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Compact Reusable bags, packs, and totes. 7 items for a plastic-free lunch box. Eat, Drink, Live Tiffin. Life Without Plastic l Your One-Stop Shop for Plastic Free Products. Ball® Canning Supplies, Mason Jars, Canners & More. Jar lunch: deconstructed sushi. I want to introduce a new feature on the blog: the Jar Lunch!

jar lunch: deconstructed sushi

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. I am pleased to introduce the first jar lunch; it was so much fun to make. Might as well take advantage of the mason jar’s glass with some colorful layers. Deconstructed sushi in a jar ingredients per wide mouth pint jar: 3/4 cup cooked short grain brown rice 1 tablespoon rice vinegar* 1 teaspoon sugar 1-2 teaspoons soy sauce 1 sheet nori, cut into 1″ X 1/4″ pieces 1/4 cup shredded carrot 1/4 cup cucumber matchsticks 1/2 an avocado, diced lime juice pickled ginger, to taste wasabi paste, to taste Enjoy! The Budget SocialiteThe Budget Socialite. Dude, it’s a hard knock life (cue Jay-z).

The Budget SocialiteThe Budget Socialite

I’ve been running around like a mad woman, and I’m sure you have too. Sometimes it’s difficult to fit in a meal, let alone a healthy one. It’s hard to believe but a girl cannot sustain herself on martinis alone. Trust me, I tried… But that’s a story for another day. Let’s talk about mason jar meals instead. Mason jar meals are adorable, but they could also save your life. The best part of using jars is that it’s easy to layer your food.

I scoured the internet (wipes brow) for the best, most delicious and prettiest mason jar meals the online world has to offer. Mason Jar Salads! SO....this is the beginning of week 3 on Weight Watchers and I am enjoying big success!

Mason Jar Salads!

6lbs gone so far and I can already feel a big difference. Here's something that has saved me AND encouraged my husband (Mr. Honey Bun and Mountain Dew), and my kids (no tag names needed), to eat healthier without even realizing. So, here is our take on Mason Jar Meals, specifically Mason Jar Salads Our first step: Hunting and Gathering. Our next step: cleaning, cutting, chopping. Then, assembly. Mason jar. Mason jar filled with jam While largely supplanted by other methods, such as the tin can and plastic containers, for commercial mass production, they are still commonly used in home canning.

Mason jar

The Mason jar was invented and patented in 1858 by Philadelphia tinsmith John Landis Mason[1][2] (1832–1902). Among other common names for them are Ball jars,[3] after Ball Corporation, an early and prolific manufacturer of the jars; fruit jars for a common content; and simply glass canning jars reflecting their material. The jar[edit] The most common U.S. brands of Mason jars are Ball and Kerr.[5] Both are now part of the Jarden corporation based in New York. Use[edit] American Bento. A healthy meal in a box: great bento recipes, tips, and more. Lunch in a Box: Building a Better Bento. Lunch in a Box: Building a Better Bento. Lunch in a Box: Building a Better Bento - Guide to choosing the right size bento box. So you ordered a bento box online, it arrives and you're shocked at how tiny it is.

Lunch in a Box: Building a Better Bento - Guide to choosing the right size bento box

People try to tell you to just eat less, but you have a sneaking suspicion that you may have accidentally bought a bento box sized for a 2-year-old instead of an adult. Here's how to tell: check the box's total capacity against the gender/age/height guidelines in the table below (I translated them from a popular Japanese website that's been getting a lot of media exposure in Japan -- they're based on official Japanese nutritional guidelines). In Japan, bento box size is described not by its dimensions (inches or centimeters), but instead by its volume or capacity (in milliliters -- ml). Why? Where (and how) to buy bento boxes and accessories. (Originally published in April 2008, and updated continuously since.

Where (and how) to buy bento boxes and accessories

Last updated March 2011.) A very frequently asked question is where and how to buy the bento items and boxes mentioned here, especially in the Bento Item Spotlight (formerly Bento Item of the Week) feature, as well as on other bento blogs and sites. I’ve listed you several options, which I hope will be useful. The Bento Store. Worlds largest bento lunch box baking accessory store - All Things For Sale. A healthy meal in a box: great bento recipes, tips, and more. LunchBots Stainless Steel Food Containers. Bento Tip: A Simple Formula for Packing Bento Boxes. Some mornings packing bento lunches feels like a puzzle.

Bento Tip: A Simple Formula for Packing Bento Boxes

I have to figure out what food we have, what food each of the kids will eat, which lunch box the food fits in and how to arrange it all. Guide to choosing the right size bento box. So you ordered a bento box online, it arrives and you’re shocked at how tiny it is.

Guide to choosing the right size bento box

People try to tell you to just eat less, but you have a sneaking suspicion that you may have accidentally bought a bento box sized for a 2-year-old instead of an adult. Here’s how to tell: check the box’s total capacity against the gender/age/height guidelines in the table below (I translated them from a popular Japanese website that’s been getting a lot of media exposure in Japan — they’re based on official Japanese nutritional guidelines).

In Japan, bento box size is described not by its dimensions (inches or centimeters), but instead by its volume or capacity (in milliliters — ml). Why? Wooden Bento Lunch Box : Determine box size. Bento boxes are smaller than most people expect.

Wooden Bento Lunch Box : Determine box size

Food is packed tightly, filling the entire space; A bento is not packed the same as a tupperware. Click here to determine the size your bento box. This website takes height, sex and activity level into account to calculate the correct box size. Although the box may seem small, it will hold enough calories for a meal. Macarons and Stilettos - A Personal Style Blog: The Bento Formula: the secret to making quick & easy bentos. If you've been reading since the beginning, you know that I only started making bentos about a year ago, but since then I have developed not only a love of bentos but an appreciation of them too.

Macarons and Stilettos - A Personal Style Blog: The Bento Formula: the secret to making quick & easy bentos

They make carrying my lunch to work or school easy and eating lunch enjoyable. They also help me to keep my portions down and eat a healthy balanced meal. I'm no bento expert (if you want one of those please check out the Just Bento blog), but I have learned a couple things a long the way and wanted to share some of those with you! Firstly, when I started making bentos, a lot of people commented about how they like them and wish they could make them too - if only they had the time. And trust me, I understand. Prep Ahead Freezer Meals (Once-a-Month Cooking) Get Started: Freezing Containers. One of the most common questions we get around here is what types of containers are best for freezing? The answer varies a lot by recipe, space and budget. Our menus and recipe cards have all the container information factored in for your indicated servings, you simply need to look at the printable recipe cards for that month for our specific suggestions.

We most commonly use freezer bags and 8×8 foil pans for our menus. This way we can accommodate all freezer sizes and still maximize your menus! In general, here are the types of containers we use and/or recommend: Zippered Freezer Bags – I use these most often for items that will be thawed in the refrigerator first, and then cooked.