Meals in Jars: The "Just Add Water" Option

"Meals in Jar" is a method of making up your meals in advance, and storing them in sealed jars, so that all you have to do is add water and you've got yourself a meal!

You use dehydrated and freeze-dried products.
These are incredibly convenient!  Especially for nights where you need a quick meal, or you just aren't in the mood to fix something from scratch but you don't want fast food again.

Many Thrive Life Consultants are converting standard recipes to use Freeze Dried & dehydrated ingredients. The first look at these was at a cooking class in in Utah with Stephanie Petersen, aka "Chef Tess".  She has a cookbook called "52 Method Meals-in-a-Jar".  She also has a blog you an check out. To get the basics of how to do the jars, and sealing, and the basic rules to follow, please check out her FAQ post: 52 Method Jar Info. 

On of our favorites is  Lasagna Soup
You can use other noodles in this, we have found we like mini bow ties noodles!
We also now cut the recipe in half for a pint (perfect for just the 2 of us) so cut the below in half. I try to make up 2-4 at at time.
Put in quart jar in this order:
¼ cup Tomato Powder
¼ cup Tomato Sauce Powder
1 TBSP Chicken Bouillon
¼ cup Bechamel Sauce
½ - 1 tsp Freeze Dried Garlic (or garlic powder)
1 tsp Chef's Choice Seasoning
½ tsp Freeze Dried Italian Seasoning Blend
½ tsp Freeze Dried Basil
2 TBSP Mixed Bell Peppers
¼ cup Freeze Dried Onions
¾ cups Freeze Dried Sausage
2 cups Rainbow Farfalle (Bowtie) Noodles

Bring 8 cups of water to boil. Add contents of jar and stir well. Simmer for about 10-12 minutes or until the noodles are done. Top with Parmesan or Mozzarella Cheese.

Original Recipe comes from Thrive Life consultant Shelli Rasmussen