Easy 3-minute Vegetable Medley

I’m excited to learn how to cook with more freeze-dried vegetables as Thrive Life comes out with more freeze-dried meal kits. So far, there are 3 awesome kits that come with the main ingredients for 3 main dishes and 3-4 side dishes, along with step-by-step recipes from Chef Todd. I’ve tried the full Southwest Chicken Kit, and a few of the recipes from the Home Cookin’ Ground Beef Pack, including this one. Both are great!

I only made 1/2 the original recipe, and I kept the seasoning simple. This is a great, easy recipe I’m going to add to our rotation. I’m ALWAYS looking for easy vegetable side dishes, and I like the flavors of the freeze-dried beans and corn, unlike when I use frozen or canned. And, of course, my little girl couldn’t even wait for this recipe to make it to the table; she snacked on her own bowl full while I finished the rest of dinner. Love it!


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  1. Bring the water to a boil in a small sauce pan. Add the rest of the ingredients except the butter, and stir thoroughly. Reduce heat to simmer, place lid on the pan, and set a timer for 3 minutes. After the 3 minutes, remove from heat and stir in butter until melted. Serve warm, and enjoy!
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To order your freeze-dried vegetables today, head to my consultant website. If you'd like to try this meal kit, click here. For more questions, check out my Thrive Life 101 page or contact me. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!

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5 Ways to use Thrive Life Freeze-dried Strawberries

Thrive Life strawberries are just the best. They are vine-ripened, which means they taste as delicious as the ones we can pick ourselves for just a few weeks in Spring. They are freeze-dried, which preserves all the great nutrients they have to offer. They are shipped right to my door, which means I can just re-order them whenever I want, without another trip to the store. And they’re one of the cheapest fruit options, so I try to keep these around at all times, along with either some mangoes or raspberries, which are our other current favorites.

Here are 5 ways to use Thrive Life strawberries:

Snack Straight Out of the Can

I left this can out on the table after breakfast the other day, and found my daughter snacking on them later in the morning. My son likes them if we call them “strawberry chips.” I eat them straight from the can, or sometimes dunk them in water to restore their softness.

Stir into Cereal

Generally, if you buy a box of cereal with “added fruit,” you’re lucky to see 1 or 2 little bits in your bowl. With Thrive Life berries, I throw in a good-sized handful and actually get a serving of fruit with breakfast. Yum! I also like to add strawberries and yogurt bites to oatmeal; it’s super delicious.

Mix Up Your Muffins

I don’t know about you, but I love muffins! It’s nice to mix it up sometimes, so I created this recipe for gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate-covered strawberry muffins. My husband was super impressed, which doesn’t happen often. A great way to sneak in more strawberries!

Smooth out a Smoothie

My favorite way to whip out a smoothie is to use a simple ratio: 1 cup of juice to 1 cup of fruit, plus either some yogurt or a banana. Sometimes, instead of the yogurt or banana, I throw in some freeze-dried berries, which serve the same purpose as the banana or yogurt: to make the texture a little more smooth.

Complete a Berry Compote

Did I mention I just love berries? I used to boil down frozen berries for our Sunday morning waffles, but it often took about 20 minutes, and I had to add extra sugar for sweetness. Then, when I started using freeze-dried berries, I came up with this 30-second berry compote in the microwave. I used it a ton while visiting my parents last summer, and this is what converted my dad to Thrive Life.

Bonus Idea: Frosting!

I know the picture says “5 ways to use strawberries,” but I just had to include this one for you too. Check out this AMAZING, dye-free strawberry frosting from my friend Ashton over at Keat’s Eats.

Strawberry Picking From Home

I hope you’ve had the pleasure of going strawberry picking for yourself, or even of growing your own strawberries. Thrive Life offers the same fresh taste and nutritional punch as a trip to the fields, with the convenience of shopping from your computer, tablet, or phone. If you’re ready to try some Thrive Life berries today, you can find them on my consultant website:

For more information on Thrive Life, check out my Thrive Life 101 page, or e-mail me with any questions. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Muffins

I had a friend ask me for some more ways to use Thrive Life fruits, so I started playing around with the fruit I have the most of these days: strawberries! We eat them so quickly, it can be hard to take time and even make a recipe with them, but I love muffins, and it was time for some new flavors. I made these gluten free and dairy free as well (minus the chocolate chips) for anyone with food sensitivities. These would be a GREAT treat for a mother’s day breakfast, especially a breakfast in bed! (hint, hint…)

     

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  1. Begin by refreshing the strawberries in a small bowl, if using freeze-dried berries. Then, mix all the wet ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients except chocolate chips and strawberries. When just combined, fold in strawberries and 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  3. Divide into muffin pan (10-12 muffins, depending on the size of your scoop). Sprinkle the remaining chocolate on top of muffins, adding more if desired.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 18-22 minutes.
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3 Kinds of Thrive Life Potatoes

Thrive Life offers 3 different kinds of potatoes: potato chunks, which are dehydrated, potato dices, which are freeze-dried, and mashed potatoes, which are flakes.

I often get questions about the 3 different kinds of potatoes, so I wanted to share them with you today.

Potato chunks

Potato chunks are what you typically think of when you think of “food storage potatoes.” They are decent enough in soups, especially because they hold their shape well. However, they take at least 15-20 minutes of hard boiling to soften, and I personally don’t like their flavor much. They are cheaper than the potato dices, and some people really like them. They’re just not my thing. The ingredient list reads: potatoes, preserved with sodium bisulfate.

Potato Dices

These are the freeze-dried potato dices, and I like them the best. I was hesitant to use them at first because they do soften quickly and I wasn’t sure I would like the taste. However, when this can was in my pantry I quickly found excuses to use them, and ended up enjoying their taste. I also especially love the ingredient list, compared to frozen fries and other forms of potato. You ready? The ingredient list reads: Potatoes.

Mashed Potatoes

  

This one’s pretty self-explanatory. You see packets of instant potatoes in pretty much all the grocery stores these days. I have to admit that the first time I tried these, I didn’t like them much. Then I realized that because I had prepared them without milk or butter for my husband who’s dairy-free, it was obvious why they were so bland. When I tried them again with dairy, they were better than the traditional store varieties. Also, I like to make these with Thrive Life chicken broth, some Chef’s choice, peppercorn, and some garlic powder, and then they taste fine being dairy free. I wasn’t a believer in instant potatoes until I learned how to use these. Now it’s what I do for Shepherd’s Pie, or just as an easy side dish for dinner. Again, I love the ingredient list. Just like the potato dices, the only ingredient is potatoes.

To try some Thrive Life potatoes today, click the link below and shop on my consultant website:

For more information on Thrive Life, check out my Thrive Life 101 page, or contact me. Thanks, and Happy Thriving!