If you’ve got a bunch of regular soda crackers on the verge of going stale, why not make this healthy, tasty dessert? (Here we suggest using cranberries in sauce, but you could use a (348mL) can of drained fruit cocktail, or 3 small apples, diced with skins on.)
- 1 (796mL) can pears, drained and chopped into pieces (NOTE: reserve 1/3 cup of the syrup!)
- 1 (348mL) can cranberries in sauce
- 1 sleeve soda crackers
- 1/2 cup melted margarine or butter, OR 1/2 cup cooking oil
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon (OR 1 tsp cinnamon sugar)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 8×8 inch baking dish/pan (or ~9-inch diameter round baking pan)
- Preheat oven to 370F.
- Prepare crumble: crunch soda crackers into a mixing bowl. Do not make fine crumbs, but leave small chunks. Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Add melted butter/margarine/oil and stir well (should look like moist coarse sand).
- In an 8×8-inch baking pan (or ~9-inch diameter round baking pan), combine pears and cranberries. Add 1 tbsp sugar and 1/3 cup pear syrup. Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
- Bake for about 20 minutes in oven, or until juices bubble up and crust is golden brown.
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.
- 1 (15oz) can diced tomatoes
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw!)
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Pepper to taste
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- Melt butter in a large pan over medium-low heat and sautee garlic for about 1 minute, or until softened.
- 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.
- Allow skillet to simmer for about 1 minute, or until most of the juices have evaporated and the mixture has thickened.
- 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).
- 1-2 cups canned corn (could substitute with fresh or frozen!)
- 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 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)
- 3/4 tsp ground cumin
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook or rinse corn according to instructions.
- 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.)
- In a separate bowl, mix olive oil, lime juice, ground cumin, jalapeno, and salt and pepper. Pour over vegetables.
- Mix well and serve.
Corn and Cheddar Chowder
For a hot, satisfying dinner on a chilly day, whip up some of this quick chowder!
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 can chicken or vegetable broth
- 1 can (12oz) corn, drained
- 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)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 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.
- Add flour and stir well until mixed completely with the butter. Gradually add chicken/vegetable broth and milk.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened.
- Turn down cooking temperature to low and simmer, covered, until potatoes are tender.
- Add corn, cheese, salt, and pepper, then continue stirring and cooking until cheese is melted and soup is heated through.