MISSION, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 01/10/13 -- (Family Features) "What's for dinner?" It's often the most dreaded question of the day. Between school, activities, work and life, there are nights the big dinner decision doesn't happen until the last possible minute.
Fortunately, the answer is probably right in your pantry -- canned food. Canned foods are not only convenient and budget-friendly, they reduce your cooking time and inspire wholesome and delicious meals your family will love.
Canned items are also one of the best ways to get food directly from the farm to your family's table. Because many fruits and vegetables are canned directly after harvest, the canning process seals in foods' freshness and natural goodness, retaining their taste, quality and nutrients. Canned vegetables and fruits often provide as many vitamins and as much dietary fiber as their fresh and frozen counterparts.
So when you're cooking with canned foods, you can feel confident that you're serving your family a high-quality, hearty, home-cooked meal. And, most importantly, you know what's for dinner. It's in your pantry (a.k.a. your "Cantry.")
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Canned Food Items for a Well-Stocked "Cantry"
•Canned vegetables (peas, corn, carrots, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, spinach) •Canned tomatoes (sauce, paste, diced, crushed, whole) •Canned beans (black, pinto, garbanzo, navy) •Canned fruit (pears, pineapple, peaches) •Canned seafood (salmon, shrimp, tuna) •Canned flavored beans (baked, refried, seasoned) •Canned broth •Condensed soups •Canned meat (chicken, turkey, roast beef)
Family Fiesta Soft TacosPrep time: 15 minutesCook time: 10 minutesServes: 8 1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1/2 cup diced onion 1 pound extra-lean ground beef or turkey 1 can (4 ounces) diced, mild green chiles 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, no salt added, drained 1/2 cup drained canned corn 1/2 cup drained and rinsed canned red kidney beans 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper Salt, to taste Spray oil 8 8-inch whole-wheat flour tortillas, warmed according to package directions 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 cup finely shredded lettuce 1 cup diced avocados
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until lightly browned, stirring often, about 4 minutes. Add beef and cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes.