Taco Soup


Taco Soup
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans pinto beans
  • 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can pink kidney beans
  • 1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can tomatoes with chiles
  • 2 (4 1/2-ounce) cans diced green chiles
  • 1 (4.6-ounce) can black olives, drained and sliced, optional
  • 1/2 cup green olives, sliced, optional
  • 1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix
  • Corn chips, for serving
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Grated cheese, for garnish
  • Chopped green onions, for garnish
Brown the ground beef and onions in a large skillet; drain the excess fat, then transfer the browned beef and onions to a large slow cooker or a stockpot. Add the beans, corn, tomatoes, green chiles, black olives, green olives, taco seasoning, and ranch dressing mix, and cook in a slow cooker on low for 6 to 8 hours or simmer over low heat for about 1 hour in a pot on the stove. To serve, place a few corn chips in each bowl and ladle soup over them. Top with sour cream, cheese, green onions and jalapenos.

Recipe from Paula Dean

This recipe is delicious meatless also, and a great way to get people to eat beans who normally wont.

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Grilled Vegies


Grilled Vegies

  • For the Balsamic glaze:
  • 1 1/2 cups balsamic vinegar, preferably aged
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, preferably aged
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 3 (9 to 12-inch) carrots, sliced lengthwise, 1/4-inch thick
  • 2 celery roots, trimmed and cut in 1/4-inch slices
  • 3 large red onions, cut into rounds, 3/8-inch thick
  • 2 (7 to 8-inch) zucchini, sliced lengthwise, 1/4-inch thick
  • 4 (4-inch), crooked neck squash, sliced lengthwise, 1/4-inch thick
  • Oil, for brushing grill


In a medium saute pan over medium heat, add vinegar, sugar, and honey. Let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until reduced by half. Keep warm for glazing on grill.

In a 1 gallon re-sealable bag, add the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and garlic and mix until combined. Next, add the carrots, celery root and onions, remove excess air. Allow to marinate for 30 minutes. Then add the zucchini and squash and allow to marinate for 10 more minutes.

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Brush grill with oil. Add onions, carrots and celery root. Cook on both sides for 3 to 5 minutes brushing with balsamic glaze. Mark and brown evenly on both sides. Remove to holding pan and cover with aluminum foil. Add squash and zucchini to grill, brush with glaze and cook for 2 minutes per side, until marked and evenly brown. Remove to holding pan, and cover until service.

Drizzle veggies with remaining glaze and serve on a warm platter.

Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri, 2007

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Health and Disease

How to Keep Your Blood Pressure in Check


Wether you are on blood pressure medication or not, it is always a good idea to try to keep you blood pressure in check.

Sing a Soothing Song Everyday:

Singing forces you to take deep calming belly breaths, which are study-proven to lower blood

pressure up to seven points.  So turn up that radio when you get into the car and sing!

Sip Beet Juice:

It is loaded with nitrate, a natural plant compound that is converted into artery relaxing nitric oxide in

the digestive tract.  Usually you want to take at least 4 ounces daily.

Calm Your Nerves with Hugs:

Spending a minute or two every day hugging a loved one or pet can reduce stress and anxiety levels enough

to send your blood pressure plummeting as much as 30%.

Head off Hypertension with Sesame Oil:

People with moderate to severe high blood pressure who used 1 oz. of sesame oil daily, in place of other

oils, reduced their pressure readings 32 points in two  months.  Sesame oil contains compounds that

relax blood vessel walls.

What do the numbers mean:

Normal is LESS THAN 120/80

prehypertension 120/80 to 130/89

Hypertension 140/90 or higher

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