Friday, November 17, 2017

Sweet and Savory Crepes

Sweet and Savory Crepes
*Recipe from Ashley Butler
1 cup Flour
2 tbsp. Instant Milk
6 Tbsp. Scrambled Egg Mix
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 cup Sugar

Jar Directions:  Layer ingredients in a quart-sized jar, shaking the dry powder ingredients into the bulkier items. Top with an oxygen (300 cc) packet for longer-term storage add new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring, OR seal with a food saver.  Cover with a new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring. 

Add 1 ½ cups water and contents of jar (remove O2 packet) to blender. Blend until no lumps remain.  Pour a small amount of batter onto a heated pan.  Swirl to coat.  Cook until solid.  Makes 16 crepes.

Shopping List
To make 10 Jars you’ll need
·        10 cup Flour  (That’s 1 #10 can)
·        1 ¼ cup Instant Milk (That’s ½ a pantry can)
·        7 ½ cup  Scrambled Egg Mix (That’s ¾ of a #10 can)
·        10 tsp. Salt
·        5 cup Sugar
·        10 clean quart sized mason jars with lids and rings




Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Toffee Blonde Brownies: Meal in a Jar




Toffee Blond Brownies in a Jar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup Toffee Chips
3 cup Thrive Life Classic Cookie mix (Do NOT substitute)

Jar Directions:  Layer ingredients in a quart-sized jar, shaking the dry powder ingredients into the bulkier items. Top with an oxygen packet (300 cc) for longer-term storage add new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring, OR seal with a food saver.  Cover with a new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring. 

Ingredients needed to bake:
½ cup butter
2 ½ tablespoons water
Whip 1/2 cup butter in mixer until light. Add jar mix (remove the O2 packet), 2 ½ tbsp. water, and mix until dough forms, press into a 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350°F for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

Shopping List
To make 10 Jars you’ll need
·        3 #10 cans of Thrive Classic Cookie Dough Mix
·        2 ½ cups Toffee Chips
·        5 cups Chocolate Chips
·        10 clean quart sized mason jars with lids and rings


Monday, January 2, 2017

Freeze Dried Green Smoothie Powder




Freeze Dried Green Smoothie Powder
½ c. freeze dried Strawberries
½ c. freeze dried Blueberries
½ c. freeze dried Mango
½ c. freeze dried Apricots
½ c. freeze dried Kale
¼ c. freeze dried Spinach
¼ c. honey powder (or sweetener of choice), optional
½ tsp. THRIVE Summer Limeade

Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor or high powdered blender and blend until all ingredients are a fine powder.   Store the green smoothie powder in an air tight container, in a dark cool place.  


To use: Add 2 tablespoons to 1/3 cup to your favorite smoothie ingredients, blend until smooth.
Green Smoothie Powder can be used with water in a blender shaker bottle for smoothies on the go.   


My favorite it to  add 1/3 cup powder with 1 cup water, a banana and ¼ cup yogurt and blend until smooth. 




Monday, October 17, 2016

Brownie Cookie Pudding



Brownie Cookie Pudding Cake
Brownie Layer
2 ½ cups Thrive Fudge Brownie Mix
¼ cup brown sugar
1 TBSP Vegetable Oil
½ cup Water

Cookie Layer
1 cup Thrive Classic Cookie Dough Mix
1/3 cup water
2 TBSP. chocolate chips

Topping Layer
1 cup boiling water
½ cup brown sugar
2 TBSP. Cocoa Powder

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a 9 x 9 pan with non-stick spray.
 Mix brownie mix, brown sugar, oil and water together and spread evenly across the prepared pan.
Mix cookie dough mix, water, and chocolate chips and drop spoonfulls over the brownie mixture
Mix brown sugar and cocoa powder together and sprinkle over the top of the brownie and cookie dough.
Pour boiling water over the top of the brown sugar mixture.  Do not stir.
Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes.
Allow to cool and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

Original Recipe from Chef Todd Lenoard, directions modified by me. 



Friday, October 14, 2016

How to make Coffee Creamer with out any additives


A friend was looking for a dry creamer for work that didn't contain any hydrogenated oils, corn syrup or other additives.  This super easy recipe fits the bill.  This is also great it hot chocolate.  
Plus, you can add pumpkin pie spice to be in the fall mood!!!

Coffee Creamer
1 cup Thrive Instant Milk Powder
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 TBSP of coconut oil, melted
1 TBSP Thrive Vanilla Powder

Add all ingredients to blender or food processor and blend until fine powder. 

For Pumpkin Spice Add
2 TSP Pumpkin Pie Spice

For Chocolate Add
2 TBSP Cocoa Powder

For Almond Add
1 Tsp Almond Powder

Thursday, October 13, 2016

5 Minute Warm Sausage Dip


5 minute Warm Sausage Dip

1 cup Thrive Freeze Dried Sausage
½ cup Thrive Freeze Dried Onion
½ cup Thrive Freeze Dried Cheddar Cheese
½ cup Thrive Freeze Dried Green Chilies

4 oz Cream Cheese  (4 oz is ½ a block)
1/2 pint Sour Cream

Tortilla Chips


Add freeze dried ingredients to a mixing bowl.  Add water to “float”  let sit 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add cream cheese and sour cream, mix well. Simmer until warm.  


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Six Meal in a Jar Recipes with Shopping Lists



*This post contains affiliate links.  I make a small percentage on items purchased through the links.  Your purchase supports this blog. 

I'm getting ready to make a bunch of meals in a jar.  I like to make a dozen of each recipe.  There is a little math to do to make sure you have all the ingredients, so I thought it might be helpful to share what I do and how I do it.  

What I'll be making:  Chicken Noodle Soup, Zuppa Toscanna, Lasagna Potato Soup,  Beef Strogonoff, and Burrito Bowls. 

A reminder about the basics of how to make a meal in a jar.

How to make a Meal-in-a-Jar:   Two Methods


Method 1:  Use a Food Saver to Seal the Jars
Step 1:  In a clean, dry quart jar, layer ingredients. Shake the powder down into the jar if needed.
Step 2:  Place the lid on the jar.  Don’t add the ring.
Step 3:  Attach one end of the hose to the accessory port and the other end to the jar sealer.  Place the jar sealer over the jar.
Step 4:  Turn on your food saver and remove the oxygen from the jar.  
Step 5: Remove the jar sealer (it is easier to unhook the hose from the jar sealer first), add label and ring, store in a cool dry place. 
Method 2:  Use Oxygen Absorbers
 Step 1:  In a clean, dry quart jar, layer ingredients. Shake the powder down into the jar if needed.
Step 2:  Wipe the top of the jar with a paper towel to remove any powder.
Step 3:  Top with a 300 cc oxygen absorber. Seal tightly.
Step 4:  The lid should seal within a few hours.  Add label.  Store in a cool, dry place.

I purchase my oxygen absorbers from Amazon.


My Assembly Line







The Recipes





Chicken Noodle Soup
A classic chicken soup filled with vegetables, chicken, and egg noodles.

 Jar Directions:  Layer ingredients in a quart-sized jar, shaking the dry powder ingredients into the bulkier items. Top with an oxygen (300 cc) packet for longer-term storage add new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring, OR seal with a food saver.  Cover with a new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring. 

*All of the ingredients will fit in the jar, if you are having trouble getting them to fit simply tap the bottom of the jar on a hard surface until the contents settle.
Cooking Directions:  Add contents of jar to 8 cup of rapidly boiling water.  Stir well.    Simmer 10 -12 minutes until noodles are soft. 

Shopping List for 12  Jars of
Chicken Noodle Soup
For 1 Jar of
Chicken Noodle Soup
1 spice can Thrive Salad Blend
1 #10 Can Thrive freeze-dried Celery (1/3 a can for a dozen)
1 #10 Can Carrots (1/3 a can for a dozen)
1 #10 Can Thrive freeze-dried Onions (1/3  a can for a dozen)
3 #10 cans Thrive Egg Noodles
¾ cup Thrive freeze dried Chopped Chicken
2 Tablespoons Thrive Chicken Bouillon
1 tsp Thrive Chef’s Choice Blend
1 tsp Thrive Salad Blend
¼  cup  Thrive freeze dried Celery
¼ cup Thrive freeze dried Carrots
¼  cup Thrive freeze dried Onions
1 ½ -2 cups Thrive Egg Noodles, fill the jar up




Zuppa Toscana
A spicy sausage, spinach and potato soup with a creamy broth. 

 Jar Directions:  Layer ingredients in a quart-sized jar, shaking the dry powder ingredients into the bulkier items. Top with an oxygen (300 cc) packet for longer-term storage add new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring, OR seal with a food saver.  Cover with a new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring. 
*All of the ingredients will fit in the jar, if you are having trouble getting them to fit simply tap the bottom of the jar on a hard surface until the contents settle.
Cooking Directions:  Add contents of jar to 8 cup of rapidly boiling water.  Stir well.    Simmer 20 minutes until potatoes are soft. 
Shopping List for 12  Jars of
Zuppa Toscana
For 1 Jar of
Zuppa Toscana
1 #10 Can Thrive  Potato Chunks
1#10 can Thrive freeze dried Sausage
1 #10 Can Thrive freeze dried Onion (you’ll use ½ can)
1 #10 Can Thrive freeze-dried  Kale
24  teaspoons red pepper flakes
9  teaspoon garlic powder
1 #10 Can Thrive Bacon TVP  or add bacon when cooking

3/4  cup Thrive dehydrate Potato Chunks
1/2 cup Thrive freeze dried Sausage
½ cup Thrive freeze dried Onion
3/4  cup Thrive freeze dried Kale
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
¾ teaspoon garlic powder
¼  cup Thrive Bacon TVP
¼ cup Thrive Veloute sauce mix




Lasagna Soup
The traditional flavors of lasagna with sausage, pasta, and tomato sauce in a hearty soup.

 Jar Directions:  Layer ingredients in a quart-sized jar, shaking the dry powder ingredients into the bulkier items. Top with an oxygen (300 cc) packet for longer-term storage add new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring, OR seal with a food saver.  Cover with a new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring. 

*All of the ingredients will fit in the jar, if you are having trouble getting them to fit simply tap the bottom of the jar on a hard surface until the contents settle.
Cooking Directions:  Add contents of jar to 8 cup of rapidly boiling water add 2 teaspoons of olive oil.  Stir well.    Simmer 10 -12 minutes until noodles are soft. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.   
Shopping List for 12  Jars of
Lasagna Soup
For 1 Jar of
Lasagna Soup
1 #10 can of Thrive freeze dried Sausage
1 #10 can of Thrive freeze dried Onion (you’ll use 1/3 of the can)
1 pantry can Thrive Mixed Peppers
24 tsp garlic powder
1 pantry can Thrive Chicken Bouillon
1 pantry can Thrive Tomato Sauce
1 pantry can  Thrive Tomato Powder
1 spice can Thrive Chef’s Choice seasoning
3 #10 cans Thrive Rainbow Farfel Pasta

3/4 cup Thrive freeze dried Sausage
¼ cup Thrive freeze dried Onion
3 Tablespoons Mixed Peppers
1-2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tablespoon Chicken Bouillon
¼ cup Thrive Tomato Sauce
¼ cup Thrive Tomato Powder
1 tsp Thrive Chef’s Choice Seasoning
2 cups Thrive Rainbow Farfel Pasta

*In this recipe the more noodles you can fit in the jar the better, be sure to tap down the jars and add as many noodles as possible.  


Potato Soup
A creamy hearty potato soup

 Jar Directions:  Layer ingredients in a quart-sized jar, shaking the dry powder ingredients into the bulkier items. Top with an oxygen (300 cc) packet for longer-term storage add new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring, OR seal with a food saver.  Cover with a new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring. 

*All of the ingredients will fit in the jar, if you are having trouble getting them to fit simply tap the bottom of the jar on a hard surface until the contents settle.

Cooking Directions:  Add contents of jar to 8 cup of rapidly boiling water.  Stir well.    Simmer 20 minutes until potatoes are soft.   For a thicker soup add 6 cups water (instead of the 8 cups)

Shopping List for 12  Jars of
Potato Soup
For 1 Jar of
Potato Soup
2 pantry cans Thrive Béchamel Powder
1 #10 can Sour Cream (you’ll have extra)
1 pantry can freeze dried celery
1 pantry can freeze dried onion
3 cups precooked crumbled bacon
1 spice can chives (use either freeze dried or dehydrated)

½ cup Thrive Béchamel Powder
½ cup Sour Cream
¼ cup freeze dried celery
¼ cup freeze dried onion
1 ½ cup freeze dried potato dices
¼ cup precooked crumbled bacon (this shortens the shelf life, leave it out if you want a longer shelf life)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chives (use either freeze dried or dehydrated)


* Recipe Notes: In this recipe I use precooked crumbled bacon.  I recommend using store bought precooked bacon.  I get mine at Sam’s Club.  It looks like this.  When I use it in a meal in a jar recipe I figure that the jar meal will last as long as the bacon would have lasted on the shelf.  Most packages I’ve found have a 1 year shelf life.  So for my family I reduce the regular 5 year shelf life of this recipe to just 1 year.  We love bacon and I know we will eat this soup up in under a year.  If you are hoping for a longer shelf life just leave the bacon out of the jar, you can always add it when cooking. 

You could add Bacon TVP instead of the precooked bacon, I haven’t tried but it would give you a longer shelf life then the bacon.    


Beef Stroganoff

 Jar Directions:  Layer ingredients in a quart-sized jar, shaking the dry powder ingredients into the bulkier items. Top with an oxygen (300 cc) packet for longer-term storage add new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring, OR seal with a food saver.  Cover with a new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring. 

*All of the ingredients will fit in the jar, if you are having trouble getting them to fit simply tap the bottom of the jar on a hard surface until the contents settle.

Cooking Directions:  In a large saucepan bring 5 ½ cups of water to a boil. Add contents of jar and let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes to thicken.

Shopping List for 12  Jars of
Beef Stroganoff
For 1 Jar of
Beef Stroganoff
2 pantry cans Thrive Béchamel Sauce
1 pantry can Thrive Espagnole Gravy
1 # 10 can Thrive Sour Cream Powder (you’ll have extra)
1 pantry can Thrive Beef Bouillon
1 #10 can Thrive  freeze dried Roast Beef 
1 # 10 can Thrive Mushrooms (FD) optional
1 spice can Thrive Salad Seasoning
1/2 cup Thrive Béchamel Sauce
2 T. Thrive Espagnole Gravy
1/2 cup Thrive Sour Cream Powder
2 T. Thrive Beef Bouillon
¼ cup Thrive Onions (FD)
1 cup Thrive Cooked Roast Beef (FD)
2 1/2 cups Thrive Egg Noodle Pasta
1/3 cup Thrive Mushrooms (FD) optional, can use more.
1 tsp Thrive Chef’s Choice Seasoning Blend
1 Tablespoon Thrive Salad Seasoning





Burrito Bowls
What’s a Burrito Bowl?  It a burrito you eat in a bowl with no tortilla.  You could always use this as burrito filling, but it is delicious without the tortilla.   Yields 5 1 cup servings

 Jar Directions:  Layer ingredients in a quart-sized jar, shaking the dry powder ingredients into the bulkier items. Top with an oxygen (300 cc) packet for longer-term storage add new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring, OR seal with a food saver.  Cover with a new canning lid and hand-tighten the metal ring. 

*All of the ingredients will fit in the jar, if you are having trouble getting them to fit simply tap the bottom of the jar on a hard surface until the contents settle.

Cooking Directions:  Heat 3 Tbsp. oil in a large sauce pan.  Add contents of jar and sauté for 30 seconds.   Be careful don’t burn it.  Add 5 cups water and simmer 5 min. Remove from heat and cover for 10 minutes.   Serve with your favorite Mexican toppings.  We like; cheddar cheese, freshly diced tomatoes diced green onions, sour cream and guacamole

Shopping List for 12  Jars of
Burrito Bowls
For 1 Jar of
Burrito Bowls
1 pantry can freeze dried onions
1 #10 can instant rice (white or brown)
1 #10 can  instant beans (black or pinto)
6 teaspoon of garlic powder
6 teaspoon of chili powder
12 teaspoon of cumin
1 pantry can Thrive chicken bouillon

1  cup freeze dried chicken slices
1/4 cup freeze dried onions
1 cup instant rice (white or brown)
½ cup Thrive tomato sauce powder
1 cup instant beans (black or pinto)
1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon of chili powder
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 Tablespoon chicken bouillon