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

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...

Double Recipes to Freeze and Make Weeknight Dinners Go More Smoothly

Your freezer can be your best friend when it comes to planning meals for a busy week ahead.  When I know I’m going to have an especially hectic week or just a day during the week that I’ll be going non-stop, I will pull an already prepared meal out of the freezer.  I get hugely (almost weirdly) excited about defrosting a meal that I’ve already made and packed away.  Although at some earlier point I had put effort into preparing the meal, I almost feel like I’m “cheating” when I serve it because the only work I’ve done on that day is warming it up.The easiest way to fill your freezer with homemade meals is to double recipes to freeze when you are cooking for your family and freeze one batch for a future dinner.  Generally recipes that freeze well include casseroles, soups, meats and egg dishes.  On the other hand, I don’t think that fish, potatoes, or recipes with creamy sauces lend themselves well to freezing and defrosting.10 Scramble recipes that...
  Feb 10, 2015   Family Dinner, Picky Eaters, Recipes

Upgraded Kids Food: Make Healthier Kids’ Menu Options at Home

Upgraded kids food is always a good thing.  Want to treat your kids to healthier versions of their favorite kids’ menu items without spending a fortune on dinner out? Try these options at home instead:Tortilla Pepperoni Pizzas Miraculous Macaroni and Cheese Crunchy Chicken Fingers Grilled Cheese Melts with Brie and Baby Spinach Zesty Southwestern Burgers with Cilantro SlawLearn more about the national movement for healthier restaurant food for kids including the simplest solution.

Menu for Homemade Valentine’s Day Dinner

Staying in on Valentine's Day? Need a menu for homemade Valentine's Day dinner? Here is a beautiful and easy 3-course meal to serve to your special Valentine(s).APPETIZER Grapefruit margaritas Delicious, tart and pink! Even if it's cold outside, just shake the ingredients together and feel the warmth.2 servings2 oz. tequila 2 oz. orange liqueur 1 lime, juice only 1 grapefruit, juice only 2 slices jalepeno (optional)Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve on the rocks.MAINSalmon with Maple Soy Glaze This sweet, caramelized salmon recipe is heart-healthy. Serve it with steamed brown or white rice with fresh parsley and with an Asian cucumber salad.6 servings1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (use wheat/gluten-free if needed)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/4 tsp. ground ginger or 1 tsp. minced fresh 2 lb. salmon fillet, preferably wild salmon(Start the rice first, if...
  Feb 2, 2015   Family Dinner, News

AvivaGoldfarb.com

It’s possible you’ve noticed lately that some of the newsletter articles have been linking to a new site, AvivaGoldfarb.com.I recently started a personal blog to share additional recipes, thoughts on nutrition and family meals, and some other topics like favorite books, entrepreneur tips, and other topics I care about (and hope you might, too).If you enjoy it, I’d love you to subscribe to the free weekly updates from AvivaGoldfarb.com.  You can do that here.  I’ll try to keep the updates I post there useful and concise and I’d love your suggestions for future topics you’d like to see me address.
  Jan 23, 2015   Family Dinner

A Scrambler in Scotland! Tortillas are Out, Door-to-Door Fish Deliveries are In

Dear Aviva,Because you’re in the kitchen with me almost every day, I feel like we’re friends who have never met; I’m willing to bet many Six O’Clock Scramble subscribers feel the same way! In the name of friendship and gratitude for the service you provide, I’d like to share an update and two “Scramble” stories with you.This past summer, my family and I moved from the US to Aberdeen, Scotland, for a 3-5 year period. Our regular menus have changed: We’ve gone from sub-tropical Houston, with its abundance of fresh fruit and weather conducive to salads and light meals to Scotland, where root vegetables are mainstays, soup is welcomed year-round and fresh fish and lamb are part of “eating local”. We can find tortillas, but not in the abundance we had them in Texas; we have excellent smoked salmon, but the good bagels will have to wait until we visit my parents in NJ. I’ve certainly added new recipes to my repertoire and can now switch easily...
  Jan 18, 2015   Uncategorized 1

#FreebieFriday: Aviva’s Favorite Granola, Michele’s Granola, Introduces New Granola Bars

We’ve all had crushes before, right?  How about a food crush?  Michele has got one now.  You’re wondering who Michele is, right?  I’m referring to Michele of Michele’s Granola.  Back in 2006, Michele realized how infatuated she was with the crunchy, golden goodness she was often purchasing.  As a self-taught baker, she started experimenting with making her own granola.  After countless hours and attempts, Michele arrived at the perfect, crunchy bite.  Because so many people have agreed that Michele has got it just right, her idea has grown from a one-woman farmer's market stand to a thriving business.I’ve been a fan of Michele’s Granola since the moment I first tried it several years ago.  (I sprinkle it on my Greek yogurt with cherries every day!)  I love that each batch is made from scratch with GMO-free ingredients, organic whole grain oats and no preservatives.  Additionally, all of the products are dairy, wheat and peanut-free.  And, because...
  Jan 15, 2015   Everyday Environmental, Recipes

Avoid Food Waste: Salvage SupperClub Recipes

If you cringe at the idea of wasted food, check out two recipes that you'll likely embrace.  Not only are they delicious and full of healthy ingredients, but also they will use up every last bit of the carrots and the kale you may have languishing in your fridge.  These recipes come from holistic chef Celia Lam who works magic with ingredients that might otherwise go to waste.  She is the culinary braun behind the Salvage SupperClub.  After preparing these tasty recipes, you'll likely think twice before tossing produce that you assumed was no longer good to eat.  What a scrumptious way to avoid wasted food!Roasted Carrot Hummus Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Yield: 6 servingsIngredients: • 4 medium carrots (keep peels intact, if organic) • 2 cloves garlic, peeled • 2 Tbsp olive oil + additional to drizzle • 1 ½ cup chickpeas, cooked (or 1 can of chickpeas) • 3 Tbsp tahini • 1 lemon,...