How many of you out there made a goal to a) eat better b) save money c) try meal prepping? Those were just a few of my goals for the new year.
If you have any of those things on your resolution list, then this recipe is for you. It does it all and more actually, because not only are you prepping a healthy, lunch ahead of time, which will save you money and numbers on the scale, it is freaking delicious! Seriously. FREAKING DELICIOUS!
I made this the other day to keep in the fridge for lunches and it smelled so good while it was cooking, the cat and I started to drool and pace anxiously in front of the microwave. Three minutes=way too long to wait.
I’ll share a funny
irritating story with you. So, as you know I take pictures of food. There are times when I need to take an overhead picture, so I usually set up my shot on the floor. Trust me, it’s easier and safer than a ladder. Been there, done that, almost killed myself.
I set up my steaming bowl of soup on the floor, eagerly ready to shoot so I could dive in, when the phone rang. So, I left the room to answer the phone and when I came back a few minutes later, there he was! Thomas, a.k.a Tom, Muffin, Cat from Hell. Standing in the bowl literally digging for shrimp. Now when I say he was in the bowl, I mean IN the bowl. Both front feet, ankle deep in broth! Do cats have ankles? Whatever, you get the picture. I yelled
cursed and he ignored me (typical), then he grabbed a noodle before finally running away.
Needless to say, I couldn’t eat from that bowl, so I gave him back his bowl, heated myself up another, minus the kitty feet, and we both thoroughly enjoyed our lunch together. Well, I glared at him and cursed his existence, but that didn’t seem to take away from his enjoyment.
As my husband reminded me when I told him what had happened, I should know better. Thomas is a remorseless eating machine and is famous for taking what he wants. The animal simply has no manners. Did I ever mention the time he swirled his feet in the pot of marinara sauce to snag himself a meatball? Or when he decided to try the 7-layer dip on Super Bowl Sunday? He was got “green-handed” Ankle deep in guacamole. There’s those mysterious cat ankles again.
We’re pretty sure he thinks he’s a dog. Although it seems he hasn’t got the memo yet that he’s a cat.
Sorry, back to the soup. This amazing, life-changing-never eat ramen again-omg where has this been all my life-heaven in a jar soup.
This is a layered lunch starting with a simple stock base, then a layer of flavors such as herbs and seasonings, protein, noodles and vegetables.
All it takes is 20 minutes, glass jars (Ball pint size) with lids (I can’t live without these) and a few ingredients and you’ll have ready to pack, healthy, hearty, satisfying, delicious soup to stave off the winter chills and make all your coworkers envious. Can’t beat that!
Now, go grab some Mason jars and get packing!
- 3 tsp. chicken stock base (Better Than Bouillion brand)
- 1 Tbls soy sauce (I use low sodium)
- 1 Tbls. minced garlic
- 1 Tbls. minced ginger
- 1 Tbls. Miso paste
- 1 Tbls minced cilantro
- Sri Racha, optional (I used a small squirt in each jar, maybe 1/2 tsp in each)
- Cooked, peeled shrimp (i used 5-6 medium/large shrimp)
- 1 bunch Soba noodles (cooked for 2 minutes, then drained, rinsed in cold water to stop cooking then tossed with a tiny bit of oil to coat so it doesn’t turn into a sticky, giant blob)
- 1 c. carrots, julienned
- 1 c. pea pods, sliced diagonally
- 3 green onions (green part only), finely chopped
- Divide the ingredients evenly among 3 pint size mason jars. Don’t worry about being too exact, Just kind of “eyeball” it.
- Start with the stock base, then add the flavors, protein, noodles and lastly vegetables.
- Cover and keep refrigerated
- When ready to cook, remove from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature about 5 minutes
- Add approximately 1 cup water (about 1/2- 3/4″ from the top of the jar)
- Cook uncovered for 3 minutes
- Let stand for a few minutes, the jar will be hot, pour into a large bowl and enjoy
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