Thrive Meals In A Jar. Lasagna Soup

Here’s another great meal compliments of Susan N. Over at Desertsky Quilting. I thought since I’m posting and put this one up too. Remember Stacey Trumble is my Thrive Consultant, she’s in Tennessee and I’m in CA. So it doesn’t matter where you live, and I have to tell you, Stacey has taught me so so much and answered some crazy questions! Lol she’s great! This is soooooo good, and I believe it came from Stacey originally.

Thrive: Meal In a Jar
Posted on March 11, 2015 by dezertsuz

It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s Thrive recipe day! You can use the Print Friendly button from your tool bar to save a .pdf of this recipe. Get the bookmarklet here if you don’t have it on your toolbar already, or put the url for this post only into the spot shown at the top of the page and you can generate a .pdf from there. If you put the blog url, you will have a LONG .pdf!



Today’s recipe is the one we made at a Thrive party a couple of weeks ago. It was SO tasty, and of course you can make adjustments to suit your family. For instance, I do NOT like anything spicy hot, so I left out the red peppers. And honestly? 1/4 t. might be too much anyway if you have good red peppers.

I photographed my jar sitting on the shelf downstairs. We used oxygen absorbers, but if you have the attachment for the Food Saver, you could just suck that air out of there. Or, hey, see if the quilting black hole would do it for you! (see previous post)

Lasagna Soup


You’ll notice the jar isn’t completely full. This is enough for soup for 4-6 people. You could add more noodles, if you wanted, maybe a can of diced tomatoes when you cook it, and bump it up to thicker soup or soup for 8. If you want them, all Thrive ingredients can be ordered from HERE, then click on Shop. Use the search bar to find things most easily.

Other things you could easily add to this soup include freeze-dried zucchini, freeze-dried mushrooms, or other vegetable favorites. I add freeze-dried celery to almost everything, and when I make my own jars of this, not at a party, I will be tossing in 1/4 to 1/2 c. of Quinoa, too. Here is the official recipe, though, undoctored. 1f618

After filling the jar, add oxy absorber (oxygen absorbers are available at any LDS Home Storage Center, or LDS online or on Amazon, and close tightly, or use the Food Saver attachment to vacuum pack the jar. Be sure you get the 300 cc size, and that you keep the bag closed tightly. If you don’t, they will be absorbing oxygen and when you go to use them, they will not function.

I found it easier to use the wide-mouth jar, but a canning funnel does fit in the narrower mouth jars, too.

Lasagna Soup

Ingredients (Place noodles in jar first):

farfalle2 c. mini farfalle1 noodles
3/4 c. Thrive FD2 Sausage Crumbles
1/4 c. Thrive FD chopped onion
1/4 c. Thrive tomato sauce powder
1/4 c. Thrive tomato powder
3 T. Thrive FD mixed red and green peppers
1 T. Thrive chicken bouillon powder3r_g_bells
1-2 t. garlic powder (to taste)
1 t. Chef’s Choice seasoning 4
1/4 t. crushed red pepper (optional)

Directions for Cooking:

Add contents of jar to 8 cups of rapidly boiling water. Stir well. Add 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Turn heat down and simmer 10-12 minutes until noodles are soft. Serve in bowls and top with shredded mozzarella cheese, if desired.

1 bowtie
2 freeze dried
3 If you are using another brand, you might want to add at least an extra half teaspoon.
4 or a good Italian seasoning mix

Notes about jars and lids for dry-pack canning:

1. Make sure jars are clean and DRY. They don’t need to be warm, but if there’s any moisture, it will wreck your meal.

2. Just before you are ready to put oxygen absorbers in and close lids, warm lids in the oven for a few minutes. It softens the gasket for a tighter seal, and also assures any bacteria is probably disposed of. You don’t have to do this at 300 for an hour, just a few minutes on low setting. You should be able to handle the lid with your bare hands.

3. Be sure the rims of the jars have no food grains on them. Pop the OA in and quickly seal the jar, screwing down the lid. Be sure the OA doesn’t interfere with the lid sealing on the jar.

4. A vacuum should form in the jar, and you should hear the same kind of plink or plonk or ping, or whatever it sounds like to you when you water-bath or pressure can.

5. With a good seal, this should last 5-8 years on the shelf, but really, I doubt you’ll have them more than a year! If you do, put new ones behind, so you are rotating your food supply.

6. Make labels with name and directions for cooking so you don’t forget what’s in the jar! Nice lavender labels on Graphics Fairy.

Next week: The month-old banana!

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Meals In A Jar Mini Fritatas

I reposted this recipe from Susan N. who got me into food storage and I’m really grateful for that. She introduced me to Meals In A Jar and that, I got totally hooked on. Lol The meals are fantastic for Emergency storage or everyday use. (Which we do a lot.)

Do you know how quick and easy (especially when you’re tired) to grab a jar, pour it in a pan, add water, stir, cook and serve? They are in no way like your usual “store bought” mixes, these are 100% freeze dried/dehydrated foods. No GMO, no additives at all. You know exactly what you’re feeding your family.

Oh yeah, even hubby or the kids can do most of them when you’re busy, gone, ill, whatever the case may be. I think it’s a great way to introduce kids to cooking too. For camping, traveling, hiking, anytime they’re great.


Posted on August 12, 2015


What fun, and darn! I didn’t remember to take a picture – again! I did find this one on the internet that looks similar to what we made this morning. This is a Meal in a Jar recipe!


This recipe (from Stacey!) will fit in a quart jar and make 12 little frittatas. The recipe says serving size is two, but one was plenty for me, especially with a piece of toast or small pile of fruits or vegetables. I usually have it for breakfast, though it can be eaten for any meal.

I cut this recipe in half and put it in a pint jar for 6 frittatas.


1/4 c. Thrive Scrambled Egg Mix
3/4 c. Thrive Sausage Crumbles
1/4 c. Thrive FD Onions
1/3 c. Thrive red and green Bell Peppers
season to taste

Optional: Thrive Shredded Cheese – about 6 T
Other Thrive FD vegetables, such as celery, spinach, or carrots may be added.


For making meal in a jar:

1. Pour all ingredients in a sterilized quart (or pint, if making half recipes) canning jar. Add an oxygen absorber and seal with a new lid and ring. Hand tighten.

Note: Do not put cheese in jars. The cheese seems to give the mix a flavor that makes it less appetizing, if its stored for long. Instead, let the cheese sit in its can until needed.

For making a meal:

1. Preheat oven to 350. Open jar, remove oxygen absorber and throw away. They cannot be reused, as there is a limit to how much oxygen they can absorb.

2. Empty contents of jar into a bowl and mix with 2-3/4 c of water. (1-1/3 plus a teaspoon for a pint jar.) Whisk ingredients and let sit.

3. Reconstitute cheese with one-two tablespoons of water in a plastic baggie. Gently squish it to help distribute the water through the cheese. Let sit.

4. Spray muffin tin with olive oil (Misto) or your choice of spray, either 6 or 12, depending on whether you are doing a half or a whole recipe. If doing the six in a 12-muffin tin, fill the empty ones with water for baking.

5. Pour egg mix into muffin tins, filling about 3/4 full. Add about a tablespoon of cheese on top, no need to mix in. Bake 12-15 minutes, turning pan halfway through cooking. Eggs should be completely set, so check how long it takes in your oven. It might be as much as 20 minutes.

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Sally’s Candy Addiction

Sally has come out with another awesome cook book in addition to:


I know I’ve posted about Sally’s Baking Addiction some time back. (I won the drawing for a signed cookbook) I love the cookbook, some fantastic cookie recipes in it.

Sally’s Baking Addiction Recipe Index

Sally’s on tour now doing book signings in a lot of cities. She’ll be in San Francisco (a little over an hour and a half from here) but sadly I won’t be able to attend. You really should check out her new cookbook. With the holidays coming, there are some great and not difficult recipes to try.

Sally’s Candy Addiction Video can be found by clicking on the book below.


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Wow, when I blow it, I blow it! Lol I said Toni has a cookbook coming out “soon”, it IS out and it’s fantastic. I have the book so I’ve no idea why I said that. I’m so sorry. The book is wonderful and I know you’d enjoy it.  Toni gives all kinds of tips and a wide variety of cupcakes.


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Toni at Make Bake Celebrate

Mother’s day is just a few months away, and what better way to say “Thanks Mom” than with some flowers? Flowers that just happen to double as cupcakes that is!


This has got to be one of the most adorable arrangements I’ve ever seen.  Click on the picture to go to see all the wonderful possibilities and to see the full instructions. This she posted for Mother’s Day (obviously) she makes it not only look so easy, but doable.  Lol  We’ll see, time will tell for me. Lol

This, like Quilting, is practice, practice, practice ! My first attempt at putting that big beautiful swirl of frosting on a cupcake? Well, needless to say I ended up grabbing my knife and spreading the frosting.  They tasted great, just weren’t nearly as pretty.  Next time that happens I’m going to put a thick layer of frosting and totally cover it with Sprinkles! Lol

Talk about tasting great!!!!!.Toni has some awesome cupcake recipes, cookies and a tutorials to learn from.  She has a book coming before too long as well.  There will be more about this terrific lady and all the wonderful things she does:)

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It’s Not Working

Hi there, I hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for another icky winter here in CA.  SC has certainly been hit hard, it’s just unreal! I cannot believe the devastation there. Prayers go out to all of them for all their losses and a steady recovery. We know it won’t be fast, but steady is good.

The following I copied off the internet so I wouldn’t get my info wrong. Sadly it’s accurate.

The fire burned 76,067 acres in Lake, Napa and Sonoma counties since it sparked on Sept. 12.
The blaze killed four people and injured four firefighters in Lake County, destroyed 1,958 structures, including 1,280 homes, 27 multi-family structures and 66 commercial properties, according to Cal Fire.
An estimated 3,000 people were left homeless.

That was just one of the three huge fires. The small town of Middleton was burned down! It was just horrible for all those that had to evacuate, not knowing what or if they would go back to. Overall I have no idea how many thousands of acres were burned this year, but I pray we get normal rain and not deluges, or then mudslides and flooding will take over.

i’ve been trying to get some blocks done, but so far I’ve only been able to cut out the pieces.  I had hopes I could cut one day and sew the next, but so far that’s not working. lol after bending my head cutting out the blocks it’s taken at least two days for my neck to stop hurting. Then after sewing one I’m back to the heat and ice on my neck. Lol  BUT I figure if I can do one and a half a week, then I can meet the quota I need.  It’s a pretty small quota. Lol  I see my Physical Therapist Fri and then I need to make an appointment to see the spine specialist.  So I’ll see where things go from there:)  Sure tired of this, but what can you do? (Patience is not one of my virtues. Lol)


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There’s a great place to go for recipe’s idea’s and lots & lots of Sprinkles!

I’m on my way out the door, but I’ll be back to tell you more about it.


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This Isn’t Quilting

My fabric mess- ugh

well, I’ve tried for three days to get at least two cushions reupholstered but I’ve had the worst luck.  I injured my neck quite a few months ag when I fell backwards into the bathtub. I was out of the tub drying off and the next thing I knew I was I the tub sideways. Hit my neck and head, I think I injured my back too but haven’t had that checkey.d out.  It’s hurt since then, but gotten bad lately.  Anyway, back on the subject, I’ve been trying to get my brothers patio furniture done.  Since I hurt my neck, I can stay on the floor cutting ( that’s my cutting table lol. ) usually for an hour or two. This past week or two I haven’t been able to do it, no matterhowhard I try.  Here’s a couple of pic’s of the mess I have.

Just part of the cushions. Just part of the cushions.

Unbelievable. lol I am so grateful that God gave me my wonderful husband.  He’ll put up with this mess until it’s done.  Unfortunately for today it stays that way, I’ve got an ice pack and heating off and on, to ease the pain.  I promised Bert a Carrot Cake two days ago and one way or another I’m going to get it done.  OMG!  I got the recipe on Sally’s Baking Addiction  and it’s the best carrot cake we’ve ever had! ( I’m sorry that’s not a link to her blog, I still cannot remember how to do that. Even as easy as it is.)  I will post a picture of the cake when it’s done. We don’t put the almonds in it or around it, hubby doesn’t care for them so I use walnuts in place of almonds, crushed and  pineapple in place of apple sauce yum it’s so good.

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Sam’s Not A Tean Anymore

Sam made a pillowcase in school:)

Sam made this pillowcase in school and did a great job. Then she moved on to machine quilting:)

isam's Quilt

She she came over to learn how to use my short arm.  Well, I ended up learning from her. Lol when I explained how it worked, she just said “ok” and off she went creating her own pattern. Lol she did a great job, the quilt is on her bed now.  I’ll try and post some of her drawings from college.  She’s done very well with her art work and really loves it.

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Another Look at The Fires As Of Today

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