28 Cheap and Easy Recipes From Canned Foods
Today's canned products tend to be healthier than they were a generation ago. And while a diet relying wholly on canned and processed foods still isn't good, there's no denying cans' ability to help create quick, tasty, and often money-saving meals. With canned products, a little creativity can yield delicious and sometimes surprising results. From soup to nuts -- and every course in between -- here are ways to get out of the drive-through lane and back into the kitchen for National Canned Food Month and beyond.
Canned, diced mango, and canned evaporated milk -- plus ginger, honey, and ice -- and less than five minutes are all it takes to whip up this sweet, frothy treat from Cans Get You Cooking (a program of the Can Manufacturers Institute). If a mango smoothie doesn't sound good, use canned peaches instead.
A recipe from Prevention uses a 15-ounce can of chickpeas as the key to an earthy offering. It's pitched as an alternative to those suddenly ubiquitous kale salads.
For the cornbread novice -- or those with little time -- Del Monte comes to the rescue. There are only four ingredients (including two kinds of canned corn) and five minutes of prep for a tasty, quick bread that can be baked into squares or muffins to serve alone or alongside chili or stews. Add cheese or bacon for a more complex taste.