Canned Food Ideas for Supper
By Shabir S Joosub
Many people believe that canned food has a bland taste but with a little creativity and interesting ingredients it can be flavourful. Canned food is a long-lasting food item which means that you can store in your kitchen cupboard for months or years. Be sure to check the expiry label. In addition, most canned food has already been cooked and is being preserved in the can which cuts down on cooking time.
Canned lentils are great if you don’t have time for shuffling through the tiny legumes and boiling them. If you have a can of lentils then you have already completed half of your supper. Great dishes to make using these legumes include curries, spinach and feta salads, and pasta sauce.
Canned tomatoes are the fastest way to make a traditional red pasta sauce. Instead of blanching the tomatoes, which requires you to soak them in hot water and then peeling them, you can simply add the already blanched tomatoes into the pot. Make sure that you fry half an onion in oil and salt before adding the tomato.
Sweetcorn is a great side dish to have with dinner. Fry the canned sweetcorn in butter and cayenne pepper to create a delicious and healthy alternative. It is also quicker to cook the sweetcorn in the microwave than cooking the whole corn cob.
Although many people are not fond of pilchards there are those that really enjoy it. Plus it is a healthy food which can easily be laid onto a slice of bread. For added flavour in the pilchards add some hot sauce for a tangy sandwich with a bite.
Many desserts are canned too. Canned fruit is the most popular and it is a delicious dessert that indulges your senses. Add some custard, ice cream or sweet ideal milk for delicious variations for dessert. Fruit meringue is a light dessert that everyone can enjoy. Fill the meringue with the canned fruit of your choice and then top it up with whipped cream. This is a simple Pavlova that anyone can make.
Lunch spreads also come in cans and it is great for making lunch or snacks for your children. Jam is one of them. Spread it on bread for tasty sweet sandwiches or take two Marie Biscuits and spread apricot jam on the one side. Close the two biscuits together to make a biscuit sandwich. It’s a sweet treat that doesn’t contain as much sugar as cake.
Stock up your kitchen cupboards with canned food so that you always have a quick meal solution. Wholesale suppliers will have a range of different types of canned food that you could get cheaply in bulk.
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