22 Pantry Dinners with Canned Vegetables


Turn canned vegetables into a filling and tasty dinner with these recipes. These dishes use ingredients like canned tomatoes and beans, and you can also swap out any other vegetables with canned versions. Recipes like Slow-Cooker Southwest Quinoa Bowls and Moroccan Chicken Tomato Stew are hearty, delicious and make the most out of pantry ingredients.

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Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili


This Instant Pot vegetarian chili recipe is full of healthy veggies and two kinds of beans. Chipotle chiles give it a hint of smoke and a nice kick. Top this quick and easy chili with cheese and sour cream, or enjoy it as a vegan chili by garnishing with veggies such as avocado, sliced jalapeños, onions, radishes and scallions or cilantro. Source: EatingWell.com, December 2019

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Slow-Cooker Southwest Quinoa Bowls


This taco-bowl--style recipe will be a hit with both adults and children. The 10-minute sit time allows the cheese to melt into the quinoa, making this dish super decadent. If you cannot find Cheddar-Jack cheese, use Monterey Jack or sharp Cheddar. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves, lime wedges and additional cheese, if desired. Source: Everyday Slow Cooker

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Chickpea Dumplings in Curried Tomato Sauce


Inspired by a dish served in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India called "dharan ji kadhi," our rendition studs the tender chickpea-flour dumplings with chiles and greens. Serve with naan to sop up the sauce for a healthy vegetarian dinner with plenty of protein. Source: EatingWell Magazine, October 2019

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Sausage, Spinach & Tortellini Soup


Full of a comforting tomato base and plenty of fresh spinach, the spicy sausage is a zingy, flavorful addition to this easy soup recipe. If you want to make the soup ahead of time, save the tortellini for shortly before serving so that it doesn't get soggy and break apart. Source: EatingWell.com, September 2019

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Slow-Cooker Coconut Curry with Chickpeas

Make this healthy dish for a sick friend or a family after the birth of their child. If the recipients are vegetarian or avoid gluten, you'll be set--and even if they don't have food restrictions, they'll love this dish for its satisfying flavor. Source: Everyday Slow Cooker

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Easy Chicken Tikka Masala


It's hard to believe you can get such a full-flavored, deeply spiced chicken tikka masala in just 30 minutes, but we did it! And, like the title says, this classic chicken tikka masala recipe really is as easy as it gets. Source: EatingWell.com, September 2019

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Slow-Cooker Shakshuka


Start your day with hearty, slightly spicy shakshuka full of Southwestern flavor. To avoid one large egg blob on top, be sure to make wells in the sauce using a spoon. It's important to use corn tortillas and not flour tortillas if you're going gluten free. Lightly toast the tortillas, if desired. Source: Everyday Slow Cooker

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Zuppa Toscana

Zuppa Toscana

This creamy soup is packed with savory flavor from Italian sausage and bacon. But don't worry, we tucked in healthy ingredients too, like kale and white beans, for added nutrition and fiber to round out a healthy dinner or packable lunch. Source: EatingWell.com, September 2018

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Moroccan Chicken & Tomato Stew


This Moroccan chicken stew is inspired by a traditional tagine, a dish which takes its name from the pottery vessel it's made in (a skillet works here). Serve with a side of roasted vegetables and whole-wheat couscous, if desired. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Spring 2020

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Slow-Cooker Turkey & Kale Minestrone Soup

Slow-Cooker Turkey & Kale Minestrone Soup

Adjust the heat level in the dish by choosing either hot or mild Italian sausage. You can add red pepper, too, to make it extra hot. Serve this slow-cooker minestrone with crusty bread, if desired. Source: Everyday Slow Cooker

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Quick Pasta e Fagioli Soup


This simplified take on minestrone uses canned beans and tomatoes and packaged broth, meaning you can always keep the ingredients for this easy soup on hand. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Spring 2020

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Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans

Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans

In this one-skillet supper, we toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with gooey mozzarella. Serve with a mixed green salad with vinaigrette. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2009

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Vegetable and Pasta Soup


A slow-cooker will do all the work for this delicious, diabetic-friendly Vegetable and Pasta Soup. Opt for vegetable stock to make this soup vegetarian. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine

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Chicken & White Bean Soup

Chicken & White Bean Soup

Once again, rotisserie chickens can really relieve the dinner-rush pressure-especially in this Italian-inspired soup that cries out for a piece of crusty bread and a glass of red wine. Source: EatingWell Soups Special Issue April 2016

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Slow-Cooker Pork Ragout over Casarecce Pasta

You'll want this slow-cooker ragout on a fall or winter evening when you're hosting a crowd for dinner. Substitute beef brisket or chuck roast, if you'd like--you'll just need to cook it for an additional hour or two. Garnish with fresh rosemary and oregano leaves, if desired. Source: Everyday Slow Cooker

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White Bean Soup with Tomato & Shrimp


With capers and olives, this heart-healthy soup draws inspiration from Italian puttanesca sauce. Serve with crusty whole-grain bread to soak up the broth. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 2020

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Slow-Cooker Pork Posole


Mexican pork posole is the perfect dish to serve to a crowd. It's hearty, comforting and full of well-loved ingredients. Mashing some of the beans and hominy thickens the slow-cooker posole and releases more of their earthy flavor. For a twist, substitute thinly sliced jalapeño chiles, finely shredded green cabbage and fresh thyme or cilantro leaves for the radishes, scallions, and oregano. Source: Everyday Slow Cooker

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Eggplant Tortilla Casserole


This layered casserole is inspired by classic cheese enchiladas, minus the fuss of rolling and stuffing individual tortillas. You'd never guess that within this comforting Tex-Mex casserole hides a layer of thinly sliced eggplant. The thin slices become tender when roasted and add a subtle savory note. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Spring 2019

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Bean & Barley Soup


This hearty bean and barley soup tastes like it has simmered for hours, but actually it's quite quick to throw together. Plus this recipe for healthy bean and barley soup freezes beautifully. If you have cooked barley on hand, omit the quick-cooking barley and stir in 1 1/2 cups cooked barley along with the broth in Step 2. Source: EatingWell Magazine, Soup Cookbook

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Slow-Cooker White Bean & Sausage Cassoulet


This slow-cooker cassoulet comes together quickly without fuss. Mashing some of the beans makes the broth creamier, while a topping of toasted panko adds contrasting crunchiness. Serve with a crusty baguette to sop up every last drop of the sauce. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired. Source: Everyday Slow Cooker

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Chicken Chili Verde


Prepared salsa verde adds tang to this fast weeknight chili recipe and pairs beautifully with the rich caramelized chicken and creamy beans. Don't shy away from the poblano peppers. They offer a mild heat but deliver a depth of flavor you can't find in regular green bell peppers. Source: EatingWell.com, December 2018

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Slow-Cooker Chickpea & Tomato Stewed Chicken

Cooking the chicken in the butter ups the poultry's succulent flavor. Using the drippings that remain in the pan to cook other ingredients--onion, garlic and tomatoes--builds even more deliciously complex flavor into the dish. Garnish with additional fresh rosemary sprigs, if desired. Source: Everyday Slow Cooker

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