Readers of this blog will know that I like my recipes to be simple. I don't really do much in the way of complicated cooking if I can help it. It seems pointless to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen each day over a dish that may take the kids seconds to devour, without touching the sides. I cook most meals from scratch, so I look for ways to cut corners without reaching for ready meals, like using frozen or canned foods. I always have a large supply or canned tomatoes and beans in the pantry, as they're not only convenient and good value for money, but they can be used to make a wholesome meal in a matter of minutes.
Take this bean salad for example. It takes just a few minutes to open the cans (even less if they have a ring pull), toss the contents into a bowl & give them a stir. The end result is something that I absolutely love and could eat every day. Despite the majority of the ingredients coming from a can, it tastes so fresh. A large bowl of this would go down a treat at a bbq, and you can also ensure that everyone is getting at least one or two of their 5 a day, as each half can of beans contains one of your 5 a day.
Obviously you don't need to use the same beans as me, but this choice gives a good selection of colours and sizes. I was reluctant to use broad beans at first as I always thought I disliked them (bad experience as a child), but I absolutely loved them & think I prefer them to my usual choice of cut green beans.
Love Canned Food is a celebration of all canned food, and their website is packed full of recipes to help you incorporate canned food into your weekly meal plan, and enjoy easy to prepare well-balanced, healthy and affordable meals all year round. Canned food doesn't just have to be about baked beans or soup, and you'll find a huge range of canned fish, meat, vegetables, beans, pulses and fruit in supermarkets all year round.