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

Asparagus Salad with Strawberries and Basil

Enjoy this asparagus salad with strawberries and basil as a delicious springtime family dinner side dish or for a light lunch.  Our Grilled Vegetables is another wonderful way to serve asparagus. I show you how easy it is to make the asparagus salad in this YouTube video: And here's the 1 minute version of the recipe for you to enjoy and share: Asparagus Salad with Strawberries and Basil Prep + Cook Time: 10 minutes 4 servings 1 bunch asparagus, about 8 oz. cut into 1-inch pieces 1 cup strawberries, sliced 1 Tbsp. pine nuts, or use walnuts, lightly toasted 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, thinly sliced 1 - 2 Tbsp. thinly sliced red onion (optional) 1 - 2 Tbsp. of crumbled goat or feta cheese (optional) Steam the asparagus in the microwave in a covered dish or on the stovetop for 1 – 2 minutes until it is just tender-crisp and drain it. Combine the asparagus in a serving bowl with the remaining...
  May 10, 2016   Easy Family Dinner, gluten-free, Recipes

Have you Tried Zucchini Pasta?

Have you Tried Zucchini Pasta? In this new Youtube video, I show you how easy it is to make zucchini pasta and share a recipe that everybody—even kids--love! P.S. I’ll be sharing new videos each Wednesday. Please "subscribe" to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss any.
  May 10, 2016   Everyday Environmental

Do You Ask For a Doggie Bag? An Easy Way to Reduce Food Waste

Do You Ask For a Doggie Bag? An Easy Way to Reduce Food Waste Have you ever been in this situation? You’re out at a great restaurant with friends and you’re sharing a bunch of small plates.  You ordered too much food and there’s still about half a portion of that delectable cauliflower with peas that you were just too full to finish.  There are also a few slices of that chicken that would go so well with the cauliflower for lunch tomorrow. But you feel a little funny requesting a to-go box when you’re out with friends. Who would get the leftovers? Would they think you’re gross taking home leftover food from plates you all shared? It’s one thing to request a “doggie bag” if you’re out with your family - that’s easy.  But many people find it embarrassing or tacky to do so when out with a group. I know I’ve felt that way in group situations, and have sometimes left perfectly good food sitting on the table because I felt embarrassed to take it home or...

Let Kids Use Sharp Knives and Hot Stoves: 7 Ways to Let Go of Our Fears and Get Kids Cooking

Would you let your 2-year-old use a chef’s knife? Many people think that sounds not only dangerous, but INSANE. However, that’s just what my friend J.M. Hirsch, who is a prominent food writer and cookbook author, did with his son Parker. Just like our kids’ maiden voyage down a steep slide or the moment they wobbled away without training wheels on a bicycle, that first chop through a carrot is absolutely terrifying (for the parents!). We’re bound to question ourselves and picture them slicing off a fingertip (or two).  But if we want our kids to love to cook and do it with confidence, we parents need to put aside our fears and let them do more than we are comfortable with in the kitchen to really get kids cooking. If we REALLY want our kids to love good food and ultimately to be able to shop for and prepare meals when we’re out of the picture, we need to seek ways to give them confidence in the kitchen rather than (often inadvertently) driving them away. ...

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,...