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10 Delicious Salad in a Jar meals (including my favorite recipe!)

4 Aug

meals in a mason jar recipe

Eating lunch out everyday gets expensive. Not to mention it can also lead to weight gain. Which is why I try to bring my lunch most days of the week. That all sounds fine and good, except I suffer from constant lunch block. And now that I’m gluten-free, I seriously have trouble coming up with interesting recipes for my midday meal. Well that has all changed! A few months ago I stumbled upon glass jar meals. It’s as simple a throwing a bunch of items into a jar and away you go. And the best part? As long as you layer them correctly, they will keep for an entire week.

Although you can use any glass jar, Weck canning jars are my favorite. I love their wide mouths, making them easy to fill, and they also stack better in the fridge than metal top mason jars.

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Now on to the recipes!

I love quinoa. I think it may be the most versatile food on the planet. So it’s not surprising that my favorite jar meal is a summer veggie quinoa with honey balsamic dressing. Here’s the easy to follow recipe.

Summer Veggie Quinoa Recipe:

  • Quinoa
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Chickpeas
  • Lettuce or spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Feta cheese
  • Honey balsamic dressing

Honey balsamic dressing recipe:

  • 1/4 c balsamic dressing
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1/4 c honey

Whisk together and store at room temperature in an air tight container. When layering the salad, keep in mind a little of this dressing goes a long way!

Salad Layers: from the bottom up

  • Dressing (bottom)
  • Quinoa
  • Veggies & fruit
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce (top)

It’s that easy! Just remember to always make lettuce the top layer, otherwise you risk it getting soggy. Gross!

Looking for more salad in a jar recipes? Here are some I can’t wait to try!




Herbal Remedies: The Health Benefits of Parsley Tea

11 Jun

health benefits of parsley tea

We’re all familiar with parsley as a pantry staple, enhancing the flavor of our favorite dishes. But did you know that parsley also boast wonderful medicinal properties? I discovered the health benefits of drinking parsley tea after reading this article from MindBodyGreen. According the author, parsley helped clear her skin. As someone who suffers from adult acne, I nearly raced to the store to buy a bunch of parsley.

Parsley is a good source of vitamins A, B12, C and K, and features high levels of beta-carotene and folate. Drinking parsley tea will help combat flatulence, ease menstrual pain, reduce inflammation, improve digestion and boost the immune system. Because of the herb’s diuretic properties, parsley tea is often used for detoxification. Whether you’re removing toxins from the body or suffering from a hangover, parsley tea will give you liver added support. 

fresh parsley from herb garden

Fresh organic parsley from my herb garden. Growing your own herbs saves money, a trip to the store and provides piece of mind that the plants aren’t being treated with harmful chemicals.

Interested in brewing a pot of healthful parsley tea? Here’s the easy-to-follow recipe:

detox parsley tea recipe

Parsley tea ingredients:

  • 2-3 sprigs of fresh parsley (preferably organic)
  • Hot water
  • Quarter lemon (preferably organic)

Recipe directions:

  • Boil water using a small sauce pan or kettle
  • Thoroughly wash the fresh parsley and lemon
  • Fill a pitcher, thermos or teapot with boiling water
  • Add 2-3 sprigs of fresh parsley and a quarter lemon
  • Steep ingredients for 5 minutes
  • Remove parsley
  • Drink and enjoy!

Depending on how long you steep the ingredients, parsley tea can have a pretty strong taste. It took a few cups for me to get used to the savory flavor. To soften the bite, I typically add a quarter lemon.

fresh parsley tea health benefits

Like everything, too much of a good thing can be bad, so it’s best not to drink more than 2 cups of parsley tea a day. Make sure to consult your physician or naturopath before consuming any medicinal remedies.

What are some of you favorite herbal remedies?