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

Will You Help Me Decide What Cooking Videos to Make Next?

Will You Help Me Decide What Cooking Videos to Make Next? Have you subscribed to The Scramble’s new YouTube channel yet? I’m sharing inspiring weekly recipes, tips and helpful cooking videos to make your meals and snacks easier, healthier and more delicious. If you subscribe to the channel, you wont get bombarded with emails, but you will get notified when there’s a new video so you won't miss it.  My goal is to share short and inspiring videos each week that will make your life easier, healthier and more delicious. Please let me know what recipes or tips you’d like me to share next. Current top contenders are: A. What to pack for kids’ summer camp lunches B. How to make peanut butter, banana and chocolate overnight oatmeal (no sugar added!) C. How to make banana whip...

Lime Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Your family will love this simple marinade for grilled chicken breasts.  The avocado salsa would also be great on top of a firm, white fish, such as halibut, and of course it's fabulous for dipping chips or veggie sticks.  If you don’t want to grill the breasts, you can cook them on the stovetop over medium-high heat with a little olive oil in a skillet instead.  Click here for  grilling tips to make grilled chicken and other delicious meals over the fire. Watch the cooking video on YouTube and get the recipe below: Lime Grilled Chicken with Avocado Salsa Prep + Cook Time: 30 minutes Makes six servings. 1 1/2 - 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, or use boneless thighs 1/2 - 1 lime, juice only, 2 Tbsp. 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. kosher salt 2 avocados, diced or mashed, or use 3/4 cup guacamole 1 tomato, diced 1/4 red onion, finely diced (about 1/2 cup) 1/4 tsp. salt 1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped (optional) Place the chicken...

Teens aren’t Terrifying! How to Bond with Teens in the Kitchen

Bond With Teens in The Kitchen When my kids were young, I used to worry about what it might be like to have teenagers and how I would bond with teens, let alone parent them.  The words that came to mind were moodiness, conflict, attitude, eye-rolling and curfews. Fast forward 10 plus years and I am now the mom of two teenagers, 19-year-old Solomon and 17-year-old Celia.  As with most things, I now realize that worrying about the future was a waste of energy. Parenting teens, and spending time with them and their friends, is more fun than I could have ever imagined. Also, because I love to cook and have taught my kids to be comfortable in the kitchen, I find that now, many of our best times happen while we’re cooking or dining together. How do you bond with your kids in the kitchen? I’d love you to read and share your thoughts on my latest article (plus a video!) for The Washington Post.

Vegetarian and Gluten Free Meal Plans Available

Vegetarian and GlutenFree Meal Plans In addition to our weekly meal planner, did you know we have meal plans for specific diets, too? Get our 4-week gluten-free meal plan here or our 6-week vegetarian meal plan here. What specific meal plan would you like us to create next? Sugar-free? Nut-free? Vegan? Meals in 20 minutes or less? Please send your feedback to

Overnight Baked Blueberry French Toast

Overnight Baked Blueberry French Toast is an easy yet delicious make-ahead meal.  The beauty of this make-ahead baked French toast is that you can get it all ready the night before, so you just need to bake it in the morning.  I got this recipe many years ago from a parent at my son's school, and while I have revised it since then, I wish I knew the original author so I could thank her personally for all the successful brunches where this dish has taken center stage. Watch the video on YouTube Overnight Baked Blueberry French Toast Prep: 20 minutes    Cook: 60 minutes  Marinate Time: 8 - 12 hours 8 servings 1 small loaf day old challah or French bread (about 8 1-inch slices) 3 eggs 2 1/4 cups milk, any variety 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup flour 6 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 cup butter 2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish thoroughly with nonstick cooking spray.  Cut the bread into 1-inch thick slices...

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