Stay-at-home moms are rarely regarded as innovators, even though they have invented and are developing a brand new human, which is more than most people can say. This new human needs to be clothed, fed, and taught to adapt to a sometimes confusing world. Fortunately, many stay-at-home moms are crafty, resourceful, and sometimes masterful at finding good deals on everything from cheap sunglasses to grocery store discounts. Many mothers also work hard to create awesome meals for their families. The ability to pull together fresh, healthy food for low cost is an impressive talent that many stay-at-home moms can claim to have perfected. Here are a few of the cooking secrets I’ve gleaned from moms over the years:
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Mix in turnips and parsnip with potatoes. Most everyone loves potatoes, but because they are high in carbs they can make people tired and are relatively devoid of vitamins. Turnips and parsnip can be great substitutes for potatoes and are high in vitamins and antioxidants. Also, they taste great. You’ll hardly even know you’re eating vegetables. Try frying them into a fritter!
Try combining vegetable protein, mushrooms, and seitan. I know, this one sounds weird but you’ll have to take my word for it. This is a recipe that’s great for families who are trying to cut back on their meat intake. Vegetable protein, cooked right, can be a great substitute for ground beef and seitan is a wonderfully textured wheat gluten-based meat and soy substitute that can be served as a delicacy. Add some protein-rich mushrooms and rice and you’ve got an inexpensive, healthy and delicious meal.
Homemade miso soup does a body good. This one is easy, cheap, filling, and very healthy. Get some fermented miso paste, mix it with water, then add seaweed, soybeans, tofu, and brown rice. You’ve got a whole meal that’s full of protein and healthy nutrients and costs less than a dollar. Miso soup has been a staple of many cultures for centuries and for good reason.
These are just a few of the inexpensive, healthy and innovative recipes I’ve collected over the years. There are many more. It never ceases to amaze me the ingenuity many stay-at-home moms pull out from their sleeves when it comes to providing innovative meals for their families. If your mom or wife made a creative meal for you today, go give her a hug and thank her. You’re lucky she’s such a great home entrepreneur.