Cans Get You Cooking

Guess what I am?


Aren’t we all?  Aren’t we all a little busier than we should be?  I see us, all of us, running around  like we are on fire.  We get up, we rush to work, we rush home from work, and then, once we get there, we spend our time checking our email and messages to make sure we didn’t miss anything.

All day, every day.

I’m finding it gets harder and harder for me to even think about making dinner for my family anymore.  Yes, I cook all day, as part of my job.  I bake, I sauté, I schlep and plate and then take a lovely photo.  But when it comes time to make a dinner we can all eat, together…well, I’m just plain OUT.

There are evenings I flat out refuse to go to the grocery store.  Flat out no.  Luckily, I can still pull together a meal, thanks to canned foods.

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When I was contacted by Cans Get You Cooking, I thought – YES.  Cans are not new to me, I live a breathe canned goods.  I’ve been on multitudes of farm tours, I’ve seen fresh produce make its way from the field straight to the can.  In so many cases, the food that goes into the can is fresher than we as consumers will ever get in our local grocery. So if you want vegetables and fruits you can’t get in off months, definitely look into that canned good aisle.  I’ll probably be there.

So…here are a few of my favorite recipes I’ve posted that use canned goods. Got a favorite?  What is YOUR favorite canned food to use?  Tell me? 

I’ll stock up.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake, using Libby’s Canned Pumpkin

Firehouse Chili, using Bush’s Beans

Southwest Stuffed Tortilla Lime Chicken Breast, using Old El Paso Refried Beans

Why Cans Get You Cooking

Cans seal in nutrition, freshness and flavor, naturally.

• Fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested at their peak of ripeness and canned within hours, making the can one of the best ways to lock in nutrients and get food from its source to your family table

• Like the home canning process, canning seals in food’s natural goodness and nutrition so it’s there for you any time

Canned foods can be a hallmark of a healthy diet.

• Canned produce is on par nutritionally with fresh and frozen varieties, and in some cases even better

– 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.

• People who frequently eat canned foods may have healthier diets than people who don’t.

– An analysis of NPD data shows that adults and children who ate 6+ canned food items over two weeks were more likely to meet or exceed their recommended daily allowance for 17 essential nutrients than those who ate 1-2 canned food items over the same two-week period.

• Canned foods play a big role in helping registered dietitians help their clients (and themselves) eat healthy, balanced diets.

– According to a recent survey, registered dietitians (RDs) rate canned foods as important in helping both themselves (81%) and their clients (89%) to prepare nutritious, convenient and affordable home cooked meals.

Canned foods make homemade easy!

• Canned foods mean less prep and year-round availability, making healthy, homemade meals a reality, more often.

• A well-stocked pantry – your “Cantry ” – helps you get through the week with creative meals you can feel good about serving your family and friends.

Cans help waste less food, saving us time and money, and reducing our impact on the environment.

• Americans throw away approximately 15 percent to 20 percent of the fresh fruits and vegetables they purchase every year.

• Canned food portion sizes are just right for both individuals and families, and most recipes are designed around these sizes.

• Metal cans are endlessly recyclable and, in fact, are the most recycled containers in America today, keeping metal out of landfills and saving significant energy.

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Disclaimer:  This post was sponsored by Cans Get You Cooking via MomItForward.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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