Win­ning Back WEEK­NIGHT COOKING

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M oms pride them­selves on serv­ing their fam­i­lies whole­some, home­made meals. But here’s the re­al­ity: 60 per­cent of moms think that com­ing up with din­ner ideas is more dif­fi­cult than getting their chil­dren to go to bed on time. More­over, 61 per­cent of moms fre­quently or­der take­out or go out to eat be­cause they don’t have the in­gre­di­ents on-hand to make din­ner. It’s time for a new strat­egy. When it comes to meal­time, a well-stocked pantry can be the dif­fer­ence be­tween culi­nary suc­cess and a din­ner fail­ure. With a pantry full of canned foods, a delicious and nu­tri­tious home­made meal is just min­utes away.

It’s no se­cret that canned foods are con­ve­nient, but did you know that cans are also one of the best ways to get food from the farm to your fam­ily’s table? Canned fruits and veg­eta­bles are picked and packed when they’re at their peak of ripeness and nutri­tion, seal­ing in their fresh­ness and fla­vor. Just like home can­ning, the can­ning process locks in foods’ nat­u­ral good­ness so it’s at arm’s reach when­ever you’re ready to get cooking.

A pantry stocked with canned in­gre­di­ents is also a source of recipe in­spi­ra­tion. Sta­ples such as canned chicken, corn, green chilies, olives, beans and toma­toes atop let­tuce com­bine to cre­ate a whole­some Chicken Bur­rito Salad the whole fam­ily will en­joy. And in less than 30 min­utes, a box of fet­tuc­cine and a can of spinach trans­form into a hearty Pasta with Spinach Pesto.

For more in­for­ma­tion, recipe in­spi­ra­tion and the ben­e­fits of canned foods, visit Can­sGetYouCook­ing.com.

Chicken Bur­rito Salad

South­ern Style Suc­co­tash with Sweet Corn Sauce

Easy Week­night Seafood Paella

Pasta with Spinach Pesto

Cur­ried Pump­kin Soup

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