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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...
  Feb 10, 2017   Healthy Snacks, Recipes

What are Chia Seeds and How Do you Use Them?

What are Chia Seeds and How do you Use Them? What are chia seeds and how do you use them? Chia seeds have big health benefits.  They are grown in South America and come from a plant called salvia hispanica. Traditionally they were used by cultures in South America for fuel and strength. They have caught on big time in the US because they are such an easy to use and affordable source of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and many other nutrients. Chia seeds are tasteless and odorless. Because they are so absorbent, they can be used to thicken soups, smoothies, beverages and even make fruit jam, and because they expand in liquid, they can help keep you full. We love to use chia seeds to make: Chia pudding Chia lemonade Smoothies Yogurt Thicken overnight oats/oatmeal As a vegan egg substitute As a thickener for soups Try this chia pudding as a quick breakfast or snack: Maple Vanilla Chia Pudding 2 servings, 3/4 cup each (or divide into 4 smaller servings to serve...

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 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 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...

How To Do A Sugar Cleanse And Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

How to Do a Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe I'm engaging in a sugar cleanse to hit the reset button on my eating in the new year.  After a delicious but not-so-healthful holiday, it's time for me to get back to eating mindfully.  A year ago, I created a sugar cleanse challenge Surviving a Sugar Detox: Anyone Want to Join Me?  and started a Facebook group to have a month-long sugar cleanse.  It was so popular and successful, that our group continues to support each other.  We have found so many positive benefits, including (but not limited to) weight loss and increased energy.  Please join our Facebook group for this January's sugar cleanse and healthy eating challenge to get your sugar addiction and sugar cravings under control by eliminating added sugar for 7 – 30 days. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite recipes to start your day or power your afternoon or evening with healthy, filling, no sugar added creamy smoothies. Watch the...

Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High Protein Granola Recipe)

When I was 10 years old, I used to bake granola and sell it door-to-door to raise money for the Leukemia Society. Since then, I got into the habit of buying granola to sprinkle on my morning yogurt. I don’t know why, since it’s so easy to make at home.  Recently, friend Allison Soffer gave me some of her delicious homemade granola and it inspired me to get back to my granola roots. My 18 year-old son, Solomon, and I collaborated on this granola recipe. It’s low in added sugar, high in protein and fiber, and we think it’s the most wonderful granola we’ve tasted yet.

Note: Because we use less sugar than many granola recipes, you won’t get the clumps that you do in the more dessert-y granolas, which can have as much sugar and as many calories as a can of soda. So think of this as a nourishing indulgence that you can enjoy daily. We prefer it without dried fruit but it’s also wonderful with dried cherries or cranberries.

Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High...

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....

Edible Holiday Gift Ideas and More for Food Lovers

Edible Holiday Gift Ideas and More for Food Lovers

When it comes to holiday gift giving, it may not surprise you that I enjoy sharing my favorite foods (or food related gifts) with friends and family. Generally, I think most of us have more than enough possessions filling up our homes, so the idea of giving consumable gifts is very appealing to me.  Giving an edible gift almost guarantees that it won’t sit on a shelf collecting dust.

There are a number of Scramble gems tucked away on the site that would be ideal for whipping up, putting in mason jars or decorative tins and giving as gifts to those you care about.

These are some of my favorite edible holiday gift ideas:

Peanut Butter Bites (Needs refrigeration) Molly’s Chocolate Chewies Quick Dill Pickles (Needs refrigeration) Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Corn Muffins Fudgy Figgy Balls (Needs refrigeration) Quick and Spicy Cashews Chocolate...

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: ...