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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 • Posted May 20, 2009

Dinner Tonight

What do you have planned for dinner tonight? If you’re all out of ideas, check out this really cool resource that some of my coworkers put together at . It’s a website put together by Texas AgriLife Extension Service with great meal ideas, demonstrated just for you!

You can watch the video and print out the recipe, and even read the agents’ blog with more “tips and tricks” about cooking meals for your family that are heathy and fast, direct from busy moms/nutrition educators. I sent this website around to some friends and family earlier this week and I have had several people comment that they really liked it. Here is an example of one the recipes they fix:

I have made this several times for both kids and adults and everyone seems to like it- the best part is that it is sooooo easy!

Crockpot Taco Soup


1 pounds lean ground beef

1 large yellow onion, chopped

(2) 15-ounce cans Ranch Style beans

15-ounce can kidney beans

15-ounce can whole kernel corn

(2) 15-ounce cans stewed tomatoes

10-ounce can tomatoes and green chilies

1-ounce package taco seasoning

1-ounce package dry ranch style dressing mix

Cook ground beef with chopped onion; drain grease. Add to large crock pot. Clean tops of all canned goods before opening. Then add other ingredients (including liquid from vegetables) to the meat mixture in the crock pot. Stir well.

Simmer in crock pot on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4 hours.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 6-8 hours on low OR 4 hours on high

Yield: approximately 15 one-cup servings

Cost: .75 per one-cup serving

Serve with: Cornbread

Nutrition facts per serving:

Calories: 217

Total Fat: 10 g

Cholesterol 32 mg

Sodium 807 mg

Total Carbohydrate 21 g

Protein: 13 g

Food Protection Management Class

I would like to hold a food safety class for restaurant managers. I have 2 people who would like to attend, but I’d hate to do a class for less than 5 people. Is there anyone else who needs to pass the Texas Department of Health’s Food Management test? If we do a one day course the cost is $100 and a two day course (my preference) is $110. This includes the class, the book and the test. One person in each food establishment should have passed this test to be certified. This includes not only restaurants but also convenience stores that cook and sell food. Please call me or leave a message at the Mason Extension office 347-6459 if you’d like to attend a class in Mason!

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