The Best Canned Foods For Your Pantry

Do you wish it took less time to prepare a home-cooked meal? My "Cantry" is always supplied with my go-to canned ingredients, like diced tomatoes, crushed pineapple, black and garbanzo beans, and other pantry staples.

Tomatoes, diced

My all-time favourite "convenience" snack is these. The pork ragu and fettuccine, chicken pesto pasta salad, and taco cornbread casserole that I make all feature chopped canned tomatoes. This simple Homemade Spaghetti Sauce is based on different types of canned tomatoes (crushed and paste).

Canned Corn 

Corn from a can is the star of Black Bean & Corn Salsa and may stand in for frozen corn in other dishes like Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup and Corn & Potato Chowder.

Crushed Pineapple

The secret to my Pineapple Pork Chops is crushed pineapple, but I also buy pineapple chunks for my kids' lunches (much less expensive than the individual packs).

Canned Beans

We eat refried bean burritos for breakfast on the regular and slow cooker bean soup for protein. You're missing out if you've never had roasted chickpeas with spices.

Diced Green Chiles

Green chiles have the perfect amount of heat for my children, and they're great for making Green Chile Chicken Casserole or slow cooking with diced tomatoes and taco meat (chicken, pork or beef). They also give many ordinary dishes an extra jolt of flavour without overwhelming them.

Canned Pure Pumpkin

You may add more flavour and fibre to your gluten-free pancakes, muffins, or bread by using this ingredient. If you have pets, like as dogs, you should also stock up on canned pumpkin.

Black Olives

I usually keep a can of black olives on hand. We ate them on homemade pizza and in Spinach & Feta Pasta Salad.

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