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Soup, whether it’s winter or summer is a regular rotation in my meal planning.  With a side of bread and or salad, it’s a healthy way to get in a well-balanced meal.  This happens to be one that my family loves so I decided to make it into an easier recipe using my food storage.  I have worked inside and out all day and when it came to dinner time, I needed something fast.  I’ve cooked with my THRIVE for so long, it’s just a natural “go-to” meal for us.  Tonight I decided to convert our favorite Stuffed Green Pepper Soup recipe in to a convenient Meal In A Jar recipe.  No cutting veggies (which I didn’t have fresh anyway), no frying up ground beef (THRIVE is already cooked) and virtually no cleanup.  I was so pleased with the result that if you love the convenience of boil and serve Meals In A Jar, I knew you would love this easy recipe, too.

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

Stuffed Green Pepper Soup

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Stuffed Green Pepper Soup
Recipe Type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 6
This recipe converts my standard soup into a meal in a jar. It’s an excellent soup!
Ingredients
  • 1 Cup THRIVE Tomato Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Garlic Granules or Powder
  • 2-3 Tbsp THRIVE Beef Bouillon Powder
  • 1 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Onion
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Tomato Chunks
  • 1/2 Cup Instant Rice
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Green Pepper (Or Red/Green Bell Pepper)
Instructions
  1. Layer ingredients as I have listed them. You may need to shake (or pound) your jar as you fill it to make sure it all fits.
  2. Top with a 100cc Oxygen Absorber if you are not going to cook this for more than a few days. Or you can use you vacuum seal system to draw out the air.
  3. To Cook: Boil 10-12 cups of water and empty contents into it. Reduce boil to a simmer and cook (stirring frequently) for 20-30 minutes. You can add more water for a more brothy soup or cook to reduce for a thicker soup. Salt and Prepper to taste, serve with a side of sourdough bread and salad, enjoy!

 

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Finished MIJ ChiliI am married to a Texan.  A few things I learned to cook when we were married was bbq brisket, bbq beans and chili.  He really is a chili snob.  So I felt really challenged when I set out to make a dry version from the ingredients we have in our food storage.  After all, preparing for hard times is being affected as little as possible.  Having your favorite foods will make the hard times much easier and healthier to face.  It took a few tweaks, but I put a recipe together that he is very happy with and is regularly rotating into my menu.

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Add and adjust your personal preference in spices. Sprinkling a dash of red pepper will add some heat

As with any meal in a jar, they are quite pretty sitting in my glass front, antique cupboard.  But I have to say, these make adorable gifts, too.  I have given away many and always get great reviews.  With a decorative tag where you write or print the cooking instructions on and a mini-bottle of tabasco, they are a fun gift to give and look even more pretty in your cupboards.

For more information on freeze-dried food, I have put information in this document to answer questions you may have.   Meal In A Jar Newsletter.  For safely preparing your jars, I have put together this document  Prepping Jars

Chili Meal In A Jar
Recipe Type: Soup
Cuisine: American/Mexican
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 4-6
Layer your ingredients in the order listed. You may have to lightly pound you jar on your countertop to get the ingredients to settle and fit in your 1 quart jar. If you have a vacuum seal system, use the attachment to draw out all the air. If you do not have one, you will need to add a 100cc oxygen absorber which will draw out any air.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Tomato Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Chili Mix
  • 1 Tbsp Beef Bouillon
  • 1 Cup THRIVE Instant Red Beans
  • 2/3 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Ground Beef
  • 1/3 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Sausage Crumbles
  • 1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Onions
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Mixed Bell Peppers
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup Celery
  • 1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Green Chili Peppers
Instructions
  1. Bring 8-10 cups of water to boil. Empty ingredients into the boiling water and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Adjust salt, pepper and preferred spices to taste
  3. If you like chili mac, simply reduce the amount of instant beans and replace with the pasta of our choice. Or you can simply add pasta when you cook this meal.

 

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photo copy 6Something to keep in mind about minestrone is that, much like meatloaf, it’s a great way to cook and use up leftover vegetables and no two recipes are the same.  This is a recipe I would be proud to set in front of you at my dinner table.  But you may like more pasta and less potatoes.  You may want vegetables in it that I don’t put in mine.   Mine is a great flavor for how my family likes it.  You can make the adjustments you wish with the basics in this recipe.

This recipe is all adjusted and based on freeze-dried food.  You can use your own or commercially produced dehydrated vegetables, but you will need to adjust your cooking time and amount of water.  There is a significant difference in how they rehydrate and the amount of time and water it will take.  For information about this, please follow this link where I try to answer any questions you may have. Meal In A Jar Newsletter

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Add 100cc oxygen absorbers before closing

While these look beautiful in canning jars, if you want yours in vacuum sealed bag and in mylar, they are perfect to take camping or to keep in your bug out bags.   With these points in mind, here is the recipe.  Below the recipe will be links so that if there are any ingredients you wish to purchase, you can.

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You will need

  1. measuring cups
  2. measuring spoons
  3. canning funnel
  4. 100cc oxygen absorbers
Minestrone Soup Meal In A Jar
Recipe Type: Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 4
Layer the ingredients in the order by which they are listed. The 1st five ingredients are the base for your soup. You can add whatever vegetables you prefer, but keep in mind that there is about 1 1/3 cups of vegetables total. Keep this in mind as you will need to fit all the ingredients into a 1 quart canning jar.
Ingredients
  • 2/3 C. THRIVE Tomato Powder
  • 1/2 C. THRIVE Freeze-Dried Onion (You can use your own dehydrated flakes)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder or Granules
  • 1 Heaping Tbsp Beef Bouillon
  • 3/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Ground Beef
  • 1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Sausage
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Instant Red Beans
  • 1/3 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Corn
  • 1/3 Cup THRIVE Potato Chunks
  • 1/3 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Green Beans
  • 1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze-Dried Mixed Green/Red Peppers
  • Top With Pasta of Your Choice
Instructions
  1. Prepare your 1 quart canning jars, lids and bands by sanitizing them with hot, soapy water. You absolutely must make sure all pieces are completely dry. To ensure this, after washing my jars, I put them in an oven at 250* for 30 minutes. Moisture will cause your food to spoil.
  2. Layer these ingredients in the order listed. I purposely didn’t include the option for salt and pepper. I chose to add those and other spices as I cook the recipe. This recipe serves 4-6 adults
  3. If you are making these to keep longer than a few weeks, you MUST place an oxygen absorber on top before you close it and/or use your vacuum seal system to remove the air. These stay fresh and stable for 9-12 months. Wipe the rim of the jar to get a secure, airtight seal.
  4. Bring 8 cups of water to boil. Empty ingredients in and reduce to a simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add water or beef stock for a thinner soup or continue to reduce to thicken it according to your own preference.
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THRIVE F-D Ground Beef

THRIVE F-D Sausage

THRIVE F-D Corn

THRIVE F-D Green Beans

THRIVE F-D Tomato Powder

THRIVE F-D Potato Chunks

THRIVE F-D Red & Green Bell Peppers

THRIVE Instant Red Beans

Oxygen Absorbers

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PrepperPenny's GranolaBuilding up my home store saves me money, time and allows me to control the ingredients my family is exposed to.  With a 3 year old and 5 year old, cereal is a given.  But who really wants to pour unhealthy, refined sugary food out for them?  Not this nana!  Here is a delicious and healthy alternative that my children love.

Homemade Granola Cereal
Recipe Type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 90 mins
Total time: 1 hour 45 mins
Serves: 15
Avoid refined sugar and eat healthier. Not just for adults, children love this sweet alternative to commercial cereals, too.
Ingredients
  • 10 C. Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 3/4 C. Toasted & Chopped Walnuts or Pecans or combination of both
  • 2 C. Almonds
  • 1 C. Shredded Coconut
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 C. Canola Oil
  • 1 C. Maple Syrup or Honey or combination of both
  • 1 Tbsp. Mollasses
  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract *See recipe to make your own
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • Optional: Dried Fruit
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 250*
  2. In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients
  3. In a separate bowl, mix all the liquid ingredients.
  4. Pour liquids into dry ingredients and mix until everything is incorporated well.
  5. Transfer the combined ingredients into a jelly-roll pan or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (This is a large batch and will likely take several pans) Spread granola evenly on each pan,
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, stir granola and return to the oven for another 30 minutes. Repeat one more time until they have cooked for a total of 90 minutes.
  7. Turn off your oven but allow them to sit inside the oven overnight. They will harden and become very crisp.
  8. Transfer granola into an airtight container where you can add raisins or other dried fruit of your choice. Dehydrated pineapple is delicious with this recipe.
  9. Stores for 4 weeks in your pantry or in the freezer for 6 months.

 

*See my video on how to make your own Vanilla extract here.

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The ease, convenience and fresh taste of putting a meal in a jar is quite popular amongst preppers, campers, outdoorsmen and busy people.  While these are practical and beautiful in canning jars, they easily work in bags for hiking and camping trips.  But for long-term storage, vacuum sealing and oxygen absorbers are a must.  With these meals, you simple add them to boiling water.  No other ingredients are needed.  Better and healthier than one-skillet box meals! 

Beef Stew ~ Meal In A Jar

Recipe Type: Thrive Freeze-Dried
Author: PrepperPenny
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 35 mins
Serves: 4-6
This is the most convenient way to serve your family a warm, delicious and healthy meal when time is limited, during power outages or during outdoor adventures.
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp Garlic Granules
  • 1/2 C Flour
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE Tomato Powder
  • 1 Tsp Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp THRIVE Beef Bouillon 1 1/2 Cups THRIVE FD Potato Chunks
  • 1 Cup THRIVE Instant Red Beans
  • 1/2 Cup THRIVE FD Onion
  • 1 Cup of your favorite THRIVE FD Vegetables (combine your own)
  • 1 Cup of THRIVE Hamburger or Roast Beef
Instructions
  1. Sanitize a 1 quart canning jar, lid and ring *Make sure they are completely dry!
  2. Using a large-mouth funnel, begin layering ingredients in order listed
  3. Top with a 100cc Oxygen Absorber
  4. Using a vacuum seal system, vacuum seal the canning lid onto jar
  5. Boil 6 cups water, empty contents. Better if you use homemade beef stock!

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