Many food storage fanatics love the meals in a jar concept. They are simple to make, save time and money, and are a great option for cooking without having to plan an entire meal. I came across a very healthy freeze-dried camping meal that makes a great meal-in-a-jar recipe. (click here to see the original recipe)
Healthy Chicken & Veggies with Couscous
1 C freeze dried chicken pieces*
1 C whole wheat couscous
3 t chia seeds
1 1/2 C freeze dried mixed vegetables
3 t dried onion flakes
1 T + 1 1/2 t bullion of choice (or 1 1/2t Shirley J bullion)
3/4 t EACH dried thyme, sage, parsley
3/4 t garlic powder
1/2 t pepper
3/4 t salt (or less depending on your taste)
Layer all ingredients into a quart mason jar. (wide mouth is the easiest to make jarred meals in) Shake gently to allow settling so all ingredients fit in. Place canning lid on and seal with a food saver jar attachment, or place an oxygen absorber in the jar and tighten with the canning lid and ring. Serves 4-6 people. Shelf-stable for 3-5 years.
Make sure to label each jar with recipe name and cooking instructions. Boil 4 1/2 cups of water in a pot. Pour in jar ingredients and stir. Turn off heat and allow to sit at least 10 minutes.
*to make vegetarian use 1 C TVP or leave out the chicken all together.