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Pretty and Portable Mason Jar Meals for Your Picnic

Tofu Living Salad with Sesame-Lemon Dressing

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Packed with nutritious veggies and protein, you’ll feel satisfied and energized after digging into this pretty jar. The tofu soaks up all the citrusy dressing at the bottom.

Sesame-lemon dressing + cubed extra-firm tofu + sliced red bell pepper + chopped cucumber + sprouted lentils + sunflower seeds + chopped parsley + chopped romaine

Find the full recipe at Back to Her Roots.

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Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Spinach Dressing

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This luscious salad is super easy to put together—simply use a serrated peeler to spiralize the zucchini. The raw veggies will stay crisp and fresh in the fridge for up to four days, so feel free to make it in advance.

Avocado spinach dressing + sliced celery + chopped bell pepper + edamame + feta cheese + kalamata olives + zucchini noodles

Find the full recipe at Sugar-Free Mom.

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Ranch Chicken Salad

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Repurpose leftover chicken and pasta in this cute and creative recipe that makes a hearty lunch or dinner for days when you're on the run.

Homemade ranch dressing + cooked pasta + chopped chicken + chopped red pepper + spinach or baby lettuces

Find the full recipe at Food for My Family.

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Quinoa, Arugula, and Sweet Potato with Avocado Sauce

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Creamy vegan avocado sauce provides a flavorful way to tie together these delicious layers of nutritious superfoods.

Cooked quinoa + arugula + steamed sweet potato + avocado sauce

Find the full recipe at Purely Twins.

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Chopped Taco Mason Jar Salad

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If you’re a fan of Mexican food, you'll go crazy for this spicy and savory mason jar meal that tastes just like a taco—without the added carbs and fat of the fried shell. Drizzle lime juice on the avocado before adding to ensure it stays bright green until lunch.

Salsa + Greek yogurt + halved cherry tomatoes + sliced cucumbers + chopped onion + pickled jalapenos + chopped avocado + cooked ground turkey + romaine lettuce

Find the full recipe at Organize Yourself Skinny.

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Asian Noodle Salad

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Spice up your typical lunch with this healthy noodle recipe. Peanut butter works well to emulsify the Asian-inspired dressing, which is absorbed by the bottom layer of noodles to ensure each bite delivers plenty of flavor.

Spicy peanut dressing + soba noodles + sliced red bell pepper + edamame + shredded carrot + sliced green onions + crunchy rice noodles

Find the full recipe at Foxes Love Lemons.

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Mason Jar Kale Salad with Chicken

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You'll never greet another soggy salad at lunch time with this expertly layered combo of crispy kale, butternut squash, poached chicken, hemp hearts, and other veggies. This recipe satisfies with a healthy combo of protein and carbs without weighing you down.

Apple cider vinaigrette + sliced carrots + chopped beets + chopped cooked chicken + hemp hearts + chopped roasted butternut squash + kale leaves

Find the full recipe at Foodtrainers.

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Triple Berry and Nut Salad

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Equally as delicious as dessert or a side dish, this fruity salad makes the perfect accompaniment at your next picnic. The nuts add crunch while the citrusy dressing complements the fresh berries.

Sweet citrus dressing + blackberries + chopped strawberries + blueberries + chopped roasted almonds

Find the full recipe at Recipe Corner.

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Skinny Apple Bread in a Jar

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This decadent, moist cake is warm, comforting, and lower in fat than most versions thanks to the applesauce used in place of the traditional butter. Bake them right in the mason jars for minimal mess and cleanup.

Coconut oil + brown sugar + egg whites + applesauce + vanilla + whole-wheat flour + oats + baking powder + baking soda + salt + cinnamon + pumpkin spice + diced apple + chopped walnuts

Find the full recipe at Citron Limette.

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Banana Nut Teff Parfait

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With a creamy texture similar to overnight oats, teff porridge makes an excellent parfait. This filling snack or dessert has a nice nutty flavor and packs in a lot of protein from the whole grains, Greek yogurt, and almonds.

Banana almond teff porridge + sliced banana + Greek yogurt + sliced almonds

Find the full recipe at Eating Bird Food.

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