Mason Jar Salads: Lunchin’ Munchin’ for Smart People

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So I’m a little late to the party, but figured maybe some of you haven’t even gotten on the subway yet!? BuzzFeed posted these 18 great mason jar salads back in December, and not only are they pure genius, but they’re nice to look at, easy to make, store, and transport, and they are all about Operation: Fit Into Last Summer’s Clothes.

But what I love more than any of those things is that you can make your week’s worth of lunches in about TWENTY minutes! What’s 20 minutes? That’s about how long I spend trying to figure out why I just walked into the dining room. I could be making salads!

So, what you do:

It’s Sunday. Line up five 24-ounce mason jars, grab a bunch of ingredients, a cutting board and a knife, and get all assembly line-up in the kitchen. Everybody clear OUT! The salad belt has been turned on. Stuff your jars in this order:

Start with Dressing: Either something bottled (like TJ’s Light Champagne Vinaigrette) or 2 T rice vinegar plus 1 T olive oil plus 1/2 tsp salt.

Next, fill with Protein: Tofu cubes, beans, tempeh cubes, hemp hearts, chia seeds, and shelled edamame beans are some of my favorites. They’ll marinate in the dressing. Genius again!

Next up, Chunky Veggies and/or Grains: These are ones that can afford to get a little juicy with dressing: Cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, mushrooms, jicama (is that a veggie?), corn… and quinoa, wild rice, pasta, roasted potatoes…

And Finally: Greens and herbs. Spinach, kale, mesclun, basil, dill, cilantro…

Optional Salad Toppers: Croutons, cranberries, sunflower seeds, those Asian noodle thingies. Not necessary, but oh so good.

Stick those 5 pieces of gloriousness in the fridge and take one each day for lunch (or have for dinner if that’s where healthy food prep time is at a minimum). Either shake it while IN the jar, or if it’s too jam-packed, empty the contents into a bowl and toss to coat dressing. No more excuses people!

What’s YOUR favorite salad stack?

Where’s that blender?!? 7-Day Detox Starts Monday!

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Are you ready to tell 2015 who’s boss? Ready to get green fuel from your head down to your to-ee-oes? Join the masses on Monday, January 5th in a 7-day race to declutter your intestinal closet and refuel your engine.  Check out my 7-Day Detox Page for detox prep info and the detox guidelines, along with a day-by-day meal plan (yes, you can veer off the plan as long as you stay within the guidelines).

Spend the next couple days chowing down on veggie meals as you phase out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, gluten, dairy, eggs, and meat, and stock up on detox essentials:

Plantfusion Protein Powder
Kale (Organic)
Cucumbers (Organic)
Celery (Organic)
Carrots
Spinach (Organic)
Onions
Garlic
Bell Peppers (Organic)
Lemons
Apples (Organic)
Frozen Berries (Organic)
Bananas
Beans/Lentils
Quinoa
Corn tortillas (Organic)
Hummus
Tempeh
Raw nuts/seeds
Nut/seed butters
Rice crackers/rice cakes

See you on Monday! Chowder!

XO Jen