One of the reasons I love cooking with canned foods is I always have ingredients on hand for when I need to throw together a quick meal. I couldn’t live without my canned food staples, and I am constantly rotating through them and using them up! I love how canned foods can quickly and easily add a lot of flavor and nutrition to recipes. On those nights when I’m not totally prepared to make dinner, if I have some canned beans or tomatoes waiting for me, I can always whip something up.
The following are some wonderful recipes that utilize canned foods in delicious ways but are still easy and quick to prepare. If you have 30 minutes and a few canned goods at the ready, you’re good to go!
TUSCAN TOMATO SOUP
That bowl of soup may look unassuming, but it is hands down one of my favorite recipes ever. It is beyond delicious and so easy to prepare!
QUICK VEGGIE CURRY
This vegetarian dish is healthy and packed with flavor, and only takes minutes to throw together.
VEGETARIAN CHICKPEA BURGERS
These burgers will keep the vegetarians and meat-eaters in your life happy. With lots of flavor and little effort, this is one of my favorite go-to dinners.
Vegetarian Chickpea Burgers
Recipe originally from Rachael Ray via my mother-in-law
- 1 15-oz can chick peas, rinsed and drained
- 1 4-oz can diced green chiles
- 2/3 C packed flat leaf parsley
- 2/3 C bread crumbs
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 large egg
- 2 T vegetable or olive oil
In a food processor, pulse the chickpeas, chiles and parsley until finely chopped. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and stir in the bread crumbs and salt (at least 1/2 teaspoon) and pepper to taste. Stir in the egg and form 4 regular-sized patties, or 8 small patties (depending on the size of buns you have!)
In a large skillet heat the oil over medium heat. Cook the burgers for ~4 minutes then flip and cook for 3-5 minutes and add sliced cheese on top, if desired.
SPINACH TOMATO ORZO SOUP
With just six ingredients, this soup comes together in no time.
QUICK AND EASY CHILI
Chili utilizes a few of my favorite canned food staples and is definitely my #1 go-to meal that cooks up in a flash!
Quick and Easy Chili
Sauté 1/3 of a chopped onion and 1 chopped bell pepper in a large pan with a few swirls of olive oil over medium heat until soft. Season with salt and pepper.
Add 3/4 pounds ground beef, season with a bit more salt and pepper and cook until meat is browned. Drain off fat.
Add 2 minced garlic cloves, 1 can kidney beans, 1 can baked beans, 1 can petite diced tomatoes, 1/4 cup salsa, 1/2 cup plain spaghetti sauce, 1 tablespoons chili powder, and 1 teaspoon cumin.
Simmer over medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper if needed and red pepper flakes if you want more heat.
Serve with corn chips and enjoy!
EASY SWEET COCONUT GINGER RICE WITH POTSTICKERS
This meal is so easy to throw together; it even makes for a great lunch!
EASY PEASY BEAN TACOS
This is by far my fastest, easiest dinner recipe that is delicious and makes everyone in the family happy!
Easy Peasy Bean Tacos
- Flour or corn tortillas, smaller size
- Shredded cheese
- 1 can of refried beans
- Toppings you like on tacos…tomatoes, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, etc.
Preheat your oven broiler. Heat up the can of beans in a saucepan. Place the tortillas on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle some cheese on half of the tortilla. Pop the tray in the oven, broil until the cheese melts. Spread some beans on the cheese, add your favorite taco toppings, fold in half and eat!