simple: mason jar meal kit giveaway

It’s one of two things: time or money. I teach people that you can either cook all your own meals and save money, or purchase all your meals and save time. Little do they know there is a perfect middle, a balance of saved time and money. There is no easy about it, you will still have to put in the work, but not as much as you think. But there is a whole lot of simple about it. The Mason Jar Meal was created to simplify cooking each night by having a few ingredients prepped each week so that daily cooking goes so much faster. Think about a jar of roasted sweet potatoes that had been roasted along side other vegetables and jarred separately for later use. What can you do with a jar of roasted sweet potatoes? What would you make?

Jumping in on a giveaway with Fillmore Container, who are sharing my Cuppa Noodle Soups Recipes on their blog, I’ll share with you one of my favorite salads using roasted sweet potatoes.  On this joint giveaway, we show how much simpler life is with a few items prepped, jarred, and ready to go for daily cooking.  See the photo of their fridge filled with jars of food to be mix and matched for any meal of the day! Back in January, Fillmore Container hosted a booth at the PA Farm Show inviting all jar lovers to demonstrate their talents with jars, from small batch canning, fermenting, and mason jar meals, to pressure canning.  I had so much fun showing all the gadgets and ideas I use and have about Mason Jar Meals.


Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas

Peel and dice 2 large sweet potatoes, about 2 pounds. Toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp kosher salt, and a few grinds of black pepper. Roast at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.  Cool and store in a widemouth quart jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.

When you find a little time in your busy schedule (this is where we ALL insert laughter), prep the salad by whisking together 2 tablespoons EACH of tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil along with 1 tablespoon of water and a pinch of kosher salt.

Pour into the bottom of a widemouth one quart-sized jar.

Top with 1/2 of the sweet potatoes that you roasted.

Then add 1/2 can of drained and rinsed chickpeas.

On the last layer add 1/4 of a red onion, diced. Press down slightly.

Now using one of these cool BNTO inserts. Fill the BNTO with freshly washed and dried cilantro leaves.

Top jar with a plastic lid and Bob’s your uncle, you have a beautiful salad ready to serve any night of the week, or packed for an on the go meal to share with your co-workers.

This salad can be served plain as I show in the photo, or with an additional garnish of pomegranate arils as in Fillmore’s photo, or over a bed of fresh baby spinach, wild rice, pasta, or sautéed kale. Now for the other half of those sweet potatoes, think hash using leftover ham or pork, or tossed in a green salad, in an omelet, in a breakfast bowl, or as an appetizer.



To help you go forth and make meal time simpler, join in on the giveaway for a chance to win your own Mason Jar Meal Kit!

Mason Jar Meal Kit includes:

3 pint jars
3 quart jars
6 white plastic storage lids
3 BNTO’s

Here is the entry form, so follow the prompts and you’ll be in like Flinn.

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  1. Posted February 11, 2015 at 7:25 AM | Permalink

    prepped salads in mason jars!

  2. Stephanie Spalding
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    love your blog! Thanks for the opportunity to enter

    • Erin
      Posted February 12, 2015 at 11:06 AM | Permalink

      During the cold and excessively snowy winter we’re having in Boston, I’ve been taking homemade soup to work for lunch in Mason jars. I’d love to try out the BNTO cups, though; what a great idea for things like cucumber slices and hummus.

  3. Brandy
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 7:49 AM | Permalink

    Definitely salads. I don’t like the idea of the ingredients sitting in the dressing, but the cups will help

  4. Jo'Ann Godshall
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 8:16 AM | Permalink

    Store leftovers in jars for another meal.

  5. Posted February 11, 2015 at 9:19 AM | Permalink

    oh that cookies and cream popcorn!

  6. Kevin Clark
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 9:29 AM | Permalink

    This looks interesting.

  7. Terri
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 9:52 AM | Permalink

    I love mason jar meals!!! Use them daily…

  8. Kathie H
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

    The Roasted sweet potatoes with chickpeas looks amazing. I think I would try that recipe.

  9. Sandy Headtke
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:41 AM | Permalink

    The Teeny Tiny Cinnamon Rolls wouldbe a hit with my family.

  10. Andrea G
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 11:07 AM | Permalink

    I want to make salads. Yummy!

  11. Alison
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 11:55 AM | Permalink

    I would keep hummus and veggies in the same jar but separated.

  12. cat
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

    sweet potato and chickpea salad looks delish!
    the sky’s the limit after that

  13. Valerie
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 12:40 PM | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try the sweet potato and chickpea salad! Mason Jar Meals have truly helped me to eat healthier!

  14. DebbieKL
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 1:07 PM | Permalink

    Teeny Tiny Cinnamon Rolls!

  15. Posted February 11, 2015 at 1:35 PM | Permalink

    I’m bummed I missed your demos at the Farm Show!

    This salad sounds amazing—I’ve been wanting to try a similar one with a Greek twist, olives, Greek dressing, oregano and lemon juice. Fingers crossed!

  16. Heather Hayes Panjon
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 2:13 PM | Permalink

    I Would Love To Try A Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe I Saw On Pinterest.

  17. Beverly
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 5:45 PM | Permalink

    I’ve been very curious to try the mason jar salads!

  18. Jonathan
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 7:25 PM | Permalink

    Delightful idea

  19. Tessa
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 7:50 PM | Permalink

    Yum! Definitely need to try making a mason jar salad soon!

  20. Lisa
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 8:08 PM | Permalink

    Definitely going to try the sweet potato chickpea recipe! Looks so good!

  21. stacie
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 8:23 PM | Permalink

    I would love to try a salad to take to work!

  22. Posted February 11, 2015 at 9:18 PM | Permalink

    Pickled Beets!!!!

  23. Jacqui
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

    Can hardly wait to try the chickpeas and sweet potato recipe

  24. Coconut
    Posted February 11, 2015 at 11:57 PM | Permalink

    Sweet potatoes and chickpeas. 🙂

  25. Sandy
    Posted February 12, 2015 at 12:37 AM | Permalink

    Love the idea of a salad in a mason jar-would be great to take to work.

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