Cooking with Canned Foods
Nothing can be more convenient—or budget-friendly—than these easy recipes made with canned foods.
Tasty Taco Bake
If you can open a can, you can make this flavorful, layered entree. Hearty and handy, this dish is one simple but surefire family pleaser.
—June Karres, Grawn, Michigan
Refried Bean Soup
This fast and simple dish combines the ease of soup with the heartiness of chili. It's a perfect filler-upper on nippy afternoons and a great last-minute lunch. If you like it spicier, use medium or hot green chilis instead of mild.
—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
Broccoli Chicken Casserole
All ages really seem to go for this comforting, scrumptious meal-in-one. It takes just a handful of ingredients and minutes to put together. I've found that adding dried cranberries to the stuffing mix also adds flavor and color!
—Jenn Schlachter, Big Rock, Illinois
Lemon Crumb Bars
I'm always looking for a great new cookie or bar to try, but I often return this tried-and-true recipe. My husband loves the combination of sweet and salty!
—Anna Miller, Quaker City, Ohio
Morning Fruit Salad
My best friend made this refreshing salad for lunch one hot summer day. It was so good, I just had to have the recipe. Now I make it every chance I get. It's always a hit at picnics and church brunches.
—Nikki Gaines, Covington, Georgia
Special Pleasure Chocolate Cheesecake
When I have time, I enjoy making cheesecakes. In fact, I've come up with a couple of my own recipes, and one of them won second prize at a local bake-off contest. I like this fail-proof dessert because it's so easy to prepare and has just the right mix of ingredients to make it a "special pleasure" for any palate!
—Benjamin & Sue Ellen Clark, Warsaw, New York
Find canned food recipes, health and nutrition facts and creative mealtime solutions for the entire family from www.mealtime.org, the Web site for the Canned Food Alliance.