Cat Cora's Back-to-School Lunch Jars

Cat Cora's Back-to-School Lunch Jars
Iron Chef judge, Cat Cora helps you get ready for school with two easy back to school lunches in a jar, Sesame Ginger Noodle Jar and Jarred Chicken Caesar Salad.
Back-to-School Lunch Jars
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Serves 4

Sesame Ginger Noodle Jar:

  • 2oz Spaghetti noodles
  • 1 cup shredded purple cabbage
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 scallions, sliced
  • ¼ cup Hoisin sauce
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • ½ cup rice vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 8 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted, divided
  • ½ cup peanuts, chopped

Jarred Chicken Caesar Salad Dressing:

  • ⅓ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 teaspoons Worchester sauce
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup parmesan, grated
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Jarred Chicken Caesar Salad:

  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless, chicken breasts, cooked and diced
  • 1 cup croutons
  • 1 oz parmesan cheese



  1. Cook spaghetti noodles in boiling salted water until al dente, drain and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl add the Hoisin, sesame oil, vinegar, soy sauce, honey, lime juice, ginger and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds.
  3. Whisk until combined.
  4. Add cooled noodles to a large bowl with the vegetables, pour over dressing and toss to coat. Divide into 4 containers, sprinkle peanuts and remaining sesame seeds.
  5. Pack with extra dressing on the side.


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until combined.
  2. For the salads, fill each jar with cooked chicken, parmesan cheese, lettuce, and croutons.
  3. Serve dressing on the side.

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