Fun ideas for using canned food

February 8, 2022

By Jaime Sherman, MS, LDN, Community Nutrition Educator – SNAP Ed

Continuing our series for National Canned Food Month, we discuss fun ways to use these popular foods in new and interesting ways:

  • Beetsexcellent source of folate, good source of fiber and potassium. Can be red or golden.
    • Plain – cold or hot
    • Blend them into a soup, sauce, or smoothie
    • Blended smooth into hummus
    • Put on a green salad
  • Pearscontain fiber and vitamin C.
    • Add to a fruit salad
    • Eat plain
    • Atop a green salad with yogurt, walnuts and dried fruit
    • Add to a quesadilla – click here for a pear quesadilla recipe!
    • Add to a turkey sandwich
    • Freeze with yogurt and juice for a popsicle
    • Bake in a fruit crisp
  • Beansmany different kinds. Good sources of potassium, protein and fiber.
    • Blend into hummus – chickpeas and black beans especially
    • Blend black beans until smooth and bake into brownies; blend white beans into “blondies”
    • Make soup with black bean, chickpeas, lentils, kidney beans or more
    • Use in tacos, enchiladas, nachos or other similar dishes
    • Eat plain
    • Put on a green salad
    • Use black beans and corn in a burger
    • Bake chickpeas until crispy with spices like: pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup, salt and pepper, or taco seasoning
    • Add red beans to rice or a variety of beans to pasta
    • Try our Cowboy Caviar recipe – click here!
  • Tuna, chicken or salmonlow in fat and calories, good source of protein. Salmon and tuna are rich in omega 3 fatty acid.
    • Combine chicken into a salad with celery, mayo (Instead of mayo, try hummus or avocado), grapes, and nuts
    • Combine salmon with celery, green onions and nut butter for a dip
    • Buffalo (spicy) chicken dip
    • Eat plain atop a green salad
    • Combine tuna with diced apples or citrus fruit into a salad
    • Use in tacos

Show us your canned food creations! Use #cannedfoodmonthFBD on social media so we can see your recipes!







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