Mason jars have been a huge craze lately, and they’re being used in everything you can think of: for decorations, for gifts, for cute storage options, and they’re also great to preserve and transport food! If you don’t have the time to make lunch or weekday dinners, you can prepare everything on Sunday night and keep a week’s worth of meals ready in mason jars, so you can just pick one before you go to work! Isn’t that practical? Check out our selection of incredibly delicious meals that you can prepare in mason jars!

Healthy Mason Jar Salad

Salads in a jar are very popular throughout the country.
Salads in a jar are very popular throughout the country. Source: homeyou

We have talked before about the benefits of using mason jars to storage food and how you can make your own week’s worth of make-ahead salads to eat during the week, but it’s never too late to reinforce it. Mason jar salads are incredibly easy to prepare and the best part is that you can make it exactly like you want, using only ingredients that you like and making only the amount you’ll need. Following the rule that the dressing and the wet ingredients go on the bottom and the dry and leafy ones go on top, salad in a jar recipes are very practical and there’s no room for error.

Make-Ahead Yogurt Parfaits

These make-ahead parfaits will enchant the whole family.
These make-ahead parfaits will enchant the whole family. Source: Savory Pantry Blog

Mason jar desserts are easy to prepare and these yogurt parfaits are insanely delicious and they’re just the right thing for when you’re in a hurry. Whenever you’re feeling hungry, just pop one of these open and they’re ready to eat! You can make them your own by choosing your own ingredients and they can last in the fridge for up to four days, depending on the ripeness of the fruits. To make it, you’ll need to:

  1. Fill each jar with a half cup of yogurt
  2. Pour a little honey
  3. Fill with fresh fruits and berries
  4. Finish by adding granola

It’s done! Isn’t it easy?

Burrito Bowl

Who doesn't love burrito?
Who doesn't love burrito? Source: Strictly Delicious

Need weekday meal ideas? No problem. Desk lunch doesn’t need to be boring! Make your own burrito bowl and impress all your coworkers! This protein-filled meal combines quinoa with chicken, vegetables, and Greek yogurt for an awesome make-ahead lunch! When you’re ready to eat, just turn the mason jar over a bowl and mix the ingredients. Easy, quick and amazingly delicious! Get the instructions here!

Cocoa Banana Overnight Oats

The children and the adults will love this recipe!
The children and the adults will love this recipe! Source: My Fussy Eater

Want an easy mason jar breakfast option that you can make ahead and give to your kids in the morning? This recipe is perfect! You can whip up these jars on a Sunday night and keep them in the fridge for up to three days. On a busy morning, you can open one of these for your child or even let them take the whole jar to school. The well-balanced recipe is sure to keep them full until lunchtime! This option is so delicious that even adults will find themselves taking it to work, to enjoy while on a quick break. Try it!

DIY Instant Noodle Cups

Everybody loves instant noodles, especially when it's homemade!
Everybody loves instant noodles, especially when it's homemade! Source: The Kitchn

Store-bought noodle cups are filled with artificial ingredients, flavorless dehydrated vegetables, and almost all the daily recommended amount of sodium, but everybody loves them. So why don’t you make your own healthy homemade version? This easy recipe of noodle cups by The Kitchn allows you to have a flavorful and delicious lunch option that you can make ahead and stash in the fridge for the whole week. Since the noodles aren’t immersed in liquid while in the fridge, they stay chewy and fresh! Whenever you’re ready to eat, just pour hot water over the top and let things warm up for a few minutes. Lunch is served! This option is also perfect for weekday dinners!

Sweet Cherry Almond Chia Pudding

This chia pudding will surprise you!
This chia pudding will surprise you! Source: Get Inspired Everyday

Want a breakfast option that will leave you satisfied for longer? You have to try chia pudding. This delicious recipe by Get Inspired Everyday mixes the healthy seeds with some tasty sweet cherries and coconut milk, making the meal really flavorful. The recipe only takes 20 minutes to prepare and can last up to four or five days in the fridge, just don’t be surprised if the jars disappear in a couple of days. Get the instructions!

Whenever you need easy meals for family or quick weekday dinners, you can just whip out one of these, easily! What do you think of these yummy recipes? Which ones are you trying this week? Let us know in the comments below and check out our Facebook page for more cool ideas!

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