Here’s a fun way to enjoy your lunch! These jars are packed with tasty nutrients, and it’s mess free, so it’s perfect for lunch at the office on a busy workday.
You don’t have to use exactly the same ingredients I used for a successful Meal in a Jar. Choose two of your favorite grains (farro, lentils, quinoa, wild rice, barley, etc.) and your favorite veggies. You can prepare your jar at night, store it in the fridge overnight, take it out in the morning and leave it out until your lunch hour. That’s what I did and it was just the right temperature–not too cold, not too hot! Give it a try!
Serving size: 4
Total Time: 45 minutes
- 1 cup farro
- ½ cup lentils
- 2 tsp salt
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup chickpeas (aka Garbanzo beans), canned
- 1 lime
- 2 tbs onion, chopped
- ¾ cup corn, frozen or canned
- ¾ cup edamame, de-shelled
- 4 tbs soy sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1 cm slice of ginger
- 1 tbs rice vinegar (can be found at most Asian stores; or substitute with regular vinegar)
- 4 parsley leaves
- 20 pomegranate seeds
- Make lentils: Place 1.5 cups of water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Add the lentils and 1 tsp salt. Cook on low heat for 35-45 minutes. Check periodically for your desired texture. Drain and set aside.
- Make farro: Fill a small pot with water and bring to a boil. Add farro and 1 tsp salt. Cook for 10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
- Make the sauce: In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, rice vinegar and juice of half a lime. Mix well. Separate the sauce into two different bowls. (You’ll see why later!)
- Drain and rinse chickpeas and squeeze lime juice.
- In a medium to large skillet, drizzle olive oil and add onions, chickpeas, corn and edamame. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. Add one bowl of sauce (from step 3), reduce to low heat for 5-7 minutes and stir well. Let cool.
- When all the components are finished, you’re ready to assemble! Layer in this order: farro, cooked veggie mix, lentils.
- Decorate with a parsley leaf and pomegranate seeds.
- With the remaining bowl of sauce, separate into smaller jars and pack it with the meal. Soaking the grains in sauce in advance would make it gushy, so it’s best to pour the sauce into the jar at mealtime.
- And here you have it: your very own Meal in a Jar!