Jar Lunch

The Jar Lunch: It’s like a bag lunch or a bento lunch, but the next big thing is lunch packed in a good ol’ mason jar. I have to microwave my lunch at work, so metal containers won’t work and heating up plastic has me worried. We often simply fill mason jars with leftovers, but sometimes it is fun to come up with a clever jar lunch and make a big batch. Lunch for the whole family is already packed.

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Deconstructed Sushi


Crustless quiches 3 ways: Rosemary Tomato, Broccoli Cheddar, or Pea & Leek


Irish Shepherd’s Pie


7 Layer Dip with Baked Tortilla Strips


Cornbread Topped Chili Leftovers


Pineapple Upside-Down Cakes


Soba Noodles with Asparagus & Miso Butter


Thai Peanut Tofu Spread


Pesto Quinoa Salad with Smoked Mozzarella


Preserved Lemon Pasta with Morrocan Olives


Little Lasagnas


Homemade Pudding Cups


PB&J Yogurt Parfait


Polenta with Cream Cheese & Chives

37 responses to “Jar Lunch

  1. What a great idea. Looking forward to reading more of your jam jar recipes!

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  4. I really hope you put out a cookbook with these jar lunches! I think the majority of people are like me- we’re creative to a point. Obviously my creativity doesn’t extend to the jarred lunch part of the culinary delights out there.

    Thank you for all your inspiration!

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  6. That is a great idea! Your not wasting those plastic bags and you get a perfect sized dish!

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  12. Cynthia in Denver

    Rhis is fabulous! Thanks to Food in Jars for the info!! I work in a car all day and lunches are always a challenge to healthy eating!

  13. sopjoe68

    This looks lovely. So much nicer – and somehow more peaceful – than plastic.

  14. Maria

    Just be careful…one day my jar lunch was inadvertently smashed by a coworker. I was about as sad to lose my jar as my lunch :( But these ideas are delightful.

    • Funny you should mention that unfortunate possibility with jar lunches. Our teenage son took a jar lunch to school and smashed it in his backpack. YUCK!

  15. Perhaps someone will come up with a shatter proof container for the glass jars and make $$

  16. Now this is a great idea!

  17. I do this every day! I pack yogurt in a half pint sized one, coffee in a pint, and soup in a pint or salad in a quart. The 4oz jelly jars are perfect for hummus or granola. They’re great because they don’t leak or spill, plus my SoYoung lunch bag fits two quarts (or a combo of smaller jars stacked) perfectly! (Not affiliated with the brand, just really love my lunchbag :P)

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  26. i use a foam can coolie to keep jars from breaking ..they slip right in!

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