Mason Jar Salads, Meal Prep Monday!

Hello Everyone,

I’m back! So sorry for the delay. I’ve been super busy buying a house and all! I will make sure that as soon as I get my rooms all set up, pictures will be coming. I also have some projects I want to do to make my house my own.

So, as some of you may know, I’m extremely busy! I work full time, put in 15 hours at my internship, and have classes (although I’m currently on a break). So meal prep is necessary if I want to eat healthy and on a budget. I’ve recently fallen in love with mason jar salads. They’re simple to put together, and the mason jar keeps the food fresh. At my internship, I need something I don’t need to heat up and that I can eat quickly. I have sometimes 5 minutes between clients. These salads are a life saver.

Some notes before I continue: (1) I do not like lettuce. I attempt to avoid using lettuce as a green wherever possible. (2) I am indifferent towards quinoa, so I know almost nothing about the different types.

So this salad was inspired by the premade Spinach Power salad at Trader Joes. What you’ll need

1 bag fresh spinach
1 can garbanzo beans/chick peas
1 pack frozen edamame
1 cup cooked quinoa
Salad dressing of choice (I used a soy ginger sesame dressing).

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I used Trader Joe’s frozen edamame, which only took 5 minutes to cook. Put down as much spinach as you want for your salad. I love spinach so I added a lot!. Then layer the quinoa, edamame, and chickpeas until the jar is full. I put my salad dressing into separate containers, because I don’t like soggy greens, but if this doesn’t bother you, or you need a one jar solution, put the dressing in first before laying down your spinach.

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When you’re ready to eat, all you have to do is pour in the dressing, recap your jar, and shake!