We’re all busy pretty much all the time nowadays. Whether it’s family life or work, we’re often stretching ourselves into many directions. What tends to happen then is that something falls by the wayside. Maybe it’s the gym sessions or the cinema visits, but often it’s the food we eat throughout the day. We might still manage to cook a nice family meal in the evening, but grab whatever is on offer in the nearest supermarket of coffee chain on the way to work. There is a solution though. How about making your own pot noodles and other meals in jars that you can easily carry with you? They will be cheaper, healthier and even better for the environment as you can of course reuse the jars.
So, here are five ideas for jar recipes that will hopefully help you on the way.
Start with the stock, soy sauce and crushed garlic, then add the vegetables. Next add the chicken and top with the noodles. Chop the spring onion and put on top of the noodles. Close the jar and keep in the fridge until ready to eat. Pour boiling water over the mix, wait 3 minutes, give it a good shake and you’re ready for lunch!
Start with the vinegar and oil then add the chopped pepper, followed by the shallot, cucumber, feta cheese and tomatoes. Store in the fridge and shake before eating.
Squeeze the lemon juice and mix with the honey. Put the apple into the jar first, followed by slices from one kiwi, then strawberries, slices of the second kiwi, and raspberries. Top with the currants and pour the lemon/honey juice over the salad.
Some people might like to add banana, however, I find that no matter how careful you are, bananas just tend to look less than appetizing after being in a salad for a while hence I have left them out. The lemon juice will keep the other fruit looking fresh until you’re ready to eat the salad.
The simplest of all the meals. I’ve kept this one small as I feel there’s only so much you can really eat of this one.
Put the oil and vinegar at the bottom, top with mozzarella, then tomatoes and basil leaves. Put in the fridge until ready to eat and give it a shake just before eating.
Mix the crushed digestives with the butter and press the into the bottom of the jar. Mix together the cream cheese, mascarpone and vanilla extract then pour over the biscuit base. Top with the jam and the fresh blueberries. Keep in the fridge until ready to eat.
It probably goes without saying that out of all the recipes, this is the one that does NOT require shaking before eating!