10 Delicious Mason Jar Salads for Back to School or Work
We need lots of energy now that we’re headed back to class this fall, and a healthy lunch is the easiest way to get it. Not only is packing our lunch good for our wallets, but it also saves us from the all-too-familiar burrito coma. When we’re planning our packed lunches, our favorite go-to meal is the mason jar salad. The brilliant layering technique eliminates any annoying salad dressing spillages, and it looks super pretty to boot. If you aren’t already familiar, the concept is simple: dressing goes in the bottom, followed by heavier ingredients (beans, grains and proteins), followed by veggies and greens on top. Shake it up, and you’ve got a perfectly dressed and delicious salad. Scroll on for ten nutritious ideas to try.
1. Mason Jar Carrot Noodle Salad: Not only is this salad delicious and pretty to look at, but it also uses one of our favorite kitchen tools: the Spiralizer! This recipe is vegan and filled with protein, thanks to quinoa and cashews. (via Nosh and Nourish)
2. Asian Noodle Salad Jars: Who can say no to a salad filled with healthy buckwheat soba noodles, edamame and fresh, crispy veggies? This salad comes complete with a tangy peanut dressing. (via Foxes Love Lemons)
4. The Perfect Salad in a Jar: Fans of the DIY salad bar, rejoice: This is the one for you. We like to think of this recipe as a “choose your own adventure,” because you make the call on protein, grains, veggies and greens. (via The Kitchn)
5. Tofu Living Salad in a Jar: Looking for a vegan mason jar salad recipe? Small cubes of firm tofu act like little protein-packed sponges, soaking up all the dressing goodness. Not into tofu? Shelled edamame would work great as a replacement. (via Back to Her Roots)
7. Mason Jar Spring Cobb Salad: No time to make a healthy lunch? Not true! Prep the ingredients for this spring cobb salad in your downtime and arrange it in a mason jar for easy access during the week. We like to think of it as a healthy adult Lunchable. (via Fit Foodie Finds)
8. Tropical Sriracha Chicken Salad: This salad is packed full of veggies and flavor with an added boost of protein from the Sriracha-pineapple marinated chicken breast. Grab five jars, compile your ingredients and prep your lunch for the week — you won’t regret it! (via The Healthy Maven)
9. Caprese Salad in a Jar: Our favorite summer staple salad just got portable! Add the dressing as you assemble the jars to let the flavors sink in or just serve immediately. (via The Chubby Vegetarian)
10. Apple and Walnut Mason Jar Salad: Take advantage of all the apples at the farmers’ market this fall with this easy chopped salad. Walnut, celery and radish give it a super satisfying crunch too. (via Eat Within Your Means)
Do you ever make mason jar salads? Leave us the recipe or link to your favorite in the comments!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com