TASTE OF THRIVE ON THE Q!

This last weekend we had the chance to attend the Thrive Life convention. Convention is a great time because Thrive always announces new products that we love to incorporate into our home store and great tools to make it even easier to use them. Did you see our posts on the new Thrive Bakery Line and the Thrive Guide?

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INTRODUCING SMART START: TASTE OF THRIVE


We’ve never been so excited about a Thrive package as we are about this. This new product will change your everyday cooking in ways you never knew you were missing! A Taste of THRIVE helps you start using THRIVE in the meals your family already loves. It comes with some of the most convenient, delicious, and time-saving THRIVE products, plus all the tools you need to start using them in your favorite meals right away. You’ll cut down meal prep, waste less, and eat healthier in no time!

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Get Cooking With a Taste of THRIVE
Taste of Thrive can be ordered as a one time purchase or via the Thrive Life Monthly Q which is an autoship program that helps you build your food storage on any budget. Taste of Thrive comes in three monthly shipments of $100 each and is an incredible tool to help you start using THRIVE in your family’s favorite recipes. It contains brochures with handy tips and recipe ideas for each month’s foods, plus the THRIVE Guide (also new) which includes prep info and tips for every THRIVE product. Month 2 comes with a handy reference sheet you can stick on your fridge for easy access to important product information.

WE LOVE THE TASTE OF THRIVE


What We Love About Taste of THRIVE
When learning how to cook with freeze-dried foods, people can be a little skeptical about how easy it is. If you have been either skeptical or a little unsure, this is the best place to start. Taste of Thrive is available on the Q with a $100 budget. For the first three months of your Q you will get a package of foods, recipe cards and information to help you make cooking with Thrive a success in your own recipes. This is awesome because you can incorporate Thrive into your everyday cooking. No more chopping, throwing away, waiting for foods to thaw and so much more. Thrive truly makes cooking easier, healthier and more cost effective.

How to Get Started

Option 1:
Visit the Taste of Thrive product page. Click “Add to Cart” and make a one time purchase. If you decide you want the 2nd and 3rd packs, you will need to come back and order them separately. Pack 2 will be available May 1st, pack 3 will be available June 1st.

Option 2:
Visit the Taste of Thrive product page. To make sure you are sent all three months automatically, be sure to click “Add to Thrive Q”. You will then be asked to set up your monthly Q autoship program. You can stick to a $100 monthly budget to receive just the Taste of Thrive, or increase the budget to enable you to add in monthly specials or other items to build your food storage. Once your Q is set up and activated, sit back and enjoy grocery shopping from home. The next month you will get pack 2, and the next pack 3. After the first three months you can continue your Q with your favorite foods that you will understand how to use.

Month 1 Month 2 Month 3

Chopped Chicken (FD)
Strawberry Slices (FD)
Peach Slices (FD)
Chopped Onions (FD)
Celery (FD)
Sweet Corn (FD)
Instant Milk
Classic Tomato Sauce
Classic Cookie Dough Mix

Ground Beef (FD)
Banana Slices (FD)
Raspberries (FD)
Pineapple Chunks (FD)
Mushroom Pieces (FD)
Green Beans (FD)
Chef’s Choice Seasoning Blend
Espagnole (Savory Beef Gravy)
Country White Dough Mix

Available May 1st

Sausage Crumbles (FD)
Blueberries (FD)
Granny Smith Apples (FD)
Potato Dices (FD)
Chopped Spinach (FD)
Red Bell Peppers (FD)
Rainbow Farfalle Pasta
Béchamel (Creamy White Sauce)
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix

Available June 1st

NEW PRODUCTS: Thrive Bakery Line

This last weekend we had the chance to attend the Thrive Life convention. Convention is a great time because Thrive always announces new products that we love to incorporate into our home store and great tools to make it even easier to use them. Did you see our posts on the new Thrive Guide and the Smart Start: Taste of Thrive?

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INTRODUCING THE NEW THRIVE BAKERY LINE


pizzasOne of the best parts of convention is the launch of NEW PRODUCTS. Thrive Life launched an entire bakery line to help us make easy and delicious homemade breads and cookies with baking mixes that are simple to use and kid-approved. You can click to view the whole Thrive Bakery Line including recipes using the new items, or read descriptions of each item below. We are so excited for these yummy additions to our home store.

Honey Whole Wheat Dough Mix
Get healthy fresh-baked bread on the table without the hassle with our multi-use dough mix—just add yeast and water. Bake it as it is, or add more grains and seasonings for tasty artisan loaves. Plus, you can use the dough for rolls, breadsticks, pizza crust, scones, and more! 100% whole wheat with no preservatives added.  
Learn more or buy now.

Country White Dough Mix
Get fresh-baked bread on the table without the hassle with our exclusive multi-use dough mix—just add yeast and water. Bake it as it is, or add your favorite seasonings for tasty arti­san loaves. Plus, you can use the dough for rolls, scones, pizza crust, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, and more!
Learn more or buy now.

Instant Dry Yeast
Make delicious homemade bread with THRIVE™ Instant Dry Yeast. It will make your loaves, rolls, breadsticks, scones, doughnuts and more irresistibly light and fluffy. Comes in individual packets of 2 1/4 tsp. of yeast, perfect for one batch of bread mix.
Learn more or buy now.
Golden Cornbread Mix
Warm, crumbly cornbread that’s perfect every time is easy with THRIVE Golden Cornbread Mix. Just add water for regular cornbread, or use it to make cornbread muffins, chili topping, stuffing, griddle cakes, and more!
Learn more or buy now.
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix
This specially formulated THRIVE™ mix makes for irresistible sugar cookies in minutes—just add butter, eggs, and water. Or use it as a base for peanut butter cookies, snickerdoodles, crust for tarts or dessert pizzas, and more!
Learn more or buy now.

Classic Cookie Dough Mix
Just add butter, water, and chocolate chips for quick and deli­cious THRIVE™ cookies! Make perfect traditional chocolate chip cookies or cookie bars, or add your favorite chips, nuts, or even THRIVE™ fruits to add your own delicious twist.
Learn more or buy now.

JODI AND JULIE STAMP OF APPROVAL


We personally tasted every one of these items over convention weekend and thought they were delicious.  They taste like anything we would make homemade from scratch but were made in just minutes with these mixes.  We are excited to add them to our own home stores and can’t wait for you to try them too!

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We always love to hang out with Chef Todd, the mastermind behind all the wonderful new Thrive products, when we’re at convention. To check out more of his great cooking tips and recipe videos make sure to visit the Thrive It Up page.

HOW TO USE FOOD STORAGE FOODS: BRAND NEW THRIVE GUIDE

This last weekend we had the chance to attend the Thrive Life convention. Convention is a great time because Thrive always announces new products that we love to incorporate into our home store. Did you see our posts on the new Bakery Line and the Smart Start:Taste of Thrive.

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INTRODUCING: THE BRAND NEW THRIVE GUIDE!

We are thrilled to also introduce to you the Brand New Thrive Guide. It is available at almost 70% off for a limited time (since it’s new and everyone needs to have it). Just $7.49 for this valuable resource.

guide smallerThe THRIVE Guide is your one and only stop for preparing and cooking with THRIVE! It includes the following:

  • - Preparation instructions and usage tips for every THRIVE product
  • - Tasty recipe images and 6 of Chef Todd’s favorite THRIVE recipes
  • - Ideas for using Thrive in your everyday cooking
  • - Quick reference chart
  • - Rehydration instruction and tips
  • - Conversion ratios for freeze-dried to fresh
  • - And much more!


Click here to buy now at the discounted price!

HOW TO USE FOOD STORAGE FOODS

As Food Storage experts, we were asked to teach a couple classes at the Thrive Live convention on how to bring your foods from “Storage to Stovetop”. Using foods you store in your daily cooking is so important for many reasons. If you are storing foods you don’t like, don’t know how to use, or don’t understand … what good are they? Becoming familiar with the foods you store and how to cook them is so important.

CONVENTION


The Thrive Guide goes along perfectly with our class to help people become more familiar with cooking using freeze-dried foods. Here is some of the content of what we taught at convention.
Tips for bringing foods from Storage to Stovetop:

  • Start small: Buy small containers, even pantry cans of foods to test out before committing to storing large amounts. This will help you feel more at ease with what you are storing
  • When cooking isolate variables: Only use one storage ingredient at a time so if your recipe doesn’t turn out for some reason, you will know the problem. For example if you are making a cake and want to try whole wheat flour and powdered eggs, only use one of those ingredients the first time you try it.
  • Don’t tell your family you are using food storage items: Typically family members might rebel against foods they aren’t familiar with. If they don’t know dinner contains “food storage” they probably won’t even notice.
  • Use half and half: When using new ingredients like powdered sour cream, milk, eggs, or butter, try using half fresh, half storage. This will give you a more familiar consistency until you become more expert at using stored items.
  • Get the kids involved: Now as long as the ingredients you are using aren’t ingredients you want hidden in your recipes have your kids help. When kids help make dinner they are so proud and will eat almost anything. Try it.
  • Use tried and true recipes: If you are going for a complete recipe using all new ingredients, try using recipes from experts. This will give you better results at first.

Once you are confident in using less familiar ingredients you will know how to use them without even thinking. The best way to start is to slowly implement new foods one at a time. If you are unsure where to start, the best foods to start with are featured in the new Smart Start: Taste of Thrive. This package contains the very best and most often used Thrive foods.

IHOP Country Griddle Cakes

Many many years ago I was working the overnight shift at IHOP for a little spare cash. I would always eat there during my shift and got to love lots of the foods. My favorite pancakes were the country griddle pancakes. I swear I could eat them every day! Well I stopped working there and a few years later went back to eat there expecting to have my delicious favorite pancakes and they were OFF the menu. I was so disappointed. If you know me and food, you will know that this was seriously an emergency.

I went home and looked in my Top Secret Restaurant Recipes cookbook (the same one I used for the Denny’s Fabulous French Toast recipe I posted a few weeks ago. They actually HAD the recipe and I HAD to try it out immediately! It did not leave me disappointed, that’s for sure.

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IHOP Country Griddle Cakes

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cups Thrive White Flour (You can also grind wheat and use wheat flour)
1/3 cup Thrive Germade (cream of wheat) (on sale this month!)
1 egg (or 1 T. Thrive powdered eggs + 2 T. water)
1/3 cup Thrive White Sugar
1 1/2 cups buttermilk (can make your own, see notes below)
1 tsp. Thrive Baking Powder
1 tsp. Thrive Baking Soda
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. Thrive Salt

Directions:
Preheat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Spray skillet with nonstick spray. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl with a mixer set on medium speed. Mix until smooth, but don’t over mix. Pour the batter by 1/4 – 1/3 cup portions into the hot pan and cook for 1 to 3 minutes per side or until brown. Repeat with remaining batter.

How to Make a Buttermilk Substitution

Since I don’t often have buttermilk on hand, I like to make my own. It’s super easy! You mix 1 Tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice per 1 Cup of milk. Stir it around and let sit for a few minutes. It’s not a true buttermilk but it definitely works as a substitution in a pinch. I also often make it using Thrive Instant Milk so it’s 3 tablespoons of milk powder, 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice, and 1 cup of water. Easy and delicious in any recipe calling for buttermilk!

April Q-PON: Beef Dices

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Each month ONE item is on sale at a significant discount for customers on the Thrive Monthly Q Program. It’s called the Q-Pon item. This month the Freeze-Dried Beef Dices are the featured product. This would be a good item to stock up on this month if you are on the Q!

THRIVE Beef Dices are freeze-dried to lock in the freshness and taste of the premium beef flavor and nutrients. The innovative freeze drying process removes all of the moisture from the prime cuts of meat giving each beef dice a shelf life of up to twenty-five years. By using THRIVE Beef Dices you will save time because you won’t have worry about thawing, trimming, or browning each cut of meat. You can simply toss it into all your favorite meals such as beef stew, stir-fry, stroganoff, fajitas and enchiladas.

Beef Enchiladas
by Chef Todd Leonard, CEC
Prep time: 35 min.
Serves 4
Enchilada Ingredients: Instructions
2 c. THRIVE™ Beef Dices (FD)
¼ c. THRIVE™ Chopped Onions (FD)
¼ c. THRIVE™ Green Chili Peppers (FD)
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
¼ c. THRIVE™ Tomato Dices
1 tbsp. THRIVE™ Espagnole sauce, dry
c. water
c. THRIVE™ Cheddar Cheese (FD), reconstituted
8 flour tortillas
Sauce Ingredients:
2 tbsp. THRIVE™ Chopped Onions (FD)
2 tbsp. THRIVE™ Green Chili Peppers
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tbsp. lime juice
c. water
1/3 c. THRIVE™ Espagnole sauce, dry
½ c. THRIVE™ Cheddar Cheese (FD), reconstituted
¼ c. sour cream
Combine enchilada ingredients except tortillas and cheese and let sit for 10 minutes. Sauté mixture in a hot skillet (do not drain). Cook until tender and set aside.Combine all sauce ingredients except espagnole, cheese, and sour cream in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add espagnole and simmer for 2 minutes. Pour into a blender and blend until smooth, then return to pan. Fold in sour cream and ½ c. cheese. Stir into sauce until incorporate. Stir ¼ cup sauce into filling mixture.Assemble enchiladas with ¼ cup filling and 1 tbsp. cheese on each tortilla. Roll tortillas up, place in 9×13 pan, and pour sauce over enchiladas. Top with remaining cheese and bake at 350°F for 15–20 minutes.

Chicken Tortellini Soup – Thrive Style

My mom has a fabulous tortellini soup recipe that is a family favorite in my house. It used to be quite a production to make it since I had to thaw and cook chicken, chop and brown celery and onions, and that’s assuming I have celery on hand which is a rare occasion. One day at the grocery store I discovered a box of tortellinis in the pasta section, NOT refrigerated. I’ve always used the refrigerated kind so had to plan ahead for that too. Well this gave me the idea to try making my mom’s recipe but substituting all Thrive ingredients (except the tortellinis and spices). Let me just say, I will NEVER go back to the old way again.

This recipe has become a go-to meal for my family because I always have EVERYTHING on hand for it, and I can whip it up in under fifteen minutes. Cheaper and faster and WAY healthier than any fast food option I could think of. That’s a big WIN around this busy house of mine!

Chicken Tortellini Soup - Thrive Style by http://YourThriveLife.com

Chicken Tortellini Soup – Thrive Style

Ingredients:
10 1/2 c. water
6 T. Thrive Chicken Bouillon (on sale this month)
1/2 tsp. celery seed
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. salt
Sprinkle of red pepper flakes (optional)
1 c. Thrive Freeze-Dried Chopped Dhicken)
1/3 c. Thrive Freeze-Dried Celery (on sale this month)
1/4 c. Thrive Freeze-Dried Onions (on sale this month in pantry can variety pack)
12 oz package of Barilla Tortellini (yes they are shelf stable!)

Directions:
In large pot add water, bouillon, and spices. Bring to a boil. Add the freeze-dried chicken and let heat for 5 minutes. Add freeze-dried onions and celery. Add tortellinis and cook according to package directions. Refrigerated tortellinis tend to need less cook time than the dried versions. Once the noodles are done, enjoy!

On Sale This Month

I wanted to highlight this recipe because it uses lots of ingredients that are ON SALE in April. My favorite deal is the pantry can variety pack of veggies. You can get a huge sampling of the vegetables that Thrive offers and see what you like and order more of those varieties. The veggies are one of my favorite products for saving time and money in the kitchen (no chopping, no waste, no tears, no extra shopping for fresh). Click here to view all of the April Monthly Specials.

APRIL SPECIALS FAVORITE PICKS

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The THRIVE APRIL Specials have been published and today we want to share with you some of our favorite items that are on sale! Each month we like to share with you what products we like most out of the sales list, how to use them, and what we use them in. So here we go:


Check out all the monthly specials

OUR FAVORITES



Vegetable Variety Pack Pantry
#10 Can RETAIL: $112.99 SALE 93.53 (q club is $90.49)
The THRIVE™ Vegetable Variety Pack is a great way to sample Thrive’s most popular THRIVE vegetables. You cut out cumbersome steps like washing and chopping with THRIVE veggies—they rehydrate in minutes and are ready to toss right into salads, soups, and entrées. You won’t have to worry about spoilage either, with the great shelf life of our freeze dried and dehydrated veggies. Add health and delicious flavor to any meal with THRIVE vegetables!

What the package contains:
The THRIVE Vegetable Variety Pack includes 12 pantry cans, one of each of the following:
Broccoli (FD), Carrot Dices, Cauliflower (FD), Celery (FD), Chopped Onions (FD), Chopped Spinach (FD), Green Beans (FD), Green Peas (FD), Mixed Bell Peppers, Mushrooms (FD), Potato Chunks, Sweet Corn (FD)

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Applesauce
#10 Can RETAIL: $31.19 SALE $26.59
Made up of both egg whites and yolks, THRIVE Applesauce will be your new favorite quick snack. Just add water to the mixture and you will have a creamy applesauce that is made just the way you like it. THRIVE Applesauce will be ready anytime you want it for a snack or ingredient. With only apples in the ingredients, you don’t have to worry about added sugars or high-fructose corn syrup


How To Use It:
Put 1 cup THRIVE Applesauce and 2 1/2 cups hot water in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Add 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons THRIVE White Sugar for a sweeter applesauce. Let cool in refrigerator for at at least 1 hour. Makes 3 cups applesauce.

What I Use It In:
I like to put the freeze-dried apple pieces (they are tiny) in my oatmeal before cooking it. I don’t need to reconstitute it before. What’s great about it, is that the apple pieces are spread evenly throughout the whole oatmeal. It’s like adding a sweetener to the whole bowl.


Check out all the monthly specials


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Add Some Lasagna to Your Life

What we love most about having a home store is always having ingredients for things we love to eat. We’ve been known to say “If a true crisis hits, as long as I have cheesy meals, I’ll be OK!”. Well one of our favorite meals is lasagna. This month we did some fun posts on how THRIVE can be used in LASAGNA! In case you missed them, here are the posts:

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Every month Thrive picks ONE featured product and puts it on sale at a substantial discount. All customers who are part of the Thrive Q Monthly Autoship program can buy as many of these QPON items as they want. Stock up on the QPON product every single month and always pay the lowest prices. Don’t replenish until it goes on sale again!
This month the QPON item is Freeze-Dried Zucchini, a favorite of a lot of our customers because who ever just has zucchini ON HAND? Chef Todd shows us an amazing vegetarian lasagna recipe using the Freeze-Dried Zucchini and lots of other Thrive ingredients. Give it a try, you can always substitute in fresh items for those you don’t have in your home store yet.
Click here for the video and complete recipe.
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spinach Powdered Eggs are one of the March Monthly Specials (grab them before prices go up March 31st). Julie has an amazing spinach noodle recipe (aka Hulk noodles) that is a family favorite. She has often wondered if noodles could be made with all pantry ingredients, so this month she gave it a whirl with the powdered eggs and it totally worked!

Julie gives the recipe for both fresh and “pantry” versions of the noodles. In her pantry version she uses freeze-dried spinach which is a product we LOVE since spinach seems to go bad so fast in the fridge.
Click here to check out both recipes.
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ricottahomemade As part of a new challenge for herself, Jodi is trying new recipes and converting them to all shelf stable. That way she can feel confident in making a wide variety of items without having to run to the store for one ingredient just to make a new recipes she wants to try.

Earlier this month she attempted a pretty intense lasagna that called for ricotta cheese. She decided to make some homemade ricotta cheese using powdered milk. You would not believe how easy and yummy this is. There is no reason to ever buy expensive ricotta at the store again.
Read the post for a full tutorial and the lasagna recipe too.
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cheese We all know that it takes a LOT of cheese to make a good lasagna. People often question whether or not freeze-dried cheese is REALLY a good substitute for cheese. We can vouch 100% that freeze-dried cheese works great in lasagna … and pizza. However, you can increase your chances of success by reconstituting it properly.
Click here to see Chef Todd work his magic.

So we challenge you to either try one of these lasagna recipes, or take your own and substitute in some Thrive ingredients for the fresh items and see what happens. You just might be pleasantly surprised!

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Food Storage Lasagna by YourThriveLife.com -- 3 lasagnas, homemade noodles from scratch, and homemade ricotta cheese

MARCH Q-PON: Freeze Dried Zucchini

One of our favorite Thrive products (well Julie’s at least – Jodi doesn’t really like vegetables) is the freeze-dried zucchini. Having fresh zucchini year-round already washed and cut is amazing. You can throw it in sauces, casserolles, soups, omelets, stir fries and so much more. It’s seriously awesome.

Each month ONE item is on sale at a significant discount for customers on the Q. It’s called the Q-Pon item. This month the zucchini is the featured product. This would be a good item to stock up on this month.

Here’s a recipe from Chef Todd that uses a ton of freeze-dried vegetables including zucchini :) Enjoy!

Vegetarian Lasagna

by Chef Todd Leonard, CEC
Prep time: 55 min.
Serves 12

Ingredients

16 oz. lasagna sheets (1 box)
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. butter
5 tbsp. THRIVE™ White Flour
¾ c. THRIVE™ Chopped Onions (FD)
¼ c. THRIVE™ Tomato Powder
1 tbsp. THRIVE™ Italian Seasoning Blend
2 c. whipping cream
5 c. THRIVE™ Instant Milk, prepared
1 tsp. THRIVE™ Iodized Salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 tsp. THRIVE™ Chef's Choice Seasoning
1 c. THRIVE™ Broccoli (FD)
½ c. THRIVE™ Green Beans (FD)
¾ c. THRIVE™ Cauliflower (FD)
1 c. THRIVE™ Red Bell Peppers (FD)
1 c. THRIVE™ Mushroom Pieces (FD)
1 c. THRIVE™ Zucchini (FD)
½ c. THRIVE™ Carrots
½ c. THRIVE™ Celery (FD)
c. THRIVE™ Tomato Dices (FD)
1 c. THRIVE™ Chopped Spinach (FD)
c. parmesan cheese
3 c. THRIVE™ Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (FD), reconstituted
3 tbsp. THRIVE™ Basil (FD)
2 c. THRIVE™ Tomato Sauce

Instructions

Cook and cool lasagna noodles and set aside. In a 4-quart sauce pot, sweat garlic, olive oil, and butter together. Add flour to make a roux and stir to incorporate. Turn heat to low and add onions, tomato powder, and Italian blend; stir to incorporate.

Add cream and then milk; whisk to incorporate. Bring to a simmer on medium heat. Add tomato sauce, salt, pepper, and Chef’s Choice and stir. Simmer for 2–3 minutes.

Meanwhile, place all vegetables except tomatoes and spinach in a bowl and cover with water. Drain through strainer, completely pressing excess water out. Add veggie mixture to sauce once simmering, and cook another 2 minutes. Turn off heat and fold in spinach, tomatoes, parmesan cheese, and 1 cup of mozzarella.

Grease a 9×13 pan and layer the bottom with noodles; spread 1/3 of the filling on top, and repeat with 2 more layers. Top with remaining pasta noodles, cover with remaining mozzarella, and sprinkle basil on top. Bake at 350°F for 20–25 minutes uncovered, or until slightly bubbly and cheese has melted. Prepare tomato sauce and serve over lasagna.

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