February is National Canned Food Month and our friends from the Canned Food Alliance were kind enough to share their favorite canned food recipe and help debunk a few common myths about canned foods.

Get to Know the Canned Food Alliance

The Canned Food Alliance is comprised of steelmakers, can makers, food processors and affiliates that have collaborated to communicate the benefits of canned foods.

Since 2011, the Canned Food Alliance has been a USDA MyPlate Strategic Partner, helping to educate Americans on how canned foods can fill their plates. Check out their free downloads for filling your MyPlate plate with nutritious canned foods.

Two Canned Foods Myths Debunked

Myth #1:  Canned Foods Are Not as Nutritious as Fresh or Frozen Foods. That is not the case. Recent research has demystified that misconception, showing us that canned foods are not just convenient and affordable they are nutritious too.

Myth #2:  Canned Foods Require Preservatives.  This is not true either. The commercial canning process keeps the food fresh and locks in nutrients at the peak of freshness. You can learn more about the canning process at Mealtime.org.

A Favorite Canned Food Recipe – Cowboy Caviar

Recipe for Cowboy Caviar from Canned Food Alliance

A recipe that isn’t just nutritious it is D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. Cowboy Caviar features fresh ingredients paired with canned beans, canned corn and canned diced tomatoes. This is a recipe packed with nutritious pantry heroes, which are easy to modify. It’s a party favorite, but is also amazing over eggs or in tacos. Get the full recipe here and don’t forget to tell us how much you love it!

For more recipes, resources, tool-kits and research, visit www.Mealtime.org.