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

  Feb 12, 2016   News, Special Diets/ Food Allergies

New Scramble Recipe Categories—No Added Sugar and Vegan

By popular request, you can now search for recipes that have “no added sugar” (no added sugar includes those with natural sugars like honey and maple syrup, but doesn’t include naturally occurring sugars like those in fruit and some dairy) and recipes that have no animal products at all (vegan).  Some of the top-rated recipes that have no added sugar include our Italian Shotgun Wedding Soup and Quick Tilapia with Lemon, Garlic and Capers.A few of the most popular vegan or vegan-friendly recipes on the site are Roasted Indian Cauliflower Tossed with Chickpeas and Cashews and Taco Salad in a Whole Wheat Baked Bowl.We’re busy coding all of our recipes for these categories by hand, so please let us know if we missed any or accidentally put the wrong recipe in either of these categories. You can let us know in the comments below the recipe, which we check every day. Thank...
  Feb 3, 2016   Easy Family Dinner, Family Dinner 1

Easy Family Dinner Recipe: Carpool Chicken

This easy family dinner recipe in my new cookbook, The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner: A Year of Quick, Delicious Meals to Help You Prevent and Manage Diabetes, is a snap to throw together on a busy night. You can get it ready hours before dinner (or before you have to drive the carpool) and refrigerate it until it’s time to bake. Use any vegetables you like instead of those I’ve suggested, such as asparagus, artichoke hearts or potatoes. Serve it with farro or brown rice.

Carpool Chicken Marinate Time: 60 minutes    Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 30 minutes    Total Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes1 1/2 - 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces, or use shrimp or extra-firm tofu packed in water 1 red or orange bell pepper, diced 1 yellow bell pepper, diced 1 zucchini or yellow squash, diced 1 small yellow onion, chopped 8 oz. balsamic vinaigrette dressing (see recipe...

Slow cooker recipe: Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Many of us love our slow cookers, but even if you don’t own one, don’t let that stop you from making pulled pork sandwiches. It turns out that a Dutch oven and an oven set to 300 degrees make a fantastic stand in for a slow cooker. But if you have one, by all means, use it! If it didn’t taste so darned awesome, I would say the best part of slow roasting this herb-infused meat is that the house smells heavenly all day.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 4 hours    Total Time: 4 hours and 15 minutes1 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. garlic powder 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 3/4 tsp. ground cumin 3/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. allspice 3 lbs. boneless pork loin roast, or use pork butt or shoulder 3 sweet yellow onions such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, halved top to bottom and thinly sliced 12 small soft whole wheat rolls or buns (use wheat/gluten-free if needed), sliced open 3/4 cup barbecue sauce, for serving (optional)Preheat the oven to 300...

Easy appetizer: Queso Dip and Homemade Tortilla Chips

At the grocery store, my son Solomon asked if we could buy some cheese dip for tortilla chips. I took one look at the ingredients (ewww!) and told him that it would probably be fun (not to mention healthier) to make our own snack or easy appetizer.It makes me so happy when my kids realize that we can easily make something ourselves with a few simple ingredients rather than buying more processed, and often expensive, versions at the store.Here’s the creation that we made that day.  With only three ingredients, it’s such an easy and rewarding recipe for kids to make. If you have a little more time, you can make your own tortilla chips, too. Queso Dip1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1/4 cup milk, any variety 1 Tbsp. salsa (optional)Heat the Cheddar cheese and the milk in a microwave-safe bowl, loosely covered, at full power for 1 - 1 ½ minutes (depending on your microwave's power), stirring at 30 second...
  Feb 1, 2016   Family Dinner

My Family’s Favorite Healthy Pastas (including one made out of edamame!)

Like most kids, our children Solomon and Celia have always enjoyed pasta.  Whether it was Rigatoni with Tomato and Artichoke Sauce, Spaghetti with Creamy Avocado Pesto, or Fettuccine with Shredded Carrots and Zucchini, they were usually happy to eat just about anything healthy when I tossed it with noodles. Because they love it so much, every week I include a pasta recipe at our dinner table and in The Scramble’s weekly menus. The only drawback was that the noodles themselves weren’t that healthy, as they were mostly refined carbohydrates.In the past I had tried several varieties of whole wheat noodles, but my kids just weren’t into them.  They didn’t seem to have the right texture and the flavor was a little off. But a few years ago, new varieties of whole grain pastas came on the market, and so I kept trying. We found that the whole family actually liked some whole wheat pastas and a brown rice...

Easy Diabetes Cookbook: The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner: A Year of Quick, Delicious Meals to Help You Prevent and Manage Diabetes

Our newest Easy Diabetes Cookbook, The Six O'Clock Scramble Meal Planner: A Year of Quick, Delicious Meals to Help You Prevent and Manage Diabetes, is here!

There's something soul-soothing about flipping through a cookbook -- looking at the photographs, flagging recipes you want to try, and envisioning how wonderful they'll be when your family sits down to enjoy them. Although many of us love finding recipes online, it can't replace the simple pleasure of paging through a real book.

I'm so excited to tell you about my new cookbook, which comes out in less than 2 weeks! I am positive you will love this new book; it has all new recipes since my last cookbooks. It's also my first cookbook to have color photos for every single recipe.

The Six O'Clock Scramble Meal Planner takes the stress and guesswork out of planning your dinners, whether you are cooking for 1, 2, or your whole family, including kids. Pre-order this book today via Amazon or at  crack it open...

  Jan 25, 2016   Uncategorized

The Scramble Usage Survey Random Drawing Rules

Drawing Rules 1. ENTRY: No purchase necessary. One entry per person. You must be eighteen (18) years or older at the time of entry to be eligible for this Contest. To enter, complete the survey attached. We will never share, sell, or rent individual personal information with anyone without your advance permission or unless ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you emails. Entries will be declared made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. 2. WINNER SELECTION: One winner will be selected in a...
  Jan 6, 2016   Family Dinner, Recipes

Butternut Squash and Yellow Lentil Stew

After 3 days of overindulgence in New York celebrating Thanksgiving and my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday, we were ready for some clean eating when we got back home. I hadn’t grocery shopped but I knew I had a butternut squash on the counter and several types of lentils to finish, so I came up with this Indian-inspired vegan stew.  Solomon, who was home from college for the weekend, said he was so happy to have a delicious meatless meal that wasn’t pizza or pasta.  Scramble recipe tester Bobbi Woods said, “Oh my goodness this was fabulous! We all had seconds!!! The LIME absolutely made the taste POP.” Serve it with naan or pita bread.
Butternut Squash and Yellow Lentil Stew
Prep Time: 20 minutes    Cook Time: 40 minutes    Total Time: 60 minutes
Makes 6 servings, about 2 cups each
2 Tbsp. coconut or vegetable oil
1sweet yellow onion such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, diced
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2...
  Dec 21, 2015   Family Dinner, News

Are You Ready to Get Healthier and Feel Better?

Let’s Make 2016 the Year of More Veggies, More Whole Grains, and Less SugarI’m feeling a little overly full lately, are you? I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that my holidays included key lime pie squares, chocolate espresso cake, duck breast prosciutto (you should try it sometime!), and 3-cheese creamy macaroni and cheese my friend Cathy Barrow made for a potluck (the best I’ve ever had - could be because she makes it with 3 cups of heavy cream!!).Can we all agree to forget about what happened between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? Let’s put it behind us, and get our appetite and healthy eating back on track now that it’s the beginning of January.If you want some support and ideas, join our Facebook group, The Six O'Clock Scramble 30 Day Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Eating Challenge, which starts January 2 (some people have already started, though).I used to scoff at New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve come to realize that January is the...
  Dec 10, 2015   Everyday Environmental 1

How Can We Cut Our Use of Disposable Grocery Bags?

A few years ago, our county, Montgomery County, Maryland, like many other counties and cities around the U.S., including our neighbor, Washington, DC, passed a bag tax to encourage consumers to bring their own bags to the supermarket.The controversial law requires that grocery stores charge customers 5 cents for a disposable bag.  While many of my neighbors grumbled, I celebrated this new law. Since it passed, I have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of customers at the grocery store who bring reusable bags. In fact, it’s almost an anomaly now to see the grocery checkers filling plastic or paper bags.My friend Allan Shedlin, who works at Trader Joes in Bethesda (in addition to being a writer, parenting advocate and longtime educator), said that since the law passed, “Many more people bring their own bags; those who don't often apologize for forgetting. Often the bags they bring provide an opportunity to engage in conversation, e.g., ‘Oh, you've been to TJ's in...