Every Sunday I prep my Mason jar meals for the coming week. It’s really awesome to have breakfast and lunch made for the whole week and I’ve received a lot of interest about what exactly I put into these jars. I’ll give you the short answer first.
I make Paul’s and mine a little differently because he likes his granola to be mushy. I don’t want my granola crunchy, but definitely not mushy. I use vanilla Oikos Greek yogurt for mine and mix Greek yogurt with regular yogurt for Paul’s. For granola, I use the Complements brand, but I find granola is a very personal choice; everyone has their favourite.
Last I pick some kind of berry, usually it is blue berries, but I’ve done raspberries as well. Strawberries tend not to last as well as others. The strawberries get kind of mushy… in a weird way, when raspberries get mushy, it’s delicious.
I layer yogurt, berries then granola one after the other in the Mason jars until they are full. Lately I’ve been layering on some flax seeds in mine; the iron could always use a boost.
The first time I did the salads, I did way too much work. I cut everything and put it all in bowls etc until it was ready to go in. Now I’ve got this down to a science. You want to put the moist veggies on the bottom then any veggies that won’t go mushy just above those, then your layer of protein and the lettuce goes last.
Now I chop things and put them in as I go. I start with tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, celery and carrot. I will admit that I cheat a bit with the carrot. I buy baby carrots then put them in the food processor until they’re minced.
The protein for my salad is roasted pumpkin seeds. If they’re unroasted from the store, I coat them with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper then roast them on a cookie sheet fro 20 minutes on 350 degrees. They’re soooo good.
For Paul’s I use a little bit of turkey and two hard-boiled eggs. I’ve been hard-boiling my eggs in the oven and I strongly suggest it! You put the eggs in a muffin tins and throw them in the oven for 30 minutes on 350 degrees.
After the protein goes in, I just put the lettuce on top. I use romain lettuce and mix mine with spinach because if the lettuce isn’t the freshest right from the grocery store, by the end of the week, it looks like it is THINKING about getting soft. The spinach lasts much longer.