Monday, December 16, 2013

Meals in a Jar Monday: Potato Sausage Soup

This is my family's favorite meal in a jar so far.  My kids and husband loved it.  This recipe was created by fellow consultant Amber Spackman (you can shop from Amber here).   We have made this recipe a couple of times, both on the stove top and the crock pot, both ways work great.

Meal in a Jar Potato Sausage Soup

In the Jar

4-5 TBSP. Chicken Bullion
1 TBPS parsley
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1 C. F.D Sausage
1 C. Dehydrated potato chunks
1/3 C. F. D. celery
1/4 C. F.D. onions
1/3 C. Dehydrated carrot dices
1/3 C. F.D. peas
Added when making:
1/2 cube butter
3 Quartz water
 1/2 cup flour
1 cup Thrive Instant Milk (pre mixed)

Boil contents of the jar in 3 quarts water for 10 to 15 minutes, until the carrots and potatoes are soft.   

Meanwhile create a roux by melting the butter over low heat, gently whisk in the flour.  Add 1 cup Thrive Instant Milk (reconstituted before adding).  Stir over low heat until thick and bubbly.  Add to the soup and mix well.  Heat 1-2 minutes more and serve. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Tropical Fruit Bark—an easy to make holiday treat made from your food storage.

Over the holiday weekend, a friend shared this recipe for Tropical Fruit Bark with me and we loved it.  It was easy to make, super yummy and made 100% from my food storage. The freeze dried fruit is not rehydrated, so it's crunchy and sweet and just a little addicting.  

I’m thinking it will make an awesome homemade Christmas gift. 

Tropical Fruit Bark 
·         2 cups  chocolate chips, OR chocolate melting wafers  (I used Guittard Milk Chocolate Chips)
·         ¼ cup freeze dried bananas, break large pieces
·         ¼ cup freeze dried pineapple chunks, break large pieces  
·         ¼ cup freeze dried mangoes. 
·         ¼ cup freeze dried blackberries

  1.   Line large baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  2. Melt chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds at ½ power repeat as necessary.  Stir after 30 second and repeat until chocolate is melted. 
  3. Spread chocolate ¼ inch think.
  4. Sprinkle dried fruit over the chocolate. 
  5. Press toppings lightly into the chocolate. 
  6.  Chill for 30 minutes.
  7.  Break into pieces and store in an air tight container.

*Note Do NOT rehydrate the freeze dried fruit.  It is supposed to be crunchy.
The Tropical Fruit Bark is made with Thrive freeze dried fruit which is part of the magic, making it crunchy.