Hot and Healthy Trends: Mason Jar Meals

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Remember those old Mason jars?  Your grandmother, mother or aunt probably used them for homemade jams and jellies.  Well they’ve made a comeback…in a big way.  And they are being used for more than just canning.

Photo credit: Etsy, The Knot, Be Different Act Normal, The Greenhead

Photo credit: Etsy, The Knot, Be Different Act Normal, The Greenhead

Search the Internet and you’ll find all sorts of ways people are using Mason and Kerr jars.  But going back to it’s roots, many busy households are using these jars for meals.  Mason Jar Meals.

Photo Credit: BigRedKitchen

Photo Credit: BigRedKitchen

One of the great benefits of Mason Jar Meals is the look.  We eat with the eyes first.  Assembling a salad or meal in a jar can be very appealing…especially if you are eating healthy.  All the bright colors draw in the eye and can make eating more enjoyable.

Personally, I get tired of salad real quick.  But using the MJM concept adds some newness to the same old tired salad.  I can put the dressing at the bottom, add ingredients that won’t get soggy, then some lettuce.  Right before I eat it, turn it over for a moment so the dressing flows down over the ingredients.  Then, pour it onto a plate.

If you Google the term “Mason Jar Meals”, the link to Big Red Kitchen will be your first choice.  Blogger Robin Sue has assembled almost a complete primer on Mason Jar Meals.  Robin is a Cross Fit trainer and RN, specializing in cardio-thoracic medicine.  She offers lots of suggestions and tips on choosing ingredients, assembling meals, and even how to store and carry the jars.  My favorite recipe is Chicken Ramen Salad.

Chicken Ramen Salad

So check out Big Red Kitchen and also check Pinterest for more ideas for meals.  Or just create your own.

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2 responses

  1. Thank you so much for the huge shout out!

    1. Robin, you are welcome. Thanks for sharing so much information about Mason Jar Meals.

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