch means either grabbing something from the vending machines, or picking up fast food.  Neither of these options is nutritionally sound, and can have negative consequences in terms of your health if it becomes a habit.

The solution in my house to have a quick and healthy lunch for each day of the week is to put together Salads in a Jar.

I can assemble the salads on Sunday evening.  By preparing all of the salads in one day, I only have to chop vegetables once.  I arrange them in the jar, varying them slightly for variety, and I have a quick lunch solution that I can grab for the next four days, and the salads have never wilted or turned brown before I ate them.

The best part is that because I made the salads myself,  I can ensure that they are made correctly to guarantee that the salad has the perfect nutritional content.

Give Salads in a Jar a try.  You’ll be glad you did.

**Patti can also be found at where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes.  She isn’t always successful.

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