Family Dinner

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  Feb 3, 2016   Easy Family Dinner, Family Dinner 1

Easy Family Dinner Recipe: Carpool Chicken

This easy family dinner recipe in my new cookbook, The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner: A Year of Quick, Delicious Meals to Help You Prevent and Manage Diabetes, is a snap to throw together on a busy night. You can get it ready hours before dinner (or before you have to drive the carpool) and refrigerate it until it’s time to bake. Use any vegetables you like instead of those I’ve suggested, such as asparagus, artichoke hearts or potatoes. Serve it with farro or brown rice.

Carpool Chicken Marinate Time: 60 minutes    Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 30 minutes    Total Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes1 1/2 - 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces, or use shrimp or extra-firm tofu packed in water 1 red or orange bell pepper, diced 1 yellow bell pepper, diced 1 zucchini or yellow squash, diced 1 small yellow onion, chopped 8 oz. balsamic vinaigrette dressing (see recipe...

Slow cooker recipe: Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Many of us love our slow cookers, but even if you don’t own one, don’t let that stop you from making pulled pork sandwiches. It turns out that a Dutch oven and an oven set to 300 degrees make a fantastic stand in for a slow cooker. But if you have one, by all means, use it! If it didn’t taste so darned awesome, I would say the best part of slow roasting this herb-infused meat is that the house smells heavenly all day.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 4 hours    Total Time: 4 hours and 15 minutes1 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. garlic powder 3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 3/4 tsp. ground cumin 3/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. allspice 3 lbs. boneless pork loin roast, or use pork butt or shoulder 3 sweet yellow onions such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, halved top to bottom and thinly sliced 12 small soft whole wheat rolls or buns (use wheat/gluten-free if needed), sliced open 3/4 cup barbecue sauce, for serving (optional)Preheat the oven to 300...

Easy appetizer: Queso Dip and Homemade Tortilla Chips

At the grocery store, my son Solomon asked if we could buy some cheese dip for tortilla chips. I took one look at the ingredients (ewww!) and told him that it would probably be fun (not to mention healthier) to make our own snack or easy appetizer.It makes me so happy when my kids realize that we can easily make something ourselves with a few simple ingredients rather than buying more processed, and often expensive, versions at the store.Here’s the creation that we made that day.  With only three ingredients, it’s such an easy and rewarding recipe for kids to make. If you have a little more time, you can make your own tortilla chips, too. Queso Dip1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1/4 cup milk, any variety 1 Tbsp. salsa (optional)Heat the Cheddar cheese and the milk in a microwave-safe bowl, loosely covered, at full power for 1 - 1 ½ minutes (depending on your microwave's power), stirring at 30 second...
  Feb 1, 2016   Family Dinner

My Family’s Favorite Healthy Pastas (including one made out of edamame!)

Like most kids, our children Solomon and Celia have always enjoyed pasta.  Whether it was Rigatoni with Tomato and Artichoke Sauce, Spaghetti with Creamy Avocado Pesto, or Fettuccine with Shredded Carrots and Zucchini, they were usually happy to eat just about anything healthy when I tossed it with noodles. Because they love it so much, every week I include a pasta recipe at our dinner table and in The Scramble’s weekly menus. The only drawback was that the noodles themselves weren’t that healthy, as they were mostly refined carbohydrates.In the past I had tried several varieties of whole wheat noodles, but my kids just weren’t into them.  They didn’t seem to have the right texture and the flavor was a little off. But a few years ago, new varieties of whole grain pastas came on the market, and so I kept trying. We found that the whole family actually liked some whole wheat pastas and a brown rice...

Easy Diabetes Cookbook: The Six O’Clock Scramble Meal Planner: A Year of Quick, Delicious Meals to Help You Prevent and Manage Diabetes

Our newest Easy Diabetes Cookbook, The Six O'Clock Scramble Meal Planner: A Year of Quick, Delicious Meals to Help You Prevent and Manage Diabetes, is here!

There's something soul-soothing about flipping through a cookbook -- looking at the photographs, flagging recipes you want to try, and envisioning how wonderful they'll be when your family sits down to enjoy them. Although many of us love finding recipes online, it can't replace the simple pleasure of paging through a real book.

I'm so excited to tell you about my new cookbook, which comes out in less than 2 weeks! I am positive you will love this new book; it has all new recipes since my last cookbooks. It's also my first cookbook to have color photos for every single recipe.

The Six O'Clock Scramble Meal Planner takes the stress and guesswork out of planning your dinners, whether you are cooking for 1, 2, or your whole family, including kids. Pre-order this book today via Amazon or at  crack it open...

  Jan 6, 2016   Family Dinner, Recipes

Butternut Squash and Yellow Lentil Stew

After 3 days of overindulgence in New York celebrating Thanksgiving and my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday, we were ready for some clean eating when we got back home. I hadn’t grocery shopped but I knew I had a butternut squash on the counter and several types of lentils to finish, so I came up with this Indian-inspired vegan stew.  Solomon, who was home from college for the weekend, said he was so happy to have a delicious meatless meal that wasn’t pizza or pasta.  Scramble recipe tester Bobbi Woods said, “Oh my goodness this was fabulous! We all had seconds!!! The LIME absolutely made the taste POP.” Serve it with naan or pita bread.
Butternut Squash and Yellow Lentil Stew
Prep Time: 20 minutes    Cook Time: 40 minutes    Total Time: 60 minutes
Makes 6 servings, about 2 cups each
2 Tbsp. coconut or vegetable oil
1sweet yellow onion such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, diced
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2...
  Dec 21, 2015   Family Dinner, News

Are You Ready to Get Healthier and Feel Better?

Let’s Make 2016 the Year of More Veggies, More Whole Grains, and Less SugarI’m feeling a little overly full lately, are you? I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that my holidays included key lime pie squares, chocolate espresso cake, duck breast prosciutto (you should try it sometime!), and 3-cheese creamy macaroni and cheese my friend Cathy Barrow made for a potluck (the best I’ve ever had - could be because she makes it with 3 cups of heavy cream!!).Can we all agree to forget about what happened between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? Let’s put it behind us, and get our appetite and healthy eating back on track now that it’s the beginning of January.If you want some support and ideas, join our Facebook group, The Six O'Clock Scramble 30 Day Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Eating Challenge, which starts January 2 (some people have already started, though).I used to scoff at New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve come to realize that January is the...

Low-Sugar Orange-Ginger Cranberry Sauce

Low-Sugar Orange-Ginger Cranberry Sauce I briefly forgot how incredibly easy it is to make your own cranberry sauce.  I couldn't resist buying a bag of beautiful red cranberries during Thanksgiving season. As I've been trying to eat little to no added sugar lately, I wanted to make a low-sugar cranberry sauce. This version of low-sugar orange-ginger cranberry sauce is tart but we love the flavor to perk up the muted taste of turkey. You can, of course, always add more maple syrup to taste.Makes about 2 cups of sauce, 8 servings, 1/4 cup each Prep + Cook = 15 minutes1 lb. fresh cranberries 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice 2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, or more to tasteIn a saucepan, combine the cranberries, juice and ginger, bring it to a boil. Partially cover it and simmer it for 8 – 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries are very tender and the sauce is thick. Stir in the...

Ghostly Beef Stew Dinner Recipe for Halloween

Halloween is such a fun yet hectic time.  Cook this spooktacular recipe in advance or use your slow cooker to fill your goblins’ tummies with a delicious, nutritious fun meal.Our photographer Linda Wolpert whipped up these adorable mashed potato ghosts which you can serve on top of my Hearty Beef Stew for a Halloween-themed dinner before or after your children romp around on a chilly autumn night.Feel free to substitute other root vegetables like turnips and parsnips for the carrots and potatoes.To make the mashed potato ghosts, make our mashed potatoes or use your favorite recipe, adding extra water or milk as needed to make it smooth and creamy.  Put the mashed potatoes in a strong plastic bag (sandwich-sized Ziploc works well), snip 1 inch off the bottom corner of the bag on the diagonal, and squeeze out the ghosts. The eyes can be peppercorns, coriander seeds, pieces of olives or carrots; use your imagination! Hearty Beef Stew (Ghostly Beef Stew Dinner...
  Oct 5, 2015   Family Dinner, Recipes 2

Frittata with Red Potatoes and Greens

Eggs are the perfect protein—affordable and healthy, low in calories and saturated fat and high in protein and minerals.  Plus they can stay in the fridge for weeks so they’re always there for you in a pinch.  In this frittata recipe, the potatoes and greens provide great texture and color and make the meal extra nutritious and filling.  Serve it with whole grain English muffins and apple slices.Frittata with Red Potatoes and GreensPrep + Cook = 30 minutes8 servings3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 red onion, quartered top to bottom and thinly sliced 1 ½ lbs. red potatoes, halved and thinly sliced (about 1/4 inch) ½ tsp. dried oregano ¼-1/2 tsp. salt, to taste 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 1/8 tsp. black pepper 4 oz. kale, spinach or other greens, coarsely chopped 8 eggs 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese sriracha or salsa, for serving (optional)Heat a large heavy oven-safe skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium to medium-high heat.  When it is...