By peoplestaff225
January 27, 2015 02:40 PM

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Thanks to snow storm Juno preparedness freakout, your kitchen probably looks the canned foods aisle of a supermarket — and you don’t even like chili!

Instead of hoarding packets of tuna salad and lukewarm cans of beans for the next three days (or three years), put those nonperishables to delicious use.

Grab your can openers.

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BLACK BEANS
Recipe: Spicy Black Bean Nachos

That can of beans that you haphazardly picked up in case of a five-day power outage is actually ingredient gold. Chef Aarón Sánchez’s recipe for the perfect plate of nachos combines those black beans with onion, garlic, chipotle in adobo and oregano for an ultra-flavorful topping. Get the recipe here.

Other options include quesadillas, vegetarian chili, and enchiladas.

CANNED TUNA
Recipe: Tuna Melt

Upgrade that sad, stuck-at-home tuna sandwich with melted cheese and lots of flavor. Mix a can of drained solid white tuna with dijon mustard, olive oil, green onions, salt, pepper and lemon juice, spread onto a scooped out piece of French bread and top with a few slices of tomato, a lot of Swiss cheese and a few sprinkles of green onions. Broil for two minutes or until cheese melts and viola! Lunch time. Get the recipe here.

Other options include tuna-and-mushroom linguine and tuna pasta salad.

CAN OF CHILI
Recipe: Chili Cheese Dip

Lucky you! It’s actually hard to imagine just how easy this warm dip is to make: Top a layer of cream cheese with chili, followed by shredded cheese. Microwave until melty. The end. Hopefully you’ve got an eager-for-the-Super-Bowl bag of tortilla chips on hand for dunking.

Other options include cheesy chili hash brown bake, chili cheese dogs and frito pie.

PEANUT BUTTER
Recipe: Mini Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes

It may not come in a can, but it’s definitely a bomb-shelter staple and, chances are, everyone in your house is already a little sick of PB&Js. To make, mix 1 ripe banana, 1 tbsp. peanut butter and 1 large egg until fully combined. Pour 2-3 tbsp. batter onto a hot griddle or non-stick pan and cook for 1-2 minutes, then flip and cook the other side. Top mini pancakes with fresh banana slices and serve as a snack or as a healthy option for breakfast.

Other options include peanut butter chocolate chip blondies, peanut utter yogurt dip and even a PB&J cocktail.

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LOAF OF BREAD
Recipe: Strata

You don’t even eat that many sandwiches, do you? Instead of letting that loaf get stale and moldy, morph it into one of the tastiest brunch dishes that has ever existed. The basic ingredients of a strata are simple: eggs (we know you stocked up an extra carton of those, too), milk, bread, cheese and whatever other fixin’ and mixin’ cobination your heart desires, like fontina, asparagus and leek, spinach and tomato or broccoli, ham and cheese. Make-ahead the night before for the perfect snow-day breakfast.

Other options include avocado toast, french toast souffle and breadcrumbs.

—Morgan Gibson

 

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