Cans Get Me Cooking; Do #CansGetYouCooking

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As many of you know, my moto on this blog is to make cooking easy. I’m pressed for time and I personally have no issues opening a can to feed my family dinner. If you follow me Facebook, you will know that I have had some medical things come up, and I am currently super tired all the time. By super tired, I mean I am napping all day and then still sleeping at night. Making a huge homecooked meal for dinner just isn’t happening. (And don’t any of you worry. I have seen a doctor who did a ton of bloodwork. I am waiting for my follow-up appointment on 10/10 to see how we proceed from here).

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The best part of using canned food is that you don’t have to feel guilty about it. First, 73% of Americans throw away spoiled fruits and vegetables on average two times a week! I can admit to being guilty of this myself. Those cans in my pantry help make sure nature’s bounty doesn’t go to waste. It also allows my kids to eat more of them, because I always have cans on hand. The canning process locks in foods’ freshness, flavor and nutrients at the peak of ripeness, just hours after picking, and according to a University of California Davis study, many canned fruits and vegetables have the same nutrients as their fresh or frozen counterparts!

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It is totally amazing what you can make from just a couple canned ingredients. One of my new favorite recipes is this Pumpkin Pudding. It’s easy and you make it in the slow cooker. Seriously, what’s not to love?!?!?!

Pumpkin Pie Pudding
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 1 5 ounce can evaporated milk (2/3 cup) (I used Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk.)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1-layer-size yellow cake mix
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • Frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed (optional)
Instructions
  1. Lightly coat the inside of a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In the prepared cooker stir together pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, and 1 tablespoon of the pumpkin pie spice. Spread batter evenly in the bottom of the prepared cooker.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together cake mix and the remaining 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice. Sprinkle mixture evenly over pumpkin mixture in cooker. Drizzle melted butter over mixture in cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 2½ hours. Cool, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Topping it with ice cream or whipped cream makes it absolutely irresistible.

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Quick and Easy Dinner With @Success_Rice and a Tomato Vegetable Soup Recipe Too! #SuccessRice #ad


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Success® Rice.

Have you used Success Rice before? Did you know that Success Rice is the original no mess, no measure boil-in-bag rice that cookis perfectly every time? It is ready in less than 10 minutes, and you really can’t mess it up. Seriously. The rice can site for up to 30 minutes before being served. For me, Wednesdays are killer. Madison has piano lessons in the afternoon, so it makes it incredible difficult for dinner. I am always looking for quick and easy dinner ideas to make. During the school year, I am usually trying to cook while helping with dinner, so foolproof is definitely needed!

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You can easily make it either on your stovetop or your microwave. You also can serve it as a side or use Success Rice as part of your meal.  It was so easy to make!

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Here’s my Tomato Vegetable soup recipe that was super good:

Tomato Vegetable Soup Recipe
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 bag Success® Brown Rice
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp dried oregano leaves
  • ¼ tsp dried basil leaves
  • 2 cans (14 oz.) sliced stewed tomatoes with bell peppers, celery, and onions
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ cup carrots, sliced
Instructions
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  2. Combine tomato paste, sugar, and seasonings in a Dutch oven. Add all remaining ingredients except rice and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes. Stir in rice; heat thoroughly, stirring occasionally.

Dinner is served:

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Heinz 57 Giveaway!

As we enter the heat of football season, Heinz 57 Sauce is offering the recipe for a winning tailgate so that you are fully equipped to cheer on your favorite team. As you know, we are huge football fans here (just for different teams!).

Here are a few ways to turn up the flavor on your tailgate – Heinz 57 Pulled Pork, Zesty Garlic Wings, and Honey Dipping Sauce. Whether you’re enjoying meat, seafood or veggies for the big game, Heinz 57 Sauce brings the perfect kick with its unique, rich flavor.

Heinz 57 Pulled Pork (this is one of our new favorite recipes!)

Serves: 8

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Marinate Time: 0 minutes

1/2 cup Heinz 57® Sauce

1/4 cup Lea & Perrins® Worcestershire Sauce

2 Tbsp. yellow mustard

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 medium onion, chopped, or about 2 cups

3 1/2 lb. boneless pork shoulder blade roast, trimmed and cut into 4 pieces

1. In a 5-6 quart slow cooker, mix together 57 Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, mustard, sugar, tomato paste, and onion. Season with salt & pepper if desired. Add pork, turning until well coated. Cover and cook on low heat setting for about 8 hours, or until pork is cooked through (no longer pink or an internal temperature of 165°F) and tender, turning occasionally.

2. To serve, remove pork from slow cooker. Pull pork into shreds using two forks. Return pork to slow cooker and stir until well mixed with sauce. Serve onto your favorite sandwich buns and serve immediately.

TIP: If desired, cook on on high heat setting for 4 hours, or until pork is cooked through (no longer pink or an internal temperature of 165°F) and tender, turning occasionally.


Zesty Garlic Wings
(this was a close second for Bill)

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Marinate Time: 0 minutes

1 cup Heinz 57® Sauce

1/2 cup Prepared Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

1 Tbsp. minced garlic

1 package frozen chicken wing sections, thawed, or about 20 pieces

1. Preheat broiler to high heat. Place oven rack at 9 to 10 inches from heat source. Coat a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Whisk together 57 Sauce, vinaigrette and garlic until well mixed. Reserve half of mixture in a separate bowl for dipping.

3. Arrange wings in single layer on broiler pan and broil for 10 minutes, turning halfway through. Brush sauce mixture liberally on both sides of wings. Continue broiling for 10 to 12 minutes, or until cooked through, turning every 2 to 3 minutes. Serve with reserved dipping sauce.

TIP: Always cook chicken until no longer pink or to an internal temperature of 165° F.

TIP: For grilling method, preheat grill to medium high heat. Grill wings for 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Brush sauce mixture liberally on both sides of wings and grill for another 5 to 7 minutes, or until cooked through (no longer pink or an internal temperature of 165°F), turning frequently. Serve with reserved dipping sauce.

TIP: For a spicier variation, add 1 to 2 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes to sauce mixture.


Heinz 57 Honey Dipping Sauce

This sweet and tangy dipping sauce is simple and perfect with Ore-Ida® Grillers but can also be used as a dip for any favorite side – from chips to a veggie tray!

Serves: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Marinate Time: 0 minutes

1/2 cup Heinz 57® Sauce

2 Tbsp. honey

1. Combine Heinz 57 and honey in a small bowl.

2. Enjoy!

3. If desired, serve with Ore-Ida® Grillers, prepared as directed on package.

Since my family and I are now huge Heinz 57 fans, I have an awesome Heinz 57 prize pack for one lucky reader which would include:

• Heinz 57 Sauce, Heinz 57 Steak Sauce and Heinz 57 Sauce with Honey

• Grilling tools

• Heinz blanket

• Can cooler

• Heinz tailgating book

Here’s what you need to do:

Additional Contest Rules:
This contest is open to US residents.

There is no cash value prize equivalent for this contest.

Winner will have 48 hours upon notification being sent to claim the prize, if winner does not respond within 48 hours, then the winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen.