Saturday, March 30, 2013

THRIVE Tomato Sauce - Flatbread Pizza

Looking for a quick dinner idea or after school snack to make for your family?  This flatbread pizza is quick & easy to make any time of the day.  Our new sauces let you make just the right amount needed for a recipe, eliminating wasted food.  I always hated opening a can of sauce for just a quick snack! You could make this on tortilla shells or on toast if you don't have any flatbread on hand. Enjoy....

1 piece Archer Farms Naan Bread (From Target)
3 Tbs Prepared THRIVE Tomato Sauce*
1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Sausage Crumbles*
2 Tbs THRIVE Freeze Dried Spinach*
1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Mozzarella Cheese*
*Prepared or Rehydrated

Place naan bread on a baking sheet and lightly coat with oil.  Bake in oven on 350 for 3 minutes.  Remove and top with sauce, cheese, sausage and spinach and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Shelf Reliance - THRIVE Life Opportunity Meeting

Please invite any friends and family you have in these areas to attend so they can learn more about Shelf Reliance and our products. Each meeting will be held at the times listed in the address section below. The first hour will be an opportunity presentation that will be a great chance for anyone who is interested to learn more about the Home Party program. The final time will be focused on training current or potential consultants on innovative sales techniques, tools, products, policies and procedures, and other essential business tips. 
 The times will be listed as soon as they become available.

Join us for the following IgNIGHT Events! Full address details coming soon!
April 9 - Fairfax, VA with Jason Budge
April 10 - Dallas, TX with Steve Palmer
April 11 - Houston, TX with Steve Palmer
April 11 - Boise, ID with Jason Budge
April 20 - Ohahu, HI with Jason Budge
April 24 - Atlanta, GA with Steve Palmer
April 25 - Charlotte, NC with Steve Palmer
May 1-2 Edmonton and Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada with Scott Dalton and Jason Budge
May 2 - Logan, UT with Eric Morgan and Andrew Haws
May 4 - Albuquerque, NM with Eric Morgan
May 7 - Mesa, AZ with Jason Norton
May 8 - Portland, OR with Jason Norton
May 8 - Denver, CO with Eric Morgan and Andrew Haws
May 9 - Seattle, WA with Jason Norton and Andrew Haws
May 9 - Kansas City, MO with Eric Morgan
May 15 - Sacramento, CA with Eric Morgan
May 16 - American Fork, UT with Eric Morgan, Steve Palmer, and Andrew Haws

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Shelf Reliance - THRIVE Life

This year at our convention Shelf Reliance announced some great new products and exciting news.  The company is changing its name to THRIVE Life.  I am excited about the new name and I think it hits the mark with what our products can do for our customers, our consultants and others around the world with Thriving Nations.

In addition to this huge news we also have two new product lines, THRIVE Spices & Seasonings and THRIVE Sauces!  I am so excited to have these as an addition to my home store.  With these great items it swill allow me to create even more dishes than before while saving me time and money.

THRIVE Spices & Seasonings - Fresh Flavor That Lasts

THRIVE Seasonings allow you to experience the unmatched flavor of fresh herbs without all of the hassle.  Our spices and herbs are all natural freeze dried giving them a 25 year shelf life.  This line is also certified gluten free!  

  • 5 all natural herbs and 4 delicious natural blends
  • Freeze dried for fresh herb flavor
  • Uniquely packaged for a 25 year shelf life
  • Conveniently sized with pop top lids for easy daily use.

THRIVE Sauces:

Our THRIVE Sauces are made from the highest quality ingredients and are a quick and easy way to turn any dish into a gourmet meal.  

  • Original blends developed in-house
  • GMO free
  • Certified gluten free
  • All Natural
  • 10 year shelf life 
Bechamel - Creamy White Sauce - Makes delicious Alfredo sauce, cheese sauce or potato soup
Espagnole - Savory Beef Gravy - Perfect for beef and pork dishes, stews or mashed potatoes
Tomato - Classic Tomato Sauce - A staple for quick and easy pasta, pizza or tomato soup
Veloute - Rich Chicken Gravy - Just the ting for chicken dishes, soups, pot pies and casseroles

These wonderful new products are available only through me, your consultant. Contact me today to purchase!  

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Shelf Reliance Salsa

I am really not a fan of wasting food.  That being said we always seem to have certain items in the fridge that are not eaten and eventually get thrown out.  It never fails to have half a jar of salsa that gets lost in the back of the fridge and goes bad.
thrive salsa
A few years ago we started making our own salsa in batches that are just the right size.  Not only did the salsa taste better we got more for our money since we didn't waste any.  This past weekend we made nachos and I didn't have any fresh tomatoes on hand, thankfully I had most of the needed ingredients in my home store.

Sometimes I still can't get over how awesome THIVE freeze dried foods are. I would pick this salsa over store bought any day!


Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes and enjoy!  

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Shelf Reliance Static V Sleeping Pad

Yesterday I received our Static V Sleeping Pad by Klymit.  The Stativ V is a lightweight inflatable pad that offers body matting technology at an entry level price.  The V chamber design which limits air movement and heat loss offers a unique ergonomic body map for peak performance and comfort.

The packaging is pretty small, about the size of a large water bottle.  I had been looking for something that would serve a dual purpose for my 72 hour kit and for backpacking trips. The size is small enough to be an easy addition to both packs and the cost is only $58.79!  I tried it out last night for a bit while we were hanging out watching tv.  The pad is large enough for a full sized adult. It fit great for my husband who is 6' tall and once you are laying down there are no pressure points that are hitting the ground even though the pad is only a few inches thick.

The manufacturer states that the pad can be blown up in about 10 breaths and it took me 12 which is not too bad.  The pad also features a simple to use push valve for easy inflation and deflation.  I was pleasantly surprised at how well I was able to repack the pad into the carry case.  Normally things like this are as aggravating as folding a map back in the correct position but this was a piece of cake.

The pack also comes with a patch kit which I hope to never need.  I guess the real test will be to take it on a backpacking trip this spring and see how well I like it after a few days.  I am excited to try it out for more than just a movie night!

Weight: 18.1 oz,514 g
Dimensions: 72" x 23" x 2.5",183 cm x 59 cm x 6.5 cm
Type: inflatable Sleeping Pad
R-Value: 1.3
Packed Size: 5" x 9", 12.7 cm x 22.8 cm
Includes: Stuff Sack, Patch Kit
Warranty: Limited Lifetime

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Shelf Reliance Apple Bacon Mac And Cheese

This week I grabbed the new Every Day with Rachel Ray magazine.  I have never purchased this one before and was pleasantly surprised.  It had several recipes that I just had to try.  This mac and cheese recipe looked so different and I really wanted to try it out with my THRIVE freeze dried apples!
The dish turned out great.  I ended up making half of the recipe and it still made enough for 6-8 servings.  Every few bites you will be surprised with a little taste of apple that gives it such a unique twist.  The recipe called for white cheddar although I had my freeze dried Monterrey Jack and Mozzarella so I used those instead.  This is definitely a keeper!

1 1/4 Cup THRIVE Elbow Noodles
1 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Mozzarella Cheese*
1/4 Cup THRIVE Freeze Monterrey Jack Cheese*
1 Tbs THRIVE Freeze Dried Green Onions
1 Cup THRIVE Freeze Dried Granny Smith Apples* (broken into 1/2" pieces)
1 1/2 Cup THRIVE Instant Milk*
6 Slices Bacon
2 Tbs Flour
2 Tbs Butter
Salt & Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a large pan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Remove and lay on a paper towel lined plate.  Remove all but 1 tbs of grease, add apples and cook, stirring frequently until browned, set aside.

Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water for 5-6 minutes and drain.  In a medium sauce pan melt butter over medium heat then stir in flour.  Once blended add in milk and whisk until thickened 5-7 minutes.  Once thickened add cheese and whisk until smooth.  Season with salt and pepper.

Combine all ingredients into a 9" square baking dish and bake for 30 minutes.  You can top with extra cheese or bacon crumbles.

Original Recipe

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Shelf Reliance March Coupons

This month Shelf Reliance has some great items on sale. If you are looking for a coupon code to take advantage of these sales, look no further.  I am your personal coupon code!  By shopping through my consultant site you will receive the best pricing possible.

My favorite sale item this month is our pantry can six pack of yogurt bites.
This package saves you over $15 and lets you try several flavors, Strawberry, Cherry, Blueberry, Pomegranate, Vanilla and my all time favorite Passionfruit.  Our yogurt bites have a 25 year shelf life unopened and 1 year opened.  They are the perfect snack for toddlers and adults!


Reserve 72 #10

$259.99 $157.99
14-in-1 Multi Tool

$17.99 $14.99
Water Filtration Bottle

$29.99 $24.99

Make sure to check in each week for Chef Todd's THRIVE Live show.


Chicken Salad Canap├ęsSteak & Potatoes
Chili Lime Chicken & Rice TostadasCreamy Smooth Asparagus Soup
Cilantro CreamEasy Brownie Parfait

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Shelf Reliance Potato and Spelt Cakes

Potato and Spelt Cakes
by Chef Todd Leonard, CEC
Prep time: 30 min
Makes 12 cakes
Potato & Spelt Cakes
¼c. THRIVE™ Chopped Onions
2tbsp. garlic, minced
¾c. THRIVE™ Mushroom Pieces (FD)
2tbsp. basil and parsley, equal parts
½c. water
1tbsp. butter
½c. THRIVE™ Spelt, cooked
¾c. parmesan cheese
2c. mashed potatoes (from 1 c.THRIVE™ Potato Beads)
2c. bread crumbs
Place the onions, garlic, mushrooms, herbs, water, and butter in a small skillet and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently. Reduce until mostly dry. Prepare potato beads as mashed potatoes, following directions on can. Add mushroom mixture, cooked spelt, and cheese and fold together. Form into small flat patties and coat with bread crumbs. Fry in a pan with olive oil and butter until browned.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Shelf Reliance Featured Product: Freeze Dried Sausage Crumbles

THRIVE freeze dried sausage crumbles have quickly become one of my favorite items that Shelf Reliance offers.  The taste is AMAZING and the ease of use and shelf life can't be beat.  The are packed with fully cooked seasoned sausage crumbles that are so good you can munch on them straight out of the can.  

I use my sausage crumbles in a variety of dishes:
  • Casseroles
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Omelettes 
  • Soups
  • Pizza Topping
  • Appetizers

When using sausage crumbles I don't always re-hydrate them.  It depends on what I am cooking and the taste I want to go for.  When making omelettes for example I will just toss them in with the eggs and they are good to go.  You can also toss them into a soup or casserole without rehydration, just add a little extra water.

2 1/2 cups of sausage crumbles equal about a pound of fresh cooked sausage.  There are approximately 4.8 lbs of sausage in a #10 can and just under 2 lbs in a pantry can.  Once a can is opened the shelf life is 1 year although would never last that long in our house.  Since it is pre cooked and oh so yummy I am always looking for recipes to incorporate it in.  My favorite perk?......... You don't have to worry about a greasy pan.  It sure makes a home cooked meal a breeze!

Here are a few recipes to try:
Sausage Balls
Potato Soup
Sausage Zucchini Casserole
Fiesta Soup

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