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Recipe: Taco Soup – Meal In A Jar

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Who doesn’t love a meal in a jar?!  They look so good on your pantry shelf, and they make great gifts!  What’s not to love?!

I put things in the jar in this specific order because I use a food sealer on the jars and I don’t want the powdered ingredients to get sucked into the Food Saver, with the wide mouth jar attachment.  It is super handy for things like this because once Thrive Life foods go into the jars and get the air sucked out they can be shelf stable for 3-5 years.  Alternately, you can also use oxygen absorbers, one per jar to extend the shelf life.  Without food sealing or oxygen absorber, your jar will be good for one year.  So the choice is between one year and 3-5 years….I’d rather extend the shelf life since I’m not so great at keeping up with what’s expiring in my pantry!


This is the recipe that we use at my house and also the tags that I made for my own pantry if you’d like to use it.  It all fits in a quart sized jar (with some gentle persuasion to get the ingredients to settle).


  1. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil in a pan.
  2. Add all ingredients and return to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!  Top with shredded cheddar cheese (or Thrive Shredded Cheddar Cheese), sour cream, jalapeno peppers, or tortilla chips.

**For crockpot preparation:  Add all ingredients and 5 cups of water to crockpot and cook for 4 hours on low.


Isn’t that pretty?  It’s in a slightly different order because my 7 year old made this one!  Yes, you heard me right….my 7 year old made dinner.  Now, how is that for impressive?

FREE BONUS:  You can download and print these simple Taco Soup tags to hang on your jars here.

Thriving Again!

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I have let my Thrive Foods team kind of dwindle in recent months.  I’m not proud of that, but I’m just being honest.  I’ve been so busy with other things that I just let it go by the wayside.

I really need to get it going again and get things chugging along.  I recently used up some points and got a big box of free food and it really got me thinking about why I started with Thrive and what made me want to be a consultant.  It also motivated me to get to sharing about what makes it so great with my family and friends.

The bottom line really is this:  it is really good food.  It is high quality.  Most is organic and non-GMO.  Yes, it’s freeze dried, but it’s not the astronaut food you’re thinking of.  This refreshes and tastes and looks just like it did before it was freeze dried.  It can be stored long term, but is good for a whole year after it’s opened too.  It makes economical sense–it’s typically the same price or cheaper than buying at the grocery store.  Yes, seriously.


As for working for Thrive Life–I can say that they are a good company on a solid foundation.  This is not some multi-level marketing scheme designed to suck people in.  But it is commission based sales.  Good commissions.  They take good care of their consultants too.  They offer trips, deals, special sales, you even earn commission on your own parties and purchases.  They give you all the tools you could possibly need to succeed along with incentives for hitting certain goals.  Not to mention you get free and half priced products for hosting parties too.  I can say that I’m happy to have a pantry that’s fully stocked.  Even in the event of some emergency, I can confidently say that I could feed everyone in my house for weeks without having to buy any groceries.  I’ve even made gifts of meals-in-a-jar from the foods and they are always a hit!

If you are interested in buying Thrive Life foods or browsing the selection you can find my store here.

If you are interested in joining my team you can find information here and buy your starter kit here.

If you would like to host a party please get in touch.  If you are too far away for me to host it, I will put you in touch with a member of my team who is local.

If you have ANY question about buying, about the foods offered or how to use them, or becoming a consultant feel free to send me an email and I will answer right away.