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How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Microwave AND a Spaghetti Squash Recipe with Basil, Garlic and Parmesan Cheese

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the MicrowaveThe hardest, most terrifying thing about making spaghetti squash is trying to cut it when it’s uncooked! I was terrified of chopping off a finger so I found a solution. The key to how to cook spaghetti squash is to poke some holes in it with a skewer or knife, cook the squash whole in the microwave, let it cool, and then cut it in half and scrape out the seeds. Use a fork to scrape the strands into a bowl to top with your favorite sauce or just use butter, herbs and Parmesan cheese to season it. You can even clean and rinse the spaghetti squash seeds just like you do with pumpkin seeds! (See our tip below.) I haven’t had an easy relationship with spaghetti squash. My mom used to make it for us when I was young, and I was fascinated by the yellow squash that she would transform with a fork into golden pasta-like strands, and it certainly is much lighter and healthier than wheat-based spaghetti. However, every time I tried...

How to Make Sweet Potato Toast in Toaster or Oven

Sweet Potato Toast (See below for Sweet Potato Toast recipe and topping ideas.) For most of my life I have suffered from frequent migraines, often as many as 10 - 15 a month. This is a condition known as chronic migraines, and often people like me who have it usually try numerous medicines, alternative health regimens and procedures, but sometimes we just get used to living with the pain of bad headaches a lot of the time. For me, my migraines are sometimes lie-in-bed-with-the-lights-off-and-cry-bad but usually they are a painful nuisance and I try to ignore them and go about my business if the meds aren't working. My mode iss never to NOT do anything because of a migraine because then I would miss 1/3 of my life. I have given presentations in front of 100 people and cooked on national TV with a migraine. Over the years, people have suggested LOTS of things to try to get rid of migraines and I have tried many of them, from acupuncture, to meditation, to getting 31 shots...

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 soupsTry this chia pudding as a quick breakfast or snack:Maple Vanilla Chia Pudding2 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 Cooker8 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 RecipeI'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 ChewiesQuick Dill Pickles (Needs refrigeration)Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Corn MuffinsFudgy Figgy Balls (Needs refrigeration)Quick and Spicy CashewsChocolate...