Recipe: Southwestern Chicken & Rice Soup-In a Jar!

Last month I went to my mom’s house and helped her fix a bunch of meals in jars. Using shelf stable Thrive ingredients to create some meals put together in advance, are just the thing to make life a little easier. It’s incredibly lovely to have a yummy, healthy dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less.

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I LOVE THRIVE!!!

Not only are these quick and easy, but Thrive freeze dried ingredients also make them healthy and delicious.

Simply add your ingredients to your jar, usually with all powdered ingredients on the bottom and larger pieces on top…I will usually tap the jar gently on a towel to help settle the ingredients and make sure everything fits in.

 

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Then you can seal it with the jar lid and ring, or you can use a Food Saver to remove all the oxygen from the jar and seal it. These will last several weeks in your pantry with no loss of quality or nutrients, but are not meant for long term storage.

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Today I’m sharing my Southwestern Chicken & Rice Soup in a Jar recipe with you. This recipe originally was one I made with my canned food storage and called it 6 Can Chicken Soup. And it was pretty good. But after tweaking it and adding good stuff like Thrive Instant Brown Rice, and Thrive Veloute Sauce and Classic Tomato Sauce, it’s evolved into a whole new set of deliciousness.

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Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
Add to quart sized mason jar, in order:

  • 1/2 cup Thrive Instant Brown Rice
  • 1/2 cup Thrive Sweet Corn
  • 1/2 cup Thrive Instant Black Beans
  • 1/2 cup Thrive Tomato Dices
  • 3/4 cup Thrive Seasoned Chicken Slices
  • 1/4 cup Thrive Green Chili Peppers

In a plastic zip-top bag, place:

  • 2 Tbsp Thrive Chicken Bouillon
  • 2 Tbsp Thrive Veloute Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Thrive Classic Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tsp Thrive Cilantro
  • 1/3 cup Thrive Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat soup pot to medium high heat. Add jar contents except for sauce mix. Toast in pot, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes.
  2.  Add two quarts water and bring to a gentle boil. Simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Add Sauce mix and simmer another 10 minutes.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips, if desired.

This is a delicious, quick, easy meal that you can have on the table in 20 minutes. One you can feel good about. I’d love to know if you make it!

Have a happy Halloween this weekend. Can you believe Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner!??!!?

 

DIY Skin-Loving Deodorant

 

Ya’ll know I love a good DIY, and I’m kinda a crunchy granola mamma, too. Early this year I decided that I wanted to try making my own deodorant. The aluminum and other ingredients in commercial antiperspirants are controversial and since my grandmother died recently from advanced Alzheimers, let’s just say if I could find an acceptable stink-stopping replacement that is natural and sans chemicals and heavy metals, I’m all over it.DIY Deoderant

So early this year I tried a recipe I found online. And it was ok. Occasionally I’d have to reapply during the day, which wasn’t too big a deal.

But you know me….I have to tweak….I’m hardwired to mess with something and try to make it better than it was before, so the next time I made it, I added a little bit of Vitamin E oil…no bueno. It made the deodorant not hold up very well in the heat, and the heat from my hands (during application) would make it a slimy mess…so I knew more tweaking was needed.

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Commence with the tweaking! So I made up a batch of deodorant with bentonite clay and…..deodorant NIRVANA! This recipe creates a VELVETY SMOOTH, slightly citrus smelling concoction that not only keeps my pits stink-free, but makes my skin feel amazing! Additionally, the discoloration under my arms was gone after using this deodorant for a few days….there’s some detoxifying going on there!

Oh, and it is less expensive than buying commercial deodorant, which is an added bonus!

A couple of tips to remember:

*Bentonite clay is a detoxifying product which is AWESOME, but also means that you want to avoid storing it in metal, using metal bowls or spoons, as it lessens the effectiveness of the clay. I did use metal bands and lids on top of my jars because I was out of these awesome plastic lids, but since it doesn’t come in contact with the deodorant, it’s not an issue. I bought my Redmond Clay at my local health food store, because it was on sale, but it can also be purchase through Amazon. 

*Shea butter doesn’t like high heat. Melt your oils on LOW heat to avoid the grainy texture that is created by using too high a temperature when melting.

*Beeswax comes in bars or in pastilles (little bit pieces). The pastilles are more expensive, but may save you a knuckle or two as grating the bars is hard work.

*You can use any one of a number of essential oils, or combinations of essential oils. The trick is to use oils that have properties that enhance the objective (kill bacteria-which causes pit stink, condition skin, smell lovely) and cause no harm (sometimes citrus oils and others can cause photo-sensitivity, so if your pits spend any time in the sun, you may need to exercise caution).

*Dedicated equipment….I actually went to my local thrift store and purchased some things like a sauce pan, glass bowl, cheese grater (for grating beeswax), etc that are dedicated to DIY projects here at home. This saves the sometimes horrendous cleanup of beeswax on your nice pots and pans, and bowls….yes, I do speak from experience.

*You CAN actually recycle your old deodorant containers if you don’t like using your fingers. I did this a few times, but dislike trying to clean out the old containers and found that I don’t mind using my fingers to apply at all, especially with the velvety texture, and the absence of residue after washing.

*The deodorant has a slightly gray appearance from the clay, however, I have not had a problem with my clothing being stained…certainly less than with the commercial deodorant. You can always use a stain spray on your whites/lights if you’re concerned.

Now let us commence with the recipe!

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Printable Recipe Card
Makes 2 4-ounce mason jars

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 3 Tablespoons beeswax, grated, or pastilles
  • 2 Tablespoons shea butter
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons bentonite clay
  • Essential oils

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil and beeswax in a saucepan over LOW heat, stirring frequently until beeswax is completely melted.
  2. Remove from heat and add shea butter and stir until melted.
  3. In a small glass or plastic bowl, mix arrowroot, baking soda, and bentonite clay. Add essential oils and mix to combine with a plastic or wooden spoon.
  4. Add oil mixture and mix quickly, until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour into jars. Tap jars against counter top to release any air bubbles. Let cool, covered with a paper towel, until completely cooled. Seal with a lid. Let cure about 24 hours before using.
  6. Apply a small amount with clean fingers to underarm area, once a day as needed.

ESSENTIAL OIL Combinations:

  • 15 drops Tea Tree Oil & 7 drops Lemongrass
  • 10 drops Lavendar Oil, 5 drops Tea Tree Oil, & 5 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 10 drops Peppermint Oil, 10 drops Tangerine Oil (use care with citris oils as they can cause photo-sensitivity)
  • 5 drops Tea Tree Oil, 5 drops Lavendar Oil, 5 drops Rosemary Oil, & 5 drops Peppermint Oil

 

Making your own deodorant really takes almost no time (10 minutes, maybe?) and creates a great, effective, and natural product that is perfect for all you crunchy families out there. You can even come up with oil combinations that will make your man happy.

Making deodorant is one more way I’ve found to make peace and preparedness a part of EVERY DAY LIFE.

Have you ever made your own deodorant? Do you have trouble with or concerns about commercial deodorants, that would make trying this DIY Deodorant a great idea? I’d love to hear from you, so leave a comment!

DIY Food: Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Don’t you love convenience? I really love convenience….

There is a certain canned soup company that was part of my cooking repertoire almost daily until a couple of years ago. Their condensed soups made cooking quick and easy. But once you start reading labels, there’s no going back, and I now make my cream of soup mix and use it anytime I need Cream of Mushroom, or Cream of Chicken soup.TEH_creamofsoup3

I didn’t have a convenient substitute for the  condensed tomato soup, until recently, so we stopped eating all the recipes we used to have that used it.  I never loved the condensed tomato soup….it was too sweet and wimpy in flavor, so I am THRILLED that Thrive’s Tomato Sauce Mix is bursting with flavor, doesn’t have the “sweet” taste and is in my Home Store…yep, keep it in my pantry.sauces-tomato_1Sometimes, you don’t want (or have the time) to spend hours slaving over the hot stove. You’ve got a million different directions you’re running and need dinner on the table ASAP. This is a great “kid approved” dinner you can have on the table in 20 minutes or less (I say less, because if you don’t have 8 people in your house, it’ll probably take you a lot less time that it does in our house).


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Serves 4-6
Printable Recipe Card

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup Thrive Tomato Sauce Mix (NOT Tomato Powder)
  • 1 1/2-2 cups whole milk, Half & Half, or cream (I prefer a mix of whole milk and Half & Half)
  • 1 tablespoon Thrive Freeze Dried Basil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring water to a boil in sauce pan. In the meantime, combine Tomato Sauce Mix, basil, and garlic powder in a bowl.
  2. When water reaches a boil, whisk sauce mixture into the boiling water.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer and whisk 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add cream, Half & Half, or whole milk, and salt and pepper to taste, and heat through. Add more milk as needed to reach desired consistency.

*To make a more hearty soup, add a tablespoon or two of any or all of the following: Thrive Sausage Crumbles, Thrive Chopped Spinach, Thrive Freeze Dried Chopped Onions, or Thrive Zucchini.

**If you’re making this 100% from your Home Store, you can substitute 1/2 cup Thrive Instant Milk Powder, 2 cups water, and 1 tablespoon Thrive Butter Powder for the whole milk/cream/Half & Half

Serve with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches or a handful of saltine crackers for a delicious and easy meal.


What is YOUR favorite quick and easy “kid approved” meal? Have you had to make any changes to it, in order to make it healthier?

Thanks for stopping by, and as always, I look forward to your comments!

DIY Food: Buttermilk Wheat Pancake Mix

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Hello! How is your January going? Exciting news today! My little site is TWO YEARS OLD! Can you believe it? Happy Blog-o-versary to me!

Anywho….

Mix cooking is one of my favorite things. I can use ingredients I feel good about, have something prepped ahead of time, and get food on the table in a fraction of the time at any given moment.

Today I want to share one of my favorite mixes, Buttermilk Wheat Pancake Mix…in fact, I have to admit that I prefer it to regular pancakes, mix made or otherwise. It’s that good. Oh yeah, and did I mention that it costs a fraction of what you’d spend on pancake mix at the store? And that your kids can whip it up on their own? You need to try this one. You may have all the ingredients you need, right there in your Home Store. So what are we waiting for?

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I highly recommend you grind your own wheat into flour, simply because it will have more nutrients, but if you don’t have wheat or a grinder, feel free to do whatever. If you want a true whole grain pancake, but love the consistency of a part whole grain pancake, Wonder Flour may be your next favorite thing. Wonder Flour was created by Chef Brad, a grain dynamo (more about him here) and is produced by grinding equal parts Spelt, Brown Rice, and Barley. It makes a delicious whole grain flour that produces baked goods that have the texture (light and fluffy) of all purpose flour. It’s so great! It’s not something to use in yeast breads (or not more than maybe 20% of the total flour) because it doesn’t have much gluten in it, and that is generally important in yeast breads. Give this one a try!

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You CAN mix all your ingredients into a big container with a lid and measure out 3 1/2 cups of mix whenever you want to make pancakes, but I like to take it a step further, and use zip top bags with single recipes. So I set up with about 10 ziptop bags (quart sized) open and standing up. I measure ingredients straight into them, for example, do all the white flour, then all the wheat flour, then the sugar in all of them, and so on. This can get tricky, if you suffer from DHS (Distracted Homemaker Syndrome…also known as CHILDREN) so I alternate sides of the bags, so if I get interrupted, I can tell which bags already got baking soda in them, and which ones only have baking powder in them. You get me?

Then I just store them in a bin in the pantry and make up a batch once or twice a week. Super easy.
Thrive products listed are my preferred products but can be exchanged for your favorite brand.

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printable recipe card
Makes about 24 pancakes
Ingredients:

Add to quart sized zip-top bag:

1 1/2 cups Thrive Unbleached Flour or Wonder Flour (see above)
1 1/2 cups Thrive Hard White Wheat, freshly ground OR Thrive Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 cup Thrive Cane Sugar
1 tablespoon Thrive Baking Powder
1 tablespoon Thrive Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Thrive Iodized Salt

Store in ziptop bag in pantry for up to 3 months.

To make pancakes:
3 cups Buttermilk
3 large eggs, lightly beaten OR 3 tablespoons Thrive Whole Egg Powder (add to dry ingredients) and 6 tablespoons water (add to wet ingredients)
2 tablespoons butter, oil, or coconut oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

Dump pancake mix into a large mixing bowl.
Measure wet ingredients into a medium sized bowl or 4 cup measuring cup, and whisk well to combine.
Add wet ingredients to dry, stirring until just moistened.
Drop by 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot griddle and cook, flipping when bubbles appear on the top side of the cakes.
Serve with syrup, cottage cheese, apple butter, jam, jelly or whatever you like.

TIP: You can add 2 teaspoons of Thrive Pure Vanilla Powder to your zip-top bag when assembling your dry ingredients into the mix, and omit it in the wet ingredients.

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You know you want some hot, delicious, golden pancakes! I’d love to know what your favorite pancake topping is…my personal favorite is cottage cheese with some apple butter and a sprinkle of granola…but I’m a little weird like that. I’d love to hear if you make this mix! Leave me a comment and say howdy!

* Some links in this post are affiliate links meaning, at no additional cost to you, I may receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on the link. Thank you for your support. It means a lot to me and my family.

Recipe: Homemade Pizza Sauce & Seasoning Mix

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This couldn’t be simpler….really. Mix a little of this, add it to a little of that, and you have yummy pizza sauce. Give it a try, and make some delicious homemade pizza with the great stuffed crust pizza recipe posted this week. This recipe uses Thrive Tomato Powder. I LOVE this product, in fact, so much that I’ve stopped buying cans of tomato sauce altogether. No more bulging cans, or BPA leaching into my tomato sauce. And it’s in my pantry whenever I need it…I can use what I want and not waste any. You can also substitute 2 8 ounce cans of tomato sauce for the Tomato Powder and water.

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Makes 2 cups sauce, enough for 3-4 pizzas
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Ingredients:

Mix:
1/2 cup dry oregano
1/4 cup dry marjoram
1/4 cup basil
1/4 cup garlic salt

1/2 cup Thrive Tomato Powder
2 cups water

Directions:

1. Mix oregano, marjoram, basil and garlic salt and store in an airtight container.

To Make Sauce:
1. Mix Tomato Powder with 2 cups water. Blend well with a wire whisk.
2. Add 2 1/2 teaspoons of the seasoning mix to the tomato powder/water mixture. Let sit 30-60 minutes before using.

My next post will list some of our favorite pizza topping combinations, and even better….ones you can do 100% from your HomeStore!

Have YOU tried the Homemade Stuffed Crust Pizza dough recipe yet?

Recipe: Homemade Stuffed Crust Pizza

Wanna Save $$$ and Be on Santa’s Nice List???

Well, at least on your FAMILY’s nice list.

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This great pizza recipe will keep you from going out when the weather outside is frightful, and it tastes…well,  utterly delightful.
Even better, you’ll know every single thing that goes into it, and will be happy to provide your family with good food without all the scary words, additives, and fake colors.
And as if that wasn’t enough, this is something  you can make 100% from your HomeStore….oh yeah.

Over the next three posts, I’ll share my tips for making a top notch homemade pizza, right there in your home, in less than an hour. So in case you didn’t realize just how cool this is….you can have homemade pizza on the table in less time than it usually takes to do delivery or take out. You can thank me later.

The first part of a great pizza is the crust. This crust is so versatile and delicious that you can do almost anything with it!
This recipe will make 4 medium pizzas, 3 large pizzas, or what we sometimes do is make two large pizzas, and save some dough in the fridge for cinnamon sticks or individual pizzas for lunch the next day. See, versatile already.

Let’s get cookin’!

When making your stuffed crust pizza, shape each piece onto an oil covered cookie tray or pizza pan. If making a stuffed crust, push the crust up the sides of the pan. If not, you can just push to the edge.

 

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Get some butter and melt it, add some garlic salt, and maybe some italian seasoning to taste…you can just go crazy here….or not.

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Brush crust, especially edges, with butter seasoned to taste with garlic salt.

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Bake in a 450ºF oven for 7-8 minutes. Pull out of oven and top with sauce and favorite toppings. The pan is hot so be careful not to burn yourself. Brush the edges again with the butter/garlic salt mixture and return to oven until cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown, about 7-8 more minutes.

Folks, it really is that easy. And all this time, BIG PIZZA had you thinking that you had to get good pizza from THEM. Here’s the recipe and printable recipe card for the Stuffed Crust Homemade Pizza.

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Makes 4 medium pizzas
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Ingredients:

10-12 cups unbleached all purpose flour
3/4 cup non-fat dry milk powder
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 scant tablespoons instant dry yeast
4 cups warm water
1/3 cup oil

Directions:

1. Put 7 cups flour, milk powder, salt, sugar, and dry yeast in a mixing bowl. Add water and mix one minute.
2. Let stand about 2 minutes. Add oil and remaning flour, until mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
3. Knead 5-10 minutes (5 in a kitchenaid type mixer, 10 by hand). Divide into four pieces. (If you don’t want to make 4 pizzas, you can make breadsticks/cinnamon sticks, you can cook up the extra dough on your pizza pan and then freeze, or you can freeze the uncooked dough.)
4. Shape each piece onto an oil covered cookie tray or pizza pan. If making a stuffed crust, push the crust up the sides of the pan. If not, you can just push to the edge.
5. Put cheese sticks, either purchased, or cut, around the edges of the pan and fold the crust over the top, pinching/pressing to seal. OPTIONAL: at this point you CAN let the dough rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
6. Brush crust, especially edges, with butter seasoned to taste with garlic salt.
7. Bake in a 450ºF oven for 7-8 minutes.
8. Pull out of oven and top with sauce and favorite toppings. The pan is hot so be careful not to burn yourself. Brush the edges again with the butter/garlic salt mixture and return to oven until cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown, about 7-8 more minutes.
*The possibilities with this really are endless. You can mix in 1 tablespoon of Italian Seasoning into the dough, in step one, or you can mix in 1 teaspoon garlic powder.

 

In my next post, I’ll be posting the yummy sauce that we use on our pizza!
Have YOU tried making pizza? What are your favorite things to put on it?

Recipe: ChocoCoco PB Crunch Bars

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Delicious, no bake, healthy stuff…you name it, this one’s got it. I love to make this every few weeks to give my kids a treat after school.

Don’t you LOVE (sarcasm doesn’t have the same impact in print that it does in speech) when your kids come home from school and the first thing out of their mouths is………………..”what can I eat?”
No, “Hi Mom, how was your day” or anything else…just” FEED ME!”

At least when I pull these out, I’m a rockstar in their eyes. They have good stuff…

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 coconut oil, honey, & natural peanut butter.

The ultimate in no-bake cookies. And I highly recommend toasting your coconut…yes, it is an added step, but it adds a whole new dimension of YUM to these bars.

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If you’ve never toasted coconut, you can check out my tutorial on toasting coconut.

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Printable Recipe Card
Adapted from I Hear Exercise Will Kill You

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1/2 c. unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 c. ROLLED oats
  • 1 c. toasted coconut
  • 1 1/4 c. dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 c. crispy rice cereal
  • 1 t. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Toast coconut.
  2. Put oats, coconut, chocolate chips, and crispy rice cereal in a large bowl.
  3. Melt peanut butter, honey and coconut oil over med-low heat, stirring frequently as melts.
  4. When melted, remove from heat and add vanilla extract.
  5. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  6. Pour into a parchment paper lined 9×13 pan.
  7. Refrigerate 3-4 hours to harden.
  8. Store in the fridge.
  9. Eat in moderation (insert wink)

These little yummy bars are a great afternoon snack.
What are YOUR favorite afternoon snacks? Have you ever made no-bake cookies? Do you have any fun and unusual ingredients you’ve used?
Leave me a comment and tell me about it!

Have a fabulous no-bake day!

Recipe: BEST EVER 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

I was born with an inability to follow instructions…..

no….that’s not true….I CAN follow them, I just don’t like to.

One thing I learned in cosmetology school is that you have to learn the rules in order to break the rules, so technically, following a recipe correctly the first time you make it is important, but changing it after that is ok, too.

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So fast forward to life now. I ADORE homemade bread. If you’ve ever made it, you know what I’m talking about….the smell, the taste, the savings, the satisfaction. One thing I DON’T love about homemade bread? The texture on day two/three/four. So I set out on a quest to make a whole wheat/whole grain bread that would be fabulous for sandwiches and wouldn’t crumble into sawdust once it cooled after removal from the oven.

I tried lots of things. I tried combinations of lots of things. I tried, and tried, and tried….because that’s what it takes sometimes, right? You know I’m right.

Finally….after many occasions of “not quite it” I came up with the perfect formula. Zip-a-dee-doo-dah!
I tried it out on some friends. I didn’t even threaten them, and here’s what they had to say:

Ashley said: “So easy and incredibly yummy! I was surprised that it wasn’t as dense as homemade wheat bread usually is. I’m super excited to make it for my family, knowing it won’t become crumbly and gross after a few days. Thanks for sharing!”

Jessica said: “The best bread that I’ve tried in my whole life!”

Sarah said: “I was so excited to try this recipe and everyone in my family loved it. Even my husband who doesn’t like whole wheat bread, but needs to change his diet said it was fluffy. That is major praise coming from a former wonder bread lover. It is an easy recipe too.”

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This recipe has been drastically adapted from a “Setpoint Bread” recipe my mom has used for 30 years. Now, I have made substitutions on occasion (yogurt when I ran out of buttermilk) and forgotten things a time or two (oh yeah, I was supposed to put vinegar in there). The result is entirely edible, but NOT BRILLIANT, so follow the recipe carefully…..and THEN you can play with it if you wanna.

A couple of tips…

  • whole wheat begins to lose nutrients as soon as it’s ground, so if you can grind your own, it’s preferable. I use a hard white winter wheat. It’s got a lighter taste and texture than red wheat, so it’s what I recommend.
  • Potato Flakes are in the grocery store on the aisle with the boxed dinners and mashed potatoes. Technically, I do suppose it’s possible to make your own, but haven’t ever tried that. **UPDATE** Thrive Life now has Mashed Potato Flakes and boy are they yummy. Best of all? They have ONE INGREDIENT! Potatoes.
  • Vital Wheat Gluten can usually be found on the baking aisle, or on Amazon
  • You can MAKE YOUR OWN buttermilk (really, why would you pay $2.50-3.00 for a 1/2 gallon when you can make your own GALLON for $1.98)
  • I use plain old white vinegar. Haven’t tried any others, so experiment at your own risk.
  • What oil you use is up to you, but coconut oil acts as a dough conditioner, and is super healthy for you, so it’s a great pick.
  • Finally, if you are not mother (or father) to six ravenous children, and don’t think you’ll go through 4 loaves in a week, put the extra in the FREEZER! The fridge will just dry them out. Freezer, well wrapped, is best. Then again, there’s always french toast….

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Printable Recipe Card
Makes 4 loaves

  • 8 c. whole wheat flour (divided, freshly ground is preferable)
  • 1 c. potato flakes
  • 2 T. dry yeast
  • 1/3 c. vital wheat gluten
  • 3 c. HOT tap water (combining the water with the cold buttermilk will bring these ingredients to the perfect temp)
  • 1 c. buttermilk (click on the link and I’ll show you how easy it is)
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 1/3 c. honey
  • 1 T. salt
  • 2 T. vinegar

Directions:

  1. Place 5 cups of the freshly ground flour, potato flakes, yeast, and vital wheat gluten in mixer bowl, and pulse to mix.
  2. Add water and buttermilk.
  3. Mix 1 minute, then let rest 10 minutes, covered.
  4. Add remaining ingredients.
  5. Turn on mixer and quickly add 3 remaining cups of flour. Knead 7-10 minutes (12-15 by hand).
  6. Dough will be slightly sticky. DO NOT add too much flour.
  7. Let rise covered for 45 minutes.
  8. Shape into loaves and place into greased pans. Let rise 30 minutes.
  9. Bake in preheated 350º oven for 25-35 minutes. I bake mine for 28. You want them to sound hollow, or register 180º on a meat thermometer inserted into the bottom of the loaf. (yeah, never do it…but I could…)
  10. Let cool. They say for best results to let cool, but you show me a person who doesn’t dive into a loaf of bread fresh from the oven and I’ll show you a person who’s lost their zest for life! The recipe makes FOUR LOAVES…that means that having ONE sacrificial loaf sliced right out of the oven and slathered with butter and jam, or anything else is JUST FINE!

Please go make my bread and have some fun. Remember that bread making is some science, but a lot art/instinct. It takes some practice to develop instinct, really…you know I’m right. So if you don’t have a perfectly brilliant and perfectly domed and perfectly perfect loaf the first few times…so WHAT! It’ll taste like manna, regardless.

P.S. If baking bread from scratch is not your cup-o-tea, check out Thrive’s new BAKERY LINE! Exciting! There’s a new Country White Dough Mix, Honey Whole Wheat Dough Mix, Basic Cookie Mix, Sugar Cookie Mix, and YEAST! So COOL! You can find more info on my Thrive Life Bakery Page

 

Recipe: Veggie, Chicken, or Beef Bouillon

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Wait….you can make your OWN? I know…Mind BLOWN!

I am so excited about this one….I worked with it and played with it and I’m in love with it….ssshhhhh.

One of the things I love about Thrive is that they have NO MSG in their foods. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Their bouillon does have autolyzed yeast extract in it. Now, these are both substances that contain large amounts of glutamate, but they’re not the same thing. MSG is a synthetically derived and highly concentrated flavor enhancer. Autolyzed yeast and hydrolyzed protein are completely natural ingredients that contain large amounts of glutamate. So, not the same (for more info see this article). However, people can still be sensitive to the smaller amounts of glutamine in the natural ingredients and I have a couple of those in my house.

So it gives me no small amount of pleasure to say that I can make something that’s just as amazing, but 100% natural and identifiable in its ingredients list. And it’s a pretty nice feeling to feel like I have control over what food my family eats. Oh, and did I mention I had all but one ingredient in my HomeStore? So bring on the soups, the sauces, the sick people….I don’t need no stinkin’ MSG laden bouillon any more! Wow, that was liberating! Here you go….oh, and make sure you set aside a good…I don’t know… FIVE MINUTES to get this thing done.

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Throw everything into a blender and process until it is a fine powder.
  2. Add 1 t. of mix to 1 cup water, or to taste.

Couldn’t be easier. This has great flavor, great blend-ability….good stuff.

Give it a try. You can play with the seasonings if you want to customize them to your family’s tastes. This worked for me.
Have YOU ever made your own bouillon? I’d love to know how it goes, so leave me a comment! Should I have said please?….

P.S. We skipped the “What Am I Forgetting?” Series post yesterday so I could bring you the news about Thrive’s amazing March Madness Case Sale, but we’ll resume the series next Monday. Thanks for your understanding! Remember to stock up on your Thrive goodies before March 25th!