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Find Nature's Bounty in Your Pantry

Apr 4 2013 12:00AM

Marketwire

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MISSION, KS -- (Marketwired) -- 04/04/13 -- (Family Features) Nature's bounty has arrived with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available everywhere, including the canned food aisle at your local grocery store. Most canned fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and canned just hours after being harvested. So, all of that goodness is always on hand in your pantry, making it simple to get nutritious meals on the table that your family will love.

Many canned fruits and vegetables have the same nutrients as their fresh or frozen counterparts, according to a University of California Davis study. Our grandparents and great grandparents knew this. The canning process they used is the same process still used today, which locks in the freshness and nutrients of foods, naturally.

"When it comes to canned fruits and vegetables, I know I'm serving the natural goodness of the food," said Jeanne Benedict, entertaining expert and cookbook author. "Canned foods not only help guarantee a homemade and delicious meal on the dinner table, they're quick and easy -- which means more quality time spent with the family."

With a pantry stocked with canned foods, you have an amazing number of quick and delicious meal solutions right at your fingertips. These no-cook dishes will have you in and out of the kitchen without breaking a sweat, and earn cool points from the family.

For more recipes and to learn how you can get cooking with cans, visit www.Facebook.com/CansGetYouCooking and www.Pinterest.com/CansGetUCooking.


Cool Chicken WrapsPrep time: 10 minutesServings: 84 (12 inch) flour tortillas1/2 cup mayonnaise1/2 teaspoon dill weed4 cups shredded lettuce, or shredded cabbage1 (14.5 ounce) can Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes, drained and rinsed (5 ounce) cans Hormel Premium Chicken Breast in Water, drained and2 flaked1/4 cup chopped green onions1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese




Spread the tortillas with mayonnaise and sprinkle with dill. Top center of each tortilla with lettuce, Red Gold Petite Diced Tomatoes, chicken, onions and cheese. Fold bottoms of tortilla up 2 inches and then roll up.

Variation: For hot sandwiches, substitute 2 cups red and green pepper strips for lettuce. Spread salsa in place of mayonnaise on tortilla. Prepare as directed. Microwave on high until cheese is melted, about 30 seconds.


Best Black Bean SaladPrep time: 15 minutesServings: 61 red bell pepper, diced1 green bell pepper, diced1 yellow bell pepper, diced1/2 cup diced red onion1 (15.25 ounce) can Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn, drained1 clove garlic, minced1 teaspoon cilantro1/4 cup olive oil4 tablespoons red wine vinegar1 teaspoon lime juice1 (15 ounce) can Bush's Black Beans, rinsed and drained Salt and pepper to taste Tortilla chips




In a small bowl, combine peppers, onion, corn, garlic and cilantro. Add olive oil, vinegar, lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Add Bush's Black Beans and toss well. Serve with tortilla chips.

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