Recipe: Quick & Easy 30 Minute Chili

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I love fruits & veggies- and my whole family does, too. Every time I go to the grocery store, I load up on all kinds of produce & make grand plans for it. But while we do eat some every day, and with almost every meal, it still manages to go bad before we can eat it all.

Apparently we aren’t alone- 73% of Americans throw away spoiled fruits & vegetables on average two times a week. That’s a lot of waste, and I totally believe it because when I clean out the fridge on Sundays nights for the trash truck Monday morning, it always feels so wasteful- both of the food & our money. So to help cut down on that,we often buy some of our produce canned.


According to a University of California, Davis study, many canned fruits & vegetables have the same nutrients as their fresh or frozen counterparts. I avoid fruits packed in heavy syrup & reach for the “no salt added” variety whenever available for veggies, so I am still making healthy food choices for my family but have some more flexibility on when we eat them. I always have a few cans of cold fruit in the fridge ready to be served chilled as a side for dinner, and there are always various vegetables in my pantry ready to be paired with a meal or used as an ingredient.

In fact, I cook with cans quite often- and not just with vegetables. Whether it’s soup, beans, broth or produce, I use them several times per week- and sometimes several in just one recipe! For example, I made chili for dinner the other night & used several cans!

Quick & Easy 30 Minute Chili by @NotQuiteSusie


-1 lb. extra lean ground turkey
-1 can {15 oz.} Bush’s Best dark red kidney beans {drained}
-1 can {15 oz.} Bush’s Best white beans {drained}
-1 can {15 oz.} tomato sauce
-1 can {15 & 1/4 oz.} Del Monte Fresh Cut Whole Kernel Corn {drained}
-1 & 1/2 cups water
-1/4 tsp ground cumin
-1 & 1/2 tsp chili powder
-1 tbsp garlic powder


-In a large saute pan, cook ground turkey until done
-Stir in everything else, and bring to a boil.
-Reduce heat & simmer for 20 minutes.
-Optionally, top with Mexican shredded cheese and/or sour cream.

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“Cans Get You Cooking” is a program dedicated to letting people know that the technology of canning seals in freshness, flavor, nutrition & goodness so that you can create meals you feel good about serving {&that your family will love}! You can learn more about cans on the Cans Get You Cooking Facebook page, Pinterest page & YouTube channel.

What canned good can you not live without?

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