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Friday, August 24, 2018

Good Things Utah Segment - Mason Jar Meals

I have loved doing Mason Jar Salads and snacks. It takes some time to prep, but the ease in grabbing something health(ier) to eat from the fridge has been a great way to stay out of the drive-thru for meals! Here are a few of my favorites:
I love putting fruit in cups. At first, I was doing mason jars but then started buying clear cups and lids from Costco so I could just throw them in there. Easy to grab and put in your cup holder while driving, and disposable, so you aren’t washing moldy mason jars all the time!
I also love making these “mini salads.” These aren’t meant to be a meal, but to be a quick snack for in between meals. Two of my favorite is to put rice vinegar in a 2 oz. container, then cut up cucumbers and add some black sesame seeds. Another is to put cucumbers and grape tomatoes cut in half in a cup and smother with Italian Dressing. 
Another easy way to pack a healthy snack is to put some celery with either peanut butter or almond butter in a cup. I sometimes add a few chocolate chips to make it feel like a treat! I used to put the almond or peanut butter in the bottom of the cup but then realized that it is way easier to stick it in the 2 oz. container just because I was getting too lazy to shove my hand down in the cup. 

Some of my favorite meals to make are:
ASIAN PASTA SALAD
To make:
Boil 1 box of Farfalle pasta
Tear apart a rotisserie chicken and add it to the drained pasta once cooked al dente. Tip: I love to just put on gloves and tear it apart! It is SO much quicker!
Add in 1/3 cup canola oil, 1/4 cup sesame oil, 1/4 cup (I splash a little more) of soy sauce, 1/3 cup of honey and 3 T of rice vinegar and 5 T roasted sesame seeds.
**Put this mixture in the bottom of your jar**
Then add in this order:
Sweet peppers
A sprinkle of cilantro and green onion 
Baby spinach. 

*Trust me, this is delicious!*
TACO SALAD
To Make:
Cook ground beef or turkey with taco seasoning like you are making a regular taco
Layer the ingredients in the following order:
Ground Beef
Catalina Dressing
Tomatoes
Olives
Pinto Beans
Lettuce
Cheddar Cheese
Then, I stick crunched up Doritos in a 2 oz container to sprinkle on top!

CHICKEN BURRITO BOWL
Stack in this order:
Dressing…sometimes when I feel like LOVING my meals, I will go to Cafe Rio and get their Creamy Tomatillo Dressing. Then, the next week when I feel guilty… I use the Cilantro Avocado Yogurt Dressing. 
Black beans
Corn
Rice
Chicken - I use rotisserie chicken
Tomato
Avocado
Lettuce
Cheese

I think one of the things I love most about these meals, is that they make my fridge look so pretty!

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