10 Scrumptious and Portable Mason Jar Meal Ideas

Mason Jars are coming back, and it’s no surprise to me.They look cool, it’s been years since anyone actually used them properly and let’s be honest, hipsters are all about them.

It’s now pretty common for hip cafes to serve their drinks in mason jars and people are jumping on that bandwagon. Everyone probably has some mason jars at home and you probably already had a coffee or a cocktail served in one. So why not use them for meals too? They’re just as portable as a lunchbox, except they’re breakable, because they’re made of glass. That’s something you’ll have to deal with if you want to look cool. So here are 15 mason jar meals for any occasion.

1.Overnight Oatmeal

The beauty of this recipe is that it’s extremely easy and very versatile. The main idea is that you take some rolled oats and a yogurt or milk of your choice and put them together in a mason jar. Mix it together and put in the fridge for the night. In the morning your oats will be ready. To make everything sweeter and yummier we recommend adding some fruits and nuts to the mix. Berries and bananas work best, but peaches, apricots and really any fruits work too. You can mix the fruits in together with the oatmeal in the evening, or add them on top as decoration in the morning, that’s up to you. Either way it’s going to be delicious and you’ll never want to go back to cooking oats any other way.

2.French Toast With Blueberries

Yes, you can make french toast in a mason jar and you don’t even need to stand there, watching over it to make sure it doesn’t burn. To make this delicious meal you’ll need bread, milk, butter, vanilla, sugar, cinnamon, maple syrup and blueberries. So basically your regular french toasts ingredients in the regular proportions. The only thing that’s different is that you chop the bread up into squares and put it into the mason jar. Mix all of the other ingredients, except the maple syrup and pour into the jar too. Close the mason jar, flip it upside down and store in the fridge overnight or at least an hour. After that take the mason jar out of the fridge, open and bake at 375 F without the lid for about 45 minutes. Top with maple syrup and additional blueberries if you want.

3.Frittata

Once again this is easier than a normal frittata. All you have to do here is whisk up some eggs lightly and throw in all the ingredients you like. We recommend throwing in some chopped sausage, tomato, basil and cheese for a simple, yet delicious frittata. If you’re a bit lazy and don’t want to whisk everything together you can actually throw in all the ingredients into a mason jar, close it and just give it a good shake. Should work just as well. Make sure to leave some space in the jar, don’t fill it to the brim, the eggs might bubble over when they cook. Bake without the lid at 375 F for 25 – 30 minutes.

4.Parfait

Parfait might sound fancy, but it’s actually really easy to make. You just need some good old plain greek yogurt, a selection of your favourite fruits and some granola and nuts for crunchiness. Our favourite parfait is peach parfait. To make this delicious, easy, yet fancy looking breakfast take your mason jar and put a layer of fruits at the bottom. Top if off with some yogurt. Keep repeating the layers until you reach the top. Now it’s time to put some granola and nuts on top. Your parfait is ready. Keep it in the fridge until you need it. If you like, you can layer granola too, but if you want it to be crunchy – only put it on top.

5.Blueberry Pancakes

Did you know pancakes can also be made in jars? I know, it’s pretty cool. These pancakes will take literally 3 minutes to make. Start with a basic pancake mix, or create your own if you want. Now all you have to do is put blueberries at the bottom of the jar and pour the mix on top. Don’t fill the mason jars completely, only about halfway, the pancakes will rise while cooking. Now just put them into the microwave for 1 minute if you’re using small jars or about 90 seconds – 2 minutes if you’re using big ones. Your breakfast is served. How easy was that?

6.Smoothie

A lot of people complain that even though making smoothies is easy, they never really have the time. The problem is that you don’t really want to spend every morning deciding what you want in your smoothie and chopping up the ingredients. Well, here’s a lifehack for you. Just chop up the ingredients for a couple of days and put them into mason jars. Now all you have to do in the morning is blend it with an immersion blender and you’re good to go. Quite literally, because you can take your smoothie with you in a lovely mason jar.

  1. Salad

Salads look awesome and colorful in mason jars. That’s the beauty of mason jars. If you layer things – everything will look good. If you’re all about aesthetics, make sure that when making a salad you put the dressing at the bottom. That way your salad will look neat. After that it’s all up to you and your creativity. You can arrange the ingredients in layers, or mix them all up. A salad made like that in a mason jar can stay in the fridge for a couple of days. When it’s time to eat the salad, just shake up the jar to mix the salad with the dressing.

  1. Pasta

This one will take a little bit of preparation. There are a lot of recipes that say that you can make the pasta in the jar in the microwave, but we don’t recommend that. Just boil the pasta beforehand. For example if you’re having pasta for dinner and you have some leftover pasta and sauce, you can store that in the mason jar, for a ready to go lunch. This way you know for sure that your leftover won’t go to waste, and you don’t have to worry about making a whole separate lunch. You’ll be killing two birds with one stone.

  1. Pie

Mason jar pies are just as delicious as normal pies, but have way less calories in them. Wonder why? Because you only have one layer of dough. In a traditional pie you would first have a bottom layer of dough, then the filling, and then the crust. When making the mason jar pie you can completely skip the first step and just go straight to filling. To make the crust you just take some dough and stretch it over the top of the jar. Bake just the same as you would a regular pie. It’ll look awesome, it’ll taste delicious and it’ll be a lot healthier and less fattening than a regular pie. By the way, this works for both savory and sweet pies.

  1. Cheesecake

Mason jar cheesecakes are adorable, don’t you think? They’re also somehow more satisfying that just a slice of a cheesecake.  There’s just something about having a whole little cheesecake to yourself. They’re quite easy to make too. First of all spray your mason jar with some oil. For the bottom layer you will need crushed cookies combined with a little bit of butter, just so it all sticks together. Place that at the bottom of a small mason jar and press down with a spoon. For the actual cheese part you’ll need cream cheese, vanilla, sugar and eggs. Mix that all together and layer on top. Put your mason jars in a baking sheet with some water and bake for 20 minutes. Take out, let them cool and top with whipped cream.