Easy, delicious, comforting lunches. Somehow after the holiday season, with all the snow and cold ahead of us, it seems impossible to create lunches from scratch and still keep to our healthy eating resolutions. Factor in work and school, and you’re looking at a lot of plain, paper bag sandwiches or expensive meals out and about.
Well, it’s my personal belief that these Mason Jar Instant Noodles are going to change all that! I had seen ideas for these cute little soup jars elsewhere, but was skeptical of creating one myself. I thought that they couldn’t possibly be so simple, easy and delicious. But let me tell you. This is probably going to be my favourite recipe of 2016. A little premature I know, but that’s just how damn good they are!?
These healthy, no-preservative Mason Jar Instant Noodles with shredded chicken, hot sauce, vermicelli and veggies are beyond easy to make and are the perfect on-the-go lunch for school, work, or anything else you’ve got going on in your busy day. You could seriously eat these all five days of the week – all you have to do is cook your chicken ahead of time on Sunday, pick whatever vegetables you’ve got lying around, and go nuts! I suggest bringing a bowl wherever you’re off to so that it’s easier to eat, but other than that this recipe is super low maintenance.
The “instant” broth is remarkably simple and I still can get over the shock of how delicious it really is: just drizzle some soy sauce, Sriracha hot sauce and lime juice over the shredded chicken so that it has time to marinate. Layer in your fave vegetables, add a vegetable bouillon cube and some quick cooking vermicelli noodles along with your fave fresh herbs (mine is cilantro), and that’s really all there is to it!??
I don’t fill my mason jar up all the way (I only do it about two-thirds full), so before you go all crazy with it know that you want to leave a little bit of room so that everything fits in a big bowl. I mostly just use the mason jars as transporting containers until I can get myself to a kettle. Mason jars are actually sooooo handy to keep on hand. You can get them at Canadian Tire, and they fill in perfectly for plastic containers, allowing you to layer the food you’re transporting.
I don’t know about you, but I had SUCH a great holiday with family and friends. A true break that I needed. I am proud, however, that I was able to stick to a fairly clean diet over the course of the break, and look forward to developing more super easy and healthy recipes like this for the New Year ahead. There’s nothing better than something so simple being the reason you’re able to stay on track with a healthy diet. Make these on a Sunday, and pop ’em in the fridge for the rest of the week.?
You can always customize these Mason Jar Instant Noodles by adding different seasonal vegetables, different herbs, and even adding different flavourings like fish sauce or miso paste. It really all just depends on what you have on hand, and what you’re craving!
Will you be trying my Mason Jar Instant Noodles recipe? If you do be sure to tag me on Instagram and Twitter so I can see your custom creations!?
- 2 (1L) Mason jars
- 1 chicken breast, boiled and shredded
- 1 tsp soy sauce or tamari
- 1 tsp Sriracha chili garlic hot sauce
- ½ tsp lime juice
- 2 vegetable bouillon cubes
- ½ cup each julienned broccoli stems, carrots, yellow peppers, green onions
- Half red chili pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
- ½ package vermicelli noodles
- Sunflower sprouts and cilantro for garnish
- To shred chicken, boil in a large pot of hot water for 12-15 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Pull apart with your hands or with a fork once cooled.
- Divide the shredded chicken into each mason jar evenly, then add soy sauce, Sriracha and lime juice.
- Layer in vegetables, then drop in bouillon cubes. Sprinkle in chili pepper if desired. Finally, finish with vermicelli noodles and keep in fridge until ready to eat.
- Pour boiling water up to about two-thirds of the jar and stir contents, making sure to dissolve bouillon cube completely.
- Pour contents into large bowl when ready to eat (should be within 5 minutes of pouring boiling water) and eat right away!