Monday, February 16, 2015

Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal in a Jar





What’s a Burrito Bowl?  It a burrito you eat in a bowl with no tortilla.  You could always use this as burrito filling, but it is delicious without the tortilla. 




Chicken Burrito Bowl Meal in a Jar  
yields 5 1 cup servings

1 cup instant black beans (or instant pinto beans work great too)
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 Tablespoon chicken bouillon

Needed for Cooking
3 tablespoon of olive oil  
5 cups water

Add as toppings after cooking
2 cups of colby jack, monterey jack or cheddar cheese
kosher salt and pepper
freshly diced tomatoes
diced green onions
sour cream
guacamole

Jar Directions:  Layer ingredients in a wide mouthed, quart-sized jar, shaking the dry powder ingredients into the bulkier items. Top with an oxygen packet (300 cc) for longer-term storage, or seal with a food saver.  Cover with a new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring. 
This really does fit in a quart sized mason jar.  It is a tight fit to measure accurately and tap the jar  on a counter top to help the ingredients settle.

Cooking Instructions:
Heat 3 Tbsp. oil in a large sauce pan.  Add contents of jar and saute for 30 seconds.   Be careful don’t burn it.  Add 5 cups water and simmer 5 min. Remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes.

Printables
Regular Mouth Labels
Wide Mouth Labels
Recipe Card

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Heather's Zuppa Toscana Meal in a Jar






I love to go out to eat.  There I said it. I really do.  I especially love the Olive Garden. 

I was talking about my love of the Olive Garden with my friend Amy and she told me that her husband refuses to eat there.  His reason?  “I can eat pasta at home for a quarter of the price” 

I got to thinking and he is right, but I still love to eat there.  Over the years I’ve found and converted several Olive Garden Recipes to be made at home.  One of my favorites is the Zuppa Toscana soup.  Even better, this recipe works great for a meal-in-a-jar, so I can have amazing soup with my only effort being boiling water and stirring occasionally. 


Recipe Notes:



  • Heads up, because this soup uses spinach instead of kale (no freeze dried kale, its sad I know) the soup turns a little green.   It is still delicious; just a little green. 
  • I usually leave out the crushed red pepper flakes.  My kids a unlikely to eat anything that has them in so I leave them out.  The adults season individual servings at the table. 
  • My friend Mandi recently made this and suggested replacing 1 cup of water with 1 cup of heavy whipping cream.  I think that sound heavenly.   
  • If you choose to add the precooked bacon in this meal in a jar remember that it shortens the shelf life to ~1 year.  If you’d like it to last longer then leave the bacon out and add it when cooking.  Yes you could use bacon TVP, but it's not my favorite so I haven't tried it.  
  •  I buy the Hormel brand precooked bacon at Sam’s club.

Heather's Zuppa Toscana Meal in a Jar



Yield: 4-6 servings.  
Estimated Shelf Life:  With bacon:  1 year.   Without Bacon 5 years. 

1/2 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Sausage
½ cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Onion
1 cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Spinach
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (optional)
¾ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ cup crumbled bacon pieces
¼ cup THRIVE Veloute sauce mix

Jar Directions:  Layer ingredients in a wide mouthed, quart-sized jar, shaking the dry powder ingredients into the bulkier items. Top with an oxygen packet (300 cc) for longer-term storage, or seal with a food saver.  Cover with a new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring. 

To make:  Add ingredients to 8 cups of water. Simmer 20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.


A note on Food Safety:
The Meal-in-a-Jar method is a form of Dry Pack Canning.   The food inside the jars is preserved because the food is free of moisture and oxygen, the lack of which inhibits bacterial growth.  Jars should be stored in a dark environment to prevent any nutritional degradation due to light.  
When packing your jars remember to always 
  • Sanitize all equipment before use. Be sure to dry all equipment thoroughly before using.
  • Wash hands and or wear food handler’s gloves.
  • Keep work area clean and dry. 
  • Use either method 1 or method 2 to remove the oxygen from your jar.


Printables:


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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Meal in a Jar--Lasagna Soup


My family loves lasagna.  I do not love to make it.   Do you see the problem?

When I first got interested in Meals in a Jar, I made a list of meals I would love to have sitting in my pantry ready to go at a moment’s notice.  Lasagna was at the top of the list.    

After some experimenting I settled on this soup.  There are currently 12 quart sized mason jars filled with this soup in my pantry.  We like it that much. 

This soup has all the flavors of lasagna, pasta, tomato sauce, and sausage.  I don’t put the cheese in the jar but I use it as a garnish (if you can call ½ a cup of cheese a garnish).


If you are new to making Meal in a Jars please read this how to post about   How to Make a Meal in a Jar--Two Methods

Lasagna Soup
3/4 cup Thrive Freeze Dried Sausage
¼ cup Thrive Freeze Dried Onion
3 Tablespoons Thrive dehydrated mixed bell peppers
1-2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tablespoon chicken bouillon
¼ cup Thrive tomato sauce
¼ cup Thrive tomato powder
1 tsp Thrive Chef’s Choice seasoning
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
2 cups Thrive farfalle (bowtie) noodles.
Add contents of jar to 8 cup of rapidly boiling water. Stir well. Add 2 teaspoons olive oil. Simmer 10 -12 minutes until noodles are soft. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

A note on Food Safety:
The Meal-in-a-Jar method is a form of Dry Pack Canning.   The food inside the jars is preserved because the food is free of moisture and oxygen, the lack of which inhibits bacterial growth.  Jars should be stored in a dark environment to prevent any nutritional degradation due to light.  
When packing your jars remember to always 
  • Sanitize all equipment before use. Be sure to dry all equipment thoroughly before using.
  • Wash hands and or wear food handler’s gloves.
  • Keep work area clean and dry. 
  • Use either method 1 or method 2 to remove the oxygen from your jar.

Printables: 
Recipe Card 
Regular Mouth Mason Jar Label
Wide Mouth Mason Jar

Interested in Learning More about Making Meals in a Jar?  Join my meal in a jar facebook group.
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