You don’t have to break the budget to enjoy a healthful meal! Canned goods are making a comeback thanks to their versatility and affordability. From tomato products to chickpeas, give these tried and true pantry staples a fresh look.

Even for the most organized among us, it can feel like a overwhelming task to get any dinner on the table for the family during the week, let alone a healthy one. So, what’s the secret to making weeknight dinners a cinch? According to dietitian Ellie Krieger, three components are key: a well-stocked pantry, a little bit of planning, and not overthinking it. 

With the right ingredients in your pantry and freezer, dinner is never as hard as it might seem. Ellie says that she always keeps canned goods (like tomatoes) in her pantry, since she says they are a busy home cook’s best friend. Not only do they make a great base for sauces, but they offer a powerful nutrition punch with their high lycopene content.  She is also a big fan of beans (more specifically, white beans, pinto beans, chickpeas), as well as frozen seafood, as these high protein options can create endless delicious combinations in the kitchen.

Learn more about how Ellie keeps weeknight dinners healthy here.

For other pantry food inspiration, check out some of our favorite posts:

Best Budget-Friendly Foods for the Pantry
Tried and True Pantry Staples

Ellie was our RD of the month! Learn more about her here. And don’t forget to check out some of her favorite recipes featuring canned tomatoes!

Winter Caprese Toasts with Roasted Tomatoes and Pesto
Shakshuka Pita Pizzas
Creamy Tomato Soup with Popcorn

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