Sunday, March 18, 2012

Taco Salad in a Jar

I try very hard to be organized around here.  We have a lot going on between school, home, more school, laundry... (you get the picture).  Lunches are always something to improve on.  On Sunday I make an assortment of lunch food, individually package them, and freeze them (something that my friend told me she did - and honestly she is a GENIUS for doing).  Each morning (or the night before) the kids can choose their lunches and it is defrosted before noon. Nice.  It really works.  We have frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and ham and cheese.  Other things can be prepackaged and refrigerated (like grapes and carrots) and even put in the pantry (trail mix).  I already feel like I run around like a chicken with its head cut off in the morning - this really helps. 

With all of this pre-planning bliss, I am usually lost in the shuffle.  Why plan for me?  It is just something extra.  I usually end up with something like an apple, a jar of peanut butter, and a spoon for lunch. Or sometimes, just a jar of peanut butter (no spoon).  Glamorous, I know. Today, I think I am ready to plan for me.  Yes, ME! 

Lately, I have had a new obsession: pinterest.  It is so much fun.  Now I am so organized with cute little pin boards and ideas from blogs and websites.  How could I have possibly lived without this tool?  I have found something fun: salads in a jar.  There are so many awesome recipes but I thought that I would make up my own: Taco Salad.  I still have a lot of salsa that I have canned from last summer and I just made some pinto beans... a perfect match.

 I decided to start this project while the girls made a pizza..

 and Kale played Transformers.

Here we go...

Taco Salad in a Jar

Jars, I used 5 pint size jars
1 head of lettuce, cleaned, dried and torn to share equally among your jars
1 can of pinto beans (or one container of homemade) to put in each of your jars
salsa, 3 spoonfuls per jar
cheese, sharp cheddar (to taste) some for each jar

This is the easy part.  Layer ingredients: salsa, beans, cheese, lettuce.  You're done!  Man that was easy.  I could probably do this every week. I'm thinking that I will just bring a bag of crushed tortilla chips to add when it is time to eat. 


This post is linked to: The Sweet Details,
Not "Baaad" Sundays, 
Meatless Monday's
Making Monday Marvelous
Simple Lives Thursday
BWS tips button the-pinterest-challenge


  1. Love how organized you are but also enjoy how your doing something for you too! Looks like you have your hands full with the kiddos and having made something for yourself is needed I'm sure!! I am now following your blog, and waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

    1. Thanks, Sandee! I try to be organized, but most of the time life happens:). Hope you can try a salad in a jar, too!