6 Tasty, Time-Saving Recipes for Easy Family Meals

When a recipe states that it’s quick, easy, and delicious, my first response is typically skepticism. Quick and delicious? Sounds too good to be true.

I’ve certainly made some things that have fallen short, but with the right ingredients and recipe, there really are painless and delicious meals out there. Here are just a few that I’ve tried that have been approved by the whole family–including myself, as the cook!

What’s the secret? Canned meat.

If you haven’t cooked with canned meat before, you may be apprehensive, but I assure you, with these recipes, you won’t be able to taste any difference and you’ll love the time you save.

Lehman’s has several options for canned meat: beef, pork, turkey, and chicken. Regardless of the type, the key when using the meat is to drain and rinse it before cooking to rid it of any excess fat. To do so, I use a mesh strainer from Lehman’s.

Here are some of the recipes that I enjoyed:

Chicken Salad
Prep time, 15 minutes

chicken salad on croissants
Easy peasy chicken salad – enjoy on croissants like I did or on your bread of choice. You can even serve on just lettuce for a bread-less option.

1 – 28 oz can Lehman’s Chicken
½ cup onion, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1½ cup mayonnaise
1 T lemon juice
2 T sugar
1 t curry powder
½ t salt
¼ t pepper

Use one of the following combinations:
1 cup chopped apple
½ cup dried cranberries
¾ cup walnuts
1½ cup grapes, halved
¾ cup pecans
2 – 11 oz cans mandarin orange segments, drained
½ cup almonds, toasted and sliced

Drain and rinse the chicken. In a large mixing bowl, combine chicken, onion and celery. In a smaller bowl, stir together mayonnaise, sugar, curry, salt and pepper. Pour over chicken and blend. Add fruit and nut combination and gently stir together. Chill for 1 hour. Serve on bread, as a wrap, or on top of lettuce. Serves 4-6

Turkey Fettucini
Prep time, 15 minutes

Turkey Fettucini
Want to serve a warm meal? Try Turkey Fettucini.

1 – 28 oz can Lehman’s Turkey
1 lb Fettucini noodles, cooked according to directions
½ cup butter
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups fresh grated Parmesan cheese
2 T basil

Drain and rinse the turkey. Set aside. In a sauce pan combine butter, cream, cheese and basil. Heat slowly til cheese is melted. Add turkey. Cook Fettucini noodles and drain. Combine noodles with turkey and cheese mixture. Toss well. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately. Serves 6

Turkey Pear Pair Salad
Prep time, 10 minutes

turkey pear salad in bowl
Turkey Pear Pair Salad is refreshing and flavorful.

1 – 28 oz can Lehman’s Turkey (drained and rinsed)
2 lbs fresh spinach and romaine lettuce
2 pears diced
1 cup pecans or walnuts
1 cup feta cheese

7 oz raspberry vinegar
3 oz fresh pureed raspberries
2 T sugar
2 t poppy seeds
2 oz olive oil

Combine and shake well. Serves 8-10
*If you are preparing in advance, toss the diced pears in some of the dressing to prevent browning.

These first three recipes are all ones that I made immediately before serving. The sauce for the Turkey Fettucini can be frozen and used at a later time, but I would recommend eating the salads fresh. These next three recipes were just as loved and are also great for restocking the freezer!

Chicken Enchiladas
Prep time, 15 minutes (plus 25 minutes cooking time)

Chicken Enchilada
Chicken Enchiladas – are you hungry yet?

1 – 28 oz can Lehman’s Chicken, drained
1 – 10 ¾ oz can cream of mushroom soup
1 – 8 oz can enchilada sauce
1 – 4 oz can chopped chilies
8 small tortillas
2 cups cheddar cheese

Mix together chicken, soup, enchilada sauce and chilies. Put ½ cup of chicken mixture in each tortilla. Roll up and place all 8 filled tortillas side by side in a greased 9”x13” casserole dish. Top with any leftover chicken mixture and then top with the cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Serve with chopped tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro, salsa and sour cream. Serves 4-6

Beef Enchiladas
Prep time, 15 minutes (plus 25 minutes cooking time)
1 – 28 oz Lehman’s Beef, shredded
1 cup chopped onion
1 t minced garlic
2 T vegetable oil
2 – 4 oz chopped green chilies
1 – 28 oz jar tomato sauce
½ t salt
pepper to taste
½ t oregano
½ t cumin
8 oz cheddar cheese, grated
2 cups enchilada sauce
12 soft tortillas

Saute the onion and garlic in the oil until onion is tender. Add chilies, tomato sauce, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Add shredded beef and cook for 10 minutes over medium heat. Let cool, then divide the beef mixture evenly among the 12 tortillas roll and place side by side in a greased 9”x13” baking dish. Top with enchilada sauce and then the cheddar cheese. Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 15 minutes. Serves 4-6.

BBQ “No-Pull” Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Prep time, 5 minutes

Pulled Pork Sandwiches
These pork sandwiches take little time to make!

1 – 28 oz Lehman’s Pork
1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce (I like Old Carolina or Sweet Baby Rays)

Drain the pork and put in a pan to heat. Shred the pork, add the BBQ sauce and heat until hot. Serve on buns. Serves 6-8

I can’t emphasize enough how pleased I am with how each and every one of these recipes turned out. My family and guests loved each of them, and my freezer is stocked with plenty of leftovers, too! I’ll be sure to keep canned meat on hand from here on out.


lindsay lehman petersLindsay Lehman Peters is the granddaughter of Founder Jay Lehman and daughter of CEO Galen Lehman. She lives in Kidron with her husband, Grant, and her two furbabies. Lindsay is a teacher by trade and is currently training for her first half marathon.


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Gerri Smith
Gerri Smith
5 months ago

thank you for the recipes. i really am not sure what to do with the beef. any ideas

Ursula Haigh
Ursula Haigh
5 months ago

Thank you for these time savers~ I’m going to write them in my card file for future reference!
To Gerri Smith~ a can of beef added to Minestrone soup is delish and also a Must have to Barley Beef soup!

Last edited 5 months ago by Ursula Haigh
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