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Mason jars are great for canning, crafting, and gifting, but if you ask me, they're even better for meal prep. Seriously—if you're sick of your usual lunch routine, why not switch it up with these mason jar creations? We've include a riff on ramen noodles (they cook right in the jar!), a healthy, homemade burrito bowl filled with all your favorite fixings, cheesy eggs that are perfect for dunking toast into, and more. The wide-mouth mason jars make for easy transportation, and ensure all of the ingredients stay fresh.

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Thanks to a rainbow of colorful veggies and a layer of cheese, this stacked salad looks (almost) too pretty too eat. It's packed with lean protein, whole grains, and vitamin C, but tastes just as good as your favorite store-bought burrito. To prevent it from browning, add the diced avocado on the day-of.

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