As a mom to several young children, I work hard at balancing convenience, nutritiousness, and value when making my grocery shopping list. Getting a whole foods meal on the table every night is a top priority for me.
However, so often my life is busy and chaotic. I end up throwing together last-minute dishes (or wanting to have my husband pick up fast food on his way home from work, ahem).
That’s why it is so important to have Frugal Large Family Pantry Staples For Quick Meals! Not only does it save my sanity, it saves us money!
Bags of dried beans in the pantry and huge packages of frozen meat in the freezer are helpful, but they still require prep time that I don’t always have. The answer? Canned foods!
This content is sponsored by Bush’s Beans.
However, all words and opinions are my own.
The other day, I stocked up on Bush’s Beans from Walmart and I was patting myself on the back just a few days later when the Holiday weekend rolled around. I had forgotten to put dried beans soaking over the weekend in preparation for cooking and serving them in our homemade bean burritos (this is a weekly event and very important in my house).
I was able to open up a can of Bush’s Pinto Beans and feed my children their favorite meal with little prep! Canned beans are definitely a pantry staple in our home, but there are so many other canned foods you should stock your pantry with.
Keeping these canned foods on hand will help with the nights you need dinner to (almost) make itself. I love that most canned foods have easy recipes on the back of their labels, too!
So, in addition to bulk dry goods or freezer staples, these are the canned goods you should keep on hand for Frugal Large Family Pantry Staples For Quick Meals.
Frugal Large Family Pantry Staples For Quick Meals
Canned Beans – Walmart has Bush’s Beans in several varieties including Pinto, Black, and Garbanzo and they are an excellent source of fiber and protein. I almost always find that Walmart has better prices for canned goods than the other stores in our town. My kids love Bush’s baked beans, too. #MyBestWithBushBeansCanned Chicken – Whether you want to make a cold salad dish or a comforting soup, you ‘ll be glad to have this protein on hand.
Canned Beef – This is great in chili, stew, or chow mein. Add in some canned beans, veggies, and/or broth, and you have a simple and healthy whole foods meal!
Canned Tuna – Another must-have at our house. My kids often use this for quick & easy lunches, but tuna can be added to pasta salads or casseroles for family dinners.
Canned Salmon – This is something that I keep on hand for topping salads when dinner needs to be super easy and quick, yet still healthy!
Canned Veggies – We love green beans, spinach, saurkraut, and jalapenos (hey, it’s a veggie and we love adding them to almost everything). Stock up on your family’s favorites. You can even keep canned potatoes in the cupboard for quick mashed potatoes! Yum, now I am craving mashed potatoes with meat gravy (when I was growing up, my mom used home-canned venison for the gravy).
Canned Broth – We usually get chicken, but beef or vegetable broths are good, too. These are great for last-minute soups, gravies, and more.
Canned Milk – We keep canned coconut milk on hand for soups, curries, or Thai-inspired dishes.
Canned Fruit – And by fruit, I mean tomatoes! Tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, etc. Canned pineapple, peaches, and other fruits can be used in savory dishes, too.
Canned Preserves – Jams, jellies, syrups, marmalades, and chutneys are great to have handy as a quick topping for fish or chicken. Or for when you make breakfast for dinner.
Canned Sauces – Hot sauce, salsa… these will ‘spice up’ a dish easily! Pasta sauce is also an important staple at our house.
Canned Juice Concentrates – My mom always had home-canned raspberry juice concentrate stocked up for a delicious addition to our meals. This is especially nice for when company comes over and you want to serve a few kid-friendly drinks.
Canned Soups – I wasn’t sure whether to add these to the list because although they are frugal and convenient, they are not always nutritious (unless they are home-canned). However, canned tomato soup, french onion soup, or even cream-based soups have sure come to my rescue a time or two. And keeping cans of chicken soup on the pantry shelf is super helpful for when the family catches a virus.
So, now you know why I love being able to visit my local Walmart a couple of times each month to stock up on canned foods like Bush’s beans. They are part of my Frugal Large Family Pantry Staples For Quick Meals master shopping list so that I can make easy and healthy family dinners!
What canned foods do you keep on hand? Anything you would add to this list?