8 Day Mason Jar Salads (tested and proven)

Side salads for days.

Side salads for days.

Hey everyone. I don't know how many of you have seen these Mason Jar Meals all over instagram, but I was so impressed with seeing so many people doing these huge meal preps I had to try this. I myself am not a meal prepper. I like to have plenty of veggies, proteins and fruits available in the fridge at any time, so I can open it up, scan my ingredients and boom..it hits me. So after checking out so many fantastic mason jar meals and salads, I was intrigued how people said they would make a weeks worth of these. I was like whaaaaaaat? I thought that there is no way any kind of fresh cut veggies or fruits would keep for a week in any jar. I was like shuh.. Maybe last a few days at best... but low and behold, it is true.. 8 days it lasted.

     Tester salad that lasted 8 days and stayed fresh

     Tester salad that lasted 8 days and stayed fresh

I tested out a jar of salad that I left in there for 8 days, and I couldn't believe what happened. I would check on it a few times a day to hopefully spot when a single drop of if any browning or rotting would begin to occur, and nothing. Not one single piece of anything browned or rotted. The onions didn't get slimy, the mushrooms never browned and wrinkled, the lettuce stayed fresh and bright green and the tomatoes, well the tomatoes I figured would definitely wrinkle and get nasty... nope, not one bit. I finally popped it open on the 8th day, and it was as fresh as the day when I put it in there. I poured dressing all over it and macked it like a beast. It was as fresh as if I had just made it. 

The prep was easy and simple. Chopped up the veggie toppings and then I was ready to fill. Now, when I tested the sample salad above, I put the lettuce on the bottom, and this time I put the veggies on the bottom. Either one was great either way, but i prefer the lettuce on top now.

Mix and match veggies and lettuces to change things up... Enjoy! 

My prep took about 20 mins, then filled them up.

My prep took about 20 mins, then filled them up.

Paleo Pesto Sauce

Pesto is a classic sauce originating in Genoa, Northern Italy. It is usually made of Basil, Garlic, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pine Nuts and Parmesan Cheese, which we are omitting. The word Pesto comes from the word, pestâ (Italian: pestare), which means to pound or to crush. This is in reference to the original method of preparing Pesto. It is traditionally made with a marble mortar and a pestle. Now cavemen didn't have food processors, but we are all glad that we do. I cant imagine having to make this by hand every time i want it. 

Ingredients:

2 C Packed Fresh Basil Leaves
1/4 C +2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 C Pinenuts
2 Garlic Cloves
1/4 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:

Lightly toast the pine nuts if desired. (Brings out the flavor of the pine nuts) If so, place pine nuts in a pan/skillet on med heat for 4-5 minutes. Shake the pan or stir the nuts every minute or less to make sure they don't burn.  You want the pine nuts to be toasty, fragrant and browned. Remove nuts from pan and set aside to cool. Chop garlic. Place all the ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor and pulse to coarsely chop basil. Add olive oil and process for a minute or so. Make sure all ingredients are incorporated together. You might have to scrap the sides with a spatula and process again until all combined. Place pesto in air tight container and store in fridge for up to 3-5 days. Enjoy! 

Cucumber Tuna Boats

Simple, quick and delicious. 

Simple, quick and delicious. 

Safe Catch Foods sent me a few cans of tuna to try out, and I must say, this is some really, really good tuna. They Mercury test each fish they catch, that's right.. it's also wild caught so you know your getting the best quality fish possible. This was a cucumber tuna boat that was simply delicious. The cucumber was fresh and just snapped when you bit into it. I mixed the tuna with some Primal Kitchen mayo, red onions, some dill pickles, a bit of parsley, celery and black pepper. I topped them with avocado slices and dried chives. Now what to make next with the remaining cans... Hmmm.

Wild Caught Langostino Tails, Fettuccine and Marinara Sauce (Paleo)

Another successful meal of the American Diet, Paleofied. This is Wild Caught Langostino Tails sautéed in Omgheebutter and garlic, with Cappellos Fettuccine , my marinara topped with my Paleo Parmesan. I also made garlic bread sticks that were phenomenal!! I love being able to feel good after I eat. So being able to eat this and it being healthy is amazing. Not difficult, just amazing. People say Paleo is too strict and difficult to maintain, I have to totally disagree. I will continue to eat this way and feel fantastic after each meal as the others suffer from most post meal symptoms. Yay for Paleo!!