I’m all about saving a few extra minutes here and there. More time for knitting, right? One thing that we’ve been doing lately that has saved time in the mornings is to prepare Salad Jars for lunches. My good friend Monica (author of The Yummy Life blog) did a post on salads in a jar that got me to thinking. I didn’t commit to the idea from that post, because it looked like the salads might be a bit of work. 🙂 Then I read more about salads in jars on another one of my friend’s blogs – Judy’s blog (Patchwork Times), where she talked about adding regular salads to jars. I thought, “Well I can do that.” And now that I’ve been making jar salads for a couple of months, I’m totally up for the fun varieties that Monica came up with, too. They look delicious. I started a board on my Pinterest page to keep track of different salad jar recipes.
What I like about this is that there is one prep time for a whole lot of lunches. You wash and cut everything, pop it in the jars (heaviest stuff on the bottom), and then vacuum seal the tops. It takes about a half hour or so, and lunches are done for the whole week. In the mornings, I empty a jar into a plastic container, add a chopped up hard boiled egg and ham or cheese, and I’m done. Some people add dressing at the bottom, but I add the dressing right before eating the salad. The salads easily stay fresh in the jars for the whole week.
Have you tried salads in a jar? And what do you think of it? As I said, it leaves more time for knitting. (Oh, ok. And it’s a nice, healthy lunch, too!)