11 Make-Ahead Meals in Jars

Breakfast, Dinner, Healthy, Lunch, Quick & Easy
on August 18, 2014
Foxes Love Lemons White Bean Salad Jar
Lori Yates

With kids back in school, hectic schedules and hurried meals are now the norm. But just because you don’t have time to prepare three meals a day doesn’t mean you should resort to nasty fast food. Below, we’ve rounded up 11 fresh, flavorful meals in jars that you can make ahead for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and then take with you on the go.

Marinated White Bean Salad

Foxes Love Lemons White Bean Salad Jar

Lori Yates

This delicious vegetarian salad packs in the protein thanks to the white beans, and layering the dressing on the bottom keeps the arugula from getting soggy.


Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Betsy Life Chicken Pot Pie Jar

Betsy Haley

These adorable miniature pot pies can be made ahead and then frozen for laid back weeknights. We love how this recipe features fresh veggies and home-cooked chicken, but we find rotisserie to be an easy substitute.


Zucchini Noodle Salads

Inspiralized Zucchini Noodle Salad Jar

Ali at Inspiralized

Expand your culinary horizons with this surprisingly healthy salad—this nutritious take on pasta makes the zucchini “noodles” using a spiralizer.


Miso Veggie Soup

Muffin Myth Miso Veggie Soup Jar

Katie Trant

This soup is not only portable, but also vegan and gluten-free. Make it in advance, store it in the fridge, and just pour boiling water into the jar when you’re ready to eat.


Creamy Italian Herb Pasta Salad

Sweet Phi Creamy Italian Herb Pasta Salad Jar

Philia at Sweet Phi

A perfect take-along picnic dish, this salad is a great way to make the most of late summer’s fresh herbs. Swap in veggie pasta or whole wheat pasta to make a healthier variation.


Overnight Muesli

Well Vegan Overnight Muesli

Katie at Well Vegan

Make this muesli the night before for a grab-and-go breakfast, or you can whip it up in the morning long as you let the jar sit for at least an hour.


Summer Sunshine Salad

Veganosity Summer Sunshine Salad Jar

Linda Meyer

Made with nine superfood veggies, this salad also includes a recipe for a healthy, guilt-free vegan dressing (just don’t pour it on the salad until you’re ready to eat).


Avocado Shrimp Cocktails

Something New for Dinner Avocado Shrimp Cocktail Jar

Kim Pawell

Perfect for a hot summer evening, these no-cook individual appetizers will be great starters for your next outdoor party.


Take Along Pasta Salad

Million Moments Take Along Pasta Salad Jar

Jess at A Million Moments

Easily customizable, you can make this salad with whatever produce and dressings you have on hand for an quick summer meal.


London Fog Granola

Clean Wellness London Fog Granola Jar

Allison Day

Vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free, this delicious granola takes its name from the earl grey tea leaves, which impart a sweet taste to this unique jarred breakfast.


Asian Salad

Cook the Story Asian Salad Jar

Christine Pittman

This fresh idea is a great way to add an Asian twist to your next lunch or appetizer salad. Plus, the recipe also includes instructions for making your own brown-butter-roasted peanut topping.