Amy Civetti

When Sunday rolls around the thing I dread the most is thinking about what I will pack for lunches for the upcoming week. It’s a lot of work and a lot of preparation. And the last thing I want to do at 7:00 am as I rush out the door is pull deli meat out of my fridge and slap it between two slices of bread. Yuck.

Well, there's a solution. And not only does it make my life easier, it's also healthier and better for our earth!

 

I recently started making salads for my lunch and transporting them in mason jars. I’m a little late to the game, to be honest. Apparently this trend took over Pinterest about 10 months ago. But despite my tardiness, I am still obsessed. This system is great for a couple different reasons:   

  • The salads stay super fresh from Sunday-Friday! Not a joke. I literally build a salad for all five days of the week on Sunday evening. And my Friday salad tastes just as good as my Monday one! And when my alarm goes off at 7:00 am, I can grab my jar and go. 
  • I don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals from plastic tupperware finding their way into my food. Let’s face it: plastic tupperware is apparently killing all of us. Toxins tend to migrate from plastic tupperware into food while chilling on a fridge shelf. It also happens the other way around. So my neatly packed lunches are actually transferring germs back into the plastic. Glass jars contain no chemicals that can leach into food, and glass can be safely washed at high temperatures.
  • Glass jars are saving the earth! Well, not exactly. But Recycled glass uses 40% less energy than manufacturing new glass, and up to 80% of all recycled glass can be reclaimed. Not all plastic can be recycled. In fact only about 6.8 percent of the total plastic used in the U.S.  

So while my jar full of vegetables in colorful layers may look a little strange in the fridge, it has it perks! It’s also forcing me to save a little money by not eating out. And who doesn’t want a little extra cash in their wallet?     

Check out some of my go-to recipes below.

  Mason Jar Layered Salad Recipe 1 

  • White beans, dark red kidney beans, chopped black olives, mixed with Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing
  • Cucumbers, chopped
  • Grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • Purple onion, diced
  • Hard boiled egg, cut in half
  • Feta cheese, crumbled 
  • Craisins 
  • Spinach  

  Mason Jar Layered Salad Recipe 2

  • White beans, dark red kidney beans, mixed with Asian Sesame dressing Layer
  • Green peas, steamed and chilled
  • Grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • Teriyaki chicken, chopped up
  • Matchstick carrots
  • Purple onion, diced 
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Romaine lettuce, chopped