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20 Mason Jar Meals

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Dude, it’s a hard knock life (cue Jay-z). I’ve been running around like a mad woman, and I’m sure you have too. Sometimes it’s difficult to fit in a meal, let alone a healthy one. It’s hard to believe but a girl cannot sustain herself on martinis alone. Trust me, I tried… But that’s a story for another day. Let’s talk about mason jar meals instead.

Get your jars ready!

Mason jar meals are adorable, but they could also save your life. I’m talking about subsistence here, but you could probably defend yourself with one since they are made of glass –depending on how you roll. No judgments here.

The best part of using jars is that it’s easy to layer your food. So you can make a salad with the greens on top and the dressing at the bottom, without the greens getting wilted. Just shake and eat! You can also get all your meals ready on Sunday, line up your jars in the fridge, instagram your jar line-up (yeah, I’m that girl), and grab and go.

I scoured the internet (wipes brow) for the best, most delicious and prettiest mason jar meals the online world has to offer. I got your 3 squares covered, and even threw in dessert because I’m not going down alone I love you.

Breakfast Mason Jar Recipes

  1. Steel Cut Oatmeal with Fruit and nuts
  2. Toasted Oat and Coconut Muesli
  3. Blueberry Chia Jam, granola and yogurt parfait
  4. Breakfast Baked Eggs in Half Pint Jars
  5. Spiced Greek Yogurt Muffin Jars

Lunch / Dinner Mason Jar Recipes

  1. Wheat Berry Apple Salad
  2. Quinoa, spinach, mushroom and tomato salad
  3. Salads Galore: Caprese , Cobb, Chunky Mediterranean and Taco
  4. Pasta Salads: Greek Pasta , Caprese Pasta Salad + Chickpea Salad
  5. Whole Foods Inspired Layered Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing
  6. Garden Gazpacho Recipe in a Jar
  7. Mason Jar Lasagna
  8. Deconstructed Vegetarian Sushi
  9. Irish Shepherd’s Pie
  10. Chili and Cornbread in a Jar

Dessert Mason Jar Recipes

  1. Maple Oat n’ Apple Dessert
  2. S’mores Cake
  3. Homemade Blueberry Cobbler
  4. Cheesecakes in Jars
  5. Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes

Images from accompanying blog post from left to right: Steel Cut Oatmeal | Toasted Oat and Coconut Muesli | Whole Foods Inspired Layered Salad | Wheat Berry Apple Salad | Homemade Blueberry Cobbler | Cheesecakes in Jars

Any of these these mason jar meals strike your fancy? Do you have a favorite on-the-go meal option? Let us know in the comments.


Co-founder | Trinidad Pena
Trinidad Pena is a blogger, foodie, and design superhero bent on helping others kick-ass online, world domination and convincing the world that wine belongs in the fruit food group since it’s made from grapes.

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    • Trinidad Pena

      Thanks! I love that mason jars are environmentally friendly too.

  1. Kelly Wade

    Great post! I’ve made overnight oats in a jar a few times and it always comes out delicious and a perfect breakfast on the go. I’ve never thought about some of the ones you’ve suggested here but they sound good, thanks!
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  2. Christina

    WOW!! I had no idea mason jars could be so chic! Absolutely beautiful 🙂
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    • Trinidad Pena

      They are purty, aren’t they?

  3. Denise

    I LOVE this….I just recently heard about mason jar salad and a year ago I got rid of all the plastic and started using mason jars for storage. This just takes it to the whole next level. I can’t wait to try them out.

    • Trinidad Pena

      I use mason jars for EVERYTHING. I love them.

  4. Michelle Lia

    Love these recipes how cool with mason jars too thank you

  5. Jeannette

    Lovely recipes! You have done a lot of work for us here. Thank you! Here I am – a Clinical Nutritionist – and I hate to cook. If it has more than 5 ingredients my brain shuts down. I love the salad idea of putting the dressing on the bottom which keeps the lettuce from wilting.
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  6. Jeri

    That’s a really great idea and one that a non-cook like me could see herself relying on from time to time.
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    • Trinidad Pena

      It’s perfect for non-cooks. Go go for it!

  7. Angela at Diyhealthblog.com

    I also love mason jars. They are so pretty and make your food look so much more natural and appealing. But I am a sucker for anything retro and mason jars make me think of old fashioned times. So the only this that you left out is a mason jar Martini…..you know you want one.

    • Trinidad Pena

      Martini in jar! You my friend are a GENIUS!

  8. claire

    So creative and beautiful! This makes a great idea…am going to try it out for a friend who is a new mom! xo
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    • Trinidad Pena

      They do make great gifts.

  9. Jen McLaughlin

    YES! Thank you for this all-in-one resource. I’m a tad obsessed with mason jars. I love the portability, toxin-free status, and how gorgeous they look lined up in the fridge. I like making the quinoa salads in them. You can jazz them up using lemon/kalamata olive/feta for a Greek feel, or throw in some curry & peanuts for an Indian flavor… but my favorite is a quinoa, spinach salad with black beans, tomato, cilantro, & avocado… I call it the glass burrito. It’s not as pretty dumped out on the plate though. I’m going to try the baked eggs tomorrow for breakfast. Yum.
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    • Trinidad Pena

      I love that too. No BPA! That quinoa, spinach salad with black beans, tomato, cilantro, & avocado sound AMAZING.

  10. Angie Andriot

    Wow! This is awesome! I’m especially keen to try the breakfast ones. Now I just gotta go find me some mason jars! What a great idea for meals on the, go, too.

    You’d have the most fabulous lunch in the office with these for sure : )

    • Trinidad Pena

      I love a chic and quick breakfast on the go.

  11. Kristi

    Awesome post. I was looking for ideas for what to do with ALL those mason jars I’ve now acquired (they’re only sold at Canadian Tire in 12 packs!). Going to try some of these recipes next week!
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  12. Mary Slagel

    Omg I’m in love. Thank you Thank you Thank you for sharing this. Oddly enough, for as many food blogs I read, I have came across maybe only one other post EVER about mason jar meals that I can remember. This is awesome and I MUST try it. I pinned your article so I could reference it.
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  14. Arleen

    I love the mason jars as it brings me back to my childhood. The seal keeps everything fresher longer. This was an interewsting cheerful post

  15. Mince&Type

    Thanks for mentioning my breakfast in a jar. Packing in mason jars are the best way to eat good food on-the-go or at work.

  16. flav

    I’ve been searching around for an answer to the question: to any of this recipes – or at least the ones you can make a few days in advance – do you need to vacuum seal the jars or not necessarily? Thank you anyone.

    • Trinidad Pena

      I often make mine a few days in advance. They kinda of seal themselves, no need to vacuum seal. If you were doing something like storing preserves, then yes. But for food that you will eat in a few days I don’t think it’s not worth the hassle. I guess exactly what you are putting into the jars factors into this equation as well.

      Disclaimer: I’m no expert, this is solely based on my experience.

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