Healthy Lunch Idea- Mason Jar Salads

mason jar salads

Eating healthy at lunch time can be a challenge. Packing a healthy lunch ahead of time is an even bigger challenge. These Mason Jar Salads are the solution. I was first introduced to these by my mother-in-law who saw these on Pinterest.

Like the rest of the world, between running a household, a full-time job and a side business…I feel a little overwhelmed pretty frequently. Figuring out what to eat for lunch for my work week wasn’t at the top of my priority list.

These salads are the amazing. Super simple to make, and you can pack your fridge with 5 of them for the upcoming work week!

Grab and go healthy deliciousness ūüôā

My absolute favorite recipe so far is this Pomegranate and Pear Mason Jar Salad.

As Buzz Feed explains, the order of ingredients is important to keep your salads fresh:

  • First the¬†dressing goes in first at the very bottom
  • Second,¬†go with a grain or a protein, or anything else¬†large
  • Then the fixings. Little things like shaved nuts, raisins, cheeses.
  • And if you have any leafy greens, they go in last.

P.S. These are also really great for picnics and camping. Enjoy!

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The Best-Ever Chocolate Milkshake without Ice-Cream!

Milkshake without ice cream

I reaaaallly wanted a chocolate milkshake but did not have any ice-cream on hand, I decided to improvise and the results were delicious! Here is the super-simple, not-so-healthy, but delicious recipe:

Ingredients: (Makes 2 Milkshakes)

5 Ice cubes

1/4 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream

2 Cups of Milk

1/3 Cup of White Chocolate Chips

3 Tablespoons of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup

Instructions:

1. Put in a blender, or in my case a NutriBullet and blend-enjoy!

Do you have a favorite milkshake recipe? Comment below, I would love to check it out!

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Iced Spiced Coconut Milk Coffee

Iced Spiced Coconut Milk Coffee - Positively Glamorous

If you love coconut and you love coffee than you will loooove this. This island treat is both a pick-me-up and has the health benefits of coconut milk!

Ingredients: (Makes One Glass)

3-4 Ice Cubes

Coffee (Cooled and chilled) I love mine made the french-press method!

2/3 Cup of Coconut Milk

1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

1 Teaspoon of Allspice

Instructions:

1.  Pour the coconut milk in a nice tall glass, if the milk is solid from a can, you may need to pour it in a microwave safe cup and heat it up for a few seconds.

2.  Add the spices to the milk and stir.

3.  Add the ice cubes.

4. Pour in the coffee and watch the magic happen

5. Stir and Enjoy!

Iced Spiced Coconut Milk Coffee

 

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Homemade Vegetarian Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe

Homemade Vegetarian Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe

I would not consider myself a cook by any means or handy in the kitchen. I still have a lot to learn. I would, however, consider myself obsessed with Spring Rolls. They taste like a clean, sweet summer garden… and they are full of flavor yet healthy at the same time…what could be better?

After a delicious lunch with a wonderful friend at Southeast Kitchen in Wilmington, DE where I gobbled down not one but four…yes FOUR spring rolls because they were so dang delicious-I decided it was time to try to make them myself.

Here are the ingredients, like I said, I am not a cook. When I see more than five ingredients in a recipe I automatically say, “Nope! Not for me.” However-I assure you these are well worth the effort.

The most difficult part is rolling up the roll. Even if you have a hard time with that part, and it looks like a hot mess…I assure you it will still taste incredible. Give it a shot..no matter what- it will taste like a¬†clean, sweet summer garden. YUM!

Homemade Vegetarian Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe

Ingredients: (Makes around 13 large rolls)

Spring Roll Wrappers

Rice Vermicelli

Gardein Crispy Mandarin Chick’n (I did not use the mandarin sauce)

Bunch of Fresh Mint

Bunch of Fresh Cilantro

Three Large Carrots

One Orange Pepper

One Large Cucumber

One Lemon

Bean Sprouts

Instructions:

1. Start by baking the¬†Gardein Crispy Mandarin Chick’n according to package instructions. I baked mine in the oven for a crispy flavor. (The mandarin sauce that came with it was not utilized, set it aside, or use it as a dipping sauce for the rolls.) Once these are done baking and cooled, shred them up by hand. Squeeze the fresh lemon juice over the shredded “Chick’n” and toss.

2. Preparing rice noodles in boiling hot water for about 10 minutes (read instructions on package), then drain and set aside. Be sure to not overcook.

3. Julienne the carrots, pepper and cucumber and put in separate bowls.

4. Gather the remaining ingredients, and place them in separate bowls so you have everything you need in line and in the order you will place in the wrapper, which will be in this order:

  • ¬†Rice Vermicelli
  • Gardein Crispy Mandarin Chick’n
  • 3 to 4 Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 2-3 Sprigs¬†of Fresh Cilantro
  • 8 ¬†very thin Carrot slices
  • 2 Tablespoons Orange Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons ¬†Cucumber
  • 2 Tablespoons Bean Sprouts

5. To assemble spring rolls, pour very hot water into a shallow dish or skillet and immerse rice paper to soften for about 10-15 seconds.

6. Transfer to a damp cutting board or damp towel and gently spread out edges into a circle. It may take a little practice, so don’t feel bad if your first few attempts are a fail!

7. Place the ingredients in as listed above. It does not need to be exact, make them according your taste.

8. Place seam-side down on a serving platter and cover with damp warm towel to keep fresh. Repeat until all fillings are used up.

9. Serve fresh as this is when they taste the best. To save them for later, wrap each roll in parchment paper and place the rolls in a sealed zip lock bag and place in the fridge. Enjoy!

These do not need a dip because they are so tasty, but if you would like to make one I recommend the Thai Peanut Butter Sauce from Good and Cheap:Eat Well on $4 a Day! complimentary cookbook or some sweet and sour sauce.

 

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Recipe Fried Cheese Curds

Fried Cheese Curds

Milburn Orchards is a short drive from our house and we decided to stop by for their Pumpkin Festival.

Millburn Falls

While we were there munching on their famous cider donuts (which were delicious) I took a look at their cheese selection in the market. They had cheese curds! I am a huge fan of The Cow & The Curd, a Philadelphia based food truck that serves out of this world battered cheese curds and I thought it would be fun to recreate them for myself.

The best recipe I could find was on AllRecipes.com and calls for the following ingredients:

2 quarts corn oil for frying
1/4 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup beer
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 pounds cheese curds, broken apart

Click here for the full recipe. Enjoy!

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Make- Ahead Recipe Vegetarian Burritos

Vegetarian Freeze Ahead Burrito Recipe Just Like Amy's

I love Amy’s Bean & Cheese¬†Burritos,¬†but they can be pricey! Here is a super simple, inexpensive recipe for make ahead vegetarian burritos that both your wallet and stomach will thank you for. This recipe is great because you can make a huge batch of these on the weekend and just pull one out of the freezer in the mornings and drop it in your lunch box!

 

Vegetarian Freeze Ahead Burrito Recipe Just Like Amy's

Ingredients & Directions:

-1 bag of Morning Star Grillers¬ģ Recipe Crumbles‚ĄĘ
-1 jar (16 ounces) salsa (If you like it hot, get extra hot sauce!)
-1 can (16 ounces) of vegetarian refried beans
-1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
-1 envelope burrito seasoning
-16 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
-16 ounces of mexican cheese mix

In a large skillet, combine the vegetarian crumbles, salsa, vegetarian beans, chilies,  and seasoning  Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until heated through.

Spoon about 1/3 cup off-center on each tortilla; top with a cheese strip. Fold edge of tortilla nearest filling over to cover. Fold ends of tortilla over filling and roll up. Wrap individually in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to 2 months.

To use frozen burritos: Place foil packets on a baking sheet. Bake at 350¬į for 50 minutes or until heated through. If thawed, bake for 25-30 minutes. ¬†If you are in a pinch, microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds instead.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie

Healthy Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Peanut butter + chocolate = dance party for your taste buds. This smoothie recipe is for a healthy treat that is perfect first thing in the morning or after a workout.

 

Ingredients & Directions:

– 2 ripe bananas

-1¬†tablespoon of Nature’s Way Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil

– 4 tablespoons of Smucker’s Organic Creamy Peanut Butter

-3 tablespoons of Hershey’s Syrup (Or more, depending on your taste!)

-3/4 a cup of milk.

Now, mix the ingredients in a blender or my favorite kitchen tool, a Nutri Bullet. Enjoy!

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Authentic Vintage Whiskey Sour Recipe

Authentic Vintage Whiskey Sour Recipe

Friends, there are good drinks and bad drinks just like there is McDonald’s vs. a home cooked meal from scratch. This recipe is for a lip-smacking, made from scratch Vintage Whiskey Sour. The difference between this and the store bought mix is night and day. I cannot take credit for this recipe…this one comes from my husband, Patrick Mason or rather, the bartender he carefully watched at The Trestle Inn in Philadelphia. This may not be exactly¬†the drink they serve, but it is pretty darn close.

If you have a chance and are near Philadelphia make sure you stop in…¬†not only are the drinks amazing, the entertainment is original. There are Go Go dancers there..obviously it is the coolest place ever!¬†If you don’t believe me, check out this article. It was rated one of the top 10 bars in Philadelphia!

 

Here is the recipe for the best Whiskey Sour you will ever have:

Makes one drink, if you don’t have a drink shaker just use a large Mason Jar.

Ingredients & Directions:

– 2 parts whiskey (We use Hayes Parker Whiskey and Patrick says, “If you are not mixing with Hayes Parker you are missing out!”)

-1 part simple syrup (If you have never made simple syrup here is the recipe.)

-.75 parts lime juice (You can use lime juice concentrate or the real deal if you want to have the authentic vintage drink.)

-1 egg white (That is right I said put an egg white in your drink! This is what makes it frothy and thickens it up…I promise, it is good!)

Now, emulsify the ingredients warm either using a drink mixer or a Mason Jar. Add ice, mix a little more, then strain and poor over ice. Add a little lemon zest to the top and squeeze the juice around the rim of your drinking glass. Enjoy!

 

 

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Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day

One of my favorite words is free. Just ask my husband. If I see something on the side of the road that has a “free” sign on it and looks like it can be fixed up and jazzed up it literally feels like Christmas to me. Another favorite word of mine is food. I LOVE to eat and I especially love fresh, farm to table dishes. This free and amazing cookbook is a combination of both!

Wait for it…this gets even better (I know I can hardly contain my excitement.) This book also helps others through donations. Since at this point you are¬†probably about to jump out of your chair, I don’t want you to hurt yourself…here is the link to learn more about this amazing, free, full of easy, healthy recipes cookbook, Good Eats.

To prove to you how easy the recipes are, I actually tried one myself and it turned out amazing (which means this cookbook is easy.) I do not have much experience in the kitchen…yet.

Thai Noodles with Peanut Sauce Vegetarian

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Easy Heath Bar Cake

Heath-Bar-Cake Recipe

If you are looking for a dessert that is easy and will knock everyone’s socks off this is it. It is also known as “Better Than Sex Cake” and there is a definite reason for this title. It is delicious and simple! I am no Betty Crocker but I can handle this!

 

Ingredients:
1 (18 ounce) box German chocolate cake mix
3 eggs (or as called for by your cake mix)
1/3 cup oil (or as called for by your cake mix)
1 1/3 cups water (or as called for by your cake mix)
1 cup caramel ice cream topping (I like Smuckers)
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 ounce) container whipped topping
3 -4 Heath candy bars, chopped

Directions:
1. Bake cake mix according to package directions, using a 9 x 13 x 2-inch pan.
2. While still hot, punch holes in top of cake with a skewer or large fork.
3.Pour sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping over hot cake.
4.Let cake cool completely.
5.Spread with whipped topping and sprinkle chopped Heath bars all over (drizzle some chocolate sauce and caramel sauce on top for extra effect.)
6.Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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