Did you know that canned foods have a month?
And by that I actually mean did you know that February is National Canned Foods Month?!
Okay, please don't tune out.
Stay with me here. Pretty Please!
I'm working on a great series this year with Mom It Forward to help you/me/us be totally healthy and inspired to use canned foods in some of our cooking. This post is sponsored by Cans Get you Cooking which means I've been compensated for sharing this info with you and the FTC says I have to tell you that in plain English (cause apparently you won't be able to read it otherwise). I'm pretty sure you're smart enough to know that I'd never share anything that wasn't cool or that I didn't already believe in. I totally want the best for you. Pinkie swear.
This really is good stuff. I promise!
National Canned Foods month is pretty much designed to get you/me/us all thinking of keeping – and using – a well stocked Cantry.
Yes, Cantry (like Pantry).
Admittedly a little cutesy, but it is kinda catchy.
Anyway, here's the deal with a little something else called Cantry Thursdays…
Dean and I grocery shop on Fridays. I know a lot of you shop on the weekends. So by Thursday, I'm betting your fridge is looking like ours – either a little bare or a little wilted. (The produce in the fridge, not the actual fridge. I'm pretty sure you knew what I meant. Moving on.)
And by Thursday I'm pretty much done. Tired out. Ready for a rest.
So Cantry Thursdays are a great way to remind you/me/us that creating an easy, healthy, homemade meal when we're tired from the week (and we don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen) is as easy as opening up a pantry full of canned-food-goodness.
Because canned foods have been canned at peak harvest time all their nutrition, freshness and flavor have been sealed in. And – bonus – canned foods make whipping up a homemade meal easy. And – bonus number two – making a meal with canned foods is way more economical than ordering in. Which means we can have awesome healthy foods on a budget year-round!
Ideas to Inspire You
Several of the recipes in our recipe archives use canned food (like our Slow Cooker Chili and Quick Rice and Beans) and I plan to create several more easy recipes using canned foods to inspire you this year.
But how about a Cooking Channel Star to inspire you too?
Kelsey Nixon (host of the Emmy-nominated show Kelsey's Essentials and author of Kitchen Confidence) is hosting a 30-minute special on Cooking Channel called “Cans Make the Meal with Kelsey Nixon” during the month of February.
She's taking viewers into her kitchen, sharing fun food facts and (here's my favorite part) creating delicious recipes using canned foods in her own Cantry! (Yup, there's that fun word again!)
You can catch Kelsey on Cooking Channel on February 14th, 15th, 22nd and 28th at 10 AM EST.
Win $5000 with Canned Foods
Yup, that says $5000!
In honor of National Canned Foods month (did I mention that's this month?), Kelsey Nixon will be judging Cans Get You Cooking‘s Cantry Cook-Off Recipe Contest.
All you need to do is create a unique recipe using at least two canned food items and submit the recipe, along with a photo of the dish for a chance to win $5000! The contest is open until March 31, 2015.
So that's it for me for now.
National Canned Foods Month. And Cans Get You Cooking. Who knew?