Tater Tot Casserole

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

If you're looking for an easy and quick dinner, look no further! This Tater Tot Casserole is super simple to make and can even be done in a crockpot if you're short on time! I have also included the slow cooker instructions below.

There are veggies in the casserole, however, you can easily swap out green beans or any other green vegetable of your family's liking. It's easy to “hide” the veggies into a casserole.

Although, I swear my kids could find a tiny piece of {insert the veggie name} in their dish that they dislike (and wouldn't be able to taste). Yet, they still struggle finding their shoes that are literally smacking them in the face. Ah, the joys of motherhood! :D

Tater Tot Casserole Ingredients

  • 2 10.75 Cans, Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 8 oz, Sour Cream
  • 8 oz, Frozen Peas and Carrots
  • 1 Small Onion (diced)
  • 32 oz package, Frozen Tater Tots
  • 1 lb, Ground Beef
  • 2 Cups, Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Tater Tot Casserole Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Brown the burger and onion and drain off the grease.
  3. Combine all the ingredients except the shredded cheese.
  4. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and evenly spread.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.
  6. Cover the baking pan with foil and bake for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.

This would also make for a great dish to make in advance for when you have a bazillion things going on in the evenings! As soon as you come home, pre-heat your oven and throw the dish in to start cooking.

To prepare in the crockpot instead of the oven as noted above, just put all of the ingredients into a greased slow cooker and cook on high for 2-4 hours (depending on your slow cooker). The ground beef is already cooked so you're really just heating up the other ingredients, and melting them all together with the crockpot.

Also, totally random, do you spell it tater or tator? I wonder if that's a regional thing for how one spells the shortened version of potato. I find myself spelling it both ways, actually!

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Tater Tot Casserole

This Tater Tot Casserole is super simple to make and can even be done in a crockpot if you're short on time! I have included the slow cooker instructions below in the post.

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • 2 10.75 Cans, Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 8 oz, Sour Cream
  • 8 oz, Frozen Peas and Carrots
  • 1 Small Onion (diced)
  • 32 oz package, Frozen Tater Tots
  • 1 lb, Ground Beef
  • 2 Cups, Cheddar Cheese (shredded)
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Brown the burger and onion and drain off the grease.
  3. Combine all the ingredients except the shredded cheese.
  4. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and evenly spread.
  5. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.
  6. Cover the baking pan with foil and bake for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.
This Tator Tot Casserole recipe is super simple and quick! Make it in the crockpot to save even more time! This is also freezer-friendly so you can prepare in advance for those busy nights!

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DIY Dog Bed No-Sew

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

The cost of owning a dog doesn't have to break the bank! When you welcome your sweet furbaby home, I will fully admit, it is seriously hard to resist all.the.dog.things!! Our Ollie was spoiled before she even stepped her little paws in our home. You know what, I don't regret being *that* dog owner for one single second!

However, let's be honest here. Some of the dog accessories can be ridiculously priced! As I mentioned in ways to save money on your pet, I got super lucky finding some amazing pet supplies at a local garage sale! I truly did hit the pet parent jackpot grabbing dog clothes, beds, chew toys and even the clippers (absolute best grab, hands down)!

In saying all of that, since the cost of having a dog can get steep really fast, I'm gonna try to DIY anything that I can! I certainly plan to trim our next puppy's hair and nails myself (maybe not at first, but it's on my list). And, I will definitely be grabbing some fabric and pillows to make this super simple No Sew Dog Bed!

DIY Dog Bed No-Sew Supplies

  • 1 Yard, Fleece Fabric
    You can also do 2 yards of different fabric, 1/2 yard cut at counter will not work because of width.
  • 1 Large Pillow
  • Scissors

Be sure to take take your coupons to any of the popular craft stores before go! Remember, they will take one another's coupons since most accept competitor coupons.

DIY Dog Bed No-Sew Instructions

  1. Fold the fleece fabric in half width-wise and cut down the fold line.
  2. Place a pillow on top of one piece of fleece and place the other piece of fleece over the pillow.
  3. Make sure all sides of fabric are even around the pillow.
  4. Carefully feel the corners of the pillow over the fabric and cut a square out of each corner of doubled fleece.
  5. Carefully cut strips of fabric along each side about 1 1/4” wide, one side at a time.
  6. Tie each strip (top and bottom) together in a double knot.
  7. Start on your next side of the pillow and work your way all the way around the pillow until each side has been tied.

Can you not see yourself making several of these easy DIY dog beds for your pup to have in every room of your home?! Because, that's exactly where my head is going! #dogmomprobs

The adorable pup you see is a friend's pooch (who helped with the pics and the post). How cute is she though?! Seeing her sweet little face makes waiting for our next puppy sooooo hard! I can't wait to share pics with all of you when she is here though in just a few months. I'll be making her very own bed (or multiple beds, LOL) and share that with you too!

Have you made anything for your pets? I'd love to hear about your favorite DIY projects so please leave a comment and let everyone in on what you've been doing!

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DIY Dog Bed No-Sew

The cost of owning a dog doesn't have to break the bank! Before you grab any pet supplies online, grab the supplies to make this super simple No Sew Dog Bed! Your sweet furbaby will be living the good live! You can join me in being *that* dog owner!

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • 1 Yard, Fleece Fabric
    You can also do 2 yards of different fabric, 1/2 yard cut at counter will not work because of width.
  • 1 Large Pillow
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Fold the fleece fabric in half width-wise and cut down the fold line.
  2. Place a pillow on top of one piece of fleece and place the other piece of fleece over the pillow.
  3. Make sure all sides of fabric are even around the pillow.
  4. Carefully feel the corners of the pillow over the fabric and cut a square out of each corner of doubled fleece.
  5. Carefully cut strips of fabric along each side about 1 1/4” wide, one side at a time.
  6. Tie each strip (top and bottom) together in a double knot.
  7. Start on your next side of the pillow and work your way all the way around the pillow until each side has been tied.

Notes

Be sure to take take your coupons to any of the popular craft stores before go! Remember, they will take one another's coupons since most accept competitor coupons.

Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Pet Expenses

Affordable Pet Insurance Options

This DIY No Sew Dog Bed is so easy to make, super soft for your furbaby and can be made in any size you need! The supplies are inexpensive enough so you can easily make multiple beds for your home. Join me in being *that* dog mom! #dogmom

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7 Easy Ways to Save Money on Your Pet

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

We waited so long before our family added our first pet, Ollie. A large part of the wait was because our kids are in so many activities that require us to be away from home quite a bit. Another large part was that pets are an added expense. While I knew it wouldn't break the bank for us, I wanted to make sure we were in a position to be able to provide emergency care if needed (and as it turns out, we did need to).

I knew that many expenses could add up if I didn't find ways to save, as I always try to do. Pets are a part of the family, and with every member in our family, that means food, shelter, haircuts, medicine, etc. So, those things can add up fast unless you try to find ways to save money in those areas as well. And, why wouldn't you, ya know?

If you are looking for ways to save money on your pet, you are in the right place! Here are seven simple ideas to save money on pet expenses from a new-ish dog mom.

Our sweet pup, Ollie. <3

Dog Grooming

Consider grooming your pets yourself! Trips to the groomer can get costly. Instead of relying on someone else to bathe, groom and trim your pets nails do it yourself. It is generally fairly simple to groom your dog, you just have to devote a little extra time.

These Andis clippers came highly recommended from many of the doodle Facebook groups I'm a member. If you do purchase a pair of clippers to do your own grooming, make sure your clippers comes with appropriate blades that are for your specific breed of dog. They aren't all the same. Things you learn once you become a dog mom. Also, many groomers in those groups also suggest that you don't skimp on the clippers' purchase. 

I was thrilled to find a very nice grooming set at a garage sale this summer for just $1! Even though I wasn't grooming our pets at the time, I knew it was something that I wanted to do eventually. And for $1, it was a no brainer even if it was only used for sanitary trims!

I plan to peruse YouTube to learn some tips for grooming when I tackle that with our next pup. I'm sure there will be some bad hair jobs, but it's all part of learning.

Make Your Own Dog Food (Recipe)

Save Money on Pet Food

Healthy pets are happy pets. Each food has a recommended feeding schedule based on age and weight. However, always check with your vet to see if that suggestion is valid for your pet.

It is unnecessary to leave a bowl full of food down all day, refilling it as it gets emptied. We had our pup on a strict schedule of twice a day meals. I found that she would graze all day if I left the bowl down, not really finishing her first bowl.

When I changed it (after talking to my vet) to two separate meal times (morning after potty break and then evening dinner time), she would eat all of her food and not get filled up on treats. Feeding on a set schedule will not only save you money on extra food that your sweet furball does not need, but it will also help them from gaining excess weight, which can lead to other health issues.

We always kept her water bowl full so she could drink anytime she wanted. Since she was potty training I knew I had to take her out every hour anyway so the additional fluid was fine with me until she learned to “hold” it. She got her treats throughout the day as well for going potty. She was content and full.

Here are some other delicious looking homemade dog food recipes to try:

I was totally that dog mom who made her furbabies food fresh every morning and evening. She was a happy and well-loved puppy!!

Dog Pill Pockets Recipe

Pet Meds Coupons

Look for pet medicine online. Flea medicines can be pricey from your veterinarian’s office. Save by purchasing it cheaper online, a farm supply store, or a warehouse club. Many online retailers will price match one another, or even price match your vet's prices, so definitely seek out those other options.

Also, don't forget to look for coupons online! You can use a printable manufacturer coupon many times to save on those meds as well.

Invest in Appropriate Pet Toys

Animals need entertainment. Especially puppies! If they are not provided with the proper toys, your belongings will soon become their toys. RIP to all my shoes that I lost (sometimes a shoe is just way more appealing than a Kong toy for some reason)!

With that, it's important to purchase or make toys to keep your animal babies from destroying your belongings. Cat scratch posts are perfect for kitties. When it comes to dogs, spending a little more money on quality and durable toys that will last, will save money in the long run.

There is nothing worse than having to continuously buy pet toys. These were some of Ollie's favorite toys:

I was also very fortunate to purchase some toys at that garage sale I mentioned!

Homemade Rainbow Marbled Dog Treats

Homemade Pet Treats

Consider making your own pet treats. A box of Milk Bones is good for helping clean your puppy's teeth, but they generally are not cheap and not always the healthiest option.

Instead of forking over your hard earned money on store bought treats, make your own dog treats homemade with just a few simple ingredients. Here are a few easy options:

Free Printable Dog Clothes Patterns

If you've never made your pet wear clothing, are you really a pet parent? :) Instead of spending a small fortune, try to make your own clothing!

Not only will you have a larger selection of fabric to choose from, but you can save a fortune by sewing up an entire wardrobe yourself. Here are a few cute designs:

And, I love this one to learn how to make dog clothes from baby clothes! You can find lots of used baby clothes at your local thrift store.

I also lucked out at that garage sale and got a few outfits. I did hit the garage sale jackpot for pet parents!

Finding a Good Veterinarian

I wouldn't consider this a mistake, but this is something I didn't do more checking into before we chose a vet's office. I would suggest calling around before you decide upon which vet will care for your pet. Not only for happy customers, but for prices from a basic checkup, an emergency visit (different hourly rate), bloodwork, spay and neuter fees, anesthesia charges, hospitalization charges, etc.

Most often prices aren't listed on websites (which is typical). Just because there is an office right down the road from you, it does not mean that they are the best option for pet care.

Also, another thing to consider, many Humane Society locations can be of great assistance when it comes to finding affordable vet services, especially for a spay and neuter procedure. It's worth a call to determine if there's a low-cost option to consider.

I'm not suggesting your pet isn't worth it, please believe that. I want you to find the best possible care at the most comfortable price for you. That means making a few calls so your gut and wallet are happy!

Also, if you have not looked into affordable pet insurance options, please do! I shared about our experience and it helped our family save thousands as we faced devastating health news on our precious Ollie. It is worth the peace of mind!

While I was a pet parent for a brief period of time, I learned a lot of ways to save the most possible! I am excited to welcome a new furbaby to our family again. I'm sure I'll have new ways to save and will share with you as well!

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DIY Dog Bed No-Sew

7 easy ways to save money on your pets. Personal tips from a new-ish dog mom, including how to to make dog food, saving on grooming expenses, finding the most affordable and experienced veterinarian, and more!

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Panera Mac and Cheese Recipe

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

This Panera Mac and Cheese recipe is my kids' favorite dish whenever we go to Panera. It's also a great recipe if you're looking for a white cheddar mac and cheese.

Homemade also tastes better than any restaurant version you can get, so making this dish at home saves quite a bit (since I can never seem to get out of Panera for less than $20 for 2 people anyway). And, bonus, this recipe is just good comfort or soul food that a person always needs to have in their recipe index in case the circumstances call for it!

Panera Mac and Cheese Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce box, Medium Pasta Shells
  • 1/4 cup, Butter
  • 1/2 cup, All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 cups, Milk (2% or whole)
  • 6 slices, White American Cheese (chopped)
  • 8 ounces, Extra-Sharp White Vermont Cheddar (shredded)
  • 1/2 Tbsp, Creamy Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp, Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp, Hot Sauce

Panera Mac and Cheese Directions

  1. Prepare the pasta according to the directions on the box.
  2. Melt the butter over low heat in a medium sauce pan. Add in the flour to make a roux, whisking constantly. Cook about 1 minute before whisking in the milk. Continue whisking as the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat.
  3. Whisk in the seasonings (mustard, salt, hot sauce). Add in the cheeses using a spatula or wooden spoon until the sauce is smooth.
  4. Fold in the pasta until it’s heated through. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Serve immediately.

Oh, and if you're thinking about skipping that hot sauce or mustard, don't do it. Just don't. Those are the secrets to making this have that extra tangy sharpness that takes this recipe to the next level. Trust me on this one!

I mean, just look at that cheesy deliciousness!!!!

This recipe is enough for 6-8 servings. It's so good, you may want to double up the recipe and freeze a batch so it's available to pop in the oven when the craving for this mac hits! It also makes a great side dish to deliver if you need to take a meal to a friend.

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Panera Mac and Cheese

This Homemade White Cheddar Mac and Cheese is a copycat of the delicious Panera Mac and Cheese Recipe. You only need a short list of ingredients to make this restaurant copycat at home for a fraction of the price!

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • 1 16-ounce box, Medium Pasta Shells
  • 1/4 cup, Butter
  • 1/2 cup, All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 1/2 cups, Milk (2% or whole)
  • 6 slices, White American Cheese (chopped)
  • 8 ounces, Extra-Sharp White Vermont Cheddar (shredded)
  • 1/2 Tbsp, Creamy Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp, Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp, Hot Sauce

Instructions

  1. Prepare the pasta according to the directions on the box.
  2. Melt the butter over low heat in a medium sauce pan. Add in the flour to make a roux, whisking constantly. Cook about 1 minute before whisking in the milk. Continue whisking as the sauce thickens. Remove from the heat.
  3. Whisk in the seasonings (mustard, salt, hot sauce). Add in the cheeses using a spatula or wooden spoon until the sauce is smooth.
  4. Fold in the pasta until it’s heated through. Garnish with chopped parsley if desired. Serve immediately.

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Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

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Panera Rigatoni San Marzano Copycat Recipe

Copycat Panera Mac and Cheese Recipe with a short list of ingredients to make this restaurant copycat at home for a fraction of the price!

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Envelope Method of Budgeting: The Cash Envelope System Explained

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Have you ever wondered about the envelope method of budgeting and how it works? The envelope system is something developed by Dave Ramsey. While he may not have invented it, he sure did polish the system. In fact, my best friend had been using this method of budgeting long before Dave Ramsey was a household name.

The envelope system is a great way to take charge of your finances. It's work for our family, and several others that we know. Here is a guide to understanding the envelope system and making it work for you.

How to Set Up an Envelope

The cool thing about the envelope system is you don’t need to set up or use fancy envelopes. You can go to the Dollar Tree and buy a box of envelopes and use these. Keep in mind that you can go as fancy or not fancy in the envelope department.

Envelope System Categories

Write down the different categories you are using. Before you write on the envelopes and fill them with money, it’s best to be organized. Grab a piece of paper and write down the different categories you are using. Some categories might include groceries, gas, fun, and so on.

Free Budget Template

Household Budget Template

Come up with an amount for each budget. The idea isn’t to starve your family or never have any fun, the idea is just to make sure you budget for it all. For example, you may come up with $150 a week for groceries. Don’t budget for only $75, if you spend $150. Get it? You would need to come up with an amount for each envelope.

Envelope Method of Budgeting

Write the category on the outside of the envelope. Now comes the fun part. You simply write the word “groceries” or “family fun” on the outside of the envelope. Some people like to write the budgeted dollar amount on the outside of the envelope, but you can write it on the flap of the inside for a little more privacy.


Budgeting Tips

Don’t add more money to the envelope. Once your money is gone from the envelope, you can’t add more to it. Remember that. It’s so tempting to try and pull from another envelope, but don’t. The only way the envelope system works is if you do it right. Remember, only buy with the money that’s in that envelope.

Cash Flow Budget

Enjoy putting your money to work for you. Money makes the world go round, which is why it’s so important to put it to work for you! The envelope system allows you to do just that. Sometimes people spend their money before they can even budget it. The envelope system allows you to be more responsible with your money.

Are you using the envelope system? How is it going for you?

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The cash budget format is a great way to learn how to budget. This simple approach to a cash flow budget, including a free budget template, can help you to keep your finances on track!

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Secret Ways to Save on Apple Products

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

We are an Apple (brand) family. There are several Apple products in our home, and each of our boys use a Macbook. Of course I didn't buy them brand new and pay full price. That's too rich for this momma's blood!

Apple is one of of the most popular brands out there, and for good reason. They have a large variety of electronic products that can fit the needs of almost anyone. However, items branded with the Apple logo generally tend to come with a hefty price tag. Fortunately, there are some great ways to save a little money on their products. Here are just a couple of ideas!

Apple Trade In GiveBack Program

Apple is frequently coming up with new and improved products. One thing about Apple is that their products are always being updated. Well, when you are ready for an upgrade, you may be hesitant due to the shockingly large price tag. Not to worry.

If you no longer need your old device, trade it in during your upgrade! Pending the age and condition of your previous device, you can get a decent discount on your new device. Why not save a few bucks and trade it in, rather than allowing it to collect dust in a closet or drawer somewhere?

Don't want to sell it to the Apple store? You can also use a site like Gazelle and send in your old products to get cash. And depending on your mobile carrier, some offer promotions to turn-in when you purchase a new phone. Bottom line: get cash for those old devices!

Apple Refurbished

Have you ever wondered what happens to all of the phones and devices that people trade in during their upgrades? Apple wipes them clean, fixes any issues, tests the products, and then resells the refurbished products that are now like new, at cheaper than new prices.

Better yet, refurbished Apple certified products come with a one year warranty in case any issues arise. So what are you waiting for? Apple refurbishes all sorts of products from Macs and iPhones to Apple TV and accessories.

Sales on Apple Products

If you’re with one of the bigger cell service brands like Verizon or AT&T, keep an eye out for sales. Sometimes they will do deals like “Buy ONE iPhone and get ONE free.” Or they’ll run a sale offering $100 or $200 off if you grab the deal on the iPhone now. Saving a little bit of money on an Apple product is better than saving nothing.

During the holidays, we will see some sales on Apple products where retailers, and even Amazon, will offer gift cards with purchase. Generally, the prices on Apple products aren't reduced much if at all so the sales on the retail price are rare, but they occur primarily during the holidays.

Buy Used Apple Products

Buying Apple products second hand can be nerve-wracking. This is why a lot of people suggest Apple Refurbished certified retailers because you get that reassurance in case something goes wrong. But, don't let that deter you from considering other options to purchase used Apple products.

In saying that, don’t go on Facebook and buy an Apple product second hand. Go to someone you know and buy a used Apple product. I've purchased multiple used Macbooks and iPods from eBay. eBay offers seller protection so the risk is minimized.

Of all of the purchases, we had one instance where the computer had some weird shadow on the screen when we got it from the seller and set up things. It didn't affect the use or viewability on the screen, but it was an obvious issue. I emailed the seller and they gave us the option to provide a small refund or return it. We took the refund, and it's still working fine to this day.

The main takeaway when purchasing used Apple products is to buy from someone or retailer that you know and trust.

Older Apple Products

Who says you need the newest Apple product available? You don’t. You will save a lot of money by using common sense and buying an older model. As time goes on, you can upgrade and save money buying a model that is 1 or 2 generations behind the newest one.

I recently purchased an older Macbook from our go-to phone and computer repair shop. They are trustworthy and stand behind their products. I didn't need the newest model so it was a great option for me to get another new computer at the fraction of the cost.

Apple Student Discount

If you're a student or in education, you need to take advantage of this perk! Apple will offer a promotion that typically gives you a free product with the purchase of another product. You can also get discounts on AppleCare at this time.

This is the best time to buy if you know you're going to purchase an Apple product! Per Apple's guidelines, this is “available to current and newly accepted college students and their parents, as well as faculty, staff, and homeschool teachers of all grade levels.” You will need to show a valid student or educator's identification to take advantage of the Apple for education promotion.

Oh, and students can get Apple Music for just $4.99 a month, which is half off. My son subscribes to this and this is the only way he listens to music now. This is an amazing deal for the access students get!

Retailer Rewards Programs

If you don't have an Apple store nearby, and don't want to purchase online, this option is a great one to consider if your retailer offers a rewards program! I love Best Buy, and their rewards program is one of my faves. I will go out of my way to purchase many products, including Apple products, from them because of the rewards program alone. In fact, I purchase many of my Apple certified chargers there so I can get the rewards points (which turn into gift certificates).

When you consider the retailer rewards programs into the equation, there is a small cost savings as well. Many times stores like Best Buy will also price match, and depending on the manager they could offer other perks to match what the Apple store is offering. It's always worth asking and looking into this option to save that much more!

How have you saved on Apple Products?

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Sales on Apple products are rare but you can still save by taking advantage of Apple Trade In, Apple Refurbished, Apple Student Discount and more!

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Mason Jar Salad

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Mason jar salads are so convenient! I prepare these several times a month for my husband to take to work, and for me to grab out of the fridge while I'm working from home. It's easy for him to transport to work and the veggies stay fresh until he's ready to eat since the dressing stays somewhat separate being at the bottom of the jar.

Salads for lunch are a healthy option for people who are also eating keto. My husband started being strict keto last year. I actually encouraged him to start, while I was starting as well but I do a “lazy” version of keto. Anyway, having a quick go-to option that is loaded with the right amount of protein and fats is super important with this way of eating, or any way of eating for that matter!

Mason Jar Chef Salad Ingredients

  • 1/2 head, Iceberg Lettuce (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup, Carrots (shredded)
  • 4 Whole Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg (sliced)
  • 1/4 Cucumber (sliced)
  • 8 Cherry/Grape Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup,  Ham or other Protein (diced)
  • 8 tbsp, Salad Dressing

This vegetable dicer makes it super easy to get all the dicing and chopping done FAST! We have one and it's the only way I make salads now. That, along with my salad chopper and bowl, makes preparing salads truly so much easier!

Mason Jar Chef Salad Directions

The key to maintaining the freshness with this salad is in layering the ingredients so that none will make any others mushy or wilt the lettuce. So, be sure to layer the ingredients in the mason jar as follows:

  1. Salad Dressing
  2. Mushrooms
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Red Onion
  6. Carrots
  7. Ham
  8. Cheese
  9. Lettuce
  10. Egg

This recipe will make 4 salads in pint-sized mason jars. The salads will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Now, I've also used this reusable salad dressing container and affixed to the top of the mason jar. This just keeps the dressing completely separate if you prefer that. When you're ready to eat the salad, just add the dressing to the mason jar and give everything a good shake so that all veggies are covered in dressing. Then, either eat right from the jar or put onto a plate or a bowl.

This would also make a great recipe for school lunches. My kids actually love salads, and will buy them at school. I don't even care if it's more ranch dressing than it is salad by the time they're done – at least they're getting their veggies! If I prep a batch on a Sunday, they will stay fresh for hubby, me and the kids to eat for lunch all week!

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Mason Jar Salad

These mason jar salads are so convenient! This vegetable dicer makes it super easy to get all the dicing and chopping done FAST! We have one and it's the only way I make salads now. That, along with my salad chopper and bowl, makes preparing salads truly so much easier!

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea

Ingredients

  • 1/2 head, Iceberg Lettuce (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup, Carrots (shredded)
  • 4 Whole Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 Hard Boiled Egg (sliced)
  • 1/4 Cucumber (sliced)
  • 8 Cherry/Grape Tomatoes
  • 1/4 Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 cup,  Ham or other Protein (diced)
  • 8 tbsp, Salad Dressing

Instructions

The key to maintaining the freshness with this salad is in layering the ingredients so that none will make any others mushy or wilt the lettuce. So, be sure to layer the ingredients in the mason jar as follows:

  1. Salad Dressing
  2. Mushrooms
  3. Tomatoes
  4. Cucumbers
  5. Red Onion
  6. Carrots
  7. Ham
  8. Cheese
  9. Lettuce
  10. Egg

Notes

This recipe will make 4 salads in pint-sized mason jars. The salads will stay good in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Now, I've also used this reusable salad dressing container and affixed to the top of the mason jar. This just keeps the dressing completely separate if you prefer that. When you're ready to eat the salad, just add the dressing to the mason jar and give everything a good shake so that all veggies are covered in dressing. Then, either eat right from the jar or put onto a plate or a bowl.

Mason Jar Recipes

Mason Jar Lunches – Homemade Lunchables

Mason jar salads are a quick and easy meal option! Make a big batch so your family can have healthy mason jar salads for a week!

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