Some days we have it all together and follow our meal plan for the week. Other days, we find ourselves in a pinch. There are many times that I need a quick and easy dinner recipe that everyone in my family will be excited to eat.  In order to stay on track with our healthy eating and budget,  I always keep simple ingredients around for dinners when we are in a pinch. One of my favorite dinner recipes is beef vegetable soup. You can keep everything on hand in the pantry and fridge or freezer for whenever you need it. If you are planning to make the soup, use fresh ground beef. Or, cook your ground beef in advance and then freeze. When you are ready to make soup in a pinch, just add the ground beef that you’ve thawed!  We always have cooked ground beef and ground turkey in our freezer for quick dinners. Trust me….you should try this! 





1 can minestrone soup (I prefer Trader Joes brand)

1 can organic sweet corn

1 can organic black beans

1 can organic diced tomatoes

1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (green beans, peas, carrots, etc.)

1 lb lean, ground beef


Here’s how you make it:

Over medium heat, cook ground beef until well done. Drain any fat.

In a dutch oven, add your minestrone soup, corn, black beans and diced tomatoes. Do not drain any liquid out of the cans. Add in the frozen mixed vegetables. Heat soup over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat, add cooked ground beef, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

Enjoy this delicious and easy recipe that your whole family will love!





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