5 Gut Healthy Canned Food Recipes

In the midst of the natural disaster in Texas we found it very hard to post about gourmet homemade probiotic food this week. People so close to us have no home now, no food, no means to cook... So flaunting everything we have just isn't okay. After lots of brain storming and research we chose to do the following to help with relief efforts along with this blog post. We suggest using these means if you'd like to help as well: 

1. We donated blood at the Our Lady of the Lake blood drive for Hurricane Harvey Relief. There are blood donation centers all over the country still collecting blood to send to Texas. Hospitals there are in great need of blood due to the fact no one in the area has been able to donate during the storm. Plus there's been a huge increase in the number of people that require medical attention. 

2. You can donate animal feed and supplies to animal shelters in the Southeast Texas area or in other areas taking in displaced animals. Donate Directly to BARC Houston or Donate to The Harris County Animal Shelter in Houston by sending them supplies via their Amazon Wish List

3. PLEASE consider donating money directly to the Houston Food Bank. Just $1 can provide 3 meals. 

During times like these, without power, stoves or refrigerators, we luckily have canned non-perishable foods. In the middle of a disaster like Hurricane Harvey though, it's a find what you can and take what is provided scenario... There's obviously no one in the disaster areas looking at recipes like this. We know that people directly effected by this disaster are not concerned with reading our blog, but what most people reading this have is the ability to print these recipes, gather the canned food and non-perishable ingredients and donate them to individual families in Texas (especially displaced low income families), food banks, churches and disaster relief centers. People in Texas will also need easy, safe food to eat as they begin to rebuild. Providing canned food doesn't mean that those foods have to lack in nourishment. That is why we compiled five easy canned food recipes that can be eaten cold, cooked, served with cooked rice or served solo. These recipes can be made for one person or for lots of people in shelters or those being housed in others' homes. You can also use this as a resource to prepare for storms in the future. 

It's important to note that these recipes are all 100% vegan. This is the only way that these recipes can be safely eaten uncooked. These recipes are also packed with nourishment, vitamins and gut healthy ingredients. This blog post was inspired by the communities in my home town of St. James Parish. I come from a place where during/after disasters, families stand on the sides of the road cooking large pots of food for other families in need. In times of disaster its important to not only feed the hungry and afflicted, but to nourish them... for they are going through an immensely tough time that will take a toll on their bodies for months to come. If you can give the gift of food during these hard times, you can also give the gift of gut nourishment. Thanks for reading. 

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Red Beans and Rice


6 Cans Red Kidney Beans, 

3 Cans Fire Roasted tomatoes, drained 

2 Cans Mushrooms, drained

1 Small Can Hatch Chilies

1 Cajun Seasoning Packet

4 Cups of Rice Cooked (or skip the rice) 

Directions (Serves 10-15) 

Combine everything except the rice into a pot and stir. If you do not have cooking accessibility eat at room temperature. If you have the means, heat and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Serve with cooked rice, or alone as a chili. 


Chickpea Salad Sandwiches 


8 Cans of chickpeas 

6 Avocados Or 1 Jar Vegan Mayo  

1 Jar of Dill Pickles, drained Chopped

2 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard

1/4 Cup Dried Chives 

1 Tsp Salt 

1 Tsp Pepper

2 Loaves of bread 


Directions (Serves 15) 

Smash chickpeas in a bowl with a fork or a potato masher. Mix together the avocados (or vegan mayo), pickles, mustard, salt and pepper. Combine the avocado mixture and the chickpeas. Spread on bread just like chicken salad and enjoy. 



Black Bean Salad 


4 Cans Black Beans, Drained

2 Cans Corn, Drained 

2 Cans Fire Roasted Tomatoes, drained 

1 Small Can Hatch Chilies 

1 Cup pumpkin seeds 

1 Packet Taco Seasoning

Directions (Serves 7-10) 

Combine everything in a large bowl, mix and serve. 


Beet Salad 


1 Jar of pickled Beets, Drained and Chopped 

1 Cup Pecans 

1 Can White Corn, Drained 

1 Can Lentils, Drained

1 Balsamic Vinegar Dressing Packet

Directions (Serves 3-4) 

Combine everything in a large bowl, mix and serve. 


Greek Salad 


1 Can Artichokes, Drained and Chopped 

2 Cans Black Olives Drained 

2 Cans Chickpeas, Drained

1 Jar of Pepporchini Peppers, Drained and Sliced 

1 Can Fire Roasted Tomatoes Drained 



2 Greek Salad Dressing Packets

Directions (Serves 4-5) 

Combine everything in a large bowl, mix and serve.