Food & Recipes

8 Deliciously Simple Recipes in a Jar

You don’t need pans or cookie sheets for a delicious meal. All you need is a jar! Recipes in a jar were all the rage in the 1990s and it’s definitely a trend that deserves a comeback.

Jar recipes are incredibly simple and a really efficient way to pack snacks or your breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert (you can’t forget dessert!).

Plus, recipes in a jar aren’t just tasty — the clean-up is also super easy. You just rinse it out, dry, and then it’s ready to use again the next day. This makes it a great way to live a little more green, too.

Check out some of these amazing jar recipes below:

Chia Pudding

Chia pudding
Instagram / thatveganswimmer

Is this spirulina chia pudding for breakfast or dessert? It could be either! Sophie from That Vegan Swimmer shares the recipe on her Instagram. She says the secret is in the blue spirulina powder, which gives it the gorgeous color and is also known for being rich in antioxidants, protein, vitamins, and more.

True to all of her recipes, it’s vegan and healthy. She tops it with fresh berries and coconut chips. Check out Sophie’s Instagram page for the full recipe.

Salad in a Jar

Salad in a jar
Instagram / azestybite

Want to eat more salads? This is a genius way to prep! All you have to do is chop up all your favorite ingredients and add them to the jar one layer at a time. Then, when it’s time to eat, just dump it all out in a bowl and you’re all set. You can really do this with any salad you love. If it has dressing, just add a little container on top or on the side.

Meagan from A Zesty Bite shares her salad photo on Instagram. She calls it Autumn in a Jar, and you can get the recipe here. You can also check out even more salad inspiration to keep you motivated to eat greens.

Strawberry Muesli

Strawberry muesli
Instagram / vegetarianculinarian

Luke and Steph are a vegetarian couple in New Zealand, and they like to share their recipes and food photos on their Instagram, Vegetarian Culinarian. This layered recipe features yogurt, oats, and strawberries. Then they topped it with coconut chips.

The great thing about recipes like this is you can really customize it to the flavors you like most. Pick your yogurt flavor, fruit, and anything else you want to add. Get more tips for the recipe here.

Turkey Soup

Turkey soup
Instagram / pdxsunshine

You can either make your favorite soup directly in the jar or use jars to store leftovers. Either way, it’ll make for a quick lunch. All you have to do is heat it up and go — no extra bowl needed.

This Instagram user, PDX Sunshine, made these jars with turkey soup, but you can really use this tip with any of your favorite soups.

Overnight Oats

Overnight oats
Instagram / thefitfabfoodie

Meera with the Fab Fit Foodie on Instagram loves making overnight oats, and you can find several recipes on her page. This is one of her most popular — the chunky monkey oats. She whips these up at night before going to bed, and then when she wakes up in the morning, they’re ready to go.

If you need that extra kick to get going in the morning, then you’ll love overnight oats in a jar. For tips on how to make this chocolatey breakfast yourself, check out the recipe here.

Power Bowl in a Jar

Thai style noodle salad
Instagram / irenecocoqueen

Do you love eating power bowls with tons of vegetables and and grains? They are a great way to have a quick lunch and feel good about what you’re eating.

To make you own, just layer all the ingredients, one at a time. Then dump and mix when it’s time to eat. The one pictured here from Irene Coco Queen on Instagram is a vegan Thai style noodle salad. You can make one like it with cashews, noodles, veggies, and peanut sauce, or invent a whole new idea of your own.

No-Bake Pumpkin Pies

Pumpkin pie
Women’s Weekly Food

You don’t have to feel guilty about this dessert since they are both sugar-free and gluten-free. They’re also no-bake, making them easy to whip up anytime you have that pumpkin craving.

The secret is in the healthy squash filling, along with spices like cinnamon and ginger. You’ll want a good food processor to mix everything up. Get the full recipe here.

Pre-Made Recipes in a Jar

Pre-made recipe in a jar
Instagram / thesourcegoldcoast

The Source Gold Coast is a company in Australia that offers all products in bulk and utilizes a jar program to cut down on containers and waste. They pack spices, soups, recipes, and even cookie dough into a jar for easy transportation from store to home.

You can check out all their gorgeous items on Instagram. It’s a good reminder to use this technique on your own as well. Layer those family favorite recipes into jars so they’re ready for meals. You can also use them as gifts!

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