Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Facts On Canned Food

I always use canned food to add to my main dishes when cooking dinner. The fruits and veggies in the cans are always fresh and delicious.

After viewing
the “Canned Food Field to Table” video, I learned that canned foods are harvested at their peak of ripeness processed from the source within hours, thus preserving more vitamins. Fruits & veggies are washed prior to placing them in cans. And (dry) canned beans go through a 7-step process, sorted by color, and they don't spoil! Lastly, canned beans have excellent source of fiber and protein and good source of antioxidants.

Grandma's Minestrone Soup

1 can ( 15 oz.) white beans, drained
1 can (14.5 oz.) Libby's cut green beans, drained
1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
1 can ( 8.5 oz.) Libby's mixed vegetables, drained
1 cup (about 8 oz.) diced cooked ham
1 cup cooked orzo pasta (4 oz. uncooked)
.25 cup Chopped parsley
pinch red pepper flakes
2 tbsp Olive oil
.25 cup grated Parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan, bring white beans, green beans, tomatoes, mixed vegetables, ham and 4 cups water to a simmer over medium heat. Add orzo, parsley and pepper flakes; simmer a few minutes more. Drizzle each bowl with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

About Canned Food Alliance:
The Canned Food Alliance is a partnership of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s Steel Packaging Council, the Can Manufacturers Institute, select food processors and affiliate members. The CFA serves as a resource for information on the nutrition, convenience, contemporary appeal and versatility of canned food. The CFA is a proud supporter of the Produce for Better Health Foundation and the Fruits and Veggies More Matters program. For hundreds of mealtime solutions, visit www.mealtime.org.

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Watch the Field to Table Video
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