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  Oct 5, 2015   Family Dinner

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 Greens3 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 hot, add the oil, and when it is hot add...

Slow Cooker Sweet and Smoky Corn and Pinto Bean Stew

This smoky, sweet stew has endless variations.  It can be served over rice, inside of a tortilla, or simply in a bowl topped with Cheddar cheese or crushed tortilla chips.  Now that I’ve learned that there’s no need to soak dry beans before cooking them, I’m going to be making them a lot more often instead of using canned beans.  Serve it with Apple Cheddar Cornbread.
Slow Cooker Sweet and Smoky Corn and Pinto Bean Stew
Prep Time: 10 minutes    Cook Time: 6 hours    Total Time: 6 hours and 10 minutes
16 oz. dry pinto beans, rinsed 16 oz. frozen roasted corn, or use regular frozen corn kernels 1 yellow onion, diced 2 medium white or sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces (about 3 cups) 1/2 lb. smoked ham or soy chorizo, chopped 16 oz. medium or spicy salsa 6 cups water 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika 1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves) (can use Dorot frozen garlic) 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, with a little of the sauce...

Italian Shotgun Wedding Soup (Easy Italian Wedding Soup recipe)

Everyone loves Italian Wedding Soup, but the thought of making both the meatballs and the soup on a harried weeknight is a little daunting.  So I love this shortcut Italian Wedding Soup recipe that uses flavorful sausage instead of the meatballs, while still using the fresh vegetables that makes this soup so nourishing.  This is also excellent with 15 oz. diced tomatoes stirred in with the broth. Scramble recipe tester Amy Stanley said, “We all gave it 5 stars.  A perfect balance.” Serve it with garlic bread.
Italian Shotgun Wedding Soup
Prep + Cook Time: 30 minutes

1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 - 1 yellow onion, finely chopped (1 cup) 3 carrots, halved (or quartered if large) and finely chopped (about 1 cup) 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced (1 cup) 12 oz. pre-cooked Italian turkey, chicken or meatless sausage (use wheat/gluten-free if needed), sliced into 1/2-inch slices 1 tsp. Italian seasoning blend, or more to taste 10 cups...
  Aug 4, 2015   Family Dinner

This Letter Made My Day!

My happiest mornings start out when I open my email inbox and get a “love letter” from a Six O’Clock Scramble member.  My team and I are so incredibly focused on making The Scramble the best meal planning resource for you and your family.  Our goal is to make it easier for you to get a healthy dinner on the table and enjoy it with your family.  But because it’s a virtual product and we don’t have a storefront, we crave direct interaction with members so we can get your feedback and make sure we are on the right track, or hear how it’s working for your family. Do you have any feedback, positive, negative or just interesting? A suggestion for how we can do better? If so, please send it right to my inbox at aviva@thescramble.comI want to share this letter I received from a Scramble member after I sent an email recently about our 12th birthday.   Dear Aviva, You and your team have been doing a great job!!  I really try to spread the word!  I always have...

Chicken or Steak Fajitas

Who doesn’t love sizzling fajitas, especially when each family member can design their own?  The marinated meat makes these fajitas especially flavorful.  Serve the fajitas with guacamole and a mango, cucumber and lime salad.
Chicken or Steak Fajitas
Prep + Cook Time: 30 minutes
1 - 2 lime, juice only, about 1/4 cup 5 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. salt, to taste 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or boneless steak, sliced into thin strips, or use black beans or portobello mushrooms 1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced 2 green or red bell peppers, cored and thinly sliced 8 medium whole wheat or flour tortillas (soft taco size) 1 - 2 avocado, halved, pitted and sliced, (or use guacamole), for serving (optional) 1 cup nonfat sour cream, for serving (optional) 1 cup salsa, for serving (optional) 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, for serving (optional)
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  May 15, 2015   Family Dinner, Healthy Snacks, Recipes

Sabra Hummus Coupon: Celebrate National Hummus Day and Dip Life to The Fullest!

I’m a little obsessed with Hummus!  Yep, I’m not afraid to admit it.  (I could be fixated on worse, right??)
I so thoroughly enjoy the savory Mediterranean dip composed primarily of chickpeas, tahini, oil and garlic, that I find ways to eat it all the time.  Sometimes, I spread it on the inside of a sandwich or wrap, other times I dip cut up veggies or whole grain crackers into it and yet other times, I eat it by the spoonful (but I definitely don’t double dip)! 
Over the years, I’ve also come up with super-popular recipes that incorporate this creamy, protein-rich dip into them, including Mediterranean 7-Layer Dinner Dip and these Warm Eggplant Pita Sandwiches with Hummus

In Honor of National Hummus Day (May 21st) I have created some brand new family-friendly, delicious and healthy recipes using Sabra hummus.  May 21st only: Get a coupon to save on Sabra hummus here (More details below).

Warm Garlic Hummus Flatbread Rollups Prep + Cook = 15 minutes 4...

What to Make for Dinner? Healthy Meal Plans Reviews

What's the Best Meal Planner for My Family? Healthy Meal Plans ReviewsMany families find it overwhelming to get a healthy dinner on the table. Some are contending with picky eaters, or just find it tough to decide what to make after a busy day. Some families are convinced that they just don’t have the time to grocery shop and cook. A meal planner can help take much of the stress and decision making out of making dinner happen, ensuring that you’ll be able to enjoy more family dinners at home. But with so many out there, which meal planner is right for your family?Because there are a lot of meal planning services to choose from, we’ve done the homework for you.  This chart shows what features to look for in meal planners and what makes them the best fit for your family.[vc_row][vc_column...
  Mar 23, 2015   Family Dinner, Healthy Snacks, Recipes

Award-Winning Recipes from Kids Who Cook Real Food

I recently wrote about some amazingly creative 11 to 14 year olds who participated in the Real Food for Kids cooking Contest.  The dishes the kids made were so innovative, well put together and most importantly, delicious that I had to share the recipes here.  Each of these dishes are things that I would be happy to serve my family.AvoFu   Me Caitlin Nguyen - age 14 Time: 35 minutes Servings: 2Ingredients: 1 package of extra firm organic tofu Salt Pepper 1 ripened avocado 1 lemon for 2 tablespoons of lemon juice 4 slices of tomato ¼ of a red onion 2 slices of organic whole wheat flax seed bread 2 slices of reduced fat provolone 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard 1 ½ tablespoons of honey ¼ teaspoon parsley flakes PepperInstructions for Tofu Fries: 1. Preheat the oven to broil. 2. Open the package of tofu and drain out the water within the container. 3. Layout one washcloth...

Double Recipes to Freeze and Make Weeknight Dinners Go More Smoothly

Your freezer can be your best friend when it comes to planning meals for a busy week ahead.  When I know I’m going to have an especially hectic week or just a day during the week that I’ll be going non-stop, I will pull an already prepared meal out of the freezer.  I get hugely (almost weirdly) excited about defrosting a meal that I’ve already made and packed away.  Although at some earlier point I had put effort into preparing the meal, I almost feel like I’m “cheating” when I serve it because the only work I’ve done on that day is warming it up.The easiest way to fill your freezer with homemade meals is to double recipes to freeze when you are cooking for your family and freeze one batch for a future dinner.  Generally recipes that freeze well include casseroles, soups, meats and egg dishes.  On the other hand, I don’t think that fish, potatoes, or recipes with creamy sauces lend themselves well to freezing and defrosting.10 Scramble recipes that...
  Feb 10, 2015   Family Dinner, Picky Eaters, Recipes

Upgraded Kids Food: Make Healthier Kids’ Menu Options at Home

Upgraded kids food is always a good thing.  Want to treat your kids to healthier versions of their favorite kids’ menu items without spending a fortune on dinner out? Try these options at home instead:Tortilla Pepperoni Pizzas Miraculous Macaroni and Cheese Crunchy Chicken Fingers Grilled Cheese Melts with Brie and Baby Spinach Zesty Southwestern Burgers with Cilantro SlawLearn more about the national movement for healthier restaurant food for kids including the simplest solution.