A 7-Day Meal Plan That Starts With Canned Food
Keeping a close eye on your grocery budget? Here are a week's worth of delicious dinners that begin with an affordable can of beans, tomatoes or tuna.
Sunday: Effortless Black Bean Chili
“My mom found the inspiration for this chili in a slow-cooker cookbook. After a few updates, all of us love it (even those of us who steer clear of beans). We think it’s even better served over rice.” —Amelia Gormley, Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Get the recipe for Effortless Black Bean Chili.
Tuesday: Greek Brown and Wild Rice Bowls
“This fresh rice dish tastes like the Mediterranean in a bowl! It’s short on ingredients, but packs in so much flavour. For a hand-held version, leave out the rice and tuck the rest of the ingredients in a pita pocket.” —Darla Andrews, Schertz, Texas
Get the recipe for Greek Brown and Wild Rice Bowls.
Wednesday: Spinach Salad with Tortellini & Roasted Onions
“Spinach and tortellini go so well together, and this salad makes an easy meal with leftover cooked chicken. What really makes it special is the roasted onion that adds oomph to bottled salad dressing.” —Robin Haas, Hyde Park, Massachusetts
Get the recipe for Spinach Salad with Tortellini & Roasted Onions.
Thursday: Contest-Winning Hearty Hamburger Soup
“At family get-togethers, our children always request this spirit-warming ground beef soup along with a fresh loaf of homemade bread and tall glasses of milk. This hamburger soup has robust flavour, plenty of fresh-tasting vegetables and is easy to make.” —Barbara Brown, Janesville, Wisconsin
Get the recipe for Contest-Winning Hearty Hamburger Soup.
Friday: Creamy Tuna-Noodle Casserole
“When you need supper fast, this tuna noodle casserole makes a super one-dish meal. Cooked chicken breast works well in place of the tuna.” —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
Get the recipe for Creamy Tuna-Noodle Casserole.
Saturday: Classic Chicken Potpie
“Our neighbours and a friend from back home are always after me to make ‘those yummy potpies’. That’s all the encouragement I need, since we really like ’em, too!” —Ada May Smith, Citrus Springs, Florida.
Get the recipe for Classic Chicken Potpie.
Next, check out this 7-day meal plan of one-pot meals.