Time Saving Kitchen Tips

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  Jul 18, 2015   News, Time Saving Kitchen Tips

Your Feedback makes a difference – Grocery List Feature Updated

The Scramble is proud to provide one of the most interactive and customizable menu planning services available and we are so grateful you are part of it!Many of you have suggested improvements to the grocery list feature that would make your lives even easier. You asked and we listened!With the most recent update to The Scramble, we have enhanced both the functionality and look of the grocery list. Now, it’s your turn! We want your feedback about this new and improved feature.Once you have logged in, when you go to the current menu plan page, please click on the green “See New Grocery List” button on the right.Improvements include:Tablet and Mobile friendly layout: No more straining your eyes or pinching and expanding/contracting.  The new grocery list adapts to the device that you are currently using – iPad, Android, iPhone or your computer.Grocery list changes saved - No more losing your changes when you log out, get distracted or switch from...

What to Make for Dinner? Healthy Meal Plans Reviews

What's the Best Meal Planner for My Family? Healthy Meal Plans ReviewsMany families find it overwhelming to get a healthy dinner on the table. Some are contending with picky eaters, or just find it tough to decide what to make after a busy day. Some families are convinced that they just don’t have the time to grocery shop and cook. A meal planner can help take much of the stress and decision making out of making dinner happen, ensuring that you’ll be able to enjoy more family dinners at home. But with so many out there, which meal planner is right for your family?Because there are a lot of meal planning services to choose from, we’ve done the homework for you.  This chart shows what features to look for in meal planners and what makes them the best fit for your family.[vc_row][vc_column...

Double Recipes to Freeze and Make Weeknight Dinners Go More Smoothly

Your freezer can be your best friend when it comes to planning meals for a busy week ahead.  When I know I’m going to have an especially hectic week or just a day during the week that I’ll be going non-stop, I will pull an already prepared meal out of the freezer.  I get hugely (almost weirdly) excited about defrosting a meal that I’ve already made and packed away.  Although at some earlier point I had put effort into preparing the meal, I almost feel like I’m “cheating” when I serve it because the only work I’ve done on that day is warming it up.The easiest way to fill your freezer with homemade meals is to double recipes to freeze when you are cooking for your family and freeze one batch for a future dinner.  Generally recipes that freeze well include casseroles, soups, meats and egg dishes.  On the other hand, I don’t think that fish, potatoes, or recipes with creamy sauces lend themselves well to freezing and defrosting.10 Scramble recipes that...

Free Bonus Gifts to Help You Reach Your 2015 Goals and Eat Healthy Dinners


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. http://www.thescramble.com.P.S. 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.

Tips for Reeeeallly Slow Cooking

A few years ago, I finally purchased a slow cooker.  I’m not sure what I was waiting for, but it’s been an incredibly convenient addition to my kitchen.  Because I work from home I can often start my slow cooker at lunchtime or before carpools so the food is ready at dinnertime.However, many full-time working Scramblers have told me that they are out of the house for 10 hours or more, and many slow cooking recipes don’t have cooking ranges that long.  They’ve wondered how the meal would turn out if left in the slow cooker longer than our recipes suggest.  So, I turned to my ever-faithful Scramble Facebook community for advice and posted this question:  “What do you do if the recipe says to cook on low for 5 - 7 hours but you will be out of the house for 8 - 10 hours? Do you use a timer to start it or stop it or is there another solution?”This is just a small sampling of the slow cooking tips solutions they shared:Shari Brooks: I still go ahead with the...

New Kitchen Tool Crush: The Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer

Ever since I started making low-carb, low-calorie, healthier spaghetti strands out of raw zucchini this summer, I’ve been looking for a tool to shred the zucchini more easily than my box grater.  I found one I love and it’s probably the least expensive one on the market.  With Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer , you just twist the zucchini in the opening and out come long strands of zucchini-spaghetti that are perfect for tossing with sauce, as in this Raw Zucchini Pasta with Pesto recipe. It costs less than $15, needs no batteries or electricity and is compact enough to store in a kitchen drawer. You can, of course, use your food processor to shred the zucchini but I find the long strands come out drier and have a more spaghetti-like texture with a spiral vegetable slicer like the Veggetti.

You can see me briefly demonstrate how to use the Veggetti on my recent appearance on the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.This week I'll be wielding my Veggetti in...

3 Family Dinners in 3 Minutes! Aviva on the Today Show x 3

I’m finding it hard to believe, but I had the privilege of making my third appearance on the Today Show last week! I demonstrated some meals with that hilarious duo, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (no, we didn’t drink wine or cocktails…). In about 3 minutes, through the magic of television and a bevy of prep cooks, I showed Kathie Lee and Hoda how to make 3 of my favorite no-cook back-to-school family dinners for this hot and hectic time of year: Mediterranean 7-Layer Dinner DipRaw Zucchini Pasta with Pesto, and Avocados Stuffed with Tuna Salad.  If you missed the show (or want to relive the adventure!), you can catch it here.I was also delighted to have an article I wrote featured on the Today Show home page all weekend! Read How to Get Dinner on the Table in 15 Minutes (or Less)! For more ideas for quick and healthy family dinners with less time, money and stress, sign up for a free...

Timesaving Cooking Tricks to Get Family Dinner on the Table

As a Scrambler, you know how important it is to find any and every way to cut down on the time it takes to get a family dinner on the table. Here are a few of my favorite timesaving cooking tips and tricks.1. Halve cherry tomatoes or grapes: Put all the tomatoes on a dinner plate with a rim, top them gently with another rimmed dinner plate to hold them still.  Slide a long serrated knife between the two plates to halve all the tomatoes or grapes in one slice.2. Shuck corn: Steam corn in the microwave with the husk on for 2 - 4 minutes until it is hot. Let it cool a bit, slice through the cob near the bottom, and the husk and silk slide right off.3. Dice or slice an avocado:  Halve the avocado the long way, separate the halves, remove the pit with a spoon or serrated knife, and using a dull knife, cut each half into long slices then across the short way to create cubes. Remove the cubes with a large spoon. Alternatively, scoop out the flesh with the spoon first, put...
  Jul 25, 2014   Family Dinner, Time Saving Kitchen Tips 4

How to Have Home Cooked Family Meals on Vacation, Too!

Dear Aviva:  I love your website and book.  Have you put together a menu for family meals on vacation?  Something for when you rent a house and want healthy, easy meals that don't have so many novel ingredients that you have to buy a bunch of stuff you won't use up? I don’t want to buy paprika just for 1 recipe for vacation, for example. Thanks for your help! Kate Hall, Cheshire, CTI was thrilled to learn that many Scramblers don’t completely abandon making family dinners while on vacation.  While it’s a treat to splurge and go out for a few meals while vacationing, if you have access to a kitchen it can also be quieter and more relaxing sometimes to stay in and prepare dinner for the family—that is, if you have a plan (and a kitchen, of course).Eating in a few nights also saves a lot of cash so that when your 10-year-old asks to go on that roller coaster again (and again!), you feel like you have a few extra dollars with which to indulge her.Over the...
  Jul 11, 2014   Recipes, Time Saving Kitchen Tips 1

Do Yourself a Flavor This Summer: Eat More Science!

I hope you enjoy this week’s guest column and science recipe from my wonderful, talented friend Ann McCallum, who is a public school teacher and author of delightfully engaging children’s books that make cooking both fun and educational, including Eat Your Math Homework and the upcoming Eat Your Science Homework. Ann’s books can help us keep our children’s brains from turning to mush over the summer while getting them interested in cooking and its natural connections to math and science.If you live in the DC area (or want to take a field trip), you and your children can see Ann discuss and do projects from her upcoming book on August 9th at 1:00 p.m. at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, on August 10th at 1:00 p.m. at the National Children's Museum, and August 12th at 6:30 p.m. at Kensington Park Library in Kensington, Maryland.Guest column by teacher and children’s author Ann McCallumAh, summer—a time for fresh fruit and vegetables, hot lazy...