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    Lunch jar

    Get organised and prepare a whole week of delicious lunches ahead of time!

    Difficulty

    Easy

    Serves

    1

    Prep Time

    10 Minutes

    Cooking time

    N/A

    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.

    Pot noodles with chicken & vegetables

    Here's what you'll need...

    • 1 chicken stock pot
    • 1tsp dark soy sauce
    • 1tsp crushed garlic
    • 100g mixed veg (from the freezer)
    • 100g cooked (leftovers or bought) chickenbreast
    • 1 spring onion
    • 150g udon thick noodles (already cooked, vacuum packed)

    Here's how it's done...

    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!

    Greek Salad

    Here's what you'll need...

    • ½ fresh pepper, chopped
    • 70g cucumber, chopped
    • 60g feta cheese, cubed
    • 1tbsp sliced black olives
    • ½ small shallot, finely sliced
    • small handful of cherry tomatoes
    • 2tbsp vinegar
    • 4tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • salt/pepper to taste

    Here's how it's done...

    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.

    Fruit Salad

    Here's what you'll need...

    • 1 small apple, cored and chopped
    • 100g strawberries, halved
    • 2 kiwis, peeled and sliced
    • 50g raspberries
    • 1tbs currants
    • juice of 1 lemon
    • 1tsp honey

    Here's how it's done...

    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.

    Caprese Salad

    Here's what you'll need...

    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.

    • 75g mozzarella, cut into small pieces
    • a handful of cherry tomatoes
    • 5-8 fresh basil leaves (depending on taste)
    • 1tsp balsamic vinegar
    • 2tsp extra virgin olive oil

    Here's how it's done...

    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.

    No bake cheese cake with blueberries

    Here's what you'll need...

    • 30g digestive biscuits, crushed into fine crumbs
    • 10g butter, melted
    • 40g cream cheese
    • 100g mascarpone
    • ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • 1tbs blueberry jam
    • 1 small handful fresh blueberries

    Here's how it's done...

    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!

    Bon appétit!