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  Oct 19, 2016   Easy Dinners, Uncategorized 2

15 Ideas for Baked Potato Toppings to Liven Up Plain Baked Potatoes

15 Ideas for Baked Potato Toppings to Liven Up Plain Baked Potatoes

Liven up your baked potatoes with these simple and fun ideas for toppings for baked potatoes. Plus, how to make baked potatoes in the oven, microwave and slow cooker.  

Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel for more easy healthy recipe ideas for busy people: How to make Baked Potatoes in the Oven, Slow Cooker or Microwave: Pierce the potatoes in several places. To cook in the microwave: Cook the potatoes on high for about 10 minutes, flipping them once, until they are tender when pierced with a knife.  If they are not done after 10 minutes, keep checking every 2 minutes. To bake:  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. For more flavorful skin, rub the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt before baking.  Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake them for 50 - 60 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a knife, turning them once. Slow Cooker...
  Oct 18, 2016   Easy Dinners

Top Ten Meals for College Students: Free eCookbook for College Students

10 best recipes for college studentsDitch the Dining Plan: 10 Best Recipes for College Students (Free eCookbook for College Students) Download the free cookbook here. Read more in the Washington Post on Parenting: Ditch the College Dining Plan? 10 Ways to Make Off Campus Cooking Work by Aviva Goldfarb This cookbook contains the following recipes:
  1. Mango Chutney Chicken with Caramelized Onions
  2. Ravioli Soup with Spinach and Grated Zucchini
  3. Chili Non Carne
  4. Spinach Burritos
  5. Cheesy Pepper Jack Spinach and Egg Bake
  6. Fried Rice with Shrimp, Tofu or Chicken
  7. Broiled Salmon with Mustard-Soy Crust
  8. Tuna Melts with Sliced Avocado and Tomato
  9. Panko-Peanut Crusted Pork Chops or Tilapia
  10. Miraculous Macaroni and Cheese
Many college students are eager to live off campus, in part to have a kitchen, drop the dining plan and prepare their own food. They might want to cook because they don’t like the food in the dining hall, because of food allergies, health...
  Oct 17, 2016   cocktails, Recipes

How to Make a Pomegranate Margarita

Spicy Pomegranate Margaritas Learn how to make a pomegranate margarita and make it spicy--if that's your thing--with some fresh jalapeño slices. Pair it with tortilla chips and guacamole with pomegranate seeds for the perfect happy hour snack. Watch the video (and subscribe to the Six O'Clock Scramble YouTube channel for more recipes and ideas) (serves 2) 2 oz. tequila 1 oz. triple sec juice of 1 lime 1/2 cup 100% pomegranate juice 2 slices jalapeno or a few shakes of mango hot pepper sauce (optional)

Stir or shake together all ingredients except the jalapeno or hot pepper sauce. Serve over ice in a tumbler, or use an ice-filled shaker and serve in a margarita glass. Garnish with the pepper slices or drizzle in the hot pepper sauce.

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Easy Salmon Recipe: Indian Spiced Salmon

This Indian Spiced Salmon is truly an easy salmon recipe and one of The Scramble favorites!  Simple, unique, and delicious, it's elegant for company but quick for anytime.  To save time, make the spice mix in advance. Then slice the fish, coat with oil and spices, and in 12 minutes you have a delightfully easy yet sophisticated main course.

Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel: Easy Salmon Recipe: Indian Spiced Salmon Prep + Cook = 20 minutes 4 servings 1 1/2 lbs. salmon fillet, preferably wild salmon 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. brown sugar 1/2 - 1 tsp. curry powder, to taste 1/2 tsp. kosher salt Preheat the broiler. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil, and set the rack about 4 inches from the heating element. Cut the salmon into 4 serving size pieces.  Pour the olive oil in a small bowl or dish and brush it over the fish with a pastry brush. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, curry powder and salt and rub it evenly over the...

New Video: Easy and Healthy School Lunches You Can Pack in Less Than 10 Minutes (Featuring “Real” Foods! Not Junk Food)

Easy and Healthy School Lunches You Can Pack in Less Than 10 Minutes Think outside the lunchbox! Take a peek at my latest video for easy and healthy school lunches, ideas that you can pack quickly and feature whole foods and go far beyond the sandwich.   As parents, we know that you can never have too many lunch-packing ideas up your sleeve as a new school year gets rolling.

Watch the video (and subscribe to the YouTube channel so you don't miss any upcoming videos):

For further inspiration, check out some of my other easy, healthy and quick school lunches: These lunch ideas are stellar because they won't have you standing in the kitchen packing lunches for what feels like forever.  (In fact, they should only take you about 7 minutes!)  And... they're filling and great for your kids. (I've been packing school lunches for exactly 15 years!!)  Speaking of that, take a peek at my article...
  Aug 17, 2016   #Freebie Fridays 7

Exciting Back-to-School Giveaway–Win a Slow Cooker and $135 Worth of Time-Saving Gifts!

Enter to Win our Back-to-School Giveaway We know how tough it can be to think about all the things you need to do to get your kids ready for the Back-to-School grind. We want to make it easier on you so we've put together our favorite time-saving prizes for you worth over $135! Enter our giveaway and you could win a prize pack that includes:  Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker  Lunchskins reusable lunch packing bags  3 coupons for Mom Made Foods meals and snacks  EasyLunchBoxes container sets (lunch container set, set of Mini Dippers, and one lunch bag)  3-month membership to The Six O'Clock Scramble Healthy Family Meal Planner Enter to Win the Back-to-School Giveaway The sweepstakes ends on August 31st so enter soon so you don't miss this great giveaway! Visit our giveaway partners to learn more about their great prizes. Watch the Video. Easy...

This Year Will Be Different: 8 New School Year Resolutions for Parents Who Are Tired Of Doing It All

8 New School Year Resolutions for Parents Who Are Tired Of Doing It All Moms and Dads, are you TIRED of making the kids breakfast, packing lunches, making dinner AND doing the dishes?  Basically, are you tired of doing it all?? Most of us realize that our kids can do more, whether it’s making their own breakfast, taking out the trash, doing the dishes or folding the laundry. But too often we hesitate to delegate, either because we don’t know the right age for the children to start, we get tired of nagging and decide it’s just easier to do it ourselves, or we have trouble relinquishing control of the way things are done. But, at the same time, we’re often frustrated and exhausted from trying to do it all, and we realize it would be better for all of us if our children took on more responsibility. Here's Aviva’s advice in the Washington Post for how to delegate more and get changes to stick. Please read and share your new school year resolution for...
  Aug 8, 2016   Easy Family Dinner, Family Dinner

Peek Inside Aviva’s Inbox: From Fast Food and Food Stamps to Healthy Family Meals with The Scramble

From Fast Food and Food Stamps to Healthy Family Meals with The Scramble

Dear Scramblers, This letter from a new member provides a vital reminder of why I love what I do and the impact meal planning and healthy family meals can have on our families. I’d love to hear from you—what positive changes has The Scramble had on your family? What could we do better? Please send me a note anytime at

Dear Aviva,

I recently signed up for 3-month membership, and I would like to sign up for a whole year now! Thank you for making healthy family meals possible for us.

I am the mother to a 3-year-old, a 2-year-old, a 1-year-old, and our fourth baby is due on Thanksgiving. We have been living on government assistance and food stamps for the last two years, and our diets consisted of fast food, lots of bread and pasta, and frozen food due to finances, my husband working 2 jobs, and me babysitting full time.

My husband recently started working for US FOODS as...

8 Ways Cooking Can Keep Your Kids’ Minds Sharp Over the Summer

8 Ways Cooking Can Keep Your Kids’ Minds Sharp Over the Summer

No matter your situation when school lets out in June, whether you are happy to get a break from supervising homework and packing lunches, or you’re stressed because you’re scrambling to fill hours usually reserved for school, you probably wonder how to keep your kids’ minds sharp and their bodies occupied productively for 10 weeks during summer “vacation.”

You may wonder:

• How will I prevent my children’s brains from atrophying when they aren’t in class for 6 hours a day?

• How will we keep them off of YouTube, tablets and the TV when those digital babysitters are not only easy temptations, but can also feel like the only way we can get a little break?

• And how can I make sure they don’t forget their hard-learned math, reasoning and reading skills when school is on hiatus for so long? (Those summer “math packets” don’t really cut it when our kids forget about them until the week...