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Saturday 4 April 2015

Easy Salmon and Butter Bean Bake for Canned Food Week

Healthy Eating: It’s in the can!
-       Celebrating Canned Food Week 2015 (March 30 – April 5, 2015)

Eating healthily is one thing many of us aspire to do, whether it’s by following a diet, cutting out excess sugar or trying to eat a little less. However lots of us struggle to know where to start. That’s why for Canned Food Week 2015 (March 30 – April 5), Canned Food UK has teamed up with celebrity nutritionist Amanda Hamilton, to show you just how easy it is.

Canned Food Week aims to raise awareness of canned food and its nutritional benefits. This year Canned Food UK and Amanda Hamilton have produced a set of healthy eating plans, each one with recipes that will take you from breakfast through to dinner.

Running from Monday to Sunday, seven plans have been created for a number of different audiences, from older people and students, to families with younger children and couples. Each plan also features a brand new recipe from Canned Food UK, two of which have been designed by Canned Food UK ambassador and celebrity chef James Martin.
I don't know about you, but I always have canned food in the house.  Tinned tomatoes are a must, I also keep a stock of canned fish and pulses, I even have a can of snails in my larder!  It's always great to have some new ideas for how to use those cans, they are brilliant for self-catering and camping holidays too.

For lots of ideas, you can download the healthy meal plans from and cook some of the meals, which will be made available during Canned Food Week.  I chose to make the Salmon and Butterbean Bake by James Martin, which is featured in the Healthy Eating Plan for your growing Teens, there are no growing teens in my household any more, but it's a lovely easy dish and works just as well for any member of the family.  But don't take my word for it, you can watch James Martin making this dish on the Canned Food Cooking Channel 

Salmon and Butter Bean Bake
A simple and easy bake to feed the whole family

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes

1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
3 x 213g can pink salmon
1 tbsp chopped tarragon leaves
2 x 400g can butter beans, drained and rinsed
4 slices brioche bread, blitzed into chunky breadcrumbs
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
  • Heat a large sauté pan until medium hot, add the olive oil and onion and sweat for 5 minutes until just softened then add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • Add the canned tomatoes and bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes until just thickened.
  • Season to taste with sea salt and black pepper then remove from the heat.
  • Meanwhile, place the salmon into a bowl and crush lightly with the back of a fork until well mixed then add the chopped tarragon, sea salt and black pepper.
  • Layer a third of the tomato sauce into a medium ovenproof dish then top with half the butter beans, half the salmon, then repeat with another third of tomato sauce, then remaining beans, salmon and last of the tomato sauce.
  • Top with the brioche breadcrumbs and place in the oven for 20-30 minutes until golden and bubbling.
  • Serve with a crisp green salad.

It was really easy to make and very tasty and filling.  So handy to have recipes you can put together from your larder that will feed a crowd, I'm sure my boys would have scoffed the lot!

Remember to check out the Healthy Eating Plans and the other recipes on the Canned Food UK website.

Amanda Hamilton, nutritionist, comments: “These plans have been created to help show people that eating healthily isn’t as hard or expensive as you think – it’s all about planning ahead. Good nutrition can seem overly complex at times so I’m happy to get behind a campaign that makes simple recipes suggestions that are genuinely accessible to the vast majority – they taste great too!”

Jason Hegarty, Chairman for Canned Food UK, comments: “We know that canned food plays an important role in cooking in the majority of UK households, and that is why Canned Food Week is so important to us. During the canning process, nutrients are locked in, so canned food really does present a healthy option. By producing these plans with Amanda Hamilton, we hope to show that using canned food is a convenient and affordable way to eat healthily.”

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At 4 April 2015 at 21:38 , Blogger Helen - family-friends-food said...

Ooh, that looks lovely!

At 4 April 2015 at 21:40 , Blogger MuchRatherBake said...

It's such a shame my mum doesn't like tomatoes because I would have persuaded her to have this for dinner. As it is, I'm saving it to make at uni because it sounds delicious and so easy.

At 4 April 2015 at 21:48 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks Helen, it's so easy to make too.

At 4 April 2015 at 21:50 , Blogger Janice said...

Perfect for uni, check out the other recipes on the website, there are loads of affordable recipes, quite a few by James Martin too.

At 5 April 2015 at 06:47 , Blogger Anita-Clare Field said...

Wow it's amazing what you can create with cans :)

At 5 April 2015 at 09:47 , Blogger Unknown said...

my secret love is tinned salmon. I adore it. I would clearly adore this dish, it looks divine!

At 5 April 2015 at 10:13 , Blogger Choclette said...

Doing my Canned Food Week post has made me realise what an important part they've played in my life - It's not something I'd really dwelt on before.

At 5 April 2015 at 15:16 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

That looks fabulous Janice and I was torn between this recipe and the one I made, as I adore butter beans and salmon! Great choice.....NO spiral spuds though? LOL!

At 5 April 2015 at 20:58 , Blogger Knattster said...

Love tinned salmon! I think this would also be nice with tuna. Thanks for sharing.

At 5 April 2015 at 21:56 , Blogger Janice said...

It is surprising how often we use canned food in our cooking, it is so handy

At 5 April 2015 at 21:59 , Blogger Janice said...

I love it too Dom, so useful to have a can in the larder. Love it on sandwiches.

At 5 April 2015 at 22:00 , Blogger Janice said...

I know, we take cNned food for granted.

At 5 April 2015 at 22:01 , Blogger Janice said...

Thanks, no need for the spirals this time, Karen.

At 5 April 2015 at 22:03 , Blogger Janice said...

Yes, Tuna would be good too and even more economical

At 6 April 2015 at 08:49 , Blogger Sylvia F. said...

That looks really good! I'm a fan of all bakes ;)

At 6 April 2015 at 15:59 , Anonymous Alison said...

Love the look of this and I have salmon and butter beans in my cupboard. Will have to try it now

At 6 April 2015 at 17:38 , Blogger The Baking Explorer said...

This looks delicious, I am going to try this!


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