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

Scramblers Favorite Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes and other Mother’s Day Recipe Ideas

365 days a year we moms give everything we’ve got to our family.  We cook meals, pack lunches, keep the fridge stocked, sooth aches and pains, clean up messes, celebrate wins and console losses. On Mother’s Day we celebrate our moms, mothers-in-law, and if we’re very lucky, our family makes something special for us to enjoy (or takes us out to a meal, if that’s more their speed.) Whether your family is making a special Mother’s Day breakfast for you or you need Mother’s Day brunch ideas or Mother’s Day dinner ideas for the special moms in your life, here are some winning recipes that are favorites of Six O’Clock Scramble members and the Scramble team. We hope this helps you celebrate the moms in your life, and I hope you feel as deeply loved and cherished on Sunday as you truly are.  Happy Mother’s Day! Poached Asparagus with Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette

Healthy Dessert or Energy Snack: Fudgy Figgy Balls

I’ve been on the prowl for more healthy dessert recipes that can satisfy my sweet tooth and my need for something portable and chewy but doesn’t have added sugar like packaged energy bars do. I received some lovely black mission and golden figs from California Figs (which represents California fig growers) and transformed them into these sweet and chewy balls that you can enjoy for a healthy dessert or high energy snack.  By the way, figs are as nutritious as they are delicious--they are high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants. Figs have many uses; I’ve found they are also a lovely addition to a cheese plate for entertaining guests, and I’ve also been tossing them in pasta with a savory cheese and toasted nuts. Fudgy Figgy Balls Prep (no cook) = 15 minutes Makes about 16 balls 1 cup dried black mission figs (about 14 figs), stemmed if necessary (just pull or cut the hard stem off if they have one) 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. water 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. almond butter 1/2...
  Apr 19, 2016   Recipes, salad dressing, salads, side dish

Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe

This homemade raspberry vinaigrette recipe is beautiful, colorful, healthy,  and simply awesome over salad or poached, baked or roasted vegetables. Unlike some raspberry vinaigrette dressings I've tried, this one is a little tart rather than sickly sweet. We like it over poached asparagus and in our salad of baby lettuce with pecans and avocado.

To poach aspargus, bring a large frying pan of salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and cook for 2-3 minutes or until bright green and tender crisp. Use tongs to transfer the asparagus to a plate.  Aspargus is delicious warm or at room temperature and is beautifully complimented by the pink raspberry dressing.

Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar 1 Tbsp. honey 2 Tbsp. water 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 1/2 tsp. dried basil 1/4 tsp. salt In a blender (or use an immersion blender in a cup), puree the ingredients. ...
  Apr 16, 2016   Special Diets/ Food Allergies 1

Feedback from a Scramble Weight Watcher

Dear Aviva, We've been using the Scramble for about 4 months now.  I have some feedback.  First (and I know you've made a disclaimer about this) the Weight Watcher's point count doesn't seem to match up to the new program. Second, I don't do the cooking, but I am the one who is a member of Weight Watchers.  Many of the recipes use a LOT of fat, sometimes 4 tablespoons for a 4 - 6 serving menu (main dish and side dish) WOW!  That's a lot of fat.  Do you have some more diet friendly dishes?  I left another menu mailer that steered toward a Paleo diet that didn't work for me.  I'd like this one to work for us. Best, Eileen H., NJ Hi Eileen, Thanks so much for that feedback! We are working on a plan right now to update the WW points to the new system so I'm really glad to hear that will help you. Regarding fat, after a lot of reading and research, I have evolved in some of my...
  Apr 12, 2016   Time Saving Kitchen Tips

Genius Parent Hacks Make Life with Kids Easier: Win a copy of Parent Hacks on Facebook this Friday!

My friend Asha Dornfest is so clever. Asha has collected thousands of time and money-saving tips from parents all over the world via her popular site and hashtag and #parenthacks. Now she’s turned the best of those genius hacks into an immensely readable, page-flippable book with delightful illustrations. The new book is called Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids.  Asha has kindly shared some of the most popular Kitchen Hacks from the book with The Scramble community below. We’re also giving away a copy of the book on Facebook this Friday, April 22nd, so visit it between 9 a.m. and midnight to enter. Have any hacks to add? Please leave a comment below! Kitchen Hack #83: Cool hot food by adding frozen fruits or vegetables: To cool food quickly, add frozen fruit or vegetables, ice cubes, or cold sauce. (Think frozen blueberries stirred into hot oatmeal, or refrigerated tomato sauce added to steaming pasta)....

Question from a Teen Who Cooks: How Far In Advance Can I Make Dinner?

Dear Aviva, My name is Sydney, I am 13 years old. I love to cook, and I have been following your recipes to make dinner for my family using your weekly meal plans, and we all love it! I have recently attempted cooking meals ahead of time (on Sunday). It has worked really well for my family so far, but I'm concerned about how far in advance you can make certain foods. I have been following your "Do Ahead or Delegate" section, but sometimes it does not specify how long you can make it in advance. I am interested in prepping food ahead of time because I really like to eat the food from your recipes, but I don't always have time to make things when I have homework or after school activities. If I prep the food ahead of time, I can make food that I like very quickly without changing my schedule very much.  I am wondering if you have any tips on food prep, or "rules" to make sure the food is good when it is time to eat it.  Sincerely, Sydney Dear Sydney, First,...
  Mar 28, 2016   Easy Family Dinner

College Kids Cooking: College Kids Can Plan Meals and Cook, Too

A lot of people say that young adults don’t bother to cook anymore because they’re spoiled, lazy, untrained, or because it’s so easy to go out or get food of all sorts delivered.  But over and over I meet or hear about (often from proud parents) young adults and college students cooking most of their own meals.  Sometimes it’s because they want to save money. Sometimes it’s because they find it easier to make something simple after a long day at school or work.  But often it’s because they love the ritual of experimenting with new recipes and sharing meals with friends and roommates. A few of you may remember that our son Solomon started college last fall. We’re adjusting to life at home with just Celia, who is a junior in high school, plus our menagerie of aging pets (it sometimes feels like we run a fur filled old age home with all of the accompanying groans, achy joints, pills and shots). We’re lucky that Solomon’s school is only a two hour drive...
  Mar 23, 2016   Easy Family Dinner, News, Picky Eaters 1

Tips for Picky Eaters and Family Dinners

Need help for smoother family dinners? Are you too busy, have picky eaters, or feel like your kids don’t listen to you? This video, Parent Hacks,  over on NBC News Education Nation gives simple tips, or “hacks,” to tackle your most common parenting problems at the dinner table. Thanks to our experts, Amy McCready, Aviva Goldfarb, and Michele Borba for their tips, and a special thanks to NBC News National Correspondent Peter Alexander for voicing this series. Make Family Dinners a Reality, also on NBC News Education Nation, provides family dinner shortcuts and tips from Six O'Clock Scramble Founder and CEO Aviva Goldfarb. We all want to gather with our family over nutritious family dinners, but serving healthy dinners can present a challenge for many families.  If you have small children, you’re probably dealing with the juggling act that comes with little people wanting or needing your constant attention.  If your kids are school age, it’s likely...

What To Use If You Run Out Of Bread Crumbs (and how to make gluten-free bread crumbs)

10 Substitutes to Use if Your Run Out of Bread Crumbs I’m a longtime evangelist for keeping a well-stocked kitchen and immediately adding staples to our grocery list when we finish them up so we can restock on our next trip to the store.  So it completely surprised me when I recently discovered that I had no bread crumbs or panko in the house, and no wheat bread to make my own. That particular night I was testing a new recipe for salmon sliders and wanted to use bread crumbs as a binder in the burgers. What I occasionally lack in organization I try to make up for in resourcefulness.  I decided that grinding whole grain Heritage Flakes cereal to a bread crumb consistency in a mini food processor would make a more-than-decent substitute.  The salmon sliders turned out to be delicious (recipe coming soon). Crisis averted. When you run out of an ingredient there is often a way to simulate it with a little culinary creativity.  Here are some substitutes you can use...
  Mar 17, 2016   hearty salad, side dish

Warm Potato Salad

This warm potato salad is a different twist on the usual way to serve potatoes.  Warm, savory, and satisfying, it makes a great side dish to almost any main course. Warm Potato Salad Prep + Cook Time: 30 minutes 1 1/2 - 2 lbs. new or red potatoes 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 lemon, juice only, about 2 Tbsp. 1 - 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar, to taste 1 cup scallion, green and white parts, sliced 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped Boil the potatoes in salted water for 15 - 18 minutes until they are just tender. Let them cool for a minute or two and halve and cut them into thick slices. Toss the potatoes in a serving bowl with the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, scallions and parsley. Season it with salt and pepper to taste. Makes 8 one-cup servings. Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values) Calories 189, Total Fat: 10g, 14.5%; Saturated Fat: 2g, 6.5%; Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 21mg, 1%; Total Carbohydrate: 24g,...