Monday, November 21, 2016

Recipes for Meals in a Jar!

Here are the Recipes for the Meal in a Jar Packs!
(CLICK HERE to see the Meal in a Jar Packs - it will list the products you need to make 11-15 of each recipe.)

*FD means Freeze Dried

Feel free to half the recipe and put in a smaller jar or a quart size baggie. I make half batches in baggies for my college kids! They love them! Tastes amazing, and cheaper and healthier than fast food! My husband loves these on the pantry shelf because he is not a great cook (sorry honey, it's the truth) :) and he can make a yummy meal when I am not at home! 

CLICK HERE to purchase the items to make these recipes, or contact me and I will be happy to place the order for you. : ) 

Taco Soup
This is my family's favorite soup!













Put in quart jar in this order: 

3 TBSP Taco Seasoning
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Pepper
3 TBSP Tomato Powder
¼ cup Freeze Dried Onions
¾ cup Freeze Dried Hamburger
¾ cup Instant Pinto Beans
¾ cup Instant Black Beans
¾ cup Freeze Dried Corn
2 TBSP Freeze Dried Green Chilis (optional)


Dump all ingredients from this jar into a pot. Add 8 cups water (you might like more or less water). Bring to a boil, turn down to medium heat and let simmer for 10-15 minutes until beans are cooked. Add more salt or seasonings if you like. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese and tortilla chips. (Makes about 10 cups of soup.)
This is my recipe that I created.


Beef Stroganoff
This is so yummy and kid friendly!


















Put in a quart jar in this order:

1 cup FD Beef Dices or Ground Beef
2 cups Egg Noodles (you can also buy curly egg noodles at your grocery store)
1/3 cup Espagnole (Savory Beef Gravy)
1/4 cup FD Chopped Onions
1/4 cup Sour Cream Powder
1 tsp Chef's Choice Seasoning Blend
1 tsp Garlic Powder
1 1/4 TBSP Salad Seasoning Blend

Bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Pour contents of jar in the water. Let return to full boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until noodles are done. You may need to add in a little more water as it is cooking- it will depend on what kind of noodles you used and how many you crammed in to your 2 cups! : ) Cover and let sit for 8-10 minutes before serving.
Recipe from Shelli Rasmussen.


Chicken Fajitas
Oh my goodness! You will be surprised at how good these are! DELICIOUS!!! Gluten free and low carb too!


















Put in a quart jar in this order:

1 1/4 cups FD Seasoned Chicken Slices
3/4 cup FD Onion Slices
1/3 cup FD Green Chili Peppers
1/2 cup FD Green Bell Peppers
1/2 cup FD Red Green Peppers
1/2 tsp Chicken Bouillon
1 tsp FD Cilantro
1/2 tsp Chef's Choice Seasoning
1 tsp Chili Powder
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Salt (or less if you prefer)
A Pinch of Thrive Limeade Powder (or squeeze some fresh lime over chicken fajitas before serving.)

In a bowl, add contents of jar to 2 cups of hot water and let sit for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. You want to make sure the chicken peices have absorbed the water. There may be a little water in the bottom of the bowl after the 10 minutes and that's ok. Add 1 TBSP of olive oil to a skillet and get it hot. Pour in chicken mixture and stir to lightly brown the chicken and heat completely. Serve on flour tortillas (or in romaine lettuce leaves) with your favorite toppings, like cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, etc.


Francesca’s Unstuffed Pepper Soup
I think this is my personal favorite! You need to try it!













Put in quart jar in this order:

½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Pepper
½ cup Tomato Powder
1 tsp Freeze Dried Garlic (can use ½ tsp garlic powder instead)
1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
1 ½ TBSP Beef Bouillon
¼ cup Freeze Dried Onions
1 cup Instant White Rice or Instant Brown Rice
1 cup Freeze Dried Ground Beef
½ cup Freeze Dried Red Peppers
½ cup Freeze Dried Green Peppers

Dump all ingredients from this jar into a pot. Add 8 cups water (you might like more or less water). Bring to a boil, turn down to medium heat and let simmer for 10-12 minutes. Add more salt or seasonings if you like. Serve topped with your favorite cheese.

This is also amazing as a casserole. Francesca's original recipe said to dump contents of jar into a bowl and add 3 cups of water. Let sit for 20 minutes to rehydrate. Pour into a casserole dish and top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

Note: When I make it as a casserole, I just put the jar contents in a pot with 3-4 cups of water, 
bring it to a boil and let simmer until rice is done. It will be thick. Put into a casserole
dish, top with cheese and bake for about 15-20 minutes.

I have also used regular white rice (instead of instant rice) and it works great. You
will need a little more water and it will take a good 20-25 minutes of simmering.
Just play around with it and add a little extra water if needed. It will be wonderful!


Sausage Zuppa Toscana
This was a new recipe to me, and it blew me away! I love this soup!
It's spicy and hearty and a new favorite in my house!
















Put in quart jar in this order:

½ cup Sour Cream Powder
1 TBSP Chicken Bouillon
½ tsp Crushed Red Pepper
½ tsp Freeze Dried Garlic (or use some garlic powder instead)
½ cup FD Chopped Spinach
¼ cup Freeze Dried Onions
1 cup Instant Pinto Beans
1 cup Freeze Dried Sausage Crumbles
1 ½ cups Potato Chunks (dehydrated)

To prepare in a crock pot, add soup to 8 cups of water and cook on low for 4 hours. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and bread sticks.

To cook in a pot, dump all ingredients of this jar into a pot. Add 8-9 cups of water. Bring to a boil, turn down to medium heat and let simmer for about 20 minutes or until potatoes and beans are tender.
I am not sure yet where this recipe came from...still searching. It was in my stack of recipes I printed off one day to try out. If you know, please tell me!


Lasagna Soup
You can use other noodles in this, but I like these bowtie noodles!













Put in quart jar in this order:

¼ cupTomato Powder
¼ cup Tomato Sauce Powder
1 TBSP Chicken Bouillon
¼ cup Bechamel Sauce
½ - 1 tsp Freeze Dried Garlic (or garlic powder)
1 tsp Chef's Choice Seasoning
½ tsp Freeze Dried Italian Seasoning Blend
½ tsp Freeze Dried Basil
2 TBSP Mixed Bell Peppers
¼ cup Freeze Dried Onions
¾ cups Freeze Dried Sausage
2 cups Rainbow Farfalle (Bowtie) Noodles

Bring 8 cups of water to boil. Add contents of jar and stir well. Simmer for about 10-12 minutes or until the noodles are done. Top with Parmesan or Mozzarella Cheese.
Original Recipe comes from Shelli Rasmussen

CLICK HERE to purchase the items to make these recipes, or contact me and I will be happy to place the order for you. : ) 

Happy Cooking!
Melissa : ) 

Melissa Coombs
Thrive Life Independent Consultant
www.mythrivefavorites.thrivelife.com
macoombs5@comporium.net
803-818-1569

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