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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Dexas Giveaway!

I love Dexas products.  We’ve been using them for years here, and they just do what they are suppose to.  They last.  I don’t ask much more out of my kitchen stuff than that.  I have several products I want to tell you about, and I’m giving away a Dexas prize pack to one lucky reader!

Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 9.41.54 PMThe Chop & Scoop cutting board has an innovative design ideal for cutting juicy fruits and vegetables. The curved edges keep juices contained, and the unique shape and grip handle make it easy to chop, lift, and scoop foods into pans and bowl. It is made with 100% virgin polypropylene.  This cutting board is non-stick, non-absorbent, odor resistant and will not dull knives.  Best of all, it is dishwasher safe!

I love this cutting board.  For my house, it is the perfect size.  Besides using it to cut fruits and vegetables, it is the perfect size for grilling outdoors.  Granted, that’s not a cutting board use, but I love products that can be used for many things.  Bill’s grilled hamburgers many times, and we used this to bring the burgers back in the house!  I really like this and can only recommend it!

Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 9.48.00 PMI absolutely love this KlipScoops. These scoops literally help with your portion control. The pre-measured volume helps avoid overfeeding! The attached clip allows you to seal your pet food or bag of chips depending on how you are using it. They collapse flat for storage savings and while using as clip. These too are dishwasher-safe.

As someone who is watching her weight, I love these. They allow me to snack while still maintaining my weight loss. They come in 1/2 cup, 1 cup, and 2 cup varieties, so there are many things you can use them on and with! I do think they are pretty sweet.

Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 9.53.45 PMThese Salad Hands are ideal for tossing, scooping, and serving salads, pasta, and more! These uniquely designed salad hands with rubber grip handles keep hands from slipping into the bowl. They are non-porous & non-absorbent and made from a durable poly with grip handles. Best of all, they are dishwasher-safe & food safe.

As somebody who eats salads daily, I love this! It beats using my hands to get my lettuce out! It also works super great for parties!

Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 9.56.51 PMThis generous size 5 quart salad bowl has a color accent non-slip grip handle and non-skid base. It sets a beautiful complement to salad and pastas. This too is dishwasher safe.

Love this product. I love that I can use it both for salads or chips! It is truly an all purpose bowl especially when you add the Klipkup. It is just the perfect size for so many things! Its great for chips at home with your family or for a party.

Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 10.01.09 PM The Klipkup is awesome. It has a 8oz./1 Cup capacity, and its sturdy clip securely attaches to most bowls and serveware. It is perfect for dips, salsa, salad fixings, ice cream toppings, and much more! It has a stainless Steel spring, is made of safe ABS, and best of all, is dishwasher safe.

Love this! It is the perfect size!

Screen Shot 2013-05-01 at 10.11.26 PMTurbo Fan Salad Spinner is an in sink salad spinner with turbo fan air dryer. Unlike conventional salad spinners that use centrifugal force only, the DEXAS turbo fan spinner also adds large volumes of air to actually blow water off greens and vegetables. The DEXAS Turbo Fan lever spinning handle gears up to high speed quickly and effortlessly engaging the fan with every spin cycle to pull air in and push water out of the basket.

Now, you have to use this in your sink or you will have water everywhere. My only complaint is that I have to transfer my lettuce out of here to store. However, it definitely performs as advertised! Your lettuce definitely comes out dryer, and it is easy to take apart to throw into the dishwasher.

Like I said, Dexas just has so many great products which is why I am giving away a Dexas Prize Pack. Now, I know that all of you can’t win, so I have arranged for you to get free shipping if you order from Dexas. Just use promo code lisacooking! Here’s what you need to do to win:

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.

Fresh from the Farmstand

How many times have you been told to eat your fruits and vegetables?  Well, I know I have!  I’ve got a great cookbook for you if you’ve been told that and are struggling to work these items into your diet!

Fresh from the Farmstand has 240 tasty recipes that use the freshest produce from backyard gardens or nearby farmers’ markets. They have made it super easy to buy local! On top of recipes you can make for dinner, there are also canning and freezing recipes and tips to help preserve the freshest flavors of the season.

Some of my personal favorite recipes are the Cheesy Ravioli Bake, Quick 40 clove chicken (okay, that one is Bill’s), and my husband is also dying to try all the different salsa recipes in here! I love that the ingredients are things you should be able to find easily at the market or even your local grocery store. The spices are things you will have in your pantry too.

The recipes in Fresh from the Farmstand are submitted by real people. If you are looking to eat more healthy this year, check out Fresh from the Farmstand for some great recipes! Off to find dinner!

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