Skip to main content

Sponsored Content

Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

Apr 25, 2016 03:33AM, Published by Family Features, Categories: Family Features, Family Features Food




Have you been following your parents' age-old advice to "eat your fruits and vegetables"? If adding more produce to your daily diet seems like a daunting task, rest assured that one solution is right in your pantry: canned foods.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's MyPlate nutrition guidelines, half of your plate should consist of fruits and vegetables. Because cans seal in foods' nutrition, freshness and flavor, they are one of the best ways to get more produce picked at its peak to your table. Plus, canned produce is on par nutritionally with fresh and frozen counterparts, and in some cases even better.

Additionally, the canned foods in your pantry - or "Cantry" - can be an excellent source of recipe inspiration. In a recent study, 73 percent of moms agreed that canned foods help them get healthful homemade meals on the table more often.

Unlock the goodness of canned fruits and vegetables to prepare delicious dishes like Pineapple Jerk Chicken, featuring nutritious canned pineapple and protein-packed black beans, and Gazpacho with Crab, made with canned crab and lycopene-rich diced tomatoes.

For more information about the benefits of canned foods, as well as recipe inspiration, visit CansGetYouCooking.com.

Gazpacho with Crab

Ingredients

  • 1 can (28 ounces) Muir Glen organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (4.5 ounces) Old El Paso chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 small cucumber, seeded and diced, divided
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco pepper sauce
  • 1 can (8.75 ounces) Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn, drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) Chicken of the Sea Lump Crabmeat, drained and flaked
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

  1. In food processor or blender, combine tomatoes, chiles, red bell pepper, red onion, garlic and half of the diced cucumber. Blend until just smooth. Stir in red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and pepper sauce. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To serve, stir in corn and crab. Garnish with remaining cucumber and cilantro.

Pineapple Jerk Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Jamaican jerk blend seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 can (20 ounces) Del Monte pineapple chunks in 100 percent juice, drained
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) Goya black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (4.5 ounces) Old El Paso chopped green chiles
  • 1/2 cup Jamaican jerk marinade

Preparation

  1. Prepare rice according to directions.
  2. Sprinkle chicken with jerk seasoning. In 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat, cook chicken pieces in hot oil until browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. With slotted spoon, remove chicken to plate.
  3. Using drippings remaining in skillet, cook onion over medium heat, about 5 minutes. Add chicken pieces, pineapple chunks, black beans, green chiles and jerk marinade. Over high heat, bring to boil; reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 10 minutes until chicken is tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve chicken mixture over rice.

Sponsored by Can Manufacturers Institute



Family Features Family Features Food


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • Rhythms on the River

    03/30/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


  • Downtown Alive!

    03/31/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30AM

    Everyone’s favorite Friday night party is back with an all-local lineup! Now you don’t have to ...


  • Festival des Fleurs

    04/01/2017
    08:00AM — 05:00PM

    Gardeners will delight in the wide selection of plants available for sale, including native plant...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    03/27/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    03/29/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • Rhythms on the River

    03/30/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


  • Downtown Alive!

    03/31/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30AM

    Everyone’s favorite Friday night party is back with an all-local lineup! Now you don’t have to ...


  • Festival des Fleurs

    04/01/2017
    08:00AM — 05:00PM

    Gardeners will delight in the wide selection of plants available for sale, including native plant...


  • Spiritual Wisdom on Conquering Fear

    04/02/2017
    02:00PM — 04:00PM

    "What if the antidote to fear - any fear - lay within easy distance? Would you reach for it o...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    04/03/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    04/05/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks

    04/05/2017
    05:30PM — 07:30PM

    The 2017 Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks will be held Wednesday; April 5, 2017 from 5:30 pm t...


  • Rhythms on the River

    04/06/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


  • Downtown Alive!

    04/07/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30AM

    Everyone’s favorite Friday night party is back with an all-local lineup! Now you don’t have to ...


  • Walk For Hope and Family Fun Day

    04/08/2017
    07:30AM — 12:00PM

    Walk For Hope is an annual family oriented event which aims to increase autism awareness while ra...


  • Relay For Life of St. Landry Parish

    04/08/2017
    04:00PM — 10:00PM

    We are Two Steppin Out Cancer at the St. Landry Parish Courthouse Square for Relay For Life. Fea...


  • Preparing for the Citizenship Test

    04/10/2017
    04:30PM — 06:30AM

    VITA (Volunteer Instructors Teaching Adults) presents a free set of classes for anyone who wishes...


  • 2017 Minority Health Awareness Summit

    04/12/2017
    09:30AM — 03:00PM

    Are you an area professional passionate about improving the lives of others? Are you a concerned ...


  • Rhythms on the River

    04/13/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30PM

    River Ranch Town Square, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Lafayette. Thursdays, weather permitting.


  • Journey to the Cross

    04/14/2017
    01:00PM — 08:00PM

    Journey to the Cross: The Prophesy of the King will take place on Good Friday, April 14 from 1pm-...


  • Downtown Alive!

    04/14/2017
    05:30PM — 08:30AM

    Everyone’s favorite Friday night party is back with an all-local lineup! Now you don’t have to ...


 

 

Current Issue