Salad in a jar with pesto chicken, garbanzo beans, cucumber, tomato, avocado, and feta cheese

Mediterranean Pesto Chicken Salad….in a Jar

For those of you who know me personally, you know I am a planner. I enjoy daily to-do lists, updating my calendar, and thinking five steps ahead for any situation. Since planning is my thing, Sunday meal prep is my game. As they say, “a Sunday well spent, brings a week of content!” It’s hard to beat the feeling of having healthy homemade meals ready to grab and go.

Lunch this week will be salads in a jar, similar to the theme from my last post. (Apparently it’s a “jar meal” kind of week).

salad in a jar

Mediterranean Pesto Chicken Salad...in a Jar

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 package (or two bags) of romaine hearts
  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 20 grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1.5-2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Trader Joe’s Pesto Chicken, cooked and diced (or you can cover 1 lb. chicken with 3-4 Tbsp pesto sauce and cook)
  • 4-8 Tbsp Balsamic dressing (I prefer the Annie’s brand)

Directions:

  1. Set out 4 wide-mouth quart-sized mason jars.
  2. In each jar add 1-2 tablespoons of dressing to bottom of jar
  3. Next add 1/2 cup chickpeas, 1/4 of the cucumbers, and 10 tomato halves into each jar
  4. In a small bowl, gently toss avocado in lemon juice (to prevent it from browning)
  5. Divide avocado, feta, and chicken between the jars
  6. Add lettuce until full
  7. Cover each jar with a top and save in fridge for up to 5 days 

 

Hope you enjoy!

What are some of your favorite grab and go lunches?

 

Santé!

 

xoxo,

Megan

 

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protein packed noodle-less turkey veggie lasagna in a jar

Triple protein (noodle-less) mini lasagnas

I couldn’t resist jumping on the “meal-in-a-jar” trend that’s making its way around the internet. Those little jars just make everything so darn cute. And, it’s built-in portion control! Since the Seattle summer is starting to fade away and the air has become more crisp, it felt necessary to start adding warm and cozy meals to my weekly menu. What could be better than good ol’ lasagna? It’s easy, delicious, and protein packed. For the mini lasagna, I skipped the noodles, and instead focused on protein and veggies.

 

protein packed noodle-less turkey veggie lasagna in a jar

Triple Protein (noodle-less) mini lasagnas

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. cooking oil
  • 2 cups of your favorite tomato/pasta sauce in a jar (I prefer herb or basil sauces)
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced thin
  • 1 cup cottage cheese (2% or less) (or ricotta cheese)
  • 2 egg whites
  • 20 basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dreid parsley
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 9 Tbsp shredded reduced fat mozzarella
  • 6- 7.4 oz clamp jars
  • Optional: add in mushrooms, sautéed bell peppers, diced eggplant, yellow squash, or other veggies of your choosing (just remember, there’s only so much room in those little jars!)
  1. Start by removing the rubber gasket from all jars. (Optional: remove the entire lid from the jar)
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  3. In a large skillet, warm cooking oil over medium heat. Add in onion and garlic, sauté until for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Add turkey to skillet and brown, keeping onion and garlic in pan.
  5. Once brown, drain excess liquid. Add in 1.5 cups of tomato sauce, parsley, and oregano. Mix well and reduce heat to low.
  6. In a small bowl, mix cottage cheese, egg whites, basil, salt, and pepper.
  7. In a 7.4oz clamp jar, spoon 1 Tbsp of tomato sauce. Next, begin layering each jar: 1. add 4-5 slices of zucchini, 2. 1-2 Tbsp turkey mixture, 3. 4-5 slices zucchini, 4. 1-2 Tbsp cottage cheese mixture, 5. 1-2 Tbsp turkey mixture, 6. 1.5 Tbsp shredded mozzarella.
  8. Fill all jars, then place them on a lined baking sheet and bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes.
  9. Once cooked, let cool. Store in fridge, covered, for up to 5 days.

Santé!

xoxo, Megan

protein packed noodle-less turkey veggie lasagna in a jar

protein packed noodle-less turkey veggie lasagna in a jar

protein packed noodle-less turkey veggie lasagna in a jar


Gluten Free Muffins

Raspberry Lemon Yogurt Muffins (gluten-free)

Lazy Sundays are just the best. My idea of a lazy Sunday would include some (or all) of the following: sleeping in, a trip to the farmer’s market, brunch with friends, watching football (GO HAWKS!) or movies, baking or cooking, a nap, a walk around Greenlake, reading a new novel……I could probably go on and on.

Seattle got a little taste of the fall this weekend with crazy windstorms, rain, and power outages galore. With the weather still crisp this morning, it meant one thing….today was going to be a lazy Sunday:

  1. I would take a trip to the farmer’s market all the while sporting tall brown leather boots and a scarf
  2. Bake something delicious for the week
  3. Snuggle up with a good book and a mug of tea in the afternoon

Knowing that berry season is just about over and Fall is just around the corner, I was inspired to pick up some local raspberries during my trip to the Ballard farmer’s market. However, I knew that I wasn’t looking to add these to yogurt or throw them into a smoothie. No, these raspberries had to be made into something warm and “Fall-like”. Summer berries + Fall inspired food = A delicious berry muffin.

Over the last year, I have been exploring fun ingredient substitutions for my recipes. In this recipe, the subtle nutty flavor and higher protein contents of the almond meal offers a pleasant alternative to classic all-purpose flour. I chose to use yogurt instead of oil/butter, simply because I knew the eggs and almond meal would offer enough fat; while the yogurt would give the desired moisture one looks for in a muffin.

Hope you enjoy!

raspberries and eggs

Raspberry Lemon Yogurt Muffins

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond meal/flour
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 oz container of plain Greek yogurt (1% or 2%)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice + zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place paper muffin liners in a 12 cup muffin pan.
  2. In a medium to large bowl mix the almond meal, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In separate large bowl, whisk the 3 eggs. Add the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, honey, and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  4. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  5. Fold the raspberries into the batter, trying not to break the berries.
  6. Using a 1/3 cup measuring cup, scoop the batter into the muffin pan cups. The batter should be even with the top of the muffin liner.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin. If the toothpick comes out clean, the muffins are done baking.
  8. Carefully remove the muffins from the pan and let cool on a wire rack. 

Santé!

xoxo,

Megan

Raspberry Lemon Yogurt muffins gluten free