Enjoy low-cost, quick recipes by stocking up on these smart staples.
Families who don't have a cupboard stocked with packaged and canned goods are missing out on a big savings opportunity. These simple staples are cheap, convenient and
sometimes more nutritious than fresh options. Find out which items belong in your kitchen and get easy, time-friendly recipes
to use them.
Packed with protein, this inexpensive pantry staple helps you prepare healthy meals in a hurry!
Cost per serving: $2.54
Eat this as a meal, or serve in cherry tomatoes for the perfect party appetizer. Simply cut a small sliver off the bottome of each tomato so it stays upright, and hollow it with a small melon baller.
See recipe: Tuna and Avocado-Stuffed Tomatoes
Rich in Vitamin D, calcium and iron, rice is the perfect ingredient for a nutrient-filled dinner.
Cost per serving: $2.54
Serve this savory dish as a side for a complete meal.
See recipe: Puffed Cheddar-Rice Casserole
Use these creamy family favorite to give everyday dishes—from breakfast to desserts— extra punch.
Cost per serving: $1.18
Instead of fresh tomatoes, substitute a 35-ounce can of whole tomatoes packed in juice. Incorporate the juice but omit the 1 cup of water.
See Recipe: Tomato Soup with Cheddar Croutons
Cost per serving: $1.48
Like it spicy? Sprinkle in a little chili powder when sautéing the onions. Serve with tortilla chips, veggies, crackers or whole-grain bread.
See Recipe: Cheddar Fondue with Green Chiles, Tomatoes and Scallions
Cost per serving: $.61
Using individual soufflé dishes makes it easier to serve this side at dinner parties.
See Recipe: Cheddar-and-Corn Spoon Bread
This cousin to fettuccine adds rich flavor to your favorite pasta dishes for just pennies.
Cost per serving: $1.72
Instead of steak, try our Master Meat Mix, and you'll have plenty of leftovers to freeze and serve again.
See recipe: Skillet Stroganoff
Cost per serving: $1.08
This makes a great side dish to chicken, beef, pork or fish. Or consider adding your protein to this dish for a one-skillet-meal.
See recipe: Stir-Fried Egg Noodles with Vegetables
Cost per serving: $1.65
Want to bring this to your next potluck? Skip the individual ramekins and bake this in a casserole dish instead.
See recipe: Cinnamon-Raisin Noodle Pudding
Who says oats are only for breakfast? Low in calories and high in protein and fiber, these hearty, healthful grains taste great any time of day!
Cost per serving: $1.18
Spice up a comfort food classic with this flavorful recipe. For a time-saving side dish, serve with frozen peas or mixed vegetables. And you can make the leftovers into meat loaf sandwiches the next day.
See recipe: Smoky Chipotle Meat Loaf
Cost per serving: 44¢
For less than 50¢ per serving, you can prepare this delicious, nutritrious homemade version of a snack favorite. Pack with school lunches or on a summer picnic, or just enjoy with a glass of cold milk.
See recipe: Fruit and Nut Granola Bars
Packed with vitamins and fiber, canned pumpkin is low in calories and fat and is delicious in both sweet and savory recipes.
Cost per serving: 98¢
The rich flavor of pumpkin is a natural during the fall months, but you can enjoy this soup year round if you use canned pumpkin. This recipe calls for a whole can but if you don't use it all, freeze leftovers in ½- or 1-cup servings for future recipes. Store in ziplock bags for up to three months.
See recipe: Spicy Pumpkin Soup
Canned oranges add a tangy twist to salads, snacks and treats -- and provide a healthy dose of vitamin C.
Cost per serving: $3.02
Canned oranges taste just as delicious as fresh ones in this nutritious recipe. For a differnent taste, you can substitute pecans or walnuts for the peanuts.
See recipe: Wilted Spinach Salad with Chicken and Mandarin Oranges
Canned cherries are for so much more than just pies! Plus they're high in antioxidants and contain nutrients such as beta
carotene and vitamin C.
Cost per serving: $2.63
Add a tart twist to chicken with this mouthwatering recipe. To round out the meal, serve it with mashed potatoes sprinked with chives and a green vegetable, like roasted brussels sprouts.
See recipe: Chicken Thighs with Cherry Sauce
Cooked tomatoes have more readily absorbed disease-fighting lycopene than fresh ones do. Plus, you can quickly add them into a variety of dishes from omelets to dips, and a 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes will only set you back about $1.50.
Cost per serving: $1.55
The recipe for this rich slow-cooker sauce calls for crushed tomatoes but if whole are cheaper, you can use kitchen shears to crush or dice the whole tomatoes right in the can.
See recipe: Slow-Cooked Bolognese Sauce
Full of protein, all-important omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D and calcium, the fish is already cooked and ready to eat. Wild salmon is healthier than farmed, but fresh is expensive. Canned wild salmon is a bargain at about $4.50 for 6 ounces, compared with $6.75 for fresh.
Cost per serving: $1.58
These burgers are delicious with tartar sauce or mayo and slices of red onion. The patties are a bit fragile, so oil your grill or pan well and use a large spatula to handle them.
See recipe: Salmon Burgers
It’s hard to find a more versatile and healthy food in a can. Pick your favorite: Black, white, kidney—they’re all full of
protein, fiber, iron and more.
Cost per serving: $1.11
Perfect for a kid-friendly, here is a healthier take on a traditional baseball stadium treat!
See recipe: Chili-Cheese Dogs
Cost per serving: $1.83
We like black beans in this quick, healthy burrito recipe but the different types of beans are mostly interchangeable. If you see one on sale, stock up and that instead.
See recipe: Corn, Black Bean and Pepper Jack Burritos
Sweet, tangy and refreshing, it’s a great source of vitamin C, manganese and other nutrients. When shopping for pineapple,
opt for one that’s packed in 100 percent juice. When you drain the fruit, save the juice and use it in a smoothie or in a
marinade for pork.
Cost per serving: $2.58
Why order out when you can make it better and healthier at home? Use this quick skillet recipe to make a take-out favorite in no time. Serve with a side of white or brown rice to round out the meal.
See recipe: Sweet and Spicy Pork with Pineapple
Cost per serving: 46¢
Make traditional cobbler more interesting for your taste buds by using canned pineapple instead of apple or peach. If you want to make a sweet sauce for the ice cream, reserve the can's juices and combine in a sauce pan with sugar and lemon juice until thickened.
See recipe: Pineapple Cobbler