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

How to Make Potato Pancakes: Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes

In my house, we can’t go through Hanukkah without eating latkes at least once, so I decided to pour my holiday spirit into creating a new Hanukkah recipe. I’ve been on an Indian cooking kick lately, and I realized that Indian flavors would meld well with traditional potato pancakes.  If you make the batter ahead of time, refrigerate it until you are ready to cook them, and drain the excess liquid from the bowl before frying them. In the video below I'll show you how to make potato pancakes, in this case, Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes.  You can serve them with a side of chickpeas and mint. Try an Indian twist on a beloved Hanukkah potato pancakes (latkes) recipe. Serve these crispy potato pancakes with mango chutney for a delicious vegetarian or vegan meal or side dish. Watch the YouTube video (and subscribe to the channel for more recipes like this one from Aviva Goldfarb) How to Make Potato Pancakes: Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes 1 lb....

Edible Holiday Gift Ideas and More for Food Lovers

Edible Holiday Gift Ideas and More for Food Lovers

When it comes to holiday gift giving, it may not surprise you that I enjoy sharing my favorite foods (or food related gifts) with friends and family. Generally, I think most of us have more than enough possessions filling up our homes, so the idea of giving consumable gifts is very appealing to me.  Giving an edible gift almost guarantees that it won’t sit on a shelf collecting dust.

There are a number of Scramble gems tucked away on the site that would be ideal for whipping up, putting in mason jars or decorative tins and giving as gifts to those you care about.

These are some of my favorite edible holiday gift ideas:

Peanut Butter Bites (Needs refrigeration) Molly’s Chocolate Chewies Quick Dill Pickles (Needs refrigeration) Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Corn Muffins Fudgy Figgy Balls (Needs refrigeration) Quick and Spicy Cashews Chocolate...
  Nov 29, 2016   Family Dinner, Picky Eaters

Avoid Restaurant Meltdowns! 10 Tips for Eating Out with Young Kids

Tips for Eating out with Young Kids

Sure, The Scramble is all about making family dinners happen at home more often (and with less stress!) through meal planning and quick and easy recipes. But we all need a night off sometimes, even if it means eating out with young kids.

Those nights out in restaurants seem to happen more often during the holidays. But it sure doesn’t feel like a night off if junior has a meltdown while waiting for the meal.

To make the most of your family dinners out, read these tips from my friend and acclaimed parenting coach, Amy McCready of Positive Parenting Solutions.  These tips for eating out with young kids will help to make dinner more pleasant and less stressful.  While you’re there, sign up for one of Amy’s powerful FREE webinars, “How to Get Kids to Listen WITHOUT Nagging, Reminding or Yelling!” The information Amy shares is pure life-changing goodness!

10 Tips for Eating Out with Young Kids

1. Practice at home...

She’s ONLY Cooked Family Dinners from The Six O’Clock Scramble for 8 Years!

I want to share this very special letter from a devoted mom who for 8 years has cooked nothing but Scramble recipes for her family dinners.  I love her dedication to healthy family dinners and am humbled that she chose The Scramble to make them happen. The holidays are an excellent reminder to focus on gratitude.  Scramblers, I am so grateful for YOU. For 13 years you have cooked with me, sent me encouraging letters, shared your feedback on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., shared my cookbooks and The Six O'Clock Scramble online meal planner with friends and family, and have supported The Scramble’s mission to help more families enjoy healthy family dinners together in so many ways—including making family dinners a priority in your own homes!    I’m always eager to read your notes. Please send them my way at Warmly, Aviva Dear Aviva, In 2008 I made my annual resolution to cook more at home. I went to my local library and found The...
  Nov 15, 2016   gluten-free, Healthy Snacks, vegetarian

How to make perfect popcorn on the stove and 15 popcorn topping ideas

How to make perfect popcorn on the stove and 15 popcorn topping ideas Don’t eat that gross microwave popcorn—it’s bad for you and too salty and fake tasting. I’m going to show you how easy it is to make perfect popcorn on the stove in minutes and share some creative popcorn seasoning ideas. You’ll never go back to microwave popcorn again! Don’t worry about the oil and butter on the popcorn you make at home—for most of us, it’s the processed, chemically fake yellow stuff that we need to worry about more. Ever heard of popcorn lung? It’s a thing—look it up. Basic popcorn recipe 8 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each) 1/2 cup popcorn kernels 2 - 3 Tbsp. canola, vegetable or coconut oil for popping 2 – 3 Tbsp. melted butter, coconut oil or olive oil to toss with popcorn 1/2 - 3/4 tsp. popcorn salt, to taste 1.    Heat a heavy pot over medium-high heat, add the oil and the popcorn kernels and shake the kernels around to coat. 2.  ...
  Nov 14, 2016   Family Dinner

I Screwed Up: Now I’m Savoring Our Last Months of Family Dinners

Savoring Our Last Months of Family Dinners Family dinners at our house are central — and centering.  In the mornings one or more of us race out of the house by 7:15, exchanging few words. After school, my husband and I work and Celia, our 17-year-old high school senior, often has ultimate Frisbee practice, homework, or other commitments.  But at 6 p.m. most days, I am in the kitchen pouring my energy into making dinner for our family. In addition to being the focus of my meal planning business, The Six O’Clock Scramble, family dinner is the heart of our family time. Lately, work and social events had kept me out more than usual in the evening and I had been missing too many family dinners. On top of my husband’s more demanding work schedule last month, I realized that Celia, who was in the midst of college application stress and a minor health challenge, was feeling our absence and the absence of our nightly routine. So what happened last month to throw us off...

Introducing Two New Six O’Clock Scramble Features to Make Your Life Easier!

The Scramble's New Features to Make your Life Easier! You asked, and we listened!  By popular request, we've added two new features to The Scramble's meal planning service to make your life easier (and meal planning more streamlined):
  1. You can now choose not to include any or all of the side dishes we recommend on your weekly menu plan and grocery list.
  2. It’s now much easier to refer a friend and earn free months when they join The Scramble. Give our new referral system a try by visiting your account page. We so appreciate your referrals!
What improvements would you like to see next? We LOVE hearing from you! Please share your feedback on these new features and your requests for future improvements here, or just shoot me an email at

Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Bites with Blue Cheese Dressing

Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Bites with Blue Cheese Dressing We love the flavor of spicy buffalo wings with cooling blue cheese dressing, but we wanted to make a vegetarian version that our daughter Celia could also enjoy, so I cooked up buffalo cauliflower bites with creamy blue cheese dressing instead. The result was so delicious that Celia and I gobbled up all 4 servings and made it again the next week. The combination of the tender, spicy cauliflower and the creamy, cooling blue cheese dressing is irresistible.  You can serve it with cooked chicken strips if you want a meatier meal. Watch the YouTube video and subscribe to our YouTube channel for more: Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Bites with Blue Cheese Dressing Prep + Cook = 30 minutes 4 servings, about 1 3/4 cups 1 large head cauliflower, chopped into smallish florets (about 8 cups) 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. smoked paprika 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 3 Tbsp. Frank’s Red Hot or other...

Scramble Kids’ Favorite Family Dinners

Scramble Kids' Favorite Family Dinners! When I created The Six O’Clock Scramble back in 2003, our children Solomon and Celia were 6 and 4, so they have eaten a lot of Six O’Clock Scramble recipes for their family dinners over the years.  I’ve created over 1,200 recipes—and that’s not including the hundreds that didn’t make the cut—and my kids and Andrew are the first official testers, for better or for worse. Like ours, the children of other members of The Scramble team have grown up on Scramble food.  Our editor Kathryn Spindel, whose kids were 5 and 7 when she joined the team, and are both now in college, thought it would be fun to share our Scramble kids’ favorite meals in case your kids want to try them, too.  So here is a very nonscientific list from our kids’ memories of their favorite Six O’Clock Scramble recipes that have nourished them over the years: ...
  Oct 31, 2016   cocktails, Recipes

Mango Ginger Cocktails and Cheddar Chutney Melts

Pair Mango Ginger Cocktails with Easy Cheddar Chutney Melts for an Indian-Spiked Happy Hour Treat! Mango Ginger Cocktails and Cheddar Chutney Melts 8 servings 3 cups frozen mango chunks 1 cup ginger syrup (see below) ½ cup water 3 cups mango vodka (or if you don’t want to buy mango vodka, I think 2 1/2 cups regular vodka and 1/2 cup orange liqueur would work) 4 limes, juice only 8 jalapeno slices (optional) Puree first 3 ingredients until very smooth. Combine all ingredients. Serve over ice or shake over ice and serve in martini glasses. Garnish with the jalapeno slices or add them to the pitcher with the cocktail mixture. To Make Ginger Simple Syrup 2 ounces ginger, thinly sliced and coarsely chopped(1/2 – 2/3 cup) (no need to peel) 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups water Combine the ginger, sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and simmer it, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Continue simmering...