Thrive Market + Cooking with Ghee
I got an email a week or so ago from Thrive Market, an online specialty health food market that offers discounted prices for a yearly membership fee. They were offering a FREE, 16oz jar of Justin’s Almond Butter, no purchase necessary, and all you had to do was sign up for a free trial and pay $1.95 shipping. Obviously I jumped at the change to get free food, but as soon as I got the email saying my order had shipped, I cancelled my membership (yeah yeah yeah, whatever). The customer service team reached out to me to offer me a discounted yearly rate, and my mom and I agreed to split it so that we can keep getting good deals on healthy foods and getting fun free stuff now and then. Also, part of your membership dollars go toward giving a low-income family a free membership, so that they can provide healthy options for themselves and their kids. This was the main draw for my mom; the lady has got quite the generous Christian spirit.
The only thing I have ordered so far (aside from my super awesome free jar of almond butter) was Thrive Market’s own brand of ghee. Ghee is clarified butter, which means it is basically a jar of lard. YA BABAY. Whatever they do to turn butter into ghee takes all of the dairy components out of it, making it a great option for lactose or Paleo people. I have been wanting to try it in place of the butter in my coffee and in cooking because dairy weirds me out sometimes (not cheese though, never cheese).
It was a great substitute in my coffee, but the best part so far has been cooking with ghee. Last night for dinner and again today for lunch I made homemade stir-fry and it was DELISH. My stir-fry included cauliflower rice, sweet Italian chicken sausage, and broccoli, topped with cayenne pepper, a pinch of kosher salt, and a dollop of ghee (do do do do doooooo a dollop of daissssyyy). The ghee was hands down what made this dish as delicious as it was, considering how plain and simple the rest of the ingredients are. You know how putting butter on top of plain pasta suddenly makes it 100x more delicious? It’s like that.
I’m looking forward to ordering some more new stuff to try from Thrive Market; next up is definitely going to be carob chips, which are vegan chocolate chips that are naturally sweet, cause sometimes the dairy + sugar in regular chocolate chips irritates my throat.
I will be sure to share the next awesome concoction I cook up with my new jar of ghee!