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Making Healthy Family Dinners Happen with Less Time, Money and Stress.

  Aug 20, 2015   News, Time Saving Kitchen Tips 3

We Heard You! New Menu Planning Feature Saves You Time and Effort

Recently I had an awful customer service experience with the well-known manufacturer of my food processor.  Although the bowl broke while still under warranty and in the course of normal use, they have been dismissive of my request for a replacement and have put the burden of time, effort and expense on me.  I’ve lost interest in using any more of their products.When I was a kid, one of my favorite shows was a consumer advocate show called “Fight Back! With David Horowitz”.  I think that was the beginning of my passion for great customer service.  As a business owner, I can’t understand poor customer service. I treasure each of our members and value your opinions and feedback. And from a business perspective, it’s illogical not to treat customers well because it is so much more expensive to get a new customer than to keep a current one.At The Scramble, we want you to be thrilled with your customer experience so you will stick around (and tell your friends how...
  Aug 4, 2015   Family Dinner

This Letter Made My Day!

My happiest mornings start out when I open my email inbox and get a “love letter” from a Six O’Clock Scramble member.  My team and I are so incredibly focused on making The Scramble the best meal planning resource for you and your family.  Our goal is to make it easier for you to get a healthy dinner on the table and enjoy it with your family.  But because it’s a virtual product and we don’t have a storefront, we crave direct interaction with members so we can get your feedback and make sure we are on the right track, or hear how it’s working for your family. Do you have any feedback, positive, negative or just interesting? A suggestion for how we can do better? If so, please send it right to my inbox at aviva@thescramble.comI want to share this letter I received from a Scramble member after I sent an email recently about our 12th birthday.   Dear Aviva, You and your team have been doing a great job!!  I really try to spread the word!  I always have...
  Jul 18, 2015   News, Time Saving Kitchen Tips 1

Your Feedback makes a difference – Grocery List Feature Updated

The Scramble is proud to provide one of the most interactive and customizable menu planning services available and we are so grateful you are part of it!Many of you have suggested improvements to the grocery list feature that would make your lives even easier. You asked and we listened!With the most recent update to The Scramble, we have enhanced both the functionality and look of the grocery list. Now, it’s your turn! We want your feedback about this new and improved feature.Once you have logged in, when you go to the current menu plan page, please click on the green “See New Grocery List” button on the right.Improvements include:Tablet and Mobile friendly layout: No more straining your eyes or pinching and expanding/contracting.  The new grocery list adapts to the device that you are currently using – iPad, Android, iPhone or your computer.Grocery list changes saved - No more losing your changes when you log out, get distracted or switch from...
  Jun 25, 2015   Recipes

Spinach and Mushroom Whole Wheat Crepes

I’m a little intimidated by making crepes. They are so delicate that they break easily and are hard to manipulate. Yet I love the way they taste and their texture enough that I decided to give them a try at home.  I’ll admit, they weren’t all pretty, but when one fell apart, I just topped it with a little of the filling and they still tasted good.  Scramble recipe tester Elana Berzon-Ezzel said, “These were EXTREMELEY easy to make! I was worried the kids wouldn't eat it because they don't like mushrooms or cooked spinach, but they ate it up.” If you have any leftover batter, cook them up plain and serve them drizzled with fresh lemon juice and topped with powdered sugar for dessert or filled with Nutella or jam.  Serve with roasted sweet potatoes or fresh sliced strawberries.

Spinach and Mushroom Whole Wheat CrepesPrep + Cook = 30 minutesMakes 8 servings crepes1 cup nonfat or 1% milk 3/4 cup water 2 eggs 3 1/2 Tbsp. butter 1/2 tsp. salt 1 cup...

Chicken or Steak Fajitas

Who doesn’t love sizzling fajitas, especially when each family member can design their own?  The marinated meat makes these fajitas especially flavorful.  Serve the fajitas with guacamole and a mango, cucumber and lime salad.
Chicken or Steak Fajitas
Prep + Cook Time: 30 minutes
1 - 2 lime, juice only, about 1/4 cup 5 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. salt, to taste 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or boneless steak, sliced into thin strips, or use black beans or portobello mushrooms 1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced 2 green or red bell peppers, cored and thinly sliced 8 medium whole wheat or flour tortillas (soft taco size) 1 - 2 avocado, halved, pitted and sliced, (or use guacamole), for serving (optional) 1 cup nonfat sour cream, for serving (optional) 1 cup salsa, for serving (optional) 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, for serving (optional)
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  May 31, 2015   Special Diets/ Food Allergies 1

6-Week Vegetarian Meal Plan

I'm soooo excited to share the big news! An all-new Vegetarian Meal Plan is finally available for you.Over the 12 years I've been publishing The Six O'Clock Scramble, the biggest request I've gotten by far is to have a special plan just for vegetarians.That's why I am thrilled to share this brand new 6-Week Vegetarian Meal Plan that we pulled together, just for you! (While the recipes are all from The Six O'Clock Scramble, I co-created the plan with my good friends Erin and Jim of $5 Dinners).You will also get 2 free bonuses with your plan: A list of our 20 favorite meatless (school) lunch ideas and A Vegetarian Cooking and Meat Substitutions Guide - all for just $10!
This new 6-Week Vegetarian Meal Plan includes: • Mouthwatering main dish recipes that are quick, too – No more than 30 minutes of prep! • Side dish recipes to compliment the main dishes • Kid-tested & approved • uncomplicated recipes (unlike many other vegetarian dishes) –...
  May 15, 2015   Family Dinner, Healthy Snacks, Recipes

Sabra Hummus Coupon: Celebrate National Hummus Day and Dip Life to The Fullest!

I’m a little obsessed with Hummus!  Yep, I’m not afraid to admit it.  (I could be fixated on worse, right??)
I so thoroughly enjoy the savory Mediterranean dip composed primarily of chickpeas, tahini, oil and garlic, that I find ways to eat it all the time.  Sometimes, I spread it on the inside of a sandwich or wrap, other times I dip cut up veggies or whole grain crackers into it and yet other times, I eat it by the spoonful (but I definitely don’t double dip)! 
Over the years, I’ve also come up with super-popular recipes that incorporate this creamy, protein-rich dip into them, including Mediterranean 7-Layer Dinner Dip and these Warm Eggplant Pita Sandwiches with Hummus


In Honor of National Hummus Day (May 21st) I have created some brand new family-friendly, delicious and healthy recipes using Sabra hummus.  May 21st only: Get a coupon to save on Sabra hummus here (More details below).



Warm Garlic Hummus Flatbread Rollups Prep + Cook = 15 minutes 4...

What to Make for Dinner? Healthy Meal Plans Reviews

What's the Best Meal Planner for My Family? Healthy Meal Plans ReviewsMany families find it overwhelming to get a healthy dinner on the table. Some are contending with picky eaters, or just find it tough to decide what to make after a busy day. Some families are convinced that they just don’t have the time to grocery shop and cook. A meal planner can help take much of the stress and decision making out of making dinner happen, ensuring that you’ll be able to enjoy more family dinners at home. But with so many out there, which meal planner is right for your family?Because there are a lot of meal planning services to choose from, we’ve done the homework for you.  This chart shows what features to look for in meal planners and what makes them the best fit for your family.[vc_row][vc_column...
  Mar 23, 2015   Family Dinner, Healthy Snacks, Recipes

Award-Winning Recipes from Kids Who Cook Real Food

I recently wrote about some amazingly creative 11 to 14 year olds who participated in the Real Food for Kids cooking Contest.  The dishes the kids made were so innovative, well put together and most importantly, delicious that I had to share the recipes here.  Each of these dishes are things that I would be happy to serve my family.AvoFu   Me Caitlin Nguyen - age 14 Time: 35 minutes Servings: 2Ingredients: 1 package of extra firm organic tofu Salt Pepper 1 ripened avocado 1 lemon for 2 tablespoons of lemon juice 4 slices of tomato ¼ of a red onion 2 slices of organic whole wheat flax seed bread 2 slices of reduced fat provolone 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard 1 ½ tablespoons of honey ¼ teaspoon parsley flakes PepperInstructions for Tofu Fries: 1. Preheat the oven to broil. 2. Open the package of tofu and drain out the water within the container. 3. Layout one washcloth...
  Mar 10, 2015   Everyday Environmental, Recipes

Is It Spring Yet? Just 2 More Days!

Buh bye, winter! You only get two more days to torture us, right?If you live in the Midwest or Eastern US, I imagine you are as sick of this nasty season as I am.  This was the winter of snow storms, ice storms, and school, meeting and flight cancellations.  It was brutally cold, of course, but it was also slippery and crunchy.  Every morning I take a hike in the woods with our dogs unless there’s a dangerous or torrential storm.  I bless my Yaktrax for keeping me upright as we tromped through snow and ice.  I walk in nature in no small part because of the peace and quiet I enjoy before a day that is too often chaotic.  But this year, with layers of snow and ice underfoot, it was so loud and brittle in the woods that I couldn’t hear my walking partners talk, or if I was walking alone, I’d have to stop at times just to enjoy a moment of silence.If you try to eat seasonally, aren’t you getting tired of eating...