I just sent this out to my “THRIVE Life Specials” email list (care to join it?  You can right here!), and I got more “thank you” email responses than I ever have before, so I thought I’d share it here as well to make sure as many of you as possible got it!

Loving Fall

Basically, I LOVE Fall…Autumn.  Whatever you want to call it.  I love this time of year.  If I got to decide, it would be Fall all year long.  I love the perfect for playing at the park weather, the length of the days, the start of the holiday baking season, the cozy clothing and soups!  I look forward to eating comforting, warm, homemade soups all year long.

But there is one thing I don’t love about homemade soups:  Many require LOTS of washing, peeling and chopping of vegetables.  So, instead, I use my pre-washed, pre-peeled, pre-chopped freeze dried veggies.  They are nutritious (picked when fully ripe), full of flavor and comparable in price to the grocery store.  But best of all, they allow me to create all of my favorite homemade soups in half the time!

I know many of you recently stocked up on some freeze dried veggies during my National Preparedness month sale, and many of you have lots of freeze dried veggies just sitting in storage.  Well, I’ve created a free printable chart for you that just may save a you trip to the store and a bunch of time when making your next batch of your favorite fall soup!  It lists all my favorite soup friendly freeze dried / dehydrated veggies, and tells you just how much to use in place of the fresh version.  Plus, you get a small tip about using each one!

Making soups with freeze dried foods really is simple.  Anyone can do it!  Just put some water in a pot, add some bouillon, and scoop and dump your favorite veggies into the pot!  Simmer for a few 10-20 minutes, taste and season as needed!   If you are following an actual soup recipe, I suggest adding 1/8 cup additional liquid for every cup of freeze dried veggies you add in place of fresh.

And without further ado, here is your printable.  It is a pdf.  Just click on it to download and print it!

Plus, here recipes for a few soups that are made with nearly 100% THRIVE that you may want to try this Fall.  You can even watch Chef Todd make them here:  October THRIVE It Up!

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup ($0.93 per serving) Minestrone Soup ($1.93 per serving)
Hearty Beef & Bean Chili ($0.82 per serving) Tuscan Tomato Soup ($1.32 per serving)