Whether you’re at the end of your food budget, or stuck at home and living out of your pantry, here are some canned food recipes that are worth making.
QUARANTINED DURING COVID-19 OUTBREAK
We live in King County Washington, the US epicenter of Covid-19. Because of our own illness, our family has been self quarantined for two weeks now. Just as the BIG kids are healthy enough to return to school, our baby Arden has gotten sick enough he has been swabbed for COVID-19.
We are quarantined, awaiting the results. But even if he is negative, school is being closed for the next 6 weeks.
COOKING DURING QUARANTINE
Over the last two weeks we quickly worked through the fresh food in our refrigerator, and have moved on to the freezer and pantry.
Our governor also issued a mandate yesterday closing churches and other gatherings. Right this minute I’m prepping for a grocery delivery before that possibly shuts down as well.
I’m going through recipes that can be made with canned food, and other pantry and freezer ingredients. This way I can order recipe ingredients that will last for weeks or even months.
Since this list of canned food recipes is so helpful to me, I thought I would share it with you as well.
Stay safe and healthy friends!
LIST OF CANNED FOOD RECIPES THAT ACTUALLY TASTE GOOD
Soup, Stew, and Chili Canned Food Recipes
Canned beans, canned meat, canned broth, or canned vegetables can all be used to create wonderful soups, stews, and chilis.
This delicious hearty recipe for white bean chicken soup comes together quickly, thanks to canned white beans and rotisserie chicken. But you can swap the rotisserie chicken for canned chicken no problem!
Taco Soup is our absolute favorite canned food recipe. It's incredibly simple to make with 6 cans, an onion, ground beef, and taco seasoning. If you have a pressure cooker you can also cook it 20 minutes on high pressure. Feel free to add more beans if you are out of ground beef.
This beautiful carrot tomato soup is slightly sweet and oh so creamy and comforting from pureed oven roasted carrots, making dairy totally optional. Carrots last a long time in the fridge, but if you don't have fresh ones, swap for canned or frozen.
Instant Pot Lentil Soup is an easy, hearty, comforting meal. But the best part is how fast and easy it is to make. Simply toss everything in the Instant Pot, and you’ll have amazing lentil soup in about 30 minutes. The vegetables in the soup are ones that keep a long time, like celery, carrots, and onion. But you can use canned or frozen if you don't have any. No sausages in the freezer? Try adding canned chicken instead!
A deliciously light and satisfying dish, Spanish Chorizo and Chickpea Stew only takes 30 minutes to prepare! This looks super flavorful and I think you could leave out the bell peppers if you don't have any, or swap for frozen.
If you’re looking for an easy, comforting and delicious vegan chili recipe, you’re going to love this dump and start Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot! Creamy black beans simmered with tomatoes, corn, peppers and fire roasted green chilies.
Enjoy this vegan Dump & Start recipe for Moroccan Chickpea Soup, that’s hearty, healthy and full of flavor. Creamy Chickpeas cooked with fire-roasted tomatoes and earthy spices like cumin, coriander, cinnamon and paprika.
Main Dish Canned Food Recipes
Whether it's using canned meats, beans, rice, or pasta, your pantry is likely full of ingredients for making lots of main dish canned food recipes.
Rice and beans can actually be incredibly flavorful and filling. Onions and garlic keep for a long time, so you hopefully have some on hand, but feel free to skip the fresh cilantro. You can also use jarred garlic and rehydrate dried minced onion.
Hawaiian SPAM fried rice is a go to comfort food for locals living in other parts of the world. Don’t think you can eat SPAM? Our fried rice recipe includes tips on how to make fried rice with any meat or veggies on hand, even vegan and gluten free!
Here is a healthy Mexican casserole recipe made with chicken breasts, vegetables, and my favorite low carb tortillas. You can swap canned chicken and use a drained can of diced tomatoes or frozen vegetables.
I'm sharing this whole wheat macaroni and cheese recipe not for you to follow, but because adding canned tuna and canned or frozen peas is a great way to bulk up a box of mac and cheese into a more complete meal.
This delicious Cornbread Chili Casserole is a great option for making in a pinch or when you haven't been to the grocery store recently. Keep the ingredients on-hand in your kitchen and still make a satisfying dinner!
American Goulash is an easy, one-pot, classic comfort food made with ground beef, tomatoes, and macaroni noodles. Enjoy year-round, and delicious leftover, this irresistible Goulash Recipe is guaranteed to win over even the pickiest eaters!
These baked chickpea nuggets are made using pantry staples like canned chickpeas, sundried tomatoes, seasoning, and oats. They're crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy in the middle, and absolutely delicious!
Looking for a delicious one-pot 30-minute vegetarian dinner your whole family will love? Pasta e Ceci; a.k.a., the classic Roman recipe for hearty pasta and chickpeas are the modern day healthy Spaghettios. And OH MY GOSH, they are good!
Breakfast and Dessert Canned Food Recipes
From breakfast hash or vegan sausages, to muffins and cakes, there are quite a few tasty breakfast and dessert canned food recipes that are easy to make.
These pumpkin muffins use canned pumpkin and other pantry ingredients to make a lovely whole grain breakfast. Worried you'll run out of eggs? You can stock up on powdered eggs or use aquafaba (see link at the end of the post) instead!
4 ingredient pineapple upside down cake made from canned pineapple and pantry ingredients. No mixer needed and no cake mix!
Creative Canned Food Recipes Idea
If you're using a lot of beans in your canned food recipes, you're likely to have a lot of aquafaba going down the drain. This is the liquid the beans are canned in. Instead of tossing it, save that legume liquer as an egg replacement for baking!
Don't let all that bean water go to waste! Turn it into fabulous aquafaba! Drain off the liquid and use it instead of eggs in plenty of recipes. From cookies to bread to icing and more – you’ll be amazed at what aquafaba can do for your baking.