Southwest Style Hominy Casserole

Southwest Style Hominy Casserole

Hominy is something that I grew up eating.  My mother’s favorite way to serve it was with bacon.  This recipe, which gets flavor from diced green chilis, and creaminess from sour cream and shredded cheese is delicious.  It makes a great side dish to go with anything that pairs well with the flavors of the southwest.

Canellini Beans and Tomatoes

Cannellini Beans and Tomatoes

Cannellini Beans and Tomatoes  is a hearty  meal that’s loaded with nutrition and easy on calories.  The most time consuming part of the meal preparation is chopping the garlic and opening a few cans which makes it a great choice for a busy week night.  This is really a healthy, and delicious, 30 minute, vegetarian dish that is very simple to make.  The Cannellini Beans and tomatoes are delicious served over pasta or rice for a vegetarian meal, and they make a great accompaniment to chicken or fish, too.

Navy Bean and Bacon Soup from Canned Beans

Navy Bean and Bacon Soup (from Canned Beans)

This recipe for Navy Bean and Bacon Soup is made from canned beans.  It’s simple to make, uses readily available ingredients, and makes it possible to have dinner on the table in just a few minutes.  That’s what makes this recipe for Navy Bean and Bacon Soup a keeper.

Canned Fruit Cobbler

Canned Fruit Cobbler

This recipe is similar to my easy nectarine cobbler, but it’s made with canned fruit instead of fresh, and we’ve swapped the butter for a mild flavored oil.  The result is a super delicious cobbler that is somewhat reminiscent of a bread pudding in texture, except for the crispy top.   It’s a favorite with our family, and I’m certain it will be a favorite with yours, too.

Chicken Linguine Alfredo

Chicken Linguine Alfredo

Alfredo is a huge favorite in our household, so I couldn’t let a month of canned recipes go by without trying to make a version of Chicken Linguine Alfredo using canned food.    The specific canned ingredients chosen for this recipe were canned milk and canned chicken, and the result was delicious.  In fact,  I may use canned milk in my Alfredo more often. 

Chicken Enchilada Soup

Chicken Enchilada Soup

This is a canned food version of one of my favorite low calorie soups. I love that all I have to do is put everything into a pot and bring it to a boil.  It’s hearty, flavorful, and figure friendly as well as simple to prepare.  Who could ask for more from a soup?

Peach Melba Gelatin

Peach Melba Gelatin

Peach Melba Jello Salad contains all of the flavors of a traditional Peach Melba, but instead of poaching peaches in syrup, and serving them alongside ice cream  topped with raspberry sauce, we are getting this great flavor combination in a pan of gelatin.   I admit it’s not really the same, but it’s still good.  This recipe for  Peach Melba Gelatin can be made a day or two in advance and stored in the refrigerator.   It’s fun, and it’s kid friendly.

Sweetened Condensed Creamer

Sweetened Condensed Creamer

Did you know that it was a common practice to use sweetened condensed milk, or canned evaporated milk, as creamer in the early part of the 20th century?  Without refrigeration, and without a cow, canned milk was the perfect solution.  Because both types of canned milk are more concentrated than fresh milk, they add a creamy richness to your coffee or tea, similar to cream or half and half, without adding all of the extra fat. 

Five Cup Salad

Five Cup Salad

Five cup salad, also known as Ambrosia in some circles, is a staple on our holiday tables.  It’s simple to make, requiring only about 5 – 10 minutes prep-time, and it’s delicious, too.  The best part about this recipe is that I don’t even have to modify the recipe to make it work for my 30 days of cans challenge because the recipe is made from canned fruit. 

Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese

Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese

In my humble opinion, nothing says comfort food like macaroni and cheese.  This version is baked, beginning with uncooked macaroni.  Not cooking the macaroni first saves some hands on time.  This helps to get dinner on the table while you are busy helping the kids with homework or working on that report for work.    The best part is that this recipe for Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese isn’t just simple to prepare.  It tastes delicious, too.