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There are few things in life that are as good as mom’s cooking.That’s why Fox News Digital gathered food and kitchen management tips from real-life moms who have a passion for bringing families together with delicious meals.MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR 2022Here are eight tried-and-true secrets in celebration of Mother’s Day,1. Slow-cook meals on your busy daysStephanie O’Dea, a certified life coach and mother of three in San Francisco, California, told Fox News Digital that her “best tried-and-true ‘real mom’ tip” is to “embrace your slow cooker.”
Stephanie O’Dea runs a food website called A Year of Slow Cooking, which offers slow cooker recipes and guides. She’s also the host of the Slow Living Podcast, which offers lifestyle advice.
(Stephanie O’Dea)”When you are caring for little ones — it’s really hard to start wielding a knife at 4 p.m. when they’re cranky and hanging all over you,” said O’Dea, 45. “Instead, plug in the slow cooker when you are still highly caffeinated and coherent, and then you can spend the rest of the day doing whatever it is you want to do. Dinner is already taken care of and is cooking itself.”MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEA: ETERNAL ROSES AND KEEPSAKE BOUQUETS2. Invest in quality ingredients or grow your own Mary Wolta, a food and garden blogger at Boots & Hooves Homestead, told Fox News Digital she swears by “quality food” for her household, which includes four young children between the ages of three and eight. “I believe that choosing [high] quality food ingredients in the kitchen can make or break a recipe,” said Wolta, 39. “And this doesn’t have to break the budget either.”
Mary Wolta, a food and garden blogger at Boots & Hooves Homestead, told Fox News Digital that she “grew up in a large family” — and the kitchen was “the heart of the home.”
(Mary Wolta)She said families can “save money on quality ingredients” when they shop from local farmers, farmer’s markets — or buy organic foods that are on sale or on clearance.”Learning to grow your own food [could help], too,” said Wolta, from Atkinson, Nebraska. “I want to encourage many people to grow their own food without the fear of needing a large space to do so. I grew my first vegetables and herbs on my apartment balcony before I married.”3. Use simple seasonings and ingredientsJillian Amodio, a Maryland-based social worker and mental health advocate who’s raising two elementary school-aged children, told Fox News Digital she recommends using “simple” and “fresh” ingredients in the kitchen.MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS THAT LAST A LOT LONGER THAN FLOWERS OR CHOCOLATE”Sometimes it’s great to cook new and innovative meals, but there is nothing wrong with keeping it simple and mixing and matching simple ingredients for delicious meal options,” said Amodio, 32.
Jillian Amodio, a social worker and mental health advocate from Annapolis, Maryland, likes to use “simple” ingredients when she cooks.
(Jillian Amodio)The simple ingredients she recommends include:protein: chicken, tofu, beef, ground sausage and shrimpveggies: peppers, onions, tomatoes, potatoes and green beansseasonings: salt, pepper and olive oil”[These are] always a great base for a lovely meal,” said Amodio. “I prefer roasting veggies with olive oil. It’s such an easy effortless method of cooking and really brings out all of the natural flavors. You can dress it up with a variety of sauces and/or pair it with various items such as pasta or rice.”MOTHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS FOR GRANDMOTHERS4. Try kitchen shortcutsElysia Cartlidge, a registered dietitian and food blogger at Haute & Healthy Living, told Fox News Digital that she likes to take “kitchen shortcuts” when she’s cooking for her 4-year-old and 21-month-old.”As a busy mom of two little ones, I’m constantly on a mission to get healthy meals on the table as fast as possible so that I can maximize the time that I spend with my family,” said Cartlidge, 33, of Ontario, Canada.
Elysia Cartlidge, registered dietitian and food blogger at Haute & Healthy Living, says she takes “kitchen shortcuts” with pre-prepped ingredients, so she can save time on cooking.
(Cindy Bekkedam of Cindy Bekkedam Photography)”I’ll often purchase pre-peeled garlic, pre-shredded cabbage, pre-chopped kale, frozen spinach cubes, frozen cubed butternut squash, frozen fruit and no-salt-added canned beans that can quickly be tossed into various meals and snacks to cut down on prep time without resorting to more processed convenience foods.”She continued, “This allows us to better stay on track with healthy eating while also allowing me to get meals on the table faster.”AHEAD OF MOTHER’S DAY, FLORIDA RABBI REVEALS GRATITUDE FOR ‘TENACITY’ AND ‘FAITH’ OF HIS MOM 5. Make the kitchen a place for gathering and building fond memories Eva Clarke, the founder of the wellness platform Health Studios and a mother of three, told Fox News Digital that she used her kitchen to instill a “strong work ethic” and a desire to “give back.” She’d assign chores and kitchen duties around mealtimes, so everyone learned to cook and clean up, which ultimately helped her family grow closer and build long-lasting memories. “I realize we won’t all have the time to work with our children at every meal, but just one day a week is so special.” “My best tip to busy moms is to find a way to work with your children in the kitchen and bring out the creative side in them,” said Clarke, whose company is based in Los Angeles. “I realize we won’t all have the time to work with our children at every meal, but just one day a week is so special.”
Eva Clarke, founder of the wellness platform Health Studios, said she used her family’s kitchen as an educational space for her children to socialize and learn responsibility.
(Eva Clarke)Clarke said she’s “so grateful” for all the time she shared with her kids, including teaching them how to cook, clean, budget and practice generosity and talent.”The kitchen became a place of gathering, celebrating and creating new recipes,” Clarke said. “My kids [one son and two daughters] are now older and have graduated from college. However, Mom’s kitchen is still a place for gathering and sharing recipes when they come home or are looking for a copy of these recipes.”THIS 2-YEAR-OLD TELLING HIS MOM ‘I’M SO PROUD OF YOU’ IS THE SWEETEST THING YOU’LL SEE TODAY6. Know that meal prepping is your friend Wendy Schofer, a pediatrician and lifestyle coach from Chesapeake, Virginia, told Fox News Digital that meal prepping helps her family make healthy dishes they can eat throughout the week.”Meal-prep does not have to be extensive,” said Schofer, 46. “As a family of vegetarians and meatatarians, we have a variety of foods to prep each week.”Sundays are their meal prep day — and they often clean and slice vegetables and store them in a fridge and pre-cook chicken strips for salads.
Wendy Schofer, pediatrician and lifestyle coach, told Fox News Digital that she likes to call her family’s Sunday meal prep days a “dance party.”
(Wendy Schofer)”Our favorite breakfast is having oatmeal with homemade applesauce,” said Schofer. “We use steel cut oats in the crockpot and put them on low overnight. They are perfect by morning.”The oatmeal is usually topped with homemade applesauce, a bit of nut butter and a dash of cinnamon, Schofer said. “[It’s] delicious and so very healthy,” she said. “No sugar added.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP7. Use grocery pick-up and delivery Claudia Valladares, a financial adviser and blogger at Wise Dollar Mom, is a fan of grocery pick-up and delivery services. She recommends the digital shopping method for anyone who wants to save time.Valladares told Fox News Digital she’s the mother of an 8-year-old and a 2-month-old baby.
Claudia Valladares, a lifestyle and personal finance blogger at Wise Dollar Mom, told Fox News Digital that grocery pick-up and delivery services help her get shopping done quickly.
(Claudia Valladares)”Many moms dread going into the grocery store, especially when they have their children with them,” said Valladares, 28, of East Texas. “It takes time to load and unload just the kids, so adding groceries makes a grocery run a 2-hour errand,” she continued. “Grocery pick-up is a time-saver and it’s free. Select your pick-up time based on the ‘less busy’ periods, usually early mornings.”FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS8. Keep healthy snacks within reach Iza Correll, a pediatric health and wellness specialist who’s the adoptive mother of two young girls, prioritizes healthy eating in their home. Her daughters are ages six and one.”My best hack is to keep small baskets or open shelving with kid-friendly cups, a water dispenser and healthy snacks at a low level,” said Correll, 30, of Somerset, Kentucky.
Iza Correll, founder of OVI Healthcare, a zero-cost hospital care nonprofit, likes to keep healthy snacks and drinks at a safe height that her children can reach.
(Iza Correll)CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER”Children love independence,” Correll told Fox News Digital. “It encourages better health and hydration habits and frees up so much time for mom.”
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