Most of us with 9-5 office jobs are pretty familiar with the mainstream, Pinterest-popular mason jar salad. But have you tried mason jar noodle soup? The idea blew my mind.
First written about by the brilliant, brilliant folks at Serious Eats and then at The Kitchn, this idea is perfect for so many reasons. It's incredibly low calorie (but filling), you can prepare in advance, it uses up your leftovers, and there are endless variations and flavors. My favorite part, though, is that this is the perfect delivery vehicle for lunchtime shirataki noodles and a foolproof way to keep your lunch in the 100-200 calorie range.
I prepare my shirataki noodles in the morning by rinsing them, microwaving for a minute, rinsing, and microwaving again. They completely hold their texture and fabulousness all the way to lunchtime, layered with soup base, leftover protein, and any favorite vegetables.
One note of caution - if you are as committed as I am to using a full 8oz bag of noodles, you might want to upgrade to a larger jar or realize you'll need to transfer everything to a bowl at lunchtime. My overfilled jar means no picturesque shots of eating noodles out of this jar with chopsticks, unfortunately.
Noodle Soup to Go
Serving Size: 1 Jar
Nutrition: 220 Calories | 27g Protein | 6g Fat
Time to Food: prep time + cook time
- 1 tsp Better than Bouillon
- 1 Bag Shirataki Noodles
- 4oz Shrimp (or any other leftover proteins)
- Handful of string beans (or any other crisp veggies)
- 1 TBSP Leftover Chimichurri (or any other sauce)
- Prep shirataki noodles. I rinse my noodles with clean water, microwave for a minute, rinse again, microwave again, and rinse again. Only takes a few minutes and removes any weird flavor from the noodles.
- Layer ingrediets into your jar. Bouillon and sauces first, then heavier vegetables, then noodles, then proteins and any lighter vegetables.
- That's pretty much it - put the jar in your bag and head to work! When you're ready to eat, add hot water. If you don't pack it too tightly, you can probably eat right out of the jar; if you were overzealous with ingredients, just pour out into a bowl and add hot water on top.