Dairy-Free Hawaiian Haystacks

Since my husband has dairy allergies, I usually try and keep things simple by just making a dairy-free entree for both of us for dinner. I adapted one of my favorite, easy, family-friendly recipes, and used some Thrive Life ingredients to make it even more simple to throw together. Try it and let me know what you think!

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Dairy-Free Hawaiian Haystacks
  1. Saute carrot in olive oil. Add vegetables, chicken, and spices, and stir together. Add water and let mixture refresh, stirring occasionally, 5-8 minutes. Add coconut milk and simmer until heated through.
  2. Serve with favorite toppings, such as: pineapple, crunchy Chinese noodles, shredded coconut, tomato, broccoli, cheddar cheese, olives, bell peppers
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Thrive Life Food Hack: Spinach Shaker

Ever since I decided to take control of my own health, I really committed to adding a ton of produce to my diet. No matter what else the experts disagree on, they seem to all say that vegetables are good for us, in basically unlimited quantities, as long as they’re not deep-fried and smothered in cheese. So I’m always experimenting with ways to make it super convenient to add vegetables. And I have to tell you, having a spinach shaker around is my favorite new trick for an instant green boost!


I had this idea when my freeze-dried spinach came in my last Thrive Life shipment. I found these cute glass herb jars at Wal-Mart, quickly pulsed 1/2 cup spinach in my little Ninja, and voila! It filled this 4 oz jar perfectly, and I’ve been shaking spinach into my food all week long.

The spinach looks just like basil or parsley in a finished dish, so it was a no-brainer to add it to my 30-second pizza sauce for our Friday night pizza and movie night. I threw some into my Hawaiian haystack gravy, added a dash to my morning smoothie, and popped some extra color into my shepherd’s pie filling last night. In fact, it’s become a little game I play with myself to add spinach to just about everything. Plus, I’m telling you, I didn’t notice a difference in taste. And that’s a big deal!

Of course, I only add around 1 Tbsp to each dish; I’ll work my way up, but I’m super excited that the jar is nearly empty just a few days later. That’s certainly a lot of natural nutrition I wouldn’t be getting without this quick and easy spinach shaker.

How about you? What is one of your favorite ways to add instant, plant-based  nutrition into your diet?

Would you like to try making your own spinach shaker? You can order freeze-dried spinach from my consultant website, or always feel free to e-mail me with any questions. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!


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1. Buy a consultant kit.

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If you’re interested in becoming a Thrive Life consultant, please contact me today! I will personally guide you through the sign-up process and mentor you as you launch into a fun new job. Thrive Life is an amazing company to work for, and a home-based business is a great way to earn money on your own terms.

To learn more about Thrive Life, please check out my Thrive Life 101 page, shop on my consultant website, or contact me. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!



Thrive Life Non-Recipes: Beef Wrap Filling

I’m going to be really upfront here. I have a ton of good ideas and a few recipes I use consistently, but most of the time I’m just making stuff up. I rarely have the patience to photograph a dish all the way through, much less write out a step-by-step recipe. This is one reason I only post 1-2 recipes a week; it takes a lot of extra effort for me to write down amounts and walk people through the cooking process. In real life, I just…make stuff.

For a while I’ve thought that I should ONLY post full, printable recipes. However, the more I think about it, the less that makes sense. I don’t need to hide the fact that I rarely cook with recipes. I can embrace it, and invite my fellow “throw and go” chefs to share their non-recipes as well. Because, let’s face it, we all come to a point where we simply need some recipe inspiration from other mothers in the trenches. It takes a lot of energy and commitment to cook for our families and feed them real food. And some people do better with just a quick picture and a list for guidance.

So today I’m starting a series called “Thrive Life non-recipes.” It will involve a picture of a dish at some stage of the process. Whether that’s just a picture of ingredients, or just a picture of a completed dish, it will give you the basic idea. And I will include a rough outline of the ingredients and cooking steps. For our first non-recipe, I give you: Beef Wrap Filling.

p1170854I threw all of this stuff together in the crockpot the other day. It smelled delicious and made me really hungry. In fact, I was kind of upset that I hadn’t made very much beef. This was my husband’s dairy-free alternative meal for our Friday night pizza and a movie night. But he did leave a little bit and I scarfed down the leftovers with lunch the next day.

And now I will stop ranting and share my first non-recipe:

Place about 1 lb beef stew meat in the crockpot

Cover with:

1 tsp Worcestershire

1/2 tsp each: peppercorn, garlic powder, and bouillon

1/4 tsp each: salt and red pepper flakes

Throw in some vegetables. I used 1/4 cup each red peppers and celery, plus 2 Tbsp chopped onions refreshed in 1/4 cup water.

Add 2 Tbsp lemon juice and 2-4 Tbsp water on top of everything else.

Cook on high 2-4 hours, depending on how much beef you use.

We served this in a “kebap” style wrap, based on European street food. This means you have to have some french fries in there, veggies such as lettuce, zucchini, carrot, and tomato, and a red sauce and a white sauce. When we’re fancy, we make a garlic cream sauce and a salsa. When we’re lazy, we use mayo and ketchup. Wrap that all up in a tortilla or some kind of flatbread, and enjoy!

To order your own Thrive Life veggies today, shop on my consultant website.

To learn more about Thrive Life foods, check out my Thrive Life 101 page or contact me. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!