Sunday, January 3, 2016

Teacher Time-Saver: Mason Jar Lunches

It's the perfect time of year to give your packed lunch a booster!  Think of it like this: New year, new, healthy way to prep and pack lunches that will also save you time at work.

Top reasons why I love Mason jar lunches, and so will you:

1. The cafeteria takes at least 10 of my precious 20-minute lunch. Packing a lunch means I have my food instantly. 

2.  The cafeteria isn't open until lunch time, and it isn't open at 4:00 pm.  I don't know about you, but I need a snack before 12:00 and after work.  If I don't get one, I tend to get hangry.  It takes all of two seconds to pull my Mason jar lunch from the fridge in the morning and throw in an extra snack or two.  Problem  solved.

3.  The cafeteria portions (even for adults) aren't enough to keep me full for the rest of the day.  A well-balanced salad or Mason jar meal does the trick. 

4.  Making Mason jar lunches is fast. It takes me no more than 30 minutes, once a week, to pack my lunches for the entire week.  Yep. I can make all five salads for the week on Sunday. They stay fresh and tasty from Monday through Friday. Not. Even. Kidding. How? The secret's in how you layer them.

So, I'd like to share one of my new favorite jar lunches:  Black Bean Salsa!  Just layer the ingredients from layer 1-6 (in that order) in a mason jar.  The one pictured below is an empty pasta sauce jar.

Bing, bam, boom!  Done in minutes!  I make all five in one day and they taste just as good on Friday as they do on Monday.

Are you ready to jump into jar salads?  You won't be sorry!  Let me know what your favs are and any tips you have.  I can't wait to hear all about it!


  1. What an awesome idea. I love salads and usually end up ordering from our lunch room. What a great way to custom-make (I love spinach and that's not always available everywhere) once for the whole week. Thanks for sharing!!! Betsy Bucy

  2. You are most welcome, Betsy! I hope you have as much success with the jar salads as I have. They really are a life-saver!

  3. Heather...your blog design is AWESOME!! I love this post too. Great lunch idea, and they DO work!

  4. Love the new design, fresh. I have got to try the mason jar salads. I've been so curious about them.

  5. Thanks for the lovely compliment, Carla! You know our friend at kristybear desgns is fantastic with this. I've tried several of the jar salads and I love them! I hope to be able to share more over time.