Samples provided for review
Real talk: living with a chronic illness, most of the time I am too exhausted to eat healthy. However, dinner consisting of a spoonful of peanut butter and a bag of microwave popcorn – while convenient – do not leave one feeling great, either physically or emotionally.
Enter 150 Meals in a Jar. These recipes are aesthetically pleasing – like looking into a swirling kaleidoscope of color and texture – as well as easy to make, eat, and clean. It’s much easier to prep a suite of food for the week, if you have meals that are easy to multiply and interesting enough to be eaten several days in a row.
Below is a sample recipe for 3 Tomato Pasta Salad with Pesto. It’s easy enough to make when you have no energy, but tasty enough to be something you’ll want to eat again tomorrow. Buy 150 Meals in a Jar online, through the Robert Rose catalog!
4 cups salted water 1 L
1⁄2 cup dried penne pasta 125 mL
2 tbsp pesto 30 mL
1⁄2 cup sliced red cherry tomatoes 125 mL
1⁄2 cup sliced orange cherry tomatoes 125 mL
1⁄2 cup sliced yellow cherry tomatoes 125 mL
1⁄2 cup microgreens (see Tips) 125 mL
1⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese 60 mL
Prep 1-quart (1 L) jar
In a medium pot, bring salted water to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and boil, stirring occasionally, for 9 minutes or until firm to the bite. Drain, transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.
Add pesto to the cooled pasta and toss to coat.
Layer pasta mixture, red tomatoes, orange tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, microgreens and Parmesan in jar. Seal jar and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
When ready to serve, turn jar upside down in a bowl. Makes 1 serving.