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What’s for Dinner?

What’s for Dinner? I’m sure you get asked this questions often or maybe you ask yourself. Well I am here to help answer that question!

Have you ever thought about eating freeze dried foods on a daily basis? It’s easy AND nutritious and with Thrive Life it’s completely possible.
We have many vegetables, fruit and meats like chicken, shredded beef, hamburger and now pulled pork and even better, all the meat is ready to be thrown into your dish after refreshing. No browning, cutting or thawing.

Our newest product is ‘Simple Plate’. This helps with those dreaded 3 words of
‘What’s for Dinner?’ Now it will be easy to answer. Plus with the recipes you can easily duplicate your favorites and stock up on the foods like to prepare over and over..
Another huge plus is the ‘Simple Plate’ is kid friendly with step by step instructions. Get your children in the kitchen helping to prepare dinner. Not only will it help you it will teach them valuable life skills.
 
Can’t wait to get on board with your own fresh food meal plan? Become a preferred customer and begin your deliveries today, you might be eligible for FREE SHIPPING! Ask me how!

Recipe: Garden Fresh Salsa

2 1/4 cup Thrive FD Tomato Dices
1/2 cup Thrive FD Sweet Corn
1/3 cup Thrive FD Chopped Onions
1.2 cup Thrive FD Green Chili Peppers
1/3 cup Thrive FD Red Bell Peppers
1/4 cup Thrive FD Cilantro
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tbsp Thrive Limeade drink mix (refreshed with 1tbsp water)
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp hot sauce of your choice
1 3/4 cup water
Mix all ingredients together and stir well to refresh. Best if refrigerated for 2-3 hours before serving

Teach Your Children To Cook with Thrive

My grandson (8) and I decided to make chicken fajitas for the family for dinner. This recipe is from the New Thrive life Southwestern Chicken Pack.


This was so easy. The hardest part was mincing the garlic. I had him measure everything out into a bowl. Then he poured contents of the bowl into frying pan. Then sauteed and cooked it.
He told me it looked good and couldn’t wait to eat it!
Plus, he loved eating the chicken right out of the can before we started cooking and I didn’t have to worry about slicing the chicken!

 

When finished he gave his meal a thumbs up. All 4 of us each had one, then we even had seconds. It made 8 fajitas! And they were delicious!   

How much do you spend on food each month per person?

How much do you spend for 4 people in one year on food?

Get The Thrive Life Emergency cube on sale now! This will feed a family of 4 for one year!

Get this amazing pack today! NOW IS THE TIME TO STOCK UP! This super popular 4 person, ONE YEAR SUPPLY of delicious Thrive food has been deeply discounted, for a limited time only!! Our Thrive Life Emergency Cube Specialty Pack is now only $3139.00*, (which averages approx. $262 month for your year supply for 4 people!) This Cube normally sells for $3749.00, a savings of over $600!!
*Shipping is $188

But that’s not all! If you purchase this pack you can get host benefits, which means $313 in FREE products of your choiceplus Up to $400 at half off (your choice)! And if you sign up as a consultant, your commission would be $313!

To place an order for the Emergency cube you will need to contact me at Gwen@FamiliesThrivingTogether.com. Offer expires 4/17/17 or while supplies last.

CONTENTS OF THE EMERGENCY CUBE:

GRAINS
42 Hard White Wheat
36 White Rice
16 Pearled Barley
16 Quick Oats
14 Cornmeal
12 Elbow Macaroni
12 Egg Noodle Pasta
VEGETABLES
24 Potato Chunks
8 Sweet Corn (FD)
8 Green Beans (FD)
8 Cauliflower (FD)
8 Carrot Dices
4 Chopped Onions (FD)
FRUITS
4 Banana Slices (FD)
4 Blueberries (FD)
4 Peach Slices (FD)
6 Strawberry Slices (FD)
4 Raspberries (FD)
DAIRY
24 Nonfat Powdered Milk
6 Cheese Blend
8 Chocolate Drink Mix
PROTEINS
8 Chicken TVP
26 Pinto Beans
12 Black Beans
14 Lentils
8 Bacon TVP
BASICS
4 Iodized Salt
1 Vegetarian Chicken Bouillon
10 Brown Sugar
2 Baking Powder
6 Shortening Powder
8 Butter Powder
1 Vegetarian Beef Bouillon
10 Cane Sugar
OTHER
1 THRIVE Cookbook

Back to the Basics

As you sign up for our monthly service The Q start with the basics.

I looked into our buckets of sugar, flour, oatmeal etc. These buckets come in 6 gallons, with a Mylar bag sealed, and a gamma lid attached. Most of all of our food lasts up to 25 to 30 years.

With your $150 a month you could easily stock up on one bucket a month and still have left over to buy items you use every day!

For example:

Cane sugar bucket holds 40lbs of sugar with 4536 servings for only $58.99

Whole white wheat bucket holds 32lbs of wheat flour with 415 servings for only $50.29

White flour bucket holds 36lbs of white flour with 544 servings for only $39.99

Quick Oats (oatmeal) bucket holds 20lbs of oatmeal with 181 servings for only $45.89

White Rice bucket holds 42lbs of white rice with 380 servings for only $46.99

Hard white wheat bucket holds 40lbs of white wheat with 370 servings for only $51.89.

This is a great start for those basics. These buckets can be stacked on top of each other. Providing you stack weight with same weight.

Tax Return? Stock up on your food storage!

DO you want to use your tax return and stock up on food storage? Buy them in bulk!

Here are some items to consider. All items listed below have a shelf life is 25 to 30 years unopened.

Ground beef (Hamburger) 12 pk
(approximately 11.5 cups per can)
Price: $419.99 (a savings of $215.99 in bulk)

Deluxe Meat Variety pack #10 cans
Chopped Chicken
Roast Beef
Ground Beef
Sausage
Turkey
Ham
$204.04 (savings of $102.05)

Premium Meats Essential pack #10 cans
2 Chopped Chicken
2 Roast Beef
2 Ground Beef(Hamburger)
$204.99 (savings of $149.95)

Vegetable Variety Pack #10 cans
Cauliflower
Chopped Onions
Sweet Corn
Potato Chunks
Diced Carrots
Green Peas
$70.99 (savings of $33.75)

Variety Fruit Pack #10 cans
Strawberry slices
Raspberries
Blueberries
Blackberries
Peach slices
Apple slices
$126.99 (Savings of $62.65)

Tropical Fruit Variety Pack
Peach slices
Pineapple chunks
Mangos
Bananas
Fuji Apples
Apricots
$126.99 (savings of $71.05)

 

*Please notify me to purchase these specialty packages.

Shop smart in bulk! Remember to store what you eat and eat what you store!

 

 

 

2017 Preparedness: Food!

Next up for being prepared is food. Now I know you’re thinking, “I really can’t afford to do that.” But hear me out before you decide you can’t do it!

Let’s say your food budget for the month is $600. I know some of you are thinking yours is way more or that is too high. But for this example let’s just use $600 a month. Did you know that the average American family wastes an average of 25% of their grocery bill on food that they have to throw away because it goes bad before they can use it? That means in this example, you waste about $150 a month. WOW!

Let’s say you reallocated a little more than 25% of your grocery money to being more prepared. This doesn’t mean that you will not be using this money for groceries and only for food storage. In fact, it will be used for both.

Hear me out before you click off.

Let’s say you reallocate $200 and you start with buying only those foods that you end up throwing away. Like onions, celery, mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, maybe some hamburger and sausage etc.

Signing up on the Q from Thrive Life will help you start to save every single month and the groceries are delivered to your door!

For $200 with Thrive you could buy:

  • 2 #10 cans of Onions (23 cups of onions)
  • 1 pantry can of green onions (3.5 cups of green onions)
  • 1 #10 can of tomatoes (9 cups of tomatoes)
  • 1 #10 can of celery (9 cups of celery)
  • 1 #10 can of Carrots (11 cups of carrots)
  • 1 #10 can of sausage (11.5 cups of sausage)
  • 1 pantry can of Broccoli to try it out (3 cups of broccoli)

You will be surprised that through the month how much of these items you will still have left over and not spoiled!

Okay, great but how does this help me be prepared if I need these items now?

Easy, you got 2 cans of onions, right? Well, put one can aside for storage. Then your next month either buy the same items or switch out some other items to purchase.

Believe me, before long you will have accumulated several cans of food both in your kitchen area that you will continue to use and in your food storage.

Remember, ‘Store what you eat, then eat what you store.’

All of our foods at Thrive Life can be used in your favorite recipes or you can snack on the straight from the can. If your favorite recipes take an hour to cook, with Thrive Life it will be cut down to 20 to 30 min. More time for you and your family! 

2017: The Year to Be Prepared

Do you have a New Years resolution or goal? I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about becoming more prepared this year. And yes, at times it does seem like a daunting project, to say the least, but if we start small we will end up prepared!

Let’s start with non-food items at the moment. Find a box or a tub around your house. Label this Emergency supplies, it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. If you don’t have anything durable at  the moment, just find anything to collect these items inn. Does your kid have an old backpack they don’t use anymore?

Now, think about how much you can spare for the month. $25 or $50 a month?

For the month of January, let’s say you have $25 you can devote to your families preparedness. You might be thinking. “what in the world could you buy for $25 to help you become more prepared.” Well…

I went to Walmart and looked at flashlights/batteries. I found a pack of 2 flashlights with batteries for $4.47. I could buy enough flashlights and batteries for every member of my family to have in case of emergency. Put those in your tub or box. If you had any money left over put in an envelope and label emergency money, place in your tub as well to use next month.

I made a list of items I would like to purchase for this year. Personally, I am allotting myself a budget of $50 a month.

Here are a few of my items your list may be a little different.

  • Flashlights
  • batteries
  • gloves for warmth
  • hats/beanies
  • scarves
  • sweat-pants and shirts
  • deodorant
  • toothpaste/toothbrushes
  • Hand sanitizer or wipes
  • Band-aids
  • matches/lighters
  • medicine/essential oils
  • blankets
  • Duct tape
  • Rope
  • scissors
  • toilet paper
  • paper towels
  • soaps/for washing dishes, clothes, body
  • trash bags
  • file folder or notebook for important papers
  • mess kits
  • kleenex
  • Ziploc bags
  • wash rags/towels
  • Heirloom seeds for planting
  • candles
  • vinegar
  • bleach
  • other cleaning products
  • perhaps if you have children you may want to purchase some activities for them in the event of an emergency.
  • Paper notebooks
  • Puzzle books
  • colored pencils/crayons
  • coloring books
  • A small set of scriptures
  • books

These are just some items that I would like to focus on.

A Thriving Christmas Gift!

This year, I made a Christmas gift for my 81-year-old mother who sometimes just doesn’t like to cook anything. She tells me that it is just too much trouble to get everything out and make herself something to eat when it is just her. For her, a peanut butter sandwich is enough. So I decided to help her Thrive and made her 10 meals in a jar! Each one is only about 3 servings a piece. All she needs to do is get a pan fill with water and pour contents of jar in. They take about 10 to 15 min cook and then she will have a very healthy meal.

Be sure to check out gwendavies.thrivelife.com/recipes for more awesome recipes!

 

General Jar Directions: Layer ingredients in a quart-sized jar, shaking the jar will help to add all ingredients. I used an oxygen absorbic packet (will last about 6 months). But if you want longer storage you could seal the jars with a food saver. Make sure your jars are completely dry before you start putting in your dry ingredients. Wide mouth jars are better.

All of the ingredients will fit in the jar. If you are having trouble getting them to fit tap the bottom of the jar lightly on a hard surface until the contents settle.

Taco Soup in a Jar

½ cup of Thrive Life freeze dried Sausage Crumbles

½ cup of Thrive Life freeze dried Ground Beef

¼ cup of Thrive Life freeze dried Chopped Onions

1 cup of Thrive Instant Black Beans (optional)

1/3 cup of Thrive Life freeze dried Corn

3 – 4 Tbsp Thrive Life Mixed Dehydrated Peppers

2 – 3 Tbsp Thrive Life freeze dried Green Chilies

2 – 3 Tbsp. Taco Seasoning Mix (non-Thrive Life)

1 – 2 Tbsp. Cumin (non-Thrive Life)

¼ cup Thrive Life Sour Cream Powder

¼ cup Thrive Life Tomato Powder

¼ cup Thrive Life Cheese Blend

1 Tbsp. Thrive Life Cilantro Seasoning

Put in Jar in order.

Add contents of Jar to about 6 cups of water (depending on how thick you like your soup). Whisk, bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 to 20 min. Serve with crackers or Lemon/Lime tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream.

Spaghetti Sauce in a Jar

½ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Ground Beef   

1 cup Thrive Life Tomato Sauce (not tomato powder)     

2 Tbsp. Thrive Life Italian Seasoning    

2 Tbsp. garlic powder (non-Thrive Life)  

¼ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Sausage Crumbles     

¼ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Zucchini (did not fit in the pint jar)

¼ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Chopped Onions

¼ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Celery

½ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Mushrooms

½ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Tomato Dices

Put in Jar starting in that order.

Boil 5 to 6 cups water, (depending on desired thickness) Add entire contents of jar and whisk until well blended. Simmer for about 10 to 15 min until vegetables and meat are fully re-refreshed Add more water if needed. Serve over cooked spaghetti or any pasta.

Lasagna Soup

Layer in Quart size jar starting with Sausage

¾ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Sausage

¼ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Chopped Onions

3 Tbs Thrive Life dehydrated mixed bell peppers

2 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbs Thrive Life Chicken Bouillon

¼ cup Thrive Life tomato sauce

¼ cup Thrive Life tomato powder

1 tsp Thrive Life Chef’s choice seasoning

2 cups your choice of pasta.

Remove oxygen absorber and pour into 8 cups of boiling water Stir well, add 2 tsp olive oil. Simmer 10 to 12 min until noodles are soft. Top with your choice of shredded cheese. 7 servings

Chicken Noodle Soup

¾ cup Thrive Life freeze dried Chopped Chicken

2 Tbsp Thrive Life Chicken Bouillon

1 tsp Thrive Chef’s Choice Blend

1 tsp Thrive Life Salad Blend

¼ cup Thrive freeze dried Celery

¼ cup Thrive freeze dehydrated Carrots

¼ cup Thrive freeze dried Onions

1 ½ -2 cups Egg Noodles, I used fettuccine noodles

Fill the jar up

Cooking Directions: Add contents of jar to 8 cups of rapidly boiling water: Stir well. Simmer 10 -12 minutes until noodles are soft.

 

Stuffed Bell Pepper Soup (6 servings)

½ cup Thrive Life freeze dried ground beef

¼ cup Thrive Life freeze dried sausage crumbles

¼ cup Thrive Life tomato powder

1 ½ Tbs Worcestershire powder Optional (I did not use)

1 tsp garlic powder

1 Tbs Thrive Life beef bouillon

1 cup Thrive Life dehydrated mixed peppers

1/3 cup Thrive Life freeze dried onions

¼ cup Thrive Life celery

¼ cup Thrive Life instant brown rice

Boil 8 to 10 cups of water empty jar contents into it. Reduce boil to a simmer and cook (stirring frequently) for 15-20 min. Add more or less water for desired soup thickness.