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Monday, September 8, 2014

Mason Jar Salads: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go #Healthy Eating #Weekly Menu Plan

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Apple and Frisee Salad- simplelivingeating.com


It is only in the last year or so that I have discovered the wonders of salad for lunch. It is healthy, low in calories, and because it is not loaded with carbohydrates it helps to keep you from being tired in the late afternoon.

But when you are at work or on the go it is hard to remember to pack a salad... not anymore! Julia Mirabella was trying to figure out a way to eat healthy at work, she came up with the idea of pre-mixing salads for the week in Mason jars. Mason jars are inexpensive, you can see all of your ingredients, there aren't any plastic contamination issues with glass either. The jars are air sealed which keeps the contents really fresh too.

Apple and Frisee salad: simplelivingeating.com

From Julia's book: Mason Jar Salads: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go I made this Apple and Frisee Salad in a Mason jar the night before, and ate it for lunch the next day. It appeared to be fresher than when I've stored cut food in plastic containers. It was also incredibly delicious. Julia balanced the sweetness of the apples with the bitterness of frisee and the filling flavors of goat cheese and walnuts. Terrific apple cider vinaigrette with honey that blended all of the ingredients really well. If you want to eat healthy at work or you have little kids and never find the time to make your own good lunch... get this cookbook!

Apple and Frisee salad: simplelivingeating.com

Apple and Frisée salad:

When summer begins to turn into fall, apples arrive at the farmers’ markets and you know it’s time for some apple-based salads. Apple and frisée salad is simple to make but shouldn’t be underestimated, and it’s a great way to get your fill of freshly harvested apples while you can. The apples won’t turn brown as long as you pack everything tightly so there isn’t too much air in the jar.

Makes 1 serving

1 Gala or Honeycrisp apple
2 1⁄2 cups chopped frisée salad greens, cut in 2-inch pieces, divided
1 1⁄2 tablespoons shallots, chopped
1⁄4 cup chopped walnuts
2 ounces crumbled goat cheese
3 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinaigrette with Honey 
1 quart-size Mason jar

Core the apple and slice it into thin pieces. Place the apple slices in the bottom of the Mason jar and top with a cup of the frisée, then layer on the shallots, another cup of frisée, the walnuts, and the rest of the frisée. Finish with the goat cheese. Make a parchment paper cup on top for the vinaigrette (see page 14), or carry it separately in a small container.

Seal the jar and refrigerate until ready to use.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette with Honey
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1⁄2 teaspoon honey
pinch of salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste 
3 tablespoons olive oil


Whisk together the vinegar, honey, salt, and pepper. Slowly add the olive oil, whisking, until the dressing thickens.




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Weekly Menu Plan:


Sunday: TRUCK

Meatless Monday: Pasta Fagioli with roasted baby squash and onions

Tuesday: Sweet and Spicy Peach Glazed Salmon with Quinoa and Swiss Chard

Wednesday: Summer Vegetable Soup and Rustic Bread.

Thursday: Chicken Tacos with Trader Joes Mix topped with Sour Cream, Cheddar and Guacamole 

Friday: Dinner out

Saturday: leftovers

7 comments:

  1. YUMMY
    These jars salads are made for me :)
    I also like the apple-salad. With this dressing (with honey) it's suitable for Rosh-Hashanah :)

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  2. I've tried salads in a jar, and they only work if you have a plate to eat them on... which was disappointing for me because they look so lovely! I just pack mine in a bowl from which I can eat. But the salad does sound relish. :)

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    1. The jar I think is more to make them appealing and easy to layer. It is also more air tight if you are preparing a lot in advance...easier to see jars. But whatever works for you, the recipes are really delicious in this cookbook and you can store them anyway you choose.

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  3. Your recipe looks fabulous. Would be honored if you would stop by and share at Foodie Fridays this week. The party starts on Thursday 9 pm EST. Hope to see you there. (coming from Hearth and Soul)
    Blessings,
    Shari

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  4. Hi Diane,
    What a great collection of Mason Jar Salads and I love your menu for the week. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  5. Looks so good, Thanks for sharing your recipes @DearCreatives party! Theresa

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  6. Yum! Love salads in jars and this one looks amazing! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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