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Grilled Flank Steak with Mango Salsa and Pan-Fried Plantains

Over winter break, my family took an incredible trip to Nicaragua. Some people wondered why we chose Nicaragua for our family vacation, because few people we know had thought of vacationing there. We were drawn to the natural beauty, abundant wildlife, the well maintained Colonial cities of Granada and Leon, the gorgeous beaches near San Juan del Sur, and the dramatic volcanoes like Momotumbo and Cerro Negro. We also appreciated how easy it was to get to—just a two-hour flight from Miami—and the reasonable prices and good weather in Nicaragua, which is in Central America. Nicaragua boasts so many activities for a curious family like ours, from sand boarding down an active volcano, to kayaking through the mangroves and holding newly hatched sea turtles, to speeding down cobblestone streets in a horse-drawn carriage in a gorgeous Colonial city, to making your own chocolate bars from scratch in a chocolate educational center. There were so many other things to do that we...

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 Soup Prep + 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 Skillet I 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 Skillet 16 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.

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Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker 8 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...

Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipe: Cheesy Spinach and Egg Bake

This make ahead breakfast casserole recipe also makes a perfect savory make-ahead breakfast or brunch, and it’s got plenty of protein, healthy fat and vegetables to keep you feeling full and nourished for hours. The colorful vegetables in it also make it pretty enough to serve at a breakfast gathering and the green and red vegetables are perfect for Christmas morning breakfast!

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Cheesy Spinach and Egg Bake is a perfect make ahead breakfast or brunch casserole recipe for holidays or lazy Sunday mornings. We love it for breakfast-for-dinner, too!

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Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipe: Cheesy Spinach and Egg Bake

Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes Makes 12 servings

10 - 16 oz. (depends...

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 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: ...

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