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How to Make Potato Pancakes: Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes

In my house, we can’t go through Hanukkah without eating latkes at least once, so I decided to pour my holiday spirit into creating a new Hanukkah recipe. I’ve been on an Indian cooking kick lately, and I realized that Indian flavors would meld well with traditional potato pancakes.  If you make the batter ahead of time, refrigerate it until you are ready to cook them, and drain the excess liquid from the bowl before frying them. In the video below I'll show you how to make potato pancakes, in this case, Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes.  You can serve them with a side of chickpeas and mint. Try an Indian twist on a beloved Hanukkah potato pancakes (latkes) recipe. Serve these crispy potato pancakes with mango chutney for a delicious vegetarian or vegan meal or side dish. Watch the YouTube video (and subscribe to the channel for more recipes like this one from Aviva Goldfarb) How to Make Potato Pancakes: Indian Potato, Ginger and Carrot Latkes 1 lb....
  Nov 29, 2016   Family Dinner, Picky Eaters

Avoid Restaurant Meltdowns! 10 Tips for Eating Out with Young Kids

Tips for Eating out with Young Kids

Sure, The Scramble is all about making family dinners happen at home more often (and with less stress!) through meal planning and quick and easy recipes. But we all need a night off sometimes, even if it means eating out with young kids.

Those nights out in restaurants seem to happen more often during the holidays. But it sure doesn’t feel like a night off if junior has a meltdown while waiting for the meal.

To make the most of your family dinners out, read these tips from my friend and acclaimed parenting coach, Amy McCready of Positive Parenting Solutions.  These tips for eating out with young kids will help to make dinner more pleasant and less stressful.  While you’re there, sign up for one of Amy’s powerful FREE webinars, “How to Get Kids to Listen WITHOUT Nagging, Reminding or Yelling!” The information Amy shares is pure life-changing goodness!

10 Tips for Eating Out with Young Kids

1. Practice at home...

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...
  Nov 14, 2016   Family Dinner

I Screwed Up: Now I’m Savoring Our Last Months of Family Dinners

Savoring Our Last Months of Family Dinners Family dinners at our house are central — and centering.  In the mornings one or more of us race out of the house by 7:15, exchanging few words. After school, my husband and I work and Celia, our 17-year-old high school senior, often has ultimate Frisbee practice, homework, or other commitments.  But at 6 p.m. most days, I am in the kitchen pouring my energy into making dinner for our family. In addition to being the focus of my meal planning business, The Six O’Clock Scramble, family dinner is the heart of our family time. Lately, work and social events had kept me out more than usual in the evening and I had been missing too many family dinners. On top of my husband’s more demanding work schedule last month, I realized that Celia, who was in the midst of college application stress and a minor health challenge, was feeling our absence and the absence of our nightly routine. So what happened last month to throw us off...

Introducing Two New Six O’Clock Scramble Features to Make Your Life Easier!

The Scramble's New Features to Make your Life Easier! You asked, and we listened!  By popular request, we've added two new features to The Scramble's meal planning service to make your life easier (and meal planning more streamlined):
  1. You can now choose not to include any or all of the side dishes we recommend on your weekly menu plan and grocery list.
  2. It’s now much easier to refer a friend and earn free months when they join The Scramble. Give our new referral system a try by visiting your account page. We so appreciate your referrals!
What improvements would you like to see next? We LOVE hearing from you! Please share your feedback on these new features and your requests for future improvements here, or just shoot me an email at avivag@thescramble.com.

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: ...

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 Spinach Prep + 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...

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Easy Salmon Recipe: Indian Spiced Salmon

This Indian Spiced Salmon is truly an easy salmon recipe and one of The Scramble favorites!  Simple, unique, and delicious, it's elegant for company but quick for anytime.  To save time, make the spice mix in advance. Then slice the fish, coat with oil and spices, and in 12 minutes you have a delightfully easy yet sophisticated main course.

Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel: Easy Salmon Recipe: Indian Spiced Salmon Prep + Cook = 20 minutes 4 servings 1 1/2 lbs. salmon fillet, preferably wild salmon 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 2 tsp. brown sugar 1/2 - 1 tsp. curry powder, to taste 1/2 tsp. kosher salt Preheat the broiler. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil, and set the rack about 4 inches from the heating element. Cut the salmon into 4 serving size pieces.  Pour the olive oil in a small bowl or dish and brush it over the fish with a pastry brush. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, curry powder and salt and rub it evenly over the...