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10 Healthy $1 Canned Foods That Actually Aren't Gross

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Kristina ByasGuest Blogger
July 04, 2016 · 2.8k Views

Before heading out to the grocery store, many people decide to make a list of the items they need to purchase. Oftentimes, these lists include a number of items that will need to be picked up from the produce aisle. Fresh fruits and veggies are delicious, but they can also cost a lot depending on what you are buying and can go bad in just a few days if you take to long to use them. This is exactly the reason why you should skip the produce aisle and opt for canned food instead. Here is a list of healthy canned foods that actually totally edible.

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1. Corn

Source: Best Herbal Health

Corn is great in soups, salads, tacos and a number of other dishes that can quickly and easily be whipped up in your kitchen. When you don’t have time to cook an ear of corn, canned corned is the perfect substitute, still tastes good and it is very unlikely that people will not be able to notice the difference.

2. Black Beans

Black beans can be used for a variety of dishes. You can eat them whole or mash them up, eat them by themselves with a bit of seasoning or use them as filling in your taco or burrito. If you just need a quick lunch, you can even mash them up and spread them on a tortilla with your favorite hot sauce and a bit of sour cream.

3. Pinto Beans

Source: NY Times

Making a party dip or need a side of beans to go with the tacos you’re having for dinner? Canned pinto beans work perfectly and they taste great. If you want, you can add a bit of seasoning and garlic to the beans to give them more flavor.

4. Garbanzo Beans

Another great party-friendly bean is the garbanzo bean. Along with a bean dip, or even in place of one, you can make some delicious hummus. Of course, you also have the option of sautéing them with a few greens and eating it all over a bed of rice.

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5. Lentils

Source: Bon Appetit

Soups and salads are two common dishes that lentils are used in. Just dump them out of the can, rinse them off and add them to your dish. They add both flavor and texture, which are two things many people really enjoy when eating anything.

6. Green Beans

Pretty much any brand of canned green beans is good. Whether you are having it as a side dish or making a pasta, canned green beans have a great flavor. Like many of the other dishes, this flavor can be enhanced with some seasonings and maybe even a bit of cheese.

7. Pumpkin

Source: Tasting Table via Brit + Co.

Pumpkin is often used around Thanksgiving for pies, but it can also be used to make soups anytime of year. In the soup, you can add in seasonings, but also toss in a few other vegetables and enjoy this dish hot or cold.

8. Navy Beans

Navy beans will fit perfectly into any soup you are making. Just remember that if you want them to absorb the flavors of the broth and spices that you have to throw them into the soup a little early.

9. Tomatoes

Source: Serious Eats

Canned tomatoes are often used for pastas and soups and, although some of the tomatoes available in grocery stores have sugar, salt or other preservatives in them, if you find the right brand without a lot of these things in them, they are actually pretty good. You can purchase them a number of ways, including diced and crushed.

10. Pineapple

Pineapple is expensive when you buy it fresh, so depending on what it is you are making and how much you are willing to spend, canned pineapples will be good enough and will allow you to achieve the same results. In fact, they taste great in cocktails and other refreshing drinks.

There are many canned foods available that people may not even consider buying, but these are both healthy and delicious. Of course, when on a budget, you are limited and don’t really have the option to buy things as fresh as you would like. However, it is always nice to know that you have a quality alternative that will allow you to make the dishes you want without having to sacrifice too much flavor.


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Kristina Byas is a Milwaukee native who has written for Female Intel, Shepherd Express, Scandalous Women and more. She suffers from a severe case of wanderlust and has difficulty purchasing items at full price. You can learn more about her by following her on Twitter: @KristinaByas
springychrJul 06, 2016
thank you