We don’t have to convince any of you what a great lunch instant noodle cups are despite the lack of nutrition. Today we made a healthier version that was really easy!
The idea is so close to the instant noodle cups that you are used to eating, but instead of freeze dried vegetables and flavor packets that are high in sodium and contain MSG, these noodle cups contain fresh veggies and a healthier soup base. Basically, you combine noodles, a bit of vegetable base, some raw sliced veggies, and a few seasonings inside a mason jar. Then you store them in the refrigerator, then when you’re ready to eat, pour hot water over the top and lunch is served.
DIY NOODLE JARS
Vegetables of choice: We used Bok Choy Mui, carrots, mushrooms, sweet peas and green onion. Thoroughly clean the vegetables and trim if needed to fit the smaller mason jars.
Choice of noodles: rice vermicelli was used. However, quinoa noodles, zucchini noodles, brown rice noodle will also work.
Tofu – small cubed
Vegetable Soup Base: Better Than Boullion Seasoned Vegetable Base – 1 teaspoon
1 pint mason jars are ideal it gives you just the right serving. However if you would like to pack in more ingredients a larger mason jar will work just fine. As long as you can seal the lid tightly.
Add a teaspoon of vegetable boullion to the empty mason jar.
Add your choice of vegetables starting with the heavier ingredients 1st.
Add 1 cup of noodles.
Then add remaining light-weight ingredients ie. chopped Green Onion.
When you are ready to eat just pour hot water into your jar o’ noodles and stir.
If storing for consumption at another time, simply place the cap back on and seal and store in the refrigerator. It’s now a grab and go meal, just add hot water.
Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Coco Iv
Pretty, portable and delicious! What’s not to love about a salad in a jar? If you haven’t adopted the layered salad in a jar trend and you have a busy life that’s always on the go, then I really recommend that you give in. These salads take so little prep time, they last for several days and are so helpful in making healthy food choices.
The breakdown of the layered salad in a jar…
Like most things, there is a “way” to layer the salad so that it stays fresh and crisp. I don’t think anyone likes a soggy salad, so this part is important!
Measure 2-4 tablespoons of salad dressing into the bottom of the jar. (amount depends on the size of your jar)
Add the non-absorbent or hard vegetables that won’t soak up the dressing. (Such as carrots, celery, bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli)
Add the soft vegetables & grains.
Greens of your choice – this creates the moisture barriers that keeps the other ingredients from getting soggy.
Garnish with protein and toppings – nuts, cheese, tofu, fish etc.
Make sure you pack ingredients tightly, less air between layers will help ingredients stay fresh. Cover and store in the fridge for up to five days. When ready to eat, turn the mason jar upside down and shake the contents into a bowl. The shaking helps to spread the dressing evenly over the whole salad!
There are so many creative ways to make these salads and there aren’t really any measurements for these salads either. Just layer as much or as little of each ingredient as you like. Here is our Healthy Happy Salad for inspiration. It includes a couple of ingredients (pea sprouts and basil) that we haven’t featured yet, but wanted to highlight for their health benefits.
Sprouts are one of the most nutrient rich foods. They are the ultimate detox food and help with cell regeneration and prevent aging.
Vitamins- A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C, K
Minerals- Calcium, iron, phosphorus
Lowers risk of diabetes by keeping blood sugar levels low
Great antioxidant support.
Aides in weight loss because they have an excellent nutrient to calorie ratio & offer a good amount of dietary fiber.
A common aromatic herb in the mint family. Basil, of course, is used to add flavor to a variety of recipes, but did you know that it also has many health benefits and immunity-enhancing properties?
Stress reducer- herb contains phyochemicals that lower cortisol, a hormone secreted when you’re tense.