My mother never wasted anything. Was it because she was raised as one of 11 children during the Great Depression or perhaps because she herself had six children to feed?

Whatever the reason, Mom always “made do” with what she had. She practiced the art of meal planning, a basic skill that has been lost by many families today.

Tim Scallon is a registered dietitian nutritionist with many years’ experience practicing nutrition therapy in local hospitals and clinics, teaching nutrition and developing healthy recipes. He helped create the popular TV show Memorial Cooking Innovations celebrating the world of food and health. Memorial Cooking Innovations is produced by CHI St. Luke’s Health and the City of Lufkin. It currently runs in 62 cities and is locally available on Sudden Link cable TV channels and online at