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How to Make Whole Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker

Whole Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker

My hairdresser Christa Forgue told me she likes to make a whole chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker. This method is so easy and the flavor is just right—kind of like my Jewish grandmothers would have made if either of my Jewish grandmothers had been good cooks (they had lots of other good qualities.)

And for another great Slow Cooker Recipe, check out our Spicy Szechuan Ground Turkey and Green Beans recipe.  To see our how-to video, click on this:  Spicy Szechuan Ground Turkey and Green Beans video.

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Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker 8 servings, about 1 3/4 cups Prep (30 minutes) + Cook (3 – 10 hours) 2 carrots, sliced (about 1 cup) 3 stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup) 1/2 yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup) 2 garlic cloves, smashed peeled and coarsely chopped 3 1/2 lb. whole chicken, some or all skin removed, if desired 8 cups water 2 – 3 tsp. salt, to taste (3 works...
  Jan 3, 2017   Easy Dinners, Giveaway

Enter to Win an Instant Pot by Starting or Renewing Your Membership Now!

Enter to Win an Instant Pot:  Renew Your Membership Now! You’re going to want to pay close attention to this post for a BIG GIVEAWAY- a chance to win a brand new Instant Pot ($99 value) and a 1-Year Membership to The Scramble. Have you heard of this appliance sensation, or perhaps OBSESSION? So many people are going crazy for the Instant Pot. In one compact (and kind of adorable) machine, you get a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, soup cooker and warmer, steamer, sous vide machine.  This thing can probably even pack your kids’ lunches! You can either set it and forget it in the morning, or you can come home late and have:
  • frozen chicken ready to eat in 15 minutes
  • spaghetti squash cooked in 6 minutes
  • perfect easy to peel hard-boiled eggs in 6 minutes
  • beans cooked from scratch in 25 minutes
  • and so much more
I’ve been experimenting with my Instant Pot and am super impressed with all it can do. ...

How To Do A Sugar Cleanse And Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

How to Do a Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe I'm engaging in a sugar cleanse to hit the reset button on my eating in the new year.  After a delicious but not-so-healthful holiday, it's time for me to get back to eating mindfully.  A year ago, I created a sugar cleanse challenge Surviving a Sugar Detox: Anyone Want to Join Me?  and started a Facebook group to have a month-long sugar cleanse.  It was so popular and successful, that our group continues to support each other.  We have found so many positive benefits, including (but not limited to) weight loss and increased energy.  Please join our Facebook group for this January's sugar cleanse and healthy eating challenge to get your sugar addiction and sugar cravings under control by eliminating added sugar for 7 – 30 days. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite recipes to start your day or power your afternoon or evening with healthy, filling, no sugar added creamy smoothies. Watch the...
  Dec 19, 2016   cocktails

How To Make Ginger Simple Syrup (easy lower sugar version)

You can use this super easy and lower sugar version of ginger simple syrup in cocktails (like my mango ginger cocktails linked below), iced tea, and lemonade. By the way, you can use this same formula with mint, rosemary, basil or other herbs, and you can stir in citrus at the end for a great flavor. Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel for weekly cooking videos with Aviva Goldfarb: Ginger Simple Syrup (easy lower sugar version)

2 ounces ginger, thinly sliced and coarsely chopped(1/2 – 2/3 cup) (no need to peel) 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups water

Combine the ginger, sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and simmer it, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue simmering it for 30 to 40 minutes or until the syrup smells very gingery. (If you don’t have time to linger in the kitchen, you can just bring it to a boil and remove it from the heat and let it sit for 40 minutes). Remove it from the heat and cool it completely....

Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High Protein Granola Recipe)

When I was 10 years old, I used to bake granola and sell it door-to-door to raise money for the Leukemia Society. Since then, I got into the habit of buying granola to sprinkle on my morning yogurt. I don’t know why, since it’s so easy to make at home.  Recently, friend Allison Soffer gave me some of her delicious homemade granola and it inspired me to get back to my granola roots. My 18 year-old son, Solomon, and I collaborated on this granola recipe. It’s low in added sugar, high in protein and fiber, and we think it’s the most wonderful granola we’ve tasted yet.

Note: Because we use less sugar than many granola recipes, you won’t get the clumps that you do in the more dessert-y granolas, which can have as much sugar and as many calories as a can of soda. So think of this as a nourishing indulgence that you can enjoy daily. We prefer it without dried fruit but it’s also wonderful with dried cherries or cranberries.

Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High...

Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipe: Cheesy Spinach and Egg Bake

This make ahead breakfast casserole recipe also makes a perfect savory make-ahead breakfast or brunch, and it’s got plenty of protein, healthy fat and vegetables to keep you feeling full and nourished for hours. The colorful vegetables in it also make it pretty enough to serve at a breakfast gathering and the green and red vegetables are perfect for Christmas morning breakfast!

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Cheesy Spinach and Egg Bake is a perfect make ahead breakfast or brunch casserole recipe for holidays or lazy Sunday mornings. We love it for breakfast-for-dinner, too!

For more perfect Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipes, check out our

Light and Fluffy Spinach and Cheese Strata Recipe

Mini Vegetable Quiches Overnight Baked Blueberry French Toast

Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipe: Cheesy Spinach and Egg Bake

Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes Makes 12 servings

10 - 16 oz. (depends...

How to Make Potato Pancakes: Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes

In my house, we can’t go through Hanukkah without eating latkes at least once, so I decided to pour my holiday spirit into creating a new Hanukkah recipe. I’ve been on an Indian cooking kick lately, and I realized that Indian flavors would meld well with traditional potato pancakes.  If you make the batter ahead of time, refrigerate it until you are ready to cook them, and drain the excess liquid from the bowl before frying them. In the video below I'll show you how to make potato pancakes, in this case, Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes.  You can serve them with a side of chickpeas and mint. Try an Indian twist on a beloved Hanukkah potato pancakes (latkes) recipe. Serve these crispy potato pancakes with mango chutney for a delicious vegetarian or vegan meal or side dish. Watch the YouTube video (and subscribe to the channel for more recipes like this one from Aviva Goldfarb) How to Make Potato Pancakes: Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes 1 lb....

Edible Holiday Gift Ideas and More for Food Lovers

Edible Holiday Gift Ideas and More for Food Lovers

When it comes to holiday gift giving, it may not surprise you that I enjoy sharing my favorite foods (or food related gifts) with friends and family. Generally, I think most of us have more than enough possessions filling up our homes, so the idea of giving consumable gifts is very appealing to me.  Giving an edible gift almost guarantees that it won’t sit on a shelf collecting dust.

There are a number of Scramble gems tucked away on the site that would be ideal for whipping up, putting in mason jars or decorative tins and giving as gifts to those you care about.

These are some of my favorite edible holiday gift ideas:

Peanut Butter Bites (Needs refrigeration) Molly’s Chocolate Chewies Quick Dill Pickles (Needs refrigeration) Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Corn Muffins Fudgy Figgy Balls (Needs refrigeration) Quick and Spicy Cashews Chocolate...
  Nov 29, 2016   Family Dinner, Picky Eaters

Avoid Restaurant Meltdowns! 10 Tips for Eating Out with Young Kids

Tips for Eating out with Young Kids

Sure, The Scramble is all about making family dinners happen at home more often (and with less stress!) through meal planning and quick and easy recipes. But we all need a night off sometimes, even if it means eating out with young kids.

Those nights out in restaurants seem to happen more often during the holidays. But it sure doesn’t feel like a night off if junior has a meltdown while waiting for the meal.

To make the most of your family dinners out, read these tips from my friend and acclaimed parenting coach, Amy McCready of Positive Parenting Solutions.  These tips for eating out with young kids will help to make dinner more pleasant and less stressful.  While you’re there, sign up for one of Amy’s powerful FREE webinars, “How to Get Kids to Listen WITHOUT Nagging, Reminding or Yelling!” The information Amy shares is pure life-changing goodness!

10 Tips for Eating Out with Young Kids

1. Practice at home...

She’s ONLY Cooked Family Dinners from The Six O’Clock Scramble for 8 Years!

I want to share this very special letter from a devoted mom who for 8 years has cooked nothing but Scramble recipes for her family dinners.  I love her dedication to healthy family dinners and am humbled that she chose The Scramble to make them happen. The holidays are an excellent reminder to focus on gratitude.  Scramblers, I am so grateful for YOU. For 13 years you have cooked with me, sent me encouraging letters, shared your feedback on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., shared my cookbooks and The Six O'Clock Scramble online meal planner with friends and family, and have supported The Scramble’s mission to help more families enjoy healthy family dinners together in so many ways—including making family dinners a priority in your own homes!    I’m always eager to read your notes. Please send them my way at aviva@thescramble.com. Warmly, Aviva Dear Aviva, In 2008 I made my annual resolution to cook more at home. I went to my local library and found The...