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Sep 24, 2013 06:38 AM

Help Me Use Up. . .

I have some canned goods that need used up, but looking for something bedsides just throwing in some spices and warming them up.
The players are:
field peas
baby butter beans
great northern beans
canned spinach (I KNOW)
canned asparagus

I can't imagine buying canned spinach or asparagus (pre-marriage goods from the husband), but surely there's some way we can get them into an edible or even appealing dish? Thanks in advance! This is my first Chowhound post after lots of free advice. :)

P.S.--We are trying to avoid sugar and white stuff (experimenting with "slow carb"), but we can't be too picky with this lineup!

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  1. I would toss the spinach and asparagus. Life is too short.

    With the beans, I would make a hearty soup, perhaps adding a ham hock or some other pork product, plus some fresh green beans and tomato. Could keep you in lunches for a week!

    1. Through them all together with a healthy dose of Italian dressing and call it a salad.

      1. Crikey! I hate canned asparagus like Indiana Jones hates snakes. I would think of rinsing it thoroughly in cold water, draining, and using it and the very well drained spinach in a frittata. I would consider adding chunks of ham to it to add texture.

        There's a good looking recipe for the beans/peas here:

        4 Replies
        1. re: pinehurst

          What Pinehurst said. Or macerate in the blender and use as part of a a sauce in which to serve a bean dish over rice. Onions sauteed in olive oil with just about any vegetable and a can of beans, thicken, with tomato paste, makes a good weeknight dinner served over rice or noodles.

          1. re: AdinaA

            Cream of Asparagus Soup? Has to be better than the Campbells version.

            While we're at it, someone I know keeps leaving boxes of canned and dry goods on my front porch. Since I can't work right now due to hubby's illness, it is a nice gesture even though I am far from starving. I will donate most in May to the Post office drive, as I did last year. But that's a long time away, so in the meanwhile, how about brainstorming on these, I have at least a dozen of each:

            Pear Halves
            Generic Beef Stew
            Generic Spaghetti-Os
            Canned Corn (I have plenty of fresh local in my freezer)
            Cut Green Beans
            Cheap Chicken Noodle Soup

            By next spring, I'll have to alert my mailman to send a separate truck to pick it all up!

            Just looking at this list, I myself would say re-donate it to some poor soul. There is also oatmeal, peanut butter and jelly, rice, pasta, canned pinto beans and so on, which I could use regularly if desired. Also buttermilk pancake mix, which I should start using as fry coating. Never thought I'd know what it was like to go to a food pantry (not that I have to go, thank goodness! This is overstock from Hurricane Sandy). Anyway, you think you're so clever with creating something out of nothing, but I have to admit it's not all that. Maybe I should make some humble pie!

            1. re: coll

              Canned pear halves are good with cottage cheese & a bit of shredded cheddar. Add an English muffin & call it lunch.

              They're also good in a gingerbread upsidedown cake like this one (or a much-simplified version using a boxed gingerbread mix can be made quickly).

              Canned corn is fine in a hot corn parmesean dip like the one at this site - if the corn is plain add your own diced red/green bell pepper.


              1. re: MidwesternerTT

                Thanks for the links, they are both right up my alley. Especially with the holidays coming up!

        2. I would use the beans and peas in a hearty, minestrone-type soup. I have never used canned spinach, but if the texture resembles thawed frozen spinach, you can throw it in the same soup or use in lasagna or other pasta dishes (whole wheat pasta, if you are whole-grains-only)

          1. Make a cassoulet type stew with the beans. Donate the spinach and asparagus unless you like green slime.