Monday, July 8, 2013

Upside Down Pizza...{Recipe} Regular Recipe AND Thrive Recipe!

First, a bit about why I use Thrive Freeze Dried Food.  This is not compensated nor have they given me any free product (but if they want to, I would sure accept it with glee!!!!)  Nor am I a Thrive Consultant, so I have no dog in this hunt other than I use and like it a lot!  

Since traveling in the 5th wheel full time, I have wanted to have a pantry of food, but it weighs a ton (bad for the axles and frame) and takes up a ton of space (bad for, well, space!--I mean, space is at a PREMIUM in a 5th wheel folks!)  

I learned about freeze dried foods while reading the blog of Misty Marsh who has a wonderful series on how to build a 72 hour emergency kit in 26 weeks...

I checked out a lot of Freeze Dried Foods and really like the Thrive line which has no added salt or fat (very important due to our dietary restrictions).  

Freeze drying food keeps it's color, texture and about 98% of the nutrients of fresh.  I have used this for more than a year and honestly, no one has been able to tell the difference!  

I dipped a toe in the Thrive water so to speak and now I use quite a lot of the line.  It is also great because I don't have to brown the beef or cook the chicken or ham or turkey or veggies or sauces or rice or the instant beans--yes, instant red kidney, black and brown pinto beans--or anything! which saves on cooking fuel and heat in the camper at this time of year--GREAT!   I also don't have to brown the meats and such, so it saves on pans, which saves on dishwashing!  How great is that????

So, I have good, nutritious food that is light on the axles and frame of the camper and salt and fat and takes up much less space than canned foods and will last for something like 25 years until you open it and then it will last about 1-2 years.  Cool, huh?

So, I give you first, the original recipe and then the Thrive version that I made...

(Original Recipe)
This is Lick the Pan Clean Good!!!!!!  Man was it delish!
Original Recipe from
1 1/2 lb Ground Beef
1 cup Chopped Onion
12 oz Spaghetti Sauce (1/2 of a jar)
1 cup Sour Cream
8 oz Shredded Mozzarella
8 oz Crescent Rolls

Brown ground beef and onion in skillet; (I added a couple of cloves of garlic too!); drain fat.
Stir in spaghetti sauce.
Cook over low heat 10 minutes stirring often.
Spoon mix into greased 9x13 inch dish (I used an 8x8" pan)
Top with sour cream and cheese.
Unroll crescent rolls, and place over cheese.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

MY THRIVE FOODS VERSION (pictured above):
When I made it, I used Thrive Freeze Dried Food in the recipe as follows:
3 cups Freeze Dried Ground Beef
1 cup fresh Chopped Onion
2 Cloves Fresh Minced Garlic
Thrive Tomato Sauce (12 oz hot water, mix in the Thrive Tomato Sauce, which has all of the basil and spices included already, to consistency of Pizza Sauce--let sit)
1 cup Sour Cream
8 oz Shredded Mozzarella
8 oz Crescent Rolls (I used reduced fat)

Put 3 cups dry Freeze Dried Ground Beef in bottom of pan.
Add Fresh chopped onion and fresh minced garlic and stir together.
Pour the Thrive Tomato Sauce mixture over all.
Add another 1 c water over all and stir a bit.
Layer 1 cup Sour Cream over top.
Layer 8 oz Shredded Mozzarella.
No need to hydrate Ground Beef ahead.  It will hydrate as it cooks.
Unroll crescent rolls, and place over cheese.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

I think my eyes rolled back in my head with the very first bite and then it got better!  :)

Enjoy either way you want to make it!


  1. So NOW you tell me about this freeze dried stuff - after I've been off the road a year! ;)

    The food looks delish!

  2. Love this Yvonne! Thanks so much for linking to me. I'm thrilled to hear you enjoy your THRIVE so much. It really is a great product! (-: I cna't wait to see more of your recipes!