I'm always looking for new and easy things to take to work and, as you know, I'm a huge fan of all things Mexican food. I've made salads in a jar before -- only because I made some amazing balsamic vinaigrette (click here for Emeril Lagasse's fantastic recipe) and had some spinach to get rid of. Here we go!
You Will Need:
1 lb 90/10 ground beef cooked with taco seasoning
1 cup salsa
1 cup light sour cream
2 avocados - sliced in chunks
1 can black beans - strained and rinsed
2 tomatoes chopped
1/4 cup red onion sliced thin
salad to fill - about 4 cups total -- I prefer arugula, but spinach, spring mix or anything else would work.
1/2 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
This recipe serves 8 - so salads for lunch and dinner 4 days of the week or 4 meals for a couple!
First - brown meat.
While meat is browning, take all of the salsa and sour cream and mix.
Put about a half cup of each in the bottom of your jars.
Layer the rest of the ingredients in this order in each jar:
1/4 an avocado
1/4 cup or less of black beans
1/8 of tomatoes
1/3 cup(ish) of ground beef
a couple of red onion slices
sprinkle of cheese (if you please)
jalapenos (if you fancy)
lettuce of your choosing to fill.
Carry chips in a separate bag. When you're ready to eat - just shake and serve! Doesn't need a microwave and is obviously quite portable.
I put the avocados closest to the "dressing" made of salsa and sour cream to keep them from browning. Now, they may get a little brown, but that won't hurt you.
Lunch (or dinner) is served for 221 calories!!! That's not much for such a filling meal.
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