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 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 to make a pot of chicken enchilada soup 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.

Rocky Road Fudge--a simple and delicious recipe

Rocky Road Fudge

I usually reserve my fudge recipes for Christmas, but I had a bit of leftover chocolate, and I love chocolate.  This month is all about shelf stable recipes, and my homemade fudge recipe fits the bill.  Today’s recipe for Rocky Road Fudge is a variation on Patty Cake’s Famous 5 Minute Fudge, and it’s one of my favorites.

Chicken and Dumplings from Food Storage

Nothing says comfort food like chicken and dumplings.  This version which begins with canned chicken, cream of celery, or cream of mushroom soup, canned mixed vegetables, and canned milk simplifies the process significantly.  This recipe has chicken and dumplings ready to serve in about a half an hour.  Simple and delicious, this recipe will put chicken and dumplings back on the weeknight menu. 

Creamed Peas and Potatoes made from cnned vegetables

Creamed Peas and Potatoes

Creamed Peas and  Potatoes is a simple and delicious vegetable side dish that goes well with almost any meat entree.    This was always a spring side dish in my house when I was growing up.  Then, it was made with fresh new potatoes and sweet peas.  Back then, I particularly loved having creamed peas and potatoes as a side dish with chicken.