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).
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!
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
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
- 1 5 ounce can evaporated milk 2/3 cup (I used Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk.)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 1- layer-size yellow cake mix
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- Frozen whipped dessert topping thawed (optional)
- 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.
- 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.
- Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 2 1/2 hours. Cool, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
Topping it with ice cream or whipped cream makes it absolutely irresistible.
What are some of your favorite recipes or sides made from cans?