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Easy Chicken Breast Recipe: Mexican Chicken Packets

Mexican Chicken Packets is an easy chicken breast recipe that you bake in a packet in the oven with vegetables, salsa and cheese.  Your whole family will love Mexican Chicken Packets, an easy and flavorful baked chicken recipe to make with boneless chicken breasts. Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel for weekly cooking videos Easy Chicken Breast Recipe: Mexican Chicken PacketsPrep (15 minutes) + Cook (35 minutes) 4 servings Sometimes it’s a fun change to serve the family a meal in a packet.  This easy chicken breast recipe is great for grilling, campouts, or simple dining at home.   We love how the chicken stays so moist and flavorful. You can assemble the packets in advance and cook in the oven, on the grill, or by the coals. Serve with guacamole and carrots.   For extra-fast clean-up, just do a quick rinse of the foil and put in your recycling bin! 1 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 tsp. ground cumin 4 boneless,...

Easy Black Bean and Corn Soup (Just 4 ingredients!)

Black Bean and Corn Soup is a super easy, flavorful and incredibly healthy recipe that kids and adults love. Just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make it from start to finish! Watch the video (and please subscribe to my YouTube channel!)Soup-er Easy Black Bean and Corn SoupPrep + Cook Time: 10 minutes Make six 1 1/3 cup servings 45 oz. reduced-sodium canned black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup salsa 1/2 tsp. cumin, or more to taste 14 oz. canned corn kernels, drained and rinsed, or use 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels Optional toppings: sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, shredded Cheddar cheese, hot pepper sauce, chopped fresh cilantro, tortilla chips In a medium stockpot over medium heat, combine 2 cans (3 cups) of the beans, the salsa, cumin, and 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil (cover it for faster boiling). While it is heating, use an immersion blender (also called stick or hand blender) to puree the mixture right in the pot, so it is still a...

Ward off Winter’s Chill: 10 Most Popular Six O’Clock Scramble Recipes for Soups and Stews

Ward off the winter chill with our most popular recipes for soups and stews.  Not only are they comforting and warming during the cold, short days of winter, but they are also delicious, nourishing and easy to make.  You can easily customize this week’s meal plan to add one of these to your weekly dinner menu or add them to your recipe box to try this winter.Hungarian Cream of Mushroom Soup  Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Noodle (or Farro) Soup Tomato Soup with Basil and Goat Cheese Soup-er Easy Black Bean and Corn Soup Chicken (or Chicken-Less) Tortilla Soup Meatball and Orzo Soup Roasted Corn, Potato and Bacon Chowder ...

How to Pan-Fry Crispy Tofu in the Skillet

How to Pan-Fry Crispy Tofu in the SkilletI would love to show you how to make my family’s favorite crispy browned tofu in the skillet (my husband Andrew deems it BTE, or Best Tofu Ever!) to use in all your favorite Asian stir-fries or as a vegetarian substitute for chicken or beef in recipes or toss it in salads. We also like to dip it into the  Korean sesame-soy sauce dipping sauce below.Watch the video:Crispy Tofu in the Skillet16 oz. extra firm tofu in water 2 Tbsp. canola, vegetable or peanut oil Drain the tofu, cut it into 1-inch cubes, and wrap it in a clean dishcloth for as long as possible (up to 12 hours), but at least 5 minutes. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the tofu in a single layer and brown it, turning occasionally, for 10 - 15 minutes until it is golden brown. Using a spatula, transfer the tofu to a plate and set it aside. Korean Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce for Crispy Golden...

How to Make Whole Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker

Whole Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker

My hairdresser Christa Forgue told me she likes to make a whole chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker. This method is so easy and the flavor is just right—kind of like my Jewish grandmothers would have made if either of my Jewish grandmothers had been good cooks (they had lots of other good qualities.)

And for another great Slow Cooker Recipe, check out our Spicy Szechuan Ground Turkey and Green Beans recipe.  To see our how-to video, click on this:  Spicy Szechuan Ground Turkey and Green Beans video.

Watch the YouTube video:

Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker8 servings, about 1 3/4 cups Prep (30 minutes) + Cook (3 – 10 hours) 2 carrots, sliced (about 1 cup) 3 stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup) 1/2 yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup) 2 garlic cloves, smashed peeled and coarsely chopped 3 1/2 lb. whole chicken, some or all skin removed, if desired 8 cups water 2 – 3 tsp. salt, to taste (3 works...
  Jan 3, 2017  Easy Dinners, Giveaway

Enter to Win an Instant Pot by Starting or Renewing Your Membership Now!

Enter to Win an Instant Pot:  Renew Your Membership Now!You’re going to want to pay close attention to this post for a BIG GIVEAWAY- a chance to win a brand new Instant Pot ($99 value) and a 1-Year Membership to The Scramble. Have you heard of this appliance sensation, or perhaps OBSESSION? So many people are going crazy for the Instant Pot. In one compact (and kind of adorable) machine, you get a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, soup cooker and warmer, steamer, sous vide machine.  This thing can probably even pack your kids’ lunches! You can either set it and forget it in the morning, or you can come home late and have:
  • frozen chicken ready to eat in 15 minutes
  • spaghetti squash cooked in 6 minutes
  • perfect easy to peel hard-boiled eggs in 6 minutes
  • beans cooked from scratch in 25 minutes
  • and so much more
I’ve been experimenting with my Instant Pot and am super impressed with all it can do. ...

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 aviva@thescramble.com.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...

Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Bites with Blue Cheese Dressing

Roasted Cauliflower Buffalo Biteswith 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 DressingPrep + 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: ...

Ravioli Soup with Grated Zucchini and Spinach

This 5-ingredient ravioli soup is takes just 10 minutes to make and so easy that you may even have time to let the kids help you make it—or make it themselves if they’re old enough Ravioli Soup with Grated Zucchini and SpinachPrep + Cook = 15 minutes 4 servings, about 2 cups each 15 oz. chicken broth 10 oz. refrigerated cheese ravioli (about 20 small raviolis) 1 zucchini or yellow squash (8 – 10 oz.) 2 ounces (about 2 cups) baby spinach 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, or to taste 1.    Pour the broth in a medium to large stockpot over high heat, fill the can with water (or use 2 cups of water) and add the water to the pot, and cover it to bring it to a boil. 2.    Add the ravioli to the pot, cover it to bring it back to a boil, then uncover it and let it cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. 3.    Meanwhile, grate the zucchini with a cheese grater.  When the pasta is one minute from being fully cooked, stir the zucchini...