Category Archives: 20 Minute Recipes

These are recipes that are ready in about 20 minutes.

Big Mac Salad – Thrive Low Carb Way!

Does this ever happen to you?  I’ve been working around my house and time got away from me and I realized I was hungry. I’d seen a recipe for a Big Mac Salad from Our Abundant Blessings Blog and pinned it to one of my boards on Pinterest.  It sounded good but I didn’t have any hamburger thawed to make a burger – THRIVE to the rescue again — I love my Thrive Home Store!


Thrive FD Ground Beef

Remember the Big Mac jingle?
Well, I’ve made up a new one for the Big Mac Salad,
the Thrive Low Carb Way! —

Thrive freeze dried beef, special sauce,
lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions
And don’t need that sesame seed bun!

So here’s you go — my Thrive version of the:

Big Mac Salad

Big Mac Salad SAUCE

Big Mac Salad SAUCE

FD – Freeze Dried
Thrive product numbers are for Pantry sized cans


Special Sauce:
1/2 cup mayonnaise – I use this NON-GMO Brand, Just Mayo Original, if I don’t make it myself
2 Tablespoons my Sugar Free Sweet Fire Ketchup or any sugar-free ketchup
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
2 Tablespoons dill pickle relish




Big Mac Salad w/o Sauce

Big Mac Salad w/o Sauce

Romaine lettuce
1/4 cup Thrive FD Ground Beef (#22564), reconstituted
2 Tablespoons Thrive FD Diced Tomatoes (#22241) or grape tomatoes cut in half
Dill pickles, chopped
1 Tablespoon Thrive FD Onions (#22227) or Onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons Thrive FD Cheddar Cheese (#22440), right out of the can! Adds a nice crunch!


Mix up the sauce.  (If you want to let the flavors blend, you can refrigerate up to an hour – I couldn’t wait so used it right away and it was delicious!)

Big Mac Salad

Layer your salad ingredients in the order listed
Look at that wonderful ground beef and cheddar cheese.
This salad has the grape tomatoes cut up and
I love big pieces of onion so I cut one up!
However, both the Thrive Tomato Dices and Onions
are in my Home Store for a future salad!

Big Mac Salad w/Dressing

Add your dressing and ENJOY!

Now wasn’t that easy?

Here’s the cost breakdown for the Thrive products in this recipe:

Big Mac Salad Thrive Costs

Click to download Thrive Big Mac Salad Recipe

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Kay’s Bolognese Sauce – 20 Minute Meal

Kay's Bolognese SauceIn the time it takes you to boil your pasta of choice,
You can have our Family Favorite Bolognese Sauce to put on it –
Yes that is correct –
In less than 20 minutes Dinner Is Ready!

How this recipe was born

I’ve always “doctored” recipes, even before “Thrivealizing” recipes.  It always drove my friends nuts that it was hard to give them an actual recipe as I would throw in a little of this and a little of that.  Anyway, for years my husband was a “Ragu” man when it came to spaghetti saThrive Tomato Sauceuce — of course I doctored it up too, but the base had to be Ragu. Then last year Thrive introduced their new Sauce and Seasoning lines and a new sauce was born from the Thrive Tomato Sauce.  It started with the recipe that is printed on the can and I even Thrivealized that to make my own version.

A Different “Pasta” Variation

Norpor MandolineThere are many uses for this rich sauce and pasta isn’t the only thing you can put it on.  With summer coming on and my summer squash will be ready soon, I experimented with making zucchini and yellow squash pasta, using my mandoline.

What is a mandoline? Mine is a Norpro Deluxe Mandoline Slicer/Grater.  I originally got it so I could slice onions really thin to make my cousin’s french onion soup (another recipe, another post 🙂

Summer Squash PastaI made the first zucchini noodles a little bigger than I wanted for my “spaghetti” noodles so I just sautéed them in a little coconut oil, garlic and an Oriental Spice seasoning I had. That was my lunch and it was delicious.  I then put the correct attachment onto my mandoline and got the size “noodles” I wanted.  My summer squash “noodles looked like this: ————————————->

I blanched them in boiling salted water for 3 minutes, then let them drain well while I made the sauce.

Now for the sauce.

Click here for the original Bolognese Sauce recipe that is on the can and was developed by Chef Todd at Thrive Life and here is my “Thrivealized” version that my family loves:

Kay’s Bolognese Sauce

FD – Freeze Dried
Thrive numbers are for Pantry size cans except for Seasonings

Kay's Bolognese Sauce NutritionIngredients:

1⁄2 cup Thrive FD Ground Beef (#22564)
1/2 cup Thrive FD Sausage Crumbles (#22568)
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional-my secret ingredient)
1/2 cup red wine (optional)**
2 Tablespoons Thrive Carrot Dices (#22221)
2 Tablespoons Thrive Mixed Bell Peppers (#22235)
1/4 cup Thrive FD Chopped Onions (#22227)
1/4 cup Thrive FD Celery (#22223)
1/4 cup Thrive FD Spinach (#22234)
2 Tablespoons Thrive Tomato Powder (#22237)
1/2 teaspoon Thrive Baking Soda (#22661)
2 tiny scoops Stevia or a little sweetener to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons Thrive FD Italian Seasoning Blend (#23627)
1⁄2 teaspoon Thrive Chef’s Choice Seasoning blend (#23628)
1⁄2 cup Thrive Tomato Sauce, (#22604), dry
4 cups water
Thrive FD Shredded Mozzarella Cheese (#22443), right out of the can as garnish if desired.


Measure out all ingredients. Reconstitute ground beef and sausage by soaking in ½ cup hot water about 5 minutes. Do not drain. Sauté garlic and fennel in butter until softened. Deglaze with red wine and reduce by half. Add carrots, mixed peppers, onions, celery, and meat and reduce until syrupy. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Simmer on low for 8–10 minutes. Serve over pasta or veggie “pasta”. Garnish with Thrive Mozzarella Cheese right out of the can. Serves 8

**Click here for Alcohol Free Cooking Tips Blog Post

Cost for Thrive Products in this Bolognese Sauce

Cost for Thrive Products in this Bolognese Sauce

This recipe is GLUTEN FREE
if you use the Summer Squash Pasta.

Summer Squash Pasta

Summer Squash Pasta

Summer Squash Pasta Nutrition

Summer Squash Pasta Nutrition


Rainbow Farfalle Pasta

Kid’s love this one!

Rainbow Pasta Nutrition

Rainbow Farfalle Pasta Nutriton

Whole Grain Penne Pasta
Whole Grain Penne Pasta (#22137)
A healthier alternative!

WG Penne Pasta

Whole Grain Penne Pasta Nutrition

Make it Vegetarian –

Just leave out the meat and the cheese garnish (if desired) and you still have a wonderful sauce over squash “pasta.”

Click here to download Kay’s Bolognese Sauce Recipe

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