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New Series: Thriving Thursday

I’m so excited to start a new series!

Welcome to Thriving Thursday πŸ™‚ I will get down to the food part first, then explain the series.


Single Serving Green Chili Pepper Soup with Chicken

Featuring Thrive Life foods

Disclaimer: I am a consultant for Thrive Life. Check out my website hereΒ and know that any purchases or deliveries set up via my link help me power this blog and feed my family. Seriously… it is helping feed the family. I pay the same as a preferred customer for the foods, but I just earn commission and rewards which turns into free groceries. So thank you πŸ™‚

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup chopped chicken
  • 1/4 cup green chili peppers
  • 1/4 cup chopped kale
  • 1 tablespoon chopped onions
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (depending on how soup-like you want it!)
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt/pepper
  • Cilantro (love the TL herbs!)
  • Avocado (for garnish)

What you do:

  1. Throw ingredients into a bowl or jar (chicken through onions + spices).
  2. Bring your broth to a boil (or 2 minutes in the microwave works for me!). Then pour over your soup mixture and stir.
  3. Cover and let it stand for roughly 5 minutes.
  4. Serve with avocado and cilantro.

Once I got some basics in stock from Thrive Life, I started sprinkling them in for added fruit (perfect for snacks on the go!) and/or veggie (almost snackable!) power. Not only are these high quality, but they are convenient! Want something green in that soup or casserole? Pop open the kale– sprinkle it in. That is it… it is chopped and ready. What I also love is that I can still do my grocery store trips (love me some grocery shopping… yes, for real!), but have these on hand to fill in for anything that isn’t in season around here (or on sale…) or that I only need once or twice a week. Because things like peaches aren’t in season right now, but I kind of like to have them around to munch on once and a while. Even after opening the can of TL foods, you have A YEAR to enjoy. A YEAR… there’s no way you can waste these foods.

You see, we humans, we waste A LOT. Last year I really tried to be more aware of this and minimize our waste. Now we are not afraid of leftovers (and cooking enough to last more than one meal), but I was getting bad about letting things linger in the fridge (saving it for that ONE dish… or just overbuying at the store) too long. I would pull out the broccoli to finally roast it and realize it had mildew. I would throw away ORGANIC broccoli that I paid too much for (facepalm… and ouch to the budget). Not only has Thrive Life foods helped me cut down my grocery budget but it has helped cut down our waste tremendously.

This year I want to try and grow more of our foods. My sister and her family (check her out here) are pros at this and really inspired us to try it out. We took care of their homestead last summer when we moved here while they traveled and it was so fun! I think a garden (and some chickens… and goats!) will help me feel more settled here… but that whole SETTLED word is another post for another day πŸ™‚

So here we are at the end of Thriving Thursday #1. Now if you don’t have Thrive Life… connect with me! I would love to tell you more and gameplan how it could fit into your family’s lifestyle (and help those dinner dilemmas that happen to the best of us). No but really, remember these are just REAL FOODS. They need a little moisture to be refreshed (they are freeze dried not dehydrated learn more here), but you can sub chicken that you cook or your own chopped veggies πŸ˜‰ That is the cool thing and takes the pressure off of Thrive Life foods… if chicken is on sale one week at the store, buy it! Your opened TL chicken will be there and ready when you need it!

First Menu of the Year!

Hey!!! Just over here doing a happy dance because we got above freezing today! But how cute is that cozy kiddo?!?

Anyways, I am back and so excited to share a weekly menu/gameplan (so torn about the title I want to give this ha) with y'all.

Here is what we are looking at for this week:

  • Baked potatoes filled with beef and topped with all things TACO (inspired by Fed and Fit's recipe from last week; just Mexican since I have an abundance of avocados and no paleo BBQ sauce)
  • Skillet hash with potato, kale, and beef; drizzled in Primal Kitchen's rockin' ranch (inspired by Fed and Fit's recipe from last week; just no chorizo and did a ranch spin for the taco part!)
  • Shepherd's Pie (Fed and Fit style… more on her current series below)
  • Whole Chicken baked with butternut squash and brussel sprouts (using this for breakfast too…)
  • Stir-fry with Thrive Life pork, peppers, and rice (by far, my fav Thrive trio to serve with lime and coconut aminos)
  • Breakfast–> the regulars (smoothies, eggs with veggies) but with a baked oatmeal utilizing some carrots (sounds weird, but it works)

So about that Fed and Fit series… she is currently doing a "Cook Once Eat All Week" series. Which. is. BRILLIANT. Y'all know I love me a prep day, but honestly, it has been hard to block off that time since entering mamahood. For while I really MISSED that prep time. But with my Thrive Life veggies in my cabinet now, I really don't feel the need to do that anymore in order for food to get on the table (whew!). So I took some of her recipes from last week and modified them to meet what I have on hand/found in the store.

PSA– Beautycounter's Winter Sale (yes, 30% a lot of my favs) ends tonight!! Let me know if you have any questions. A lot of our family favorites are on sale πŸ™‚ Shop here and support the Cookin' Up Life family! Remember what we put IN AND ON our bodies truly matter. You and your family deserve safe products!

Happy New Year from us (and Leo too!)!!