The Mother of Invention

Sandwiches are boring, soups don't make the grade as lunch food around our home too often and today I could not get excited about eating another wrap either. I had to get my creative juices flowing so.... I improvised a lunch.

Whole grains are quite abundant in our home (Millers Grain House) so with a surplus of already cooked Organic Long Grain Brown Rice in the refrigerator - I began to rack my brain for ideas.

A sweet, widowed, neighbor had given us a can of tomatoes that were in a LOT of juice. We always like free food! We also had mystery bag of okra in the freezer (no one knows how it got there, could have been aliens or elves, we‘re not sure). Theyat appeared to be a bit frost bitten, but still good. Something called 'succotash' came to mind, which I know is NOT what I came up with - but I began to think that these three main ingredients might be a good dish together.

I browned a bit of onion in olive oil, tossed in our free jar of tomatoes, the block of okra (no one eats okra here) and one of the three plastic containers I had of already cooked Organic Long Grain Brown Rice, a pinch of sugar, some garlic salt and a teaspoon of vinegar. The smells and textures all started to meld together and simmer on low for about 15 minutes....

I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. So were two of my three kids!

One thing I will do to make this a more complete meal though is, after cooking my Organic Pinto Beans tomorrow night - I’m going to toss the left over Pintos in there with some of this made up mixture. That will make it a complete protein (rice and beans) and I’ll be set for several days of lunch!

No one’s refrigerator is scarier than mine! If I can find something to eat - so can you!

Necessity is truly the Mother of Invention.


Millers Grain House


About Donna Miller

Donna Miller is a teacher, author, sought-after speaker and trainer. She has been a both guest and host on internet and broadcast radio talk-shows and in television interviews. She is the hostess of “Your Preparation Station” on Preparedness Radio Network. She and her husband are the Organizers of WNC Preparedness Group in Asheville, NC. She is an Adjunct Instructor for Frontier Christian University. She teaches local classes & ladies retreats for people to learn hands skills. She and her husband are the founders of Millers Grain House and, Your Preparation Station and are on the board of PREPARE Magazine. Joseph and Donna have been happily married for 27 years and have three adult children, and one daughter in-law.