A Cornucopia of Corn Recipes!

Corn is easy to add to any recipe–throw it in a pot of chili, mix it with a bowl of soup, or sprinkle it on eggs for breakfast… whether it’s fresh, frozen, or canned, the possibilities are endless!!

Sauteed Corn and Tomatoes

Quick, simple and easy, this recipe can be used as a sauce or a side.

Serves: ~2

INGREDIENTS

Non-perishables

  • 1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes

Fresh/Frozen

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw!)

Seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp sugar

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

  • Pan or skillet

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt butter in a large pan over medium-low heat and sautee garlic for about 1 minute, or until softened.
  2. Add diced tomatoes (with the juices) to the pan, along with basil, salt, pepper, and sugar. Stir to combine and bring heat up to medium.
  3. Allow skillet to simmer for about 1 minute, or until most of the juices have evaporated and the mixture has thickened.
  4. Add the frozen corn to the skillet and stir to combine. Heat thoroughly (about 3-5 minutes).

Black Bean, Corn, and Tomato Salad

Salads are super easy to throw together and you can add more or less of each ingredient depending on what’s available (and what you like!). You can store this salad in the fridge for 4-5 days (will stay fresher if you store the salad and the dressing separately).

Serves: ~4-6

INGREDIENTS

Non-perishables

  • 1-2 cups canned corn (could substitute with fresh or frozen!)
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Fresh/Frozen

  • 2-3 tomatoes, chopped
  • Optional: 1 medium avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (lemon would work too!)
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (can use more or less depending on how spicy you like your food)

Seasoning

  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cook or rinse corn according to instructions.
  2. Combine corn, black beans, tomatoes, and avocado in a large bowl. (Feel free to add any other vegetables you may have lying around, like carrots, cucumber, peppers, celery, etc.)
  3. In a separate bowl, mix olive oil, lime juice, ground cumin, jalapeno, and salt and pepper. Pour over vegetables.
  4. Mix well and serve.

Corn and Cheddar Chowder

For a hot, satisfying dinner on a chilly day, whip up some of this quick chowder!

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

Non-perishables

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 can chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can (12oz) corn, drained

Fresh/Frozen

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese (if you don’t have this available, you could also use cheese slices or 1/2 cup of Cheeze Whiz)

Seasoning

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

KITCHEN EQUIPMENT

  • Large saucepan/pot

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large saucepan/pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, saute until they begin to soften. Add carrots and potatoes, and continue cooking for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add flour and stir well until mixed completely with the butter. Gradually add chicken/vegetable broth and milk.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.
  4. Turn down cooking temperature to low and simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender.
  5. Add corn, cheese, salt, and pepper, then continue stirring and cooking until cheese is melted and soup is heated through.
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Black [Bean] Magic!

Canned black beans are packed with fibre, so they can help you stay full and maintain a healthy bowel. They are also high in protein, making them a good meat substitute that can be used to make many delicious recipes!
Black Bean Brownies
Black Bean Brownies
Surprise! Black beans aren’t just for savoury dishes–they are often substituted for flour to make some healthy desserts! Try them in your next chocolate cake or in these mouthwatering brownies.
Serves: ~4
INGREDIENTS
– 1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed very well
– 3 tbsp cocoa powder
– 1/2 cup quick oats
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 2 tbsp sugar
– 1/4 cup vegetable oil
– 2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
– 1/2 tsp baking powder
– 1/2 cup chocolate chips
COOKING TOOLS
– Oven
– Food processor or good blender, or a potato masher and lots of elbow grease 😉
– Greased 8×8 inch pan
DIRECTIONS
1) Preheat the oven to 350F.
2) Combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips in the food processor (or really good blender); blend until smooth.
3) Stir in chocolate chips, then pour into a greased 8×8 inch pan
4) Optional: Sprinkle extra chocolate chips on top
5) Bake for 15 minutes, then let cool for at least 10 minutes before cutting into bars/squares.
Cuban Black Bean Soup
Black Bean Soup
Nothing satisfies quite like hot soup on a cold or drizzly day.
Serves: ~4
INGREDIENTS
Non-perishables
– 3 (15oz) can black beans; 2 undrained, 1 drained and rinsed
– 2 tbsp olive oil
– 1 can chicken broth (+1 can water)
– 1 can chili style stewed tomatoes, undrained
Fresh/Frozen
– 1 onion, diced
– 4 garlic cloves, minced (can substitute garlic powder or granulated garlic)
Seasoning
– 1 tsp ground cumin
– Salt and pepper to taste
COOKING TOOLS
– Medium-sized pot
– Wooden spoon
– Blender
DIRECTIONS
1) In a medium-sized pot, heat olive oil at medium heat.
2) Add onion, 1 can of the black beans, cumin, and minced garlic to pot. Cook until softened (4-5 minutes).
3) Place 2 cans of the undrained beans, tomatoes, and broth in the blender and blend until pureed (smooth).
4) Add puree to the pot and bring to a boil.
5) Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Black Bean, Corn, and Zucchini Quesadillas
Quesadillas
These quesadillas are perfect for a quick weeknight dinner!
Serves: ~4
INGREDIENTS
Non-perishables
– 1 tsp canola oil
– 1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
Fresh/Frozen
– 2 cups diced zucchini
– 1 (10oz) package frozen whole-kernel corn (can substitute canned whole-kernel corn)
– 4 (8-inch) whole wheat tortillas
– 2 cups (8oz) shredded reduced-fat cheese of choice, divided between 4
Seasoning
– Optional: 1 cup salsa, divided between 4
– Optional: 1 cup guacamole, divided between 4
– Optional: 1 cup sour cream, divided between 4
COOKING TOOLS
– Pan or skillet (large, non-stick)
– Spatula
DIRECTIONS
1) Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
2) Add zucchini and corn; saute for 5 minutes (or until vegetables are tender).
3) Remove from heat and stir in beans.
4) Place whole-wheat tortilla onto pan, and layer vegetable mixture over half the tortilla. Layer approximately 2oz of cheese over vegetable mixture. Fold other half of tortilla to form a semi-circle.
5) Let heat for 1 minute (or until cheese is melted).
6) Repeat with 3 other tortillas.
7) Cut each half-circle into 3 pieces, then serve with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole
Spicy Mango Pizza with Black Beans and Zucchini
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Another quick and delicious weeknight dinner recipe!
Serves: ~2-4
INGREDIENTS
Non-perishables
– 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed
Fresh/Frozen
– 1 prepared pizza crust (or 10-inch flour tortilla)
– 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella or jalapeno cheese blend
– 1/2 cup sliced mango
– 1 green onion, sliced
Seasoning
– 3/4 cup medium or hot salsa
COOKING TOOLS
– Oven
– Large round baking pan
DIRECTIONS
1) Preheat oven to 350F (or as otherwise indicated on pizza crust package).
2) Place crust on baking sheet and spread salsa onto it, leaving a 2-inch border on all sides
3) Top with cheese, zucchini, mango, and beans.
4) Bake according to crust instructions (usually 12-15 minutes).
5) Top with green onions prior to serving.

Shepherd’s Pie

Italian Sausage Shepherd's Pie
Suggestion: Use Italian sausage (hot or mild) for this recipe–if it’s on sale at the grocery store it is very inexpensive and when you use it everything is pre-seasoned for you!
Serves: ~6
INGREDIENTS
Non-perishables:
– 1 can cream of mushroom soup
Fresh or frozen:
– Mashed potatoes (potatoes, butter or margarine)
– Ground meat of your choice (ex/ground beef, ground chicken, sausage)
– Veggies (any that you can find), diced (a mixture of frozen peas, carrots, and corn works very well in this!)
– Onion, diced
– Milk
– Optional: Grated cheese
Seasonings:
– Pepper
– Optional: Italian seasoning, salt
COOKING TOOLS
– Casserole dish/baking dish
– Large pot
– Microwave
– Potato masher or a really strong fork
DIRECTIONS
1) Microwave potatoes on high, covered with a microwave-safe cover or a paper towel until a fork slides easily all the way through.
2) Mash the potatoes with butter or margarine, to your preference of taste and texture.
3) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
4) Saute onion, meat, veggies, and seasoning in a large pot until everything is cooked through (there should be no pinkish colour to the meat!)
5) Add can of cream of mushroom soup and ~1/2 a can of milk; stir well.
6) Let the filling mixture simmer until it is the desired thickness.
7) Divide the mashed potatoes in half; press one half of the mashed potatoes into a lightly greased casserole dish/baking dish.
8) Spoon the filling over the first layer of potatoes.
9) Spoon the remaining potatoes over the filling and gently spread it with a fork to create the top layer of potatoes.
10) Optional: Sprinkle the top with grated cheese.
11) Bake for 15-20 minutes until top layer of potatoes is browned and sauce is bubbly.
12) Let cool for ~5 minutes before serving.