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Delicious Beef and Vegetable Soup


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.

Jar meal ingredients
1/2 cup + 2 TBSP Thrive Large Beef Dices
2 TBSP Thrive Sausage Crumbles
1/4 cup elbow macaroni
1/4 cup Thrive Celery
1/4 cup Thrive Chopped Onions
1/3 cup Thrive Mushroom pieces
2 tsp Thrive Green Chili Peppers
2 TBSP white rice
1 TBSP Thrive Tomato powder
1 1/2 TBSP Thrive Beef Bouillon
1/2 tsp Thrive Chef’s Choice Seasoning
1/2 TBSP garlic powder
1 TBSP Thrive Basil
1/2 cup Thrive Tomato Dices
1/4 cup Thrive Chopped Spinach

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


Jar meals · Quick and Easy meals · Recipe · Thrive

Beef Stroganoff

Our family loves this quick and easy stroganoff! We are definitely going to be packing this down in a vacuum sealer to take on our camping trips next year.

1/4 cup Thrive Sour Cream powder
1/3 cup Thrive Espagnole (Savory Beef Gravy)
1/4 cup Thrive chopped onions (FD)
1 cup Thrive Large Beef Dices (FD)
1 1/4 TBSP Thrive Salad Seasoning Blend
1 tsp of Thrive Chef’s Choice Seasoning Blend
1 tsp Garlic powder
2 cups egg noodle pasta

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.

To cook:
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.



Jar meals · Quick and Easy meals · Recipe · Thrive

Spaghetti Sauce Jar Meal


This is rapidly becoming one of our favorite jar meals! It is versatile and be customized for your family. These measurements are for making a quart size jar which is more than enough to feed my family of 5 (including my ravenous teens). If you would like to make a smaller portion you can half the recipe and put it in a pint size jar.

Base Sauce Ingredients
1 cup Thrive Ground Beef
1 cup Thrive Tomato Sauce
2 TBSP Thrive Italian Seasoning
2 tsp Chef’s Choice Seasoning
2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 cup Thrive Chopped Onions (FD)
1/2 cup Tomato Dices

Add in your favorite vegetables
1/4 cup Thrive Zucchini
1/4 cup Thrive Celery
1/4 cup Thrive Mushrooms
1/4 cup Thrive Spinach
1/4 cup Thrive Mixed Bell Peppers
to taste Thrive Green Chili Peppers

To make the jar meal (quart size jar)
Add all of the base ingredients to the jar in the order provided. Next, add up to 2 cups of your favorite add in veggies.

To cook the saghetti sauce (quart size jar)
Add the contents of the jar and 5-6 cups of water (depending on desired thickness) to a cooking pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 10 – 15 minutes until the vegetables and meat are fully rehydrated and tender. Add more if needed. Serve over cooked pasta or rice.

For my friends in cooking group
The spaghetti sauce jar that I demonstrate includes the following add ins:
1/4 cup Zucchini
1/4 cup Spinach
2 TBSP Mushrooms
2 TBSP Mixed Bell Peppers
1 tsp Green Chili Peppers