In recent years, mason jars have made their way into the culinary landscape, becoming just as trendy as green juice and kale. More than just a basic glass container, this jar holds enormous potential. Mason jars are portable, a great tool for controlling healthy portions, and they are a cinch to clean-up. These attributes make it a college student’s best friend when it comes to meal prep. Below are a few quick and delicious mason jar meals that are perfect for when you are on-the-go!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
The classic chocolate-peanut butter flavor combination gets a breakfast makeover in this easy to prepare breakfast.
- ½ cup milk of choice
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon unsalted peanuts
- In a mason jar, mix together the milk, peanut butter, and cocoa powder. Once combined, add in the maple syrup and vanilla.
- Stir in the rolled oats until combined.
- Cover with the lid and store in the refrigerator overnight.
- When ready to eat, stir the oatmeal and add in more milk if necessary. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips and peanuts and enjoy!
Minty Yogurt Parfait
A savory spin on your typical sweet, breakfast parfait that is packed with flavor, texture, and protein!
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
- ¼ cup cooked chickpeas
- 2 tablespoons raisins
- chopped walnuts
- In a small bowl, combine the Greek yogurt and chopped mint. Season with salt and pepper and mix well.
- Begin layering with the raisins, then chickpeas, then Greek yogurt
- Garnish with the chopped walnuts.
Caprese Salad In A Jar
This jar is packed with the flavors and colors of Italy!
- 1 cup arugula
- ¼ cup basil leaves
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- ¼ cup fresh mozzarella, cubed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ tbsp balsamic vinegar
- a drop of honey
- a pinch of sea salt
- In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the dressing and mix well.
- Begin by layering the arugula, basil, cherry tomatoes, and cubed mozzarella.
- Pour the dressing over the salad and serve.
Burrito In A Jar
All of the flavors of this Mexican favorite made healthier and lighter by replacing the tortilla with whole-grain quinoa.
- ½ cup cooked quinoa
- ¼ cup black beans
- ½ cup lettuce, chopped
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup tomato salsa
- In a clean mason jar, begin assembling the burrito by layering each ingredient in the order it appears.
- Seal and serve when ready.
Michelle Chen is a sophomore at Cornell University majoring in Nutritional Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics. She plans to enter the field of medicine.