From Scot Facer Proctor, Publisher of Meridian:  Many years ago we ran a home storage recipe each week for a year. This column became one of our most popular and most read. Just about every Latter-day Saint has some food storage, so why not stimulate your thinking with some wonderful and proven recipes from Thrive Life’s famous Chef Todd Leonard? You can use your own home storage ingredients in the same quantities OR we have provided easy links to the products from Thrive. And here’s a fun hint: If you set up a monthly auto-ship and it’s at least $99 after discounts, you’ll receive 15% off and free shipping! That’s what we do here at the Proctor home. We started this modest approach some years ago and we have tons of food storage now, all of which has a twenty-five year shelf life! I have to say: That really gives us a lot of peace of mind.

We have tried many of these recipes and they are delicious! And they’re available anytime with no need to refrigerate and they’ll be as fresh as can be!

Enjoy these recipes each Wednesday!

Taco Soup

By Thrive Life

5m prep time

20m cook time

Top this zesty soup with sour cream, tomatoes, bacon, and avocado for the complete taco experience! -by Chef Todd



  1. Sauté butter and garlic together in a large saucepan until lightly caramelized.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients except lime juice, fresh cilantro, and hot sauce.
  3. Bring soup up to a medium simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Finish with lime juice, fresh cilantro, and hot sauce. Stir in while simmering, then allow to rest off the heat before serving.
  5. ————————————— (This is the symbol for resting off the heat!)
  6. Yield: 9 cups