Salad jars for smiles. #Food #Health

Pray, hope, and don't worry. ~ Pio of Pietrelcina #quote

Pray, hope, and don’t worry. ~ Pio of Pietrelcina #quote

Last Monday was a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Mondays can be like that. Take for example, this Monday.

No, no, no I’m not going to tell you what made this morning bumpy. You know the endless ways there are to get off track! But I will tell you what made me smile in the face of, you know.

Salad in jars. That’s right, salad jars.  If you want the nitty gritty about How to Pack the Perfect Salad in a Jar then click the link.  It is a perfect tutorial and blog post.

But perfection isn’t what’s happening in our family right now and the good news is that salad in a jar doesn’t have to be perfect.  Here’s my tip.  Go to Costco and purchase a large gourmet salad kit (for example, the one with a sweet dressing, hardboiled egg, and bacon) for $9.99, a large veggie tray for $9.99, and a large box of salad greens for $3.99 .  And purchase Annie’s Homegrown Goddess Dressing or some other delicious salad dressing that is unusual enough to not tempt you to make your own instead. We’re looking for speed, convenience, and delicious.

Now grab some jars. Wide Mouth Canning Jars work well in both quart and pint sizes, and for a one-step lid use these Plastic Storage Caps.

With all of your supplies ready at home, pull out the large gourmet salad kit  and make half into a dinner salad, adding extra salad greens from box of salad greens, and one container of dressing included with kit. Serve. Make the other half into (2) quart salad jars also adding additional greens, splitting second dressing container between jars. (Pictured on right.)

Next day, again make a dinner salad, using boxed salad greens and veggies from the tray, sliced. Add some vinegar, olive oil, Italian seasoning, toss. Serve. Take your delicious bottle of salad dressing and pour some into (2) quart jars. Add vegetables from tray, slicing as needed. Top with more salad greens. (Pictured on left.)  Reserve extra vegetables to be served with dip included with tray. Use any remaining salad greens on sandwiches.

Why are salad jars better than bagged salad? They are better quality, easily customized to taste, easy to control portions and calories, and less expensive.  Why do salad jars make me smile? Because nutritious and delicious meals and side dishes are ready for this week, regardless of how bumpy this morning was.  Take that, Monday.

What foods or other little joys make you smile when your day is off to a rough start?  Do you make salads in jars? Tell me more 🙂

Have a terrific and leafy green week ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc

 

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20 thoughts on “Salad jars for smiles. #Food #Health

    • And aren’t the glass jars, pretty?! Do let me know when you do and what ingredients you include. I’m sooooo ready for warm weather food 🙂 Thanks, Jenn!

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  1. Thanks for the link love 🙂 Cooking makes me very happy, hugs make me happy, sending & receiving snail mail, listening to upbeat music…luckily I have a few tricks up my sleeve to brighten a bad day. Hope the rest of your week goes more smoothly!

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    • You’re welcome, Katherine! Glad you stopped by. Your blog looks delicious! #NF And thanks for the well-wishes! I never let a little rough start slow me down 🙂 Have a great week ❤

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  2. What a cute and clever idea! And crush-proof too. 😀

    Foods that make me smile – aside from the obvious like chocolate, lol – deviled eggs. 🙂 Sunshiny yellow and tasty good.

    I hope the rest of your week kicks that mean Monday’s butt. 🙂 ❤

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  3. Love it! I’ve discovered that it doesn’t really make sense to pack a whole meal for work (fruit, granola bars, and a protein drink work fine) but I’ve been coming home and making salads…I should just bite the bullet and make them ahead.

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    • Do it. Do it. Do it! And let me know about your favorite combinations. JP is making us (ie: dumping the contents of the jar) into a bowl right now. He’s proud 🙂

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