Canned Food: From Field to Table

By Shannon Gosney
In Blogging Randomness
February 23, 2010

I had the opportunity to watch an interesting video about canned food – how it goes from field to home. This video was brought to us by and the Canned Food Channel’s Alliance. Many of us use canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned meats, canned juices, and more!

I found it interesting that a farmer can harvest 7.5 million kidney beans in a good season. That’s a lot of beans! I learned that canned beans of all types are fat-free and high in fiber. I also learned that the darker the bean, the more antioxidants it provides. It was neat to see the vegetables being cooked, canned, and labeled.

Here is a recipe that uses at least 2 canned foods:

Frito Casserole

– 4 or 5 cans Chilli (reg sized cans) or 2 large cans
– 1 can Corn
– 1 can Sliced Olives
– Shredded Cheese (to jazz it up more you can use the jarred cheese in place of the shredded cheese in the middle of the casserole)
– 1 bag of Frito Chips

In a 9×13 pan, spread the 1/2 the chili evenly. Sprinkle corn over the chili. Sprinkle sliced olives over the corn. Sprinkle crushed Fritos over the olives. Sprinkle cheese.

Spread the other 1/2 of the chili over the cheese layer. Add cheese on top.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until heated through.

Use toppings such as sour cream and salsa.

Watch the Field to Table Video
Canned Food Alliance

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

7 Responses to “Canned Food: From Field to Table”

  1. Thanks so much for mentioning beans. We eat tons of beans. 3-4 times a week at least. And that looks like a great recipe. I will try it with cornbread batter smeared over the top and baked.
    I have been enjoying your Mexican recipes this past month so much. We eat a lot of Mexican food. Good, inexpensive, filling and you can do it so many different ways.

    I found the following list and wanted to show something about beans, they are such a good substitute for meat and really stretch your food dollar. Something we all need to find ways to do.

    We do not eat a lot of canned veggies, except for peas, i love canned small peas. And I do buy fruit in cans as the fresh fruit at the grocery really is bad at times. We grow a lot of our own stuff now so I have cut back on what I buy.

    The top 10 antioxidant rich foods from
    10. Raspberries
    9. Prunes
    8. Blackberries
    7. Artichokes (cooked)
    6. Cranberries
    5. Blueberries (cultivated)
    4. Pinto beans
    3. Red kidney beans
    2. Blueberries (wild)

    And the number one antioxidant-rich food:
    1. Small red beans

    Small red beans! Who knew? The small red bean looks like a kidney bean – same colour and shape – except that it’s (you guessed it) smaller. It’s sometimes identified as a Mexican red bean, but it’s grown in Washington, Idaho, and Alberta, Canada.

  2. Heidi B. says:

    I love eating beans as well. I especially love black eyes peas and light red kidney beans. I use chili beans in my chili. Also, here is a recipes that is VERY simple and loved by the whole family:

    1 lb. ground beef or turkey
    1 1/2 cups salsa (can add more if desire)
    I can of black beans, drained and rinsed (or a bit less than the whole can)

    Cook meat and then add salsa and black beans. Heat and eat. You can eat this on a wheat tortilla sprinkled with cheese or just eat it by itself. Also, you can add green onions, regular onions, and chilio powder if desired. You can tweak it how you like it, but the simple recipe is just as good and nutritious. Try it sometime! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh thanks for sharing! Beans are always difficult to feed to people (kids and adults alike!) so i want to thank you for sharing this recipe!

  4. The Gosfam says:

    We love beans at our house, and I am sorry, but after reading this post the first thing I thought of was….
    “Beans, Beans, the natural fruit, the more you eat the more you…..?” okay you get the idea-LOL!!

  5. tree says:

    We love beans (we’re vegetarian) so we eat them often. My only concern with the canned food is the BPA content in them. Canned beans and tomatoes usually have a high amount of BPA in the lining. i prefer using dry beans, even though it’s sometimes a pain to soak them.

  6. That sounds like a delicious recipe… I love chili and cheese! I’m sure the Fritos give this just a delicious chrunch…. mmmm!
    Thanks for sharing.

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