12 Healthy Recipes Made With Canned Tomatoes

by in Healthy Recipes, February 18, 2013

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When fresh tomatoes aren’t in season, turn to canned as a healthy alternative. Check out these 12 ways to incorporate canned tomatoes into recipes.

Health Benefits
Canned tomatoes are low in calories and brimming with fiber, iron, and vitamins B6 and C. They’re also an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant that can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and macular degeneration (an eye disease that occurs in older folks).

When purchasing canned tomatoes, look for “no added salt” versions—you can always add salt at the end if the dish needs it. For those worried about BPA, companies like Eden Foods sell BPA-free canned tomatoes.

Chicken Parmesan
Using no-salt added crushed tomatoes keeps sodium at bay in this lightened version of an Italian classic.

Recipe: Lightened Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan (above)

Enchiladas
Tyler uses canned stewed tomatoes to make the delicious filling in his chicken enchiladas.

Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas

Chili
Toss the ingredients (including canned fire-roasted tomatoes) in the slow cooker and have a warm batch of chili waiting for you after a long day at work.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Bean Stew
Kidney beans, crushed tomatoes and diced sweet potatoes make for a perfect Meatless Monday meal.

Recipe: Kidney Bean Stew With Sweet Potatoes and Oranges

Meatloaf
Canned tomato sauce comes in handy to make this simply delicious meatloaf.

Recipe: Mom’s Turkey Meatloaf

Stewed Chicken
This delicious combo of chickpeas, canned tomato sauce, dried apricots, and chicken is ready in 35 minutes—perfect for any night of the week.

Recipe: Stewed Chicken and Chickpeas

Lasagna
Diced tomatoes flavored with basil, garlic and oregano add a little zing to Bobby Deen’s low-cal lasagna.

Recipe: Meat and Mushroom Lasagna

Tomato Soup
You don’t have to wait until tomato season to make a batch of tomato soup. Using canned, whole peeled tomatoes comes out just as delicious!

Recipe: Wintertime Tomato Soup

Tomato Sauce
Make your own tomato sauce in under an hour using canned whole tomatoes. Make a double batch and freeze for a rainy day.

Recipe: Easy Tomato Sauce

Pasta and Beans

This bone warming Italian soup is perfect for this winter chill.

Recipe: Pasta e Fagioli

Chili Dogs
Enjoy this game time classic any time of year.

Recipe: Game Time Chili Dogs

Gazpacho
Don’t worry if can’t get your hands on fresh tomatoes– make a batch of this favorite with canned tomatoes instead.

Recipe: Gazpacho

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Comments (15)

  1. L-J says:

    Oh yeah. I haven't made chicken parmesan in ages! Great reminder and good to know the benefits.

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  5. mabel8ble says:

    Thank you. I am a very good home cook excel in easy healthy top notch tasty cheap eat. The canned tomatoes are my must have. Unlike other vegetables, well tomato is actually fruit, ok unlike other veggie and fruit, cooked tomato actually have higher nutritional value! And so much cheaper, and, they are ripped before canned. Love them. Thank you.

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  7. Frank Jr says:

    Canned tomato is somewhat useful for a fool-proof like me.
    I love traditional spaghetti tomato sauce, and it can make my life easier.
    FYI, the chicken parmesan is very interesting to try.

  8. Christine says:

    But canned tomatoes have the highest levels of BPA of any other canned foods out there because the acid breaks down the cans, thus making these dishes extremely UNhealthy…

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