You may have seen us mention on Facebook this week that we were able to attend the Shelf Reliance convention last weekend. It was super busy but way fun and we got a ton of information on changes in the company and NEW PRODUCTS! One of the biggest announcements is that they changed their name to THRIVE LIFE. We love the new name and how it emphasizes their Thrive Foods which are just fantastic products.
I love love love the new Thrive sauces. They make it so simple to cook with your food storage without having to add in any additional ingredients from the grocery store. 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 delish and super easy to use. After getting home from convention I decided to try one of the sauces each day of the week and I loved how FAST my meals were and how good they were. Even my picky kids snarfed them down without complaining.
This one is my favorite, it is like a simple white sauce but rich and flavorful and thickens really fast for a quick dinner. I boiled some bowtie pasta and while it cooked I rehydrated some freeze-dried chopped chicken and peas and heated up the sauce. I threw it all together with a little Thrive Spice (more on that later) and had dinner on the table in under 15 minutes. That’s a win around here!
I usually wait until I have leftovers from a roast beef dinner to make a good beef stew with my mom’s famous mashed potato biscuits. But I don’t make roast that often so I am always a little sad I don’t get to eat yummy stew very much. I decided to try the Beef Stew recipe that we sampled at convention and it didn’t fail me. I again had to cook the biscuits first or else the stew would have been done too fast. I can’t believe how quick these sauces cook up, and adding in the freeze-dried foods just make the meal that much faster, and is great practice for using my food storage.
I wasn’t sure about this one since I’ve already been using the tomato powder for my sauces and loving it. But I cooked this up using the Bolognese Sauce recipe from the Thrive Live (Shelf Reliance) website and it was AMAZING. It was seriously restaurant style sauce. No need to pay $15 for gourmet pasta at a restaurant! I think a big factor in this recipe turning out so great was the freeze-dried spices added in, so I’ll be interested to taste it plain and see if it is just as great.
The Veloute is like a thick chicken gravy and can make a great substitute for cream of chicken or cream of mushroom in any recipe. My first thought was biscuits and gravy so I heated some up and threw in freeze-dried sausage. I actually had to cook my biscuits first since the sauce was done so fast. By the time they were done cooking we were in business.
I am a busy mom of four crazy kids who are in tons of after school activities so having all these new yummy dinner options opened up to me makes me very very happy. If you want to try them too, make sure to shop from our consultant website so that you save off of retail pricing. Click here to check at the sauces at our discounted prices!
p.s. Yes I did mention some spices and seasonings above. Thrive Life came out with a whole line of freeze dried spices and blends that are amazing. The freeze dried spices are so much yummier than dehydrated and taste fresh. More about that in a future post, but for now you can see a sneak peek here. We will fill you in on our personal review soon!
-Jodi Weiss Schroeder