Making meals to-go has been a passion project of mine this year. I know mason jar meals aren’t a new concept, however they are incredibly useful to have around for those busy days. In the past I’ve shared a post on 5 No-Cook Mason Jar Meals. As well as Chia Pudding Parfaits & DIY Pudding Cups. You can instantly cut-down on prep time making jar meals. They’re quicker to make and usually more affordable too – win-win!
In anticipation of kicking off the New Year, it only felt right sharing a protein-packed salad. One that’s ready for whatever your day throws at you. You can batch prep quinoa, coconut bacon and dressing to accommodate a week’s worth of meals. Keeping you on track for whatever your potential health goals may be. I know I personally thrive when I have meals prepped ahead. It keeps me from turning to fast food options that are usually full of unneeded oils and/or preservatives. So whether you’re looking for a quick meal to add to your rotation or a simple salad that’s not totally boring – I’ve got you covered!
I do recommend making ahead the coconut bacon and dressing so that you’re all set and ready to go. If you plan on preparing multiple jars, make only two at a time. This ensures everything is as fresh as possible. You also might want to keep the coconut on the side, if you prefer it to be crispy upon devouring.
Of course, everything needed can be found at your local Kroger or Fred Meyers grocery store. Simple Truth has the perfect bag of unsweetened coconut chips I swear by for making the best coconut bacon ever. Definitely stock up! You’ll thank me later. We usually go through about a quart jar twice a month in this house. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, it’s addictive in the best way possible.
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Healthy Power Grain BLT Salad To-Go!
Yield 1 quart
- 2 cups Simple Truth Romaine Lettuce, thinly sliced
- 2 cups Simple Truth Baby Spinach, thinly sliced
- 1 cup Steamed Quinoa
- 8-10 Cherry Tomatoes, diced
- 1/3 cup Coconut Bacon*, recipe here
- 2-4 tbsp Hemp Seed Zesty Ranch
- Green Onion, optional
- 1 cup Hemp Seeds
- 4-5 tbsp Lemon Juice
- Water, as needed to blend
- 1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 1/2 tsp Dill Weed, dried
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 tsp Onion Powder
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
Maple Coconut Bacon:
- 1 cup Simple Truth Coconut Chips, unsweetened
- 1 tbsp Liquid Aminos
- 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1 tbsp Vegan Worcestershire
- ¼ tsp Onion Powder
- ⅛ tsp Garlic Powder
- ⅛ tsp Liquid Smoke
- Salt & Pepper, to taste
- In a small pot, bring 1/2 cup uncooked quinoa with 1 cup of water to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool. Fluff with a fork once cooled.
- Add coconut chips to a small bowl and toss with marinade, recipe here. Bake at 375 F. for 15 minutes.
- Wash and dry your vegetables. Chopping everything to size.
- In a blender combine dressing ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Assemble your quart jar with a base of dressing, about 2-4 tbsp or as desired. Top with diced tomatoes, steamed quinoa, coconut bacon, and your greens. Pressing down firmly to pack more in. Seal jar with a lid and keep chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Serve fresh, poured into a large bowl. Alternatively you can give the jar a shake and eat as is.
I like to prep a batch of dressing and coconut bacon the day before. That way I have it for the week and can use both as needed. Same with the quinoa. Then you can prep ahead jars the night before and make two at a time for a to-go lunch option. If you want to get the full effect and do plan on packing ahead this salad, you might want to consider keeping the coconut bacon in a separate air-tight container. This will ensure it stays crispy. The moisture from the quinoa and greens will soften it if made a day ahead.
Usually I leave the quinoa plain in salads. But for more flavor fluff quinoa with all-purpose seasoning to taste. You can also keep it simple and add lemon juice, salt & pepper to taste.
*The only difference I made to the original coconut bacon recipe was adding 1 tbsp maple syrup and extra coarse black pepper.
Courses Lunch, Dinner, Entree
Serving Size 1 quart
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 30 g
Saturated Fat 8 g
Sodium 519 mg
Total Carbohydrates 80 g
Dietary Fiber 18 g
Sugars 29 g
Protein 26 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kroger/Fred Meyer. The opinions and text are all mine.