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  Jan 23, 2015   Family Dinner

A Scrambler in Scotland! Tortillas are Out, Door-to-Door Fish Deliveries are In

Dear Aviva,Because you’re in the kitchen with me almost every day, I feel like we’re friends who have never met; I’m willing to bet many Six O’Clock Scramble subscribers feel the same way! In the name of friendship and gratitude for the service you provide, I’d like to share an update and two “Scramble” stories with you.This past summer, my family and I moved from the US to Aberdeen, Scotland, for a 3-5 year period. Our regular menus have changed: We’ve gone from sub-tropical Houston, with its abundance of fresh fruit and weather conducive to salads and light meals to Scotland, where root vegetables are mainstays, soup is welcomed year-round and fresh fish and lamb are part of “eating local”. We can find tortillas, but not in the abundance we had them in Texas; we have excellent smoked salmon, but the good bagels will have to wait until we visit my parents in NJ. I’ve certainly added new recipes to my repertoire and can now switch easily...
  Jan 18, 2015   Uncategorized 1

#FreebieFriday: Aviva’s Favorite Granola, Michele’s Granola, Introduces New Granola Bars

We’ve all had crushes before, right?  How about a food crush?  Michele has got one now.  You’re wondering who Michele is, right?  I’m referring to Michele of Michele’s Granola.  Back in 2006, Michele realized how infatuated she was with the crunchy, golden goodness she was often purchasing.  As a self-taught baker, she started experimenting with making her own granola.  After countless hours and attempts, Michele arrived at the perfect, crunchy bite.  Because so many people have agreed that Michele has got it just right, her idea has grown from a one-woman farmer's market stand to a thriving business.I’ve been a fan of Michele’s Granola since the moment I first tried it several years ago.  (I sprinkle it on my Greek yogurt with cherries every day!)  I love that each batch is made from scratch with GMO-free ingredients, organic whole grain oats and no preservatives.  Additionally, all of the products are dairy, wheat and peanut-free.  And, because...
  Jan 15, 2015   Everyday Environmental, Recipes

Avoid Food Waste: Salvage SupperClub Recipes

If you cringe at the idea of wasted food, check out two recipes that you'll likely embrace.  Not only are they delicious and full of healthy ingredients, but also they will use up every last bit of the carrots and the kale you may have languishing in your fridge.  These recipes come from holistic chef Celia Lam who works magic with ingredients that might otherwise go to waste.  She is the culinary braun behind the Salvage SupperClub.  After preparing these tasty recipes, you'll likely think twice before tossing produce that you assumed was no longer good to eat.  What a scrumptious way to avoid wasted food!Roasted Carrot Hummus Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Yield: 6 servingsIngredients: • 4 medium carrots (keep peels intact, if organic) • 2 cloves garlic, peeled • 2 Tbsp olive oil + additional to drizzle • 1 ½ cup chickpeas, cooked (or 1 can of chickpeas) • 3 Tbsp tahini • 1 lemon,...
  Jan 12, 2015   #Freebie Fridays 1

#Freebie Friday: Fusion Jerky Takes Jerky to New Heights

Looking for something high in belly-filling protein? What about gluten-free? How about no preservatives, nitrites or artificial ingredients? Would 99% fat-free and low-sodium also appeal? Have I whet your appetite, or at least piqued your curiosity?  This virtuous and delicious snack I’m referring to is Fusion Jerky.Taiwanese born KaiYen Mai grew up in a family passionate about, of all things…jerky.  (In Taiwan, jerky is a celebrated delicacy, akin to fine wine.)  For nearly 50 years, her family honed their craft and developed recipes that have been passed on for generations.  KaiYen Mai then took the idea one step further and fused the tenderness of Asian-style jerky with American flavors, giving birth to Fusion Jerky.If you’ve tried jerky before, this one is different, with more complex flavors (like garlic jalapeño and rosemary citrus!) and better texture.  If jerky hasn’t necessarily been on your radar for snacking, it should be!  It’s portable,...

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How are you feeling post-holiday season? Since January comes after a season of a bit too much merriment and indulgence, this is an ideal time to focus on getting our life and priorities back on track.The Scramble is offering a New Year special to help you and your entire family eat healthier, while saving time and money.With every free trial or renewal membership, you get 3 bonus gifts:Save Time: eCookbook with 10 complete Family Dinners you can make in 15 minutes or less! Save Money: eCookbook with a week of Healthy Dinners you can make for under $50Lose Weight: Tips to Trim Down Quickly while feeding your familyClick here to start your free trial and get your gifts. Would you do me a favor and share news about our New Year special offer on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest? We make it super easy on our new sharing page.
  Dec 29, 2014   Recipes

Healthy Snack: Homemade Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Healthy Snack: Homemade Tortilla Chips and Salsa Prep + Cook Time: 25 minutesThese homemade tortilla chips are lots of fun to make with your kids and are truly irresistible straight out of the oven. (Well, you should let them cool for a few minutes before chowing down on them.) Plus, if you eat ¼ of the chips, you’ll only be eating about 170 calories, with about 7% of that from fat, and 4 grams of fiber, so you can enjoy your healthy snack in good conscience!  We like to dip our chips in chunky salsa (look for brands like Pace, which have no added sugar) for an even healthier and more zesty snack!Healthy Snack: Homemade Tortilla Chips1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 8 - 10 corn tortillas 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 cup salsa (optional)Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put the oil in a small bowl, and, using a pastry brush, lightly brush the top and bottom of one of the corn tortillas with the oil. Put the tortilla on a cutting board, and brush the top of the next tortilla...
  Dec 29, 2014   Recipes

Healthy Snack: Fruit Kabobs

Not only is this a healthy snack that's colorful and delicious, but it's also fun to assemble and to eat! Healthy Snack: Fruit Kabobs Prep Time:  20 minutes 6 - 8 cups seasonal mixed fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, bananas, mango, grapes and/or melon 15 - 20 colorful toothpicks or wooden skewers 1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt (optional)Thread the fruit onto toothpicks or small skewers (kids can have fun doing this, however children under age 3 should not eat with toothpicks or skewers of any size). Serve with small bowls of yogurt for dipping (optional).Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values) Calories 77, Total Fat: 1g, 0%; Saturated Fat: 0g, 0%; Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 8mg, 0%; Total Carbohydrate: 19g, 6%; Dietary Fiber: 3g, 11%; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 1g
  Dec 29, 2014   Recipes 2

Healthy Snack or Dessert: Peanut Butter Bites

These delicious little cuties make a healthy snack or delicious dessert.Peanut Butter BitesPrep Time: 15 minutes Serving size:  about 2 cookies1/2 cup oats 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, or use powdered (confectioner's) sugar (optional) 1/4 cup flour (use wheat/gluten-free if needed) 1/4 cup natural peanut butter or other nut butter 1/4 cup honeyPut the oats in a food processor and pulse until they are a coarse texture, but not quite powdery. Put the cocoa powder or powdered sugar (optional) in a small shallow dish. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, peanut butter (or other nut butter) and honey and mix until it forms a dough. (Add a little water if it is too dry). With wet hands, roll 10 - 15 small balls of dough. Roll the balls in the cocoa powder or powdered sugar (optional) and serve immediately or refrigerate, tightly covered, for up to a week.Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon...
  Dec 8, 2014   Easy Holidays/Entertaining

Does Holiday Eating Have Your Stomach Begging for Mercy? How to Improve Your Energy and Digestion Fast!

Guest Column by Mari J Hahn, Holistic Health Coach and author of Gut Guide 101:Three Weeks to Better Digestion and Increased EnergyThe month of December always gets a little crazy when it comes to food – it’s easy to get carried away with party food and too many cookies, not to mention indulgent holiday meals, eggnog and cocktails. Before long, you may be suffering with heartburn, low energy and the dreaded weight gain, which can take a lot of the fun out of the holidays.Taking a few minutes each day to take care of your digestion will keep your immune system strong, improve your energy, and help you have a healthy December.Your digestive tract will function much better with plenty of fiber from fresh fruits and vegetables, lots of water every day and less of the depleting stuff like processed foods and sugar. High stress levels also negatively impact the digestive system, so whatever you do to manage your stress such as exercise, yoga, a daily walk or journaling,...
  Dec 8, 2014   #Freebie Fridays 4

#Freebie Friday: Tolerant Pasta Made from Black Beans and Red Lentils!

Do you love to sit down to a bowl of pasta for dinner, but feel like you should be incorporating more protein and fiber into your meal?  Are your kids not eating their greens and simply want a bowl of mac and cheese?  Or have you eliminated pasta from your diet due to a gluten-intolerance or other allergy?  Tolerant Foods pasta-shaped legumes could be an excellent (and delicious!) alternative for you and your family.  While these products are not pasta, they could fool almost any Italian connoisseur!Tolerant Foods penne, rotini and fettuccine are made from legumes, and guess what else?  Nothing!!  That’s right--each product has ONE ingredient--either black beans or red lentils, both certified organic and non-GMO.  Founder of Tolerant Foods Tom Friedman set out to create a food that had only one ingredient, but was nutritious, tasty and great for the body.  I’ve eaten the red lentil variety of Tom’s...