I love all things Mason jar, and saw these fun lunch kit adapters from Cuppow that add a compartment to a wide mouth canning jar. Great idea, but $9. Ouch. I knew there had to be an alternative. I started trying things out in my kitchen. Silicon cups can set inside, but they are not held stable to travel. I found that the plastic cups from applesauce and fruit cups work great. They rest inside the lid and still allow the canning jar lid and ring to screw on. The only problem there is the size. Great idea to carry dressing or dip. Not so great for a protein entree. Fabulous price, though and very handy. Low carbers don't eat the fruit, but my son does eat unsweetened applesauce, so I keep some around for him. Beg from friends to save theirs for you.
Then I grabbed the baby food containers I use for yogurt and slushies. Perfect fit but the rim was too tall. A quick snip with my kitchen shears fixed that. They are 4 oz containers, so they hold more. The lid adds a little thickness, so the canning jar rim doesn't screw as far, but it still screws tightly and securely. Awesome! These cups were super cheap from Dollar Tree. I am sad to say the company lists that they are out of stock right now, but they might come back in since they are still listed on the website. You may not want to use the plastic in the microwave, but they are great for keeping the foods separate.
Now to my plan for this Warm Chopped Chicken Salad. I put my layers of chopped veggies in the jar as usual--whole and heavier items in the base. The cup of pre-cooked diced chicken breast went into the container to add at the top. This salad is going onto a plate or bowl to get all mixed together. I simply invert the chicken cup onto the plate and microwave it for a minute. Then I add the chopped salad and dressing. Voila. Hot chicken. Cool salad. Happy me. Sorry, I didn't get that shot. But here it is all packed up and ready to roll.
So that is an easy lunch on the go. Here are some of the other wonderful stuff you can get in the September issue of the Diner News. Order a year's subscription for just $6. http://www.247lowcarbdiner.com/html/newsletter.html
|Celery and Nubutter Dip in a Jar|
|Jalapeno Popper Quiche Cups|
|No Bake Tiramisu Cookies|
|Roasted Broccoli and Smoky Sweet Almond Salad|
|Zucchini Hummus Stuffed Mini Bell Peppers|
|Pumpkin Latte Cookies|
|Soft Taco Bento Lunch|
|Happy Harvest Sandwich Bun|
|Caramel Meringue Cookies|
|Buffalo Chicken Quiche Cups|
|Old Bay Tuna Muffins|
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