5 Ways Canned Foods Make Meal Time Easier

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Eating healthy meals is important for me and my family and I have a few tips that we use to accomplish this… canned foods are one of them and I’m excited to share them with you! I have been compensated for this post by Cans Get You Cooking for my participation in this campaign as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.


I took my daughters on a tour of the canned food aisle earlier this week at Albertson’s to share some of my favorite cooking tips with them.

Now that two of them are getting older and into their teens, I feel like my parenting job has turned more into a “get them ready for adulthood” than it ever has before. I thought it would be fun to share some of those tips with you all too!


We have a large pantry filled with cans because they 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. I can’t tell you how many times cans have saved dinner. When I don’t know what to cook, or I haven’t been to the store in too many days I love that we are still able to eat healthy fruits in veggies from cans. 

#1 Tip I shared… canned soup is awesome on a cold day and makes a complete meal that is ready in 3 minutes. Come time for college or new babies they will thank me for this tip. Progresso is one of our favorite canned soups. The lentil one is always stocked in our pantry.


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. 

#2 Tip I shared- Don’t forget to add a veggie to dinner. A can of green beans is and easy and tasty veggie side. 


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.

#3 Tip I shared- using cans to make our homemade family recipes is the way to go. I use Bush’s canned beans for our chili and it is one of our favorite recipes!


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. 

We also use S&W tomatoes in our chili because the quality is top notch and my recipe calls for exactly 2 can worth!



Del Monte makes our favorite canned peas for our homemade casseroles.


Remember those sides of veggies I always recommend with dinner? They are almost always from our “go-to brand” Green Giant if they are corn or green beans.



#4 Tip I shared- You must make homemade hummus regularly. We love hummus and we make it often with Goya chick peas! The girls are learning to make this right now!


#5 Tip I shared- Muir Glen canned tomatoes are awesome in homemade spaghetti sauce! Always have at least 6 cans in your pantry to use when the inspiration hits you to make a fabulous Italian meal!

I think this infograph really shows how awesome canned food is.


Cans Make the Meal with Kelsey Nixon Special

Cans Get You Cooking sponsored a 30-minute special that aired on Cooking Channel during the month of February, National Canned Food Month. This special featured Kelsey Nixon taking viewers down the canned food aisle, sharing fun canned food facts, and creating four delicious recipes inspired by her Cantry. To view the four segments of the episode, visit

Check out the Cans Get You Cooking website and also the Cans Get You Cooking Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube pages for more information and inspiration!

What is your favorite way to use canned food when cooking?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


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