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

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, Cheshir... Read more
Do Yourself a Flavor This Summer:  Eat More Science!

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 Read more
Cooking with Fresh Herbs: 10 Great Uses for Extra Fresh Herbs

Cooking with Fresh Herbs: 10 Great Uses for Extra Fresh Herbs

If your back yard in July is anything like ours, your fresh potted herbs are starting to look a little like the multiplying pods from that old movie, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with tentacles (or in this case, fragrant offshoots) threatening to invade the house while you sleep! Sin... Read more
Easy Dinners for One (Beyond Cereal and Microwavable Meals!)

Easy Dinners for One (Beyond Cereal and Microwavable Meals!)

While here at The Scramble we focus a lot on feeding families, we know that we have many members that are flying solo when it comes to eating dinner.  Possibly you are a 20 (or 30, 40 or 50) something living on your own, a single parent whose kids have left the nest, or part of a family where everyon... Read more
Friday dinner ideas | Suggestions for Great Meals to End your Week

Friday dinner ideas | Suggestions for Great Meals to End your Week

While the dinner routine on Monday through Thursday at our house is pretty consistent (I make dinner and we sit down as a family to enjoy it), Fridays and Saturdays are often wild cards.  With two teenagers going in different directions for activities and social plans, it’s sometimes a little harder to ... Read more
Having a Weekly Healthy Meal Planner Can Make Family Dinners a Reality!

Having a Weekly Healthy Meal Planner Can Make Family Dinners a Reality!

Regardless of the age of your kids, getting healthy, well-rounded dinners on the table can present a challenge for families.  If you’ve got small children, you’re probably dealing with the juggling act that comes along with little people wanting or needing your constant attention.  If your kid... Read more
Should You Lie to Your Kids About The Family Dinner?

Should You Lie to Your Kids About The Family Dinner?

My friend Erika Dickstein never fails to make me laugh. Recently she shared this post on Facebook: “My favorite part of every day... when the girls get home from school, run in and hug me asking what we are having for dinner. I then tell them what w... Read more
Michelle Obama Says Get Families Cooking to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Michelle Obama Says Get Families Cooking to Reduce Childhood Obesity

Could getting families to cook at home more often be the key to help reduce childhood obesity? I believe it can, and so does our First Lady! Last week I had a chance to see Michelle Obama give a rousing speech in DC about the next phase of her Let’s Move efforts. The first year that she made getting kids healthier her top domestic priority, she directed... Read more
Healthy Chicken Parmesan

Healthy Chicken Parmesan

                    Crispy Baked Chicken Parmesan with Roasted Brussels Sprouts--the whole meal clocks in at just 300 calories and can be prepared in 30 minutes or less.  Chicken Parmesan in major resta... Read more
Fish Substitutions When you Can’t Fish your Wish

Fish Substitutions When you Can’t Fish your Wish

Fish is an excellent lean protein source.  It is brimming with nutrients and is a natural source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which is vital because our bodies cannot make omega-3s on their own.  Some seafood has also been shown in scientific studies to give us a feeling of fullness or satiati... Read more