Do you ever crave chicken salad and realize you don't have any chicken breasts? Or want to serve potatoes as a side and, again, forgot to pick them up at the store? I keep canned goods of chicken and potatoes for this reason. The canned chicken makes a great chicken salad. I rinse it, break it apart (it's like tuna in a can), add chopped celery, olive oil mayo, tarragon, red grapes cut in halves, lemon pepper and it is fantastic!
The potatoes are always a surprise to any of my guests. I drain the canned, whole potatoes, dry them, and add them to a pan that has melted butter and tablespoon of olive oil. Saute until golden brown. A nice crust forms around them. Sprinkle with seasoning salt and you have an interesting and delicious side dish.
Beets are another pantry surprise, rinse, dry, roll in olive oil, roast until outside is crisp. What do you do with canned vegetables? I'd love to hear new ideas. Thanks! BB