12 Healthy Recipes Made With Canned Tomatoes

When fresh tomatoes aren’t in season, turn to canned as a healthy alternative. Check out these 12 ways to incorporate canned tomatoes into healthy recipes.
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When fresh tomatoes aren't in season, turn to canned as a healthy alternative. Check out these 12 ways to incorporate canned tomatoes into recipes.

Health Benefits

Canned tomatoes are low in calories and brimming with fiber, iron, and vitamins B6 and C. They're also an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant that can help lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and macular degeneration (an eye disease that occurs in older folks).

When purchasing canned tomatoes, look for "no added salt" versions—you can always add salt at the end if the dish needs it. For those worried about BPA, companies like Eden Foods sell BPA-free canned tomatoes.

Chicken Parmesan

Using no-salt added crushed tomatoes keeps sodium at bay in this lightened version of an Italian classic.

Enchiladas

Tyler uses canned stewed tomatoes to make the delicious filling in his chicken enchiladas.

Chili

Toss the ingredients (including canned fire-roasted tomatoes) in the slow cooker and have a warm batch of chili waiting for you after a long day at work.

Bean Stew

Kidney beans, crushed tomatoes and diced sweet potatoes make for a perfect Meatless Monday meal.

Meatloaf

Canned tomato sauce comes in handy to make this simply delicious meatloaf.

Stewed Chicken

This delicious combo of chickpeas, canned tomato sauce, dried apricots, and chicken is ready in 35 minutes—perfect for any night of the week.

Lasagna

Diced tomatoes flavored with basil, garlic and oregano add a little zing to Bobby Deen’s low-cal lasagna.

Tomato Soup

You don’t have to wait until tomato season to make a batch of tomato soup. Using canned, whole peeled tomatoes comes out just as delicious!

Tomato Sauce

Make your own tomato sauce in under an hour using canned whole tomatoes. Make a double batch and freeze for a rainy day.

Pasta and Beans

This bone warming Italian soup is perfect for this winter chill.

Recipe: Pasta e Fagioli
Chili Dogs

Enjoy this game time classic any time of year.

Gazpacho

Don’t worry if can’t get your hands on fresh tomatoes-- make a batch of this favorite with canned tomatoes instead.

Recipe: Gazpacho
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