Nutrition in the Aisles - Retail Dietitian Toolkit

Theme 2: Taking the Stress Out Of Meal Planning

Talking Point

Talking Points


Canned ingredients take the stress out of meal time and help prepare nourishing, flavorful meals quickly.


Be sure to keep your pantry stocked with canned foods to add convenience to everyday meals.


Canned lean meats, seafood and beans give a quick protein boost to salads, soups or casseroles. No need to soak beans overnight or to cook for hours; canned beans are already cooked! Open, heat and serve!

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Just Add One Fact Sheet, available on, provides suggestions on how to add just one canned ingredient to recipes to boost nutrition or save you time or money.

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Vegetarian Brown Rice Casserole

Serves 4

Veggie Brown Rice Casserole


1 can (19 oz) ready-to-serve lower sodium lentil soup
1 package (9 oz) ready-to-serve brown rice
1 can (7.75 oz) unsalted mixed vegetables, drained
1 large or 2 small canned roasted red peppers, diced
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided


Combine soup, rice, drained mixed vegetables, peppers and 6 tablespoons of the cheddar cheese in a 2-quart, microwave-safe casserole or baking dish. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and level the top of the mixture. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons cheese. Cover and cook in microwave at full power until heated through and the cheese on top melts, about 5 minutes. Uncover and cool for 1 minute before serving.

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