May Q-Pon: Freeze-Dried Red Bell Peppers

Freeze-Dried Vegetables, Monthly Q
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 Freeze Dried Red Bell Peppers are the featured product. This would be a good item to stock up on this month if you are on the Q! THRIVE Red Bell Peppers are just the thing to spice up any of your favorite foods. Try using red bell peppers in salsas, stir-fry, and soups. The bold taste will give a kick to your typical meal. Re-hydration Instructions: Add 1 cup THRIVE Red Bell Peppers to 1/3 cup of water. Add more water until moist, but not soggy. RECIPE: Sweet Pepper Dip Ingredients: 1 c. THRIVE™ Sour Cream Powder + ½ c. cold water…
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15 Ways to Use Tomato Powder

Powders
Tomato powder is one of our all-time favorite products to keep in our home stores. It removes the necessity to store so many tomato-based products and it is so versatile. Here are some reason why we love it so much: It is "pure" tomatoes, so no additives, preservatives, etc. Easy to use to create lots of different tomato-based products Eliminate the need to buy/store multiple products Save money and eat healthier by creating ingredients from scratch Here are our top 15 ways that WE love to use tomato powder and recipes to make them! 1. Tomato sauce 1/4 c. tomato powder + 1 cup of water = 8 ounce jar of tomato sauce 2. Spaghetti sauce 1/2 c. tomato powder + 2 cups of water Seasonings as desired (here is…
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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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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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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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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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Buffalo Chicken Pizza With Bacon

Dinners, Freeze-Dried Chicken, Freeze-Dried Vegetables
I love the flavors of buffalo chicken, ranch, and bacon. There's something about that mixture that just speaks to me. I like that mixture on sandwiches, in wraps, salads, and anything else I can think of. The other day I was thinking it would make a great pizza. However, I didn't feel like thawing, cutting, and cooking chicken but that wasn't a problem at all! Enter in Thrive: This isn't a formal recipe, it's just something I put together. And you can too. Ingredients: Crust (pita, homemade dough, store bought dough, English muffin, whatever you want) Ranch Dressing Thrive Freeze-Dried Chicken Dices Buffalo Sauce Thrive Freeze-Dried Green Onions (Love these! Never throw away green onion leftovers again) Canned Pineapple Bacon (I like the precooked bacon from Costco for this. I…
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Thrive Sauces

Pasta, Recipes
One of my favorite items from Thrive are their sauces! They make it so simple to cook with your home store without having to add in any additional ingredients from the grocery store. Who doesn't love getting to skip out on a grocery store trip? You can put together complete and delicious meals. I have tried similar sauce powders from other companies and never been completely thrilled with how they tasted but every one of these ones is delicious and super easy to use. The sauces can be used in so many recipes, and so many different ways. Here is how I have used each of the 4 sauces: Bechamel Sauce This one is my favorite, it is like a simple white sauce but rich and flavorful and thickens really…
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