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Quick and Healthy Recipes Made With Canned Goods

These recipes are not just easy to make, they are also healthier!

When shopping for food donations, many opt to buy canned or ready-to-eat meals that are easy to consume and require no effort in cooking.

This is because evacuation centers usually do not have the proper equipment to cook and heat food—and oftentimes, they would need single-serve food items that do not require to be kept in pantries or shelves after opening. (LIST: The Best Food Items to Donate for Disaster Victims)

But in some cases where kitchens and cooking equipment are available in temporary shelters, people tend to heat or cook the food items that they receive from donations. And while it is true that canned and ready-to-eat items are not the healthiest option out there especially in these times when boosting our immune systems is our top priority, we can still make the most out of these goods by mixing them with other nutritious ingredients.

My Pope Philippines lists three recipes made with canned goods that are not just tasty, but also a bit healthier!

Canned Food Recipes: Spam Fried Rice

Photos from Spam and Eating Richly

As Filipinos, we all love good fried rice or sinangag, especially for breakfast! And it’s also easy to make. But with this recipe, we level up the well-loved sinangag and make it into a meal in itself by adding Spam and mixed vegetables or pineapple. This is surely something adults and kids alike can enjoy.

Ingredients for Meat and Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sugar, or sugar substitute
  • 1 can SPAM, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Ingredients for Rice and Veggies:

  • 2 tbsps  oil
  • 4 cups cooked rice, at least 1 day old
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • salt, to taste

You can follow the recipe here.

Canned Food Recipes: Tuna and Lemon Pasta

Photos from Indonesia Tuna Factory and BBC Good Food

There are times when we want pasta over rice for a particular day because it tastes good and you only need one had to eat it! So here is a pasta recipe that is easy (and quick) to make and tastes delicious.


  • 350g pasta shells
  • 200g pack trimmed fine beans, cut into short lengths
  • 200g canned tuna in oil
  • Grated zest of a lemon
  • 1 heaped tbsp small capers
  • generous pinch of chilli flakes
  • Olive oil for drizzling, optional

Click here for the recipe.

Canned Food Recipes: Paella

Photos from HMart and BBC Good Food

Some people think that paella is tough to cook, but this recipe proves them wrong. This is because you can use a frozen seafood mix for it so you wouldn’t have to wait for a long time! Make this for your next lunch and your family will surely crave for more.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp each hot smoked paprika and dried thyme
  • 300g paella or risotto rice
  • 3 tbsp dry sherry or white wine, optional
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes with garlic
  • 900ml chicken stock
  • 400g bag frozen seafood mix
  • juice ½ lemon, other half cut into wedges
  • handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Follow the recipe found here.

To know where you can donate food items for typhoon victims, click here. You may also check My Pope Philippines’ Instagram for a list of more donation drives for typhoon victims.

Text by Katie Rojas with Aizel Dolom.

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