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Why to Keep a Can of Tomatoes in Your Pantry at All Times

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While we patiently await a summer of fresh tomatoes, we've partnered with Muir Glen Organic to share springy recipes that use one of our favorite weeknight mainstays: canned tomatoes.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again, and I'll say it again after that: I keep a good roster of versatile pantry staples, and I reach for none so often as canned tomatoes. When I truly have nothing in the house, I still have a can of tomatoes. And from there I can make soup, or sauce, or any number of things—dinner for one, brunch for four, or snacks galore suddenly seem not only accessible, but colorful and inspiring.

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How much time do you have? What do you want to make? We're here to help!
How much time do you have? What do you want to make? We're here to help! Photo by Bobbi Lin; design by Tim McSweeney

Whether you have 5 minutes, 40 minutes, or somewhere in between, you can make something you truly are excited to eat—a veritable trough of salsa as peppery or soupy or thick as you like it (just add chips), a brunch-worthy shakshuka, or a bowl of smoky clams to linger over. Or a million other things, all adaptable to whatever's already in the fridge or at the market. These are just a few favorites:

How to Make Salsa without a Recipe
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How to Make Salsa without a Recipe
Tomato-y, Yogurt-y Shakshuka
Tomato-y, Yogurt-y Shakshuka
Smoky Clams for Two
Smoky Clams for Two

You have a can of tomatoes and 30 minutes and you're hungry. What do you make? Tell us in the comments below.

Muir Glen Organic's got variety going for it: Their flavorful, organic canned tomatoes come in almost any form you'd need, from crushed or diced to fire-roasted and dotted with basil. See all their products here.


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