Cans Get You Cooking shows you that getting a healthy, home-cooked meal on the table can be simple and uncomplicated when you cook with canned foods!
Cans seal in nutrition, freshness and flavor, naturally.
The produce within cans is picked in season, at the peak of freshness. Manufacturers have them packaged within hours, which means that goodness is locked in and preserved for when you need it. Ever wonder why our grandmas stocked their pantries with home canned goods? They harvested when produce was in abundance and preserved it, kept it, locked it into all those pretty little mason jars so that their families could eat veggies all year long! Thankfully you can get the benefit of cans without slaving over the hot stove, and they are still very economical, just like grandma’s.
Canned foods can be a hallmark of a healthy diet.
Though you still should be mindful of any salt or sugar added to the can, studies conducted by researchers at Michigan State University, UC Davis and Oregon State University all concluded that canned foods have similar (or better) nutritional profiles as their fresh or frozen counterparts. Those who have a stash of cans in the pantry and cook with them are more likely to meet and even exceed their daily requirement of fruits and veggies.
Last but not least, here are some freezer friendly recipes you can create by simply gathering some cans from the pantry and a few other simple ingredients:
- Instant Pot Chorizo Chili
- 8 Can Soup (freezer version – log in required)
- Gluten Free Dairy Free Santa Fe Chicken Packets
- Instant Pot Taco Soup
- Hawaiian Packets for Camping (freezer version – log in required)
- Garden Pasta
- Creamy Tomato Soup
- Thai Pumpkin Soup
- Slow Cooker White Bean Chicken Chili (Instant Pot Version)
- Tuna and White Bean Pita
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