Get Jar Crazy!

by zesty on September 3, 2012 · 7 comments

A special guest post today that will enable you to make anything you ever wanted in a jar!  A very fun post – I hope you enjoy!  Thanks Heather.

Heather here from Heather Eats Almond Butter, or HEAB for short. When Zesty told me he was putting together some guest posts for fun, healthy and cost saving meal ideas for college students, I knew right away that I wanted to participate. Back when I was in college, healthy food was not a priority for me, but that’s only because I had no idea how simple and tasty it could be! Now that I’m a bit older and wiser, I try and eat as well as I can. However, like many people think, that does not require spending a ton of money on boring tasteless food. With just a few simple ingredients and minimal kitchen equipment, you can make some great meals…you simply have to get creative and think outside the box…or in my case, the jar. :)

As you’ve probably already figured out from the name of my blog, I love almond butter. Actually, I’ve never met a nut butter that I was not completely infatuated with, and you know what else I love about my nut butters? They come in reusable dishware. That’s right, see that peanut butter jar you have sitting in your dorm room? Did you know that it makes the best bowl ever???

For instance, you can make Oats In A Jar

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1/2 cup quick cooking oats made with water and served in a waning Naturally Nutty Vanilla Almond Butter jar with dark chocolate.

Simply cook some oatmeal or any hot cereal in the microwave and then after it’s cooled a bit, pour it into an almost empty nut butter jar along with your favorite toppings. The best part of Oats In A Jar is getting to all that ooey gooey warm nut butter waiting for you at the bottom. Trust me, you’ll never again be sad when that peanut butter is almost all gone. ;)

Then, after cleaning your jar, you can reuse it as a bowl. How about heating up some soup or chili?

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Almond Butter Chili in a nut butter jar bowl.

Or, another favorite snack/meal of mine is mashed sweet potato in a jar…

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Sweet potato in the waning almond butter jar.

All you need is a microwave and a sweet potato. Heat and mash away, and in my opinion, this is the best way to get in your daily veggies!

There are so many possibilities when it comes to meals in a jar. You could fill them with yogurt and fruit, mashed winter squash, cooked grains, or perhaps even some ice-cream?

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Again, be creative. Just because you’re living in a small room with little to no kitchen appliances doesn’t mean you have to live on bagels and ramen noodles. I hope this post inspires you to try something a bit different and that you enjoy your time at school. I also hope that a big jar of almond butter makes your next grocery list! :)

Have a great Labor Day!

Take care

zesty

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1 Lauren

I love this post, Zesty. There are so many things to serve in a jar!

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2 ZestyCook

Lauren, I agree! Heather really seems to have this jar cooking figured out!

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3 Danica

Great post, Heather! I LOVE the way you use jars for everything :D Now, I just need to get through my latest Almond Butter jar so I can whip up some of your delicious jar creations :D

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4 Ella

this is a great post! i’m a college junior, and the food in a jar is actually really great expecially when you’re crunched for time because its so portable! except i have to say, i get some really funny looks when i pull out from my purse pb jars filled with oatmeal and start chowing down in the middle of class lol, it sure beats a boring granola bar for breakfast!
it really is easier than i thought it would be to eat healthy in college, we have a kitchen and while we do have a lot of fmicrowavable meals in the freezer (i’m trying to make my roomies make the switch from lean cuisines to amy’s, i’m hoping by the rest of this year they’ll appreciate my vegetarian/vegan cooking!) we’re all getting better at becoming more health conscious. i look forward to seeing more college friendly recipes!

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5 Megan

You had me at “oats in a jar”! Love this idea!

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6 JP

Love this! I’m already a jar crazed and swear by overnight oatmeal.
http://www.eatsbydesign.com/overnight-oatmeal/

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