Unique cooking and kitchen secrets from moms in honor of Mother's Day

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.

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Here are eight tried-and-true secrets in celebration of Día de la Madre,

1. Slow-cook meals on your busy days

Stephanie O’Dea, a certified life coach and mother of three in San Francisco, California, told Fox News Digital that herbest tried-and-true ‘real mom’ tip” Es para “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 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 pm. when they’re cranky and hanging all over you,” said O’Dea, 45.

“En lugar de, 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.

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2. Invest in quality ingredients or grow your own

Mary Wolta, a comida and garden blogger at Boots & Hooves Homestead, told Fox News Digital she swears byquality foodfor her household, which includes four young children between the ages of three and eight.

I believe that choosing [elevado] 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 &amperio; 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, a food and garden blogger at Boots &amperio; Hooves Homestead, told Fox News Digital that shegrew up in a large family— and the kitchen wasthe heart of the home.(Mary Wolta)

She said families cansave money on quality ingredientswhen 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], también,” 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 ingredients

Jillian Amodio, a Maryland-based social worker and mental health advocate who’s raising two elementary school-aged children, told Fox News Digital she recommends usingsimple” y “fresco” ingredients in the kitchen.

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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, a social worker and mental health advocate from Annapolis, Maryland, likes to usesimpleingredients when she cooks. (Jillian Amodio)

The simple ingredients she recommends include:

protein: pollo, tofu, beef, ground sausage and shrimp

veggies: peppers, onions, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans

seasonings: salt, pepper and olive oil

“[Estos son] 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.

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4. Try kitchen shortcuts

Elysia Cartlidge, a registered dietitian and food blogger at Haute & Healthy Living, told Fox News Digital that she likes to takekitchen shortcutswhen 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, Canadá.

Elysia Cartlidge, registered dietitian and food blogger at Haute &amperio; Healthy Living, says she takes "kitchen shortcuts" with pre-prepped ingredients, so she can save time on cooking.

Elysia Cartlidge, registered dietitian and food blogger at Haute &amperio; Healthy Living, says she takeskitchen shortcutswith 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.

Ella continuó, “This allows us to better stay on track with healthy eating while also allowing me to get meals on the table faster.

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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 astrong work ethicand a desire togive back.

She’d assign chores and kitchen duties around mealtimes, so everyone learned to cook and clean up, which ultimately helped her familia 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.

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