Canned vegetables don't get enough credit, which is why we always keep these five picks in our pantries.

Canned vegetables tend to get a bad rap. And while there is nothing like eating farmers' market–fresh veggies, there is definitely a time and a place for canned veggies. It's an easy way to eat more vegetables, and canned veggies can be real dinner-savers when fresh versions of your favorites might be too expensive or unavailable. Plus, canned veggies keep in your pantry for months so you won't waste money on a bunch of green beans that go bad before you get to eat them.

To give you the best canned veggie experience, we taste-tested canned vegetables so you don't have to. The results? We were surprised by how delicious they can be. These are our top 5 favorites to keep on hand for a fast veggie fix at dinnertime.

1. Corn

Stetson Chopped Salad

Pictured Recipe: Stetson Chopped Salad

The resounding favorite, these canned golden kernels taste as sweet as candy but pack in way more nutrients without any added sugar. We're ready to throw them on tacos and add to casseroles, salsas and salads. And though corn is sweet, it has a low glycemic index, meaning its carbs are slowly released into your bloodstream and are unlikely to spike blood sugar levels.

2. Tomatoes

With whole, diced, crushed and flavored tomatoes all available in cans, the only thing that kept them from the number one spot is the fact that you (most of the time) need to cook them. Keep canned tomatoes on hand for making quick sauces, adding to pasta dishes and for making easy soups. Lycopene, found in fresh tomatoes and even more in cooked tomatoes, helps protect your skin from damaging UV rays and may reduce your risk of some cancers.

3. Carrots

Maybe the most surprising on this list were these sweet little carrot discs. We would use them straight out of the can on a salad in a pinch, but they're also good for bulking up soups (whole or pureed) and adding to casseroles like chicken potpie.

4. Green Beans

vegetable soup

They're a good pantry staple to have on hand, even if canned green beans aren't your favorite of all canned veg. You can't go wrong adding them to a soup (especially when fresh green beans aren't so fresh) and they're a classic star in green bean casserole. Green beans are a good source of silicon, a mineral that's critical for strong bones.

5. Peas

Pineapple Pork Fried Rice

Pictured Recipe: Pineapple Pork Fried Rice

Peas in a can aren't our first choice, but that doesn't mean they're off-limits. During the off season, canned peas are great to have on hand for packing veg into mac and cheese (or carbonara!) or throwing into a stir-fry when you can't get fresh. Peas are a key source of filling fiber and plant protein, with 4 grams of each per 1/2 cup.