Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cans Get You Cooking through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. All opinions are 100% my own.
Did you know that the can is one of the best ways to get food from the farm to your family’s table? In fact, the canning process locks in the foods’ freshness, flavor and nutrients at the peak of ripeness, just hours after picking. That means it is literally from field to sealed! Therefore, I can serve canned foods anytime, and with confidence… and with a quickness.
Serve Canned Foods Anytime
Honestly, some of our favorite, super quick meals come from a can. For instance, a can of Old El Paso Refried Beans, along with a packet of taco seasoning, cheese, and tortillas make for a simple taco night. A can of Manwich and hamburger buns can be cooked and ready to serve in minutes. Have a can of corn, ranch style beans, and some hamburger meat? Then you have all you need for a goulash that was a staple at our dinner table growing up.
In fact, a well-stocked “Cantry” can help you save both time and money. Plus, you can easily make a healthy, home-cooked meal more often. There is no need to make frantic runs to the store to grab missing ingredients, or pick up fast food in a crunch, when you have a cantry full of great choices.
Fruits and Vegetables
Think about how many fruits and vegetables you throw away each week. They sat in a bowl on the counter or in a drawer in your refrigerator and went uneaten, right? Now they are spoiled and must be discarded. As a matter of fact, 73% of Americans throw away spoiled fruits and vegetables on average two times a week. We only have to dump ours once a week… typically the day before we head to the store for more. I hate throwing out food. That is another plus with cans. They can help make sure your fruits and vegetables do not go to waste.
Since we love to eat fruit, but are not always able to eat it right away, there are a few varieties we buy in cans. The fact that many canned fruits and vegetables still offer the same nutrients as fresh and frozen selections helps me make an informed decision. Thus, since I love pineapple but can never finish one before it spoils, we opt for the canned product. I can use my Dole Crushed Pineapple for many recipes.
When my parents stopped by one night for dinner, and knowing my dad’s sweet tooth, I had a quick solution.
3 Ingredient Pineapple Angel Food Cake
After looking in the “cantry” I found all I needed to make a delicious 3 Ingredient Pineapple Angel Food Cake. Three ingredients… and the main one was a can of crushed pineapple. Combing these three easy pantry finds and 20 minutes in the oven offered us a delectable dessert in a rush.
- 20 oz. Dole Crushed Pineapple (with Pineapple Juice)
- Angel Food Cake Miix
- Cool Whip
- Preheat oven to 350° and grease pan, as needed.
- Combine Angel Food Cake Mix and crushed pineapple (and juice) in a bowl (save a small dish of pineapple for garnishing top of cake, if desired). Beat until well blended. (Note: This mixture will rise so make sure you have a good size bowl for mixing).
- Pour mixture into cake pan or loaf pan as instructed on cake mix package.
- Let cook for 20-30 minutes until golden brown (or inserted toothpick comes out clean).
- Cool and top with Cool Whip, as well as extra pineapple if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
What canned foods do you keep in your cantry?