I am frequently asked how I use Thrive products so I thought I would share one way we use them so you can see how easy it is. In addition to our jar meals we use Thrive as a “toss & cook” dinner. Dinner is ready in 4 easy steps
Scoop: I have a shelf of “go to” veggies (corn, peas, onions, spinach, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, etc). I randomly scoop whatever we feel like having that night into a bowl.
Soak: I add water to the bowl (usually just enough to cover the veggies) and let it soak for about 5 minutes while I get everything else ready. Then I drain the excess water
Saute: Add a little bit of oil to a hot pan and saute the veggies for a few minutes (everything is already cooked so I’m just heating them up). I usually add some seasoning like Chef’s Choice.
Serve!: Serve it up as a delicious side dish or add rice & left over chicken/pork pieces for a full dinner. We’ll sometimes have something cooking in the crockpot.
There are so many variations on what you can cook with Thrive. You can have dinner on the table in 15-20 minutes & the best part is that you aren’t throwing away rotten vegetables all of the time!
In June 2015, Thrive Life announced that they were opening their own freeze drying facility in American Fork, Utah. Since that time they have been steadily changing their product line over to the new facility. If you receive a can from Thrive Life that has the new white label, it is being produced at that new facility.
I’ll be honest, some of the new products were a little underwhelming to me (here’s lookin’ at you sausage crumbles) but I was amazed at the new and improved tomato dices. I thought the dices were fine before but I was pleasantly surprised when I opened my first “white label can” yesterday. The color is a deeper red and the fresh tomato smell wafting out of the can was amazing! I can tell the new tomato dices are going to add a richer, more intense flavor to my jar meals. I hope Thrive Life continues to knock it out of the park with their future product updates.
We use tomato dices in a lot of our jar meal recipes. Check out some of our favorites below
Baby it’s cold outside! This is the perfect soup to warm the cold, dark days of winter. It’s full of veggie goodness and a breeze to cook- great for those nights when you’d rather snuggle under a fuzzy blanket and binge on Netflix than make dinner.
Ingredients to have on hand
1 TBSP butter
1/4 TBSP balsamic vinegar
4 cups water
To assemble jar meal
Add ingredients to a quart sized mason jar in the order listed. Place a moisture absorber in the jar, seal tight, and store in a cool dry place.
Directions to cook
Add 4 cups of water to pot and bring to a boil. Take out the moisture absorber and add the contents of the jar plus the butter and vinegar. Return to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
Meal inspired by Todd Leonard, Chef for Thrive Life
Photo credit: Todd Leonard, Chef for Thrive Life
To assemble the jar meal:
Layer ingredients into a quart size jar, seal tightly and store in a dark, dry place (like a pantry). I usually cook my mixes within a few weeks of assembling them but if you would like to store them for more than a few months you can store them in a vacuum sealed container or add an oxygen absorber.
Bring 4 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Pour contents of jar into the water and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 12-15 minutes (or when noodles are done). Cover and set for 8-10 minutes.
I’m going to try and do better about posting the specials earlier in the month. Here are my personal top choices for the October Specials.
#1. Peach slices– the monthly Q-pons are always the best deal around and the peaches are an immensely popular item. This is definitely a “stockpile” price.
#2. Green Peas– these are delicious straight out of the can! I never would have imagined snacking on freeze dried peas but they make a great crunchy sweet treat. We also like to toss these into a bowl with Thrive Life chopped onions, sweet corn, red peppers, and green peppers for a tasty veggie mix to add to our Kielbasa and rice meal.
#3. Potato Chunks– I have used these mostly in soups like the Sausage Zuppa Toscana Soup. I love being able to toss potatoes into a dish without the hassle of prepping and peeling them. Super easy and delicious!
September Specials review- My Top 3 picks
#1 I’m so excited that the onion slices are on sale this month! They are one of my all time favorite Thrive Life products. We like to use them as pizza toppings or in casseroles.
#2 The summer limeade is also a popular item but I have not tried it yet so I can’t offer any personal experiences with that one yet. I know that a lot of people like to use it in jar meals or as a substitute for lime juice. This one is a seasonal item so this is probably the last chance to order it until next year.
#3 Fuji Apples are also pretty good. I have seen little bags of freeze dried apples popping up in all of the grocery stores lately but I like being able to buy them in a larger quantity (although Thrive Life does offer them in small snack size bags as well).
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One of the things that stopped me from using freeze dried/dehydrated foods in the past was the fear of the unknown. I was too scared to open those intimidating looking #10 cans so they just sat there for years! I’m hoping to alleviate any similar fears some of you may have by giving you a peek into my pantry. Let me know if there are any other cans you would like to take a peek in and I’ll be happy to oblige.
One of my new favorite freeze dried ingredients is chopped spinach. For years I thought that I thoroughly detested disliked spinach but I recently realized that I only despised cooking with spinach. I would buy fresh spinach at the grocery store with every good intention of using it but homework, scout meetings, soccer, debilitating fatigue, life would get in the way and my good intentions were left decomposing in the refrigerator. Then I tried using frozen spinach but hated the whole process of thawing and squeezing the water out of it. The finished product just did not look as appealing to me as the fresh spinach.
I was skeptical of the freeze dried spinach at first but am now a firm believer in the power of freeze dried veggies-.my kids are actually eating it without complaint! I just opened our third can today and have two more on order.
There are several different ways you can use this product.
> Toss it as is into spaghetti sauces or eggs (just add a little extra liquid to the pan to refresh the spinach)
> Rehydrate it and use it in recipe that calls for spinach (like spinach artichoke dip)
> Rehydrate it and add it as a topping for your pizza
> Use it in make ahead jar meal mixes like the Sausage Skillet Lasagna or Make Ahead Spaghetti Mix
I’ll add more details and pictures to this post as I figure out more ways to use the spinach but for now you can check out the spinach and other freeze dried veggies here. Happy Cooking!