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Potluck Meals You Can Cook with Canned Food

Potluck Meals You Can Cook with Canned Food

What are potluck meals you can cook with canned food?

  1. Creamy chicken and rice bake
  2. Sardine cakes with lemon and tomato sauce
  3. Garbanzo beans and vegetable stir-fry


Potluck dinners and lunches during the weekend always stir fond memories in everyone. You probably remember your mom bringing her most flavorful meal at the party, while your grandparents, aunts, and uncles bring their specialties as well.

Now that you have reached adulthood, it is time for you to contribute something to the party table as well and you are probably scared because you might be low in cash and cooking skills. But with canned food, you can make potluck worthy meals, such as an upgraded Spanish sardine recipe and more.

For some inspiration, here are a few recipes you can definitely follow.

Creamy Chicken and Rice Bake


Creamy Chicken and Rice Bake

This recipe is super easy to do. Plus, all ingredients can be bought from any supermarket.


  • 155g Mega Prime Green Peas
  • 185g Mega Prime Kernel Corn
  • 198g Mega Prime Whole Mushrooms
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 8 fluid ounces mushroom soup
  • 1 cup cubed carrots
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. First, preheat the oven to 350 C degrees. Then, grease your baking dish.
  2. Start the preparations for baking by sautéing all of the vegetables. Place the butter on a large skillet. After 10 seconds, sprinkle the diced onion. Let the onions cook for 1 minute before placing more garlic, peas, corns, and whole mushrooms. Cook until the peas are soft.
  3. Set the cooked vegetables aside. Next, season your chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and parsley.
  4. Finally, it is time to set up the baking dish. In the baking dish, prepare the rice layer first by mixing the rice and soup together. Then, pour the cooked vegetable mixture on the soupy rice and mix again.
  5. Lastly, top the rice layer with your seasoned chicken breasts. Let everything cook for 45 minutes. Before serving this family meal, stir the rice one more time.


Sardine Cakes with Lemon and Tomato Sauce

While tomatoes are repeatedly paired with Spanish sardines recipes, a good home-made tomato sauce will beat all of those out the water. Try this sardine cakes with lemon and tomato sauce recipe and serve them in your next get-together.

Ingredients for Tomato Sauce:

  • 1 tomato, crushed
  • Tomato Sauce
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 cup dried basil
  • 1 cup dried parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. oil

Directions for Tomato Sauce:

  • First, sauté the onions and garlic in oil for 2 minutes in a skillet over low heat. This will act as the main flavor base of your tomato sauce.
  • Add the diced carrots into the onion and garlic mixture for some sweetness and let everything cook until the carrots are quite soft.
  • Next, pour the tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste all in the skillet. Mix everything and let them simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Lastly, add the herbs, salt, and pepper to the sauce. Now, let the sauce simmer for 1 hour on low heat.

Ingredients for Sardine Cakes:

  • 225g Mega Creations Spanish Sardines in Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp. panko crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour

Directions for Sardine Cakes:

  • In a bowl, crush the sardines until they become small pieces. Next, pour onion powder, garlic powder, panko crumbs, egg, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Mix everything. Once you have something of a paste, form them into small balls and place them on a plate.
  • Get another plate and pour the flour on it. Roll all of the balls in the flour until they are completely coated. Pour oil into a heated pan and wait for it until it sizzles. Once, you see the oil sizzling, you can now fry the sardine balls and let them cook until they are golden brown.
  • Finally, it is time to serve. Place the sardine balls in a bowl and then pour the tomato sauce over them.

Garbanzo beans and vegetable stir-fry


Garbanzo beans and vegetable stir-fry

This dish can be both a great appetizer for your potluck. Additionally, it is a great family meal for all of your vegetarian and vegan relatives.


  • 225g Mega Prime Garbanzos
  • 155g Mega Prime Green Peas
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp. dried basil
  • Garlic cloves, diced
  • ½ onion, cubed
  • 1 cup potato, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup Hoisin sauce
  • Sesame seeds
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Sauté the onions, garlic, and dried herbs with olive oil in a skillet. After one minute, add the bell pepper, garbanzo beans, potatoes, peas, and let everything cook for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the Hoisin sauce and soy sauce and then stir one more time. Let everything cook for 30 more seconds.
  • Serve on a plate and top it with sesame seeds.


Key Takeaway

Potluck parties remind people of delicious food made by the family. For those who are bringing their own cooked meal for the first time, try out the recipes listed above. These potluck dishes made with canned food will allow you to bring affordable yet delicious and healthy meals for your entire family!