You might think we’re talking about those sad shaker salads from Whole Foods, but these homemade versions are way more scrumptious, and pretty much have no limits.
Create the creative mason jar recipes of your dreams based off any of these!
1. Deconstructed Lasagna in a Jar
Lasagna is usually a time consuming comfort food that many long for, but most don’t have the energy after an 8 hour day. This mini version has more layers you can dig through, with a creamy, extra cheesy pesto surprise at the bottom.
2. Zucchini Pasta Salad With Avocado Spinach Dressing in a Jar
This flavor-packed dish is also a nutritional powerhouse. Adding blended avocado to a dressing makes it unbelievably creamy, and blends well with the noodles which are actually made of zucchini, which ensures that the noodles never get soggy.
3. Caprese Pasta Salad in a Jar
Pasta in a jar can sound pretty sad, with sauce making the noodles all mushy. But using the fresh ingredients of a caprese lets the noodles hold on to their al dente nature, working in perfect harmony with mozzarella and tomato.
4. Strawberry Feta Salad
This delicious salad mixes sweet and savory for a salad with an unforgettable bite. Fruit in salads with spinach rarely fail.
5. Grilled Peaches, Granola, Greek Yogurt Parfait in a Jar
This is so much better than your standard Starbucks parfait – the grilled peaches retain a ton of juiciness and add a smoky, expensive flavor to a breakfast staple.
6. Frittata in a Jar
Frittatas are basically breakfast pizzas…is there any way to make that better? Yes, and it’s by putting it in a portable jar. Goodbye egg and cheese sandwiches, hello incredibly flavorful breakfast.
7. Chicken Pot Pie in a Jar
This flaky comfort food can go anywhere with you – all the gooey heat is still contained by the crust which is cooked around the jar, allowing you to maximize your indulgence.
8. Asian Noodle Salad in a Jar
Soba and most of these ingredients are usually served cold, which makes this restaurant-ready meal an awesome crunchy lunch with dressing hiding at the bottom, avoiding the dreaded soggy salad conundrum.
9. Quinoa Burrito in a Jar
Even burritos can be healthy with this deconstructed, superfood-filled version. Opt for quinoa instead of rice and make this spicy lunch ahead of time.
10. Pancake Batter in a Jar
Ok, maybe you’ve heard of cake in a jar. But pancakes in a jar? If you don’t have time to make pretty, perfectly round ones at home, microwave this batter and add fresh fruits for a pancake breakfast that you probably would have destroyed all the same, even if it was served in a charming way.
11. Chocolate Eclair in a Jar
This dessert is a mix of all of my favorite sweet things in one. You don’t even need to bake, which is a valuable asset for those of us who are not so talented in the domestic baking department.
12. Triple Berry Chia Pudding in a Jar
This healthy dessert can be an after-dinner treat, or breakfast. The sweetness comes from natural berries, and the tapioca-like nature of chia seeds when they’re in a pudding. A great energy booster.
13. Oatmeal in a Jar
This is a lot of folks’ go-to breakfast, and there are endless sweet or savory variations you can make. Let the mix soak in your fridge over night for the most robust flavors.
14. Mud Pie in a Jar
This glorious masterpiece comes from just smashing a bunch of Oreos in a ziplock bag, and adding most of the contents from a hot fudge sundae, with a coffee surprise. Probably the most decadent of all the jars on this list.