Chicken Tortellini Soup – Thrive Style

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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…
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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…
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Add Some Lasagna to Your Life

Recipes
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: 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…
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MARCH Q-PON: Freeze Dried Zucchini

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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…
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How to Make Ricotta Cheese from Powdered Milk

Dinners, Freeze-Dried Beef, Pasta, Powdered Milk, Powders, Recipes
I've started a new little challenge for myself. Every week I pick a new recipe from a favorite blog, cookbook, cooking magazine, etc. and try to make it completely out of items in my "home store" pantry. That means nothing from the fridge or freezer, and I have to have it on hand already. It's been pretty fun so far. I made Chicken Mozzarella Pasta, Peanut Butter Poodle Pancakes, and most recently "Calm Before the Storm" lasagna (all pics on our Facebook page). For the lasagna. Here is the recipe I was originally working off of found in my Rachel Ray cooking magazine: Most of the substitutions were pretty easy. I used Thrive Freeze-Dried Ground Beef, chopped onions, and tomato powder for the basic sauce. I used freeze dried mozzarella…
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Thrive Life Monthly Q Program

Thrive Life Monthly Q Program

Monthly Q
Thrive Life has several programs to make it easy to get the food storage you want and at a budget you can afford, shipped straight to your house every month. There are a few different ways you can use the Monthly Q program to incorporate the products into your food storage as well as into your every day cooking. Members of the Q get the lowest prices on all their purchases along with benefits and perks. Here is a summary of how the Q works:  Since the Q is completely customizable to what you want in your food storage you can manage it however you want. Here are two of the most popular ways people use the Q and have had great success with it.  Customizable Home Store Q The…
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Whole Wheat Spinach Noodles (aka HULK noodles)

Pasta, Recipes
I've been making homemade spinach whole wheat noodles for awhile now. They taste so much better to me than store bought whole wheat noodles. Store-bought whole wheat lasagna noodles tend to taste like cardboard to me. I've always made the noodles with fresh spinach until last fall I tried them with freeze-dried spinach. I was super nervous they would fail. It turns out they worked just fine and no one noticed a difference. Well last week I thought I would take these noodles to the next level. I tried them with powdered eggs. I was shocked at the results. They turned out great. My almost 2 year old ate the lasagna right up. This is the boy who would prefer candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Needless to say, I…
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MARCH MADNESS THRIVE LIFE SALE

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In the March Madness Sale you can save from 5% to 50% off ALL THRIVE foods from March 18–25when you shop on our consultant website! Pantry cans, #10 cans, 6-pack cases, and pantry can 10-packs will all be on sale—click the image above to visit our one-click shopping page and see the sale pricing.   You can fill your shopping cart now, but sale pricing won't be reflected until the sale begins.  The sale runs from March 18 through March 25th or while supplies last.  Return to your shopping cart any time during the sale and checkout with one click. SALE HIGHLIGHTS The best pricing is available if you purchase in cases (six #10 cans per case).  We recommend buying cases if at all possible, even if it means going in on an order with a few…
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Denny’s Fabulous French Toast (with powdered eggs and milk)

Denny’s Fabulous French Toast (with powdered eggs and milk)

Breakfast, Powders, Recipes
I have a secret love for restaurant copy cat recipes. I even made an entire PF Chang dinner for our traditional Chinese food New Year's Even dinner the year that we were on a tight budget and couldn't afford to go out for it. I also love the IHOP country griddle cakes and the Denny's french toast all found in the Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 cookbook pictured at the left. Since I have a large family the french toast recipe always uses up a ton of my eggs because we make a double or triple batch. I decided to try the recipe with powdered eggs and powdered milk to save a little time and hassle having to run to the store for more. It's also great to know that…
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Powdered Milk Mysteries Revealed

Powdered Milk Mysteries Revealed

Monthly Specials
Powdered milk is a common item that people store for long term emergency situations for many reasons. It has enough nutrients to allow you to sustain life even if it was the ONLY thing you were eating/drinking, you cannot store fresh milk in a powerless emergency, and milk is a very common ingredient in many recipes. The beautiful thing about having milk in your home storage is that it can also save you in those everyday emergencies, like realizing you are out of milk right in the middle of cooking dinner. I hate going grocery shopping with my kids at all so if I can avoid a mid-week run for milk, I will gladly jump at the opportunity. Using powdered milk for baking and when we run out saves me…
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