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  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.

Menu for Homemade Valentine’s Day Dinner

Staying in on Valentine's Day? Need a menu for homemade Valentine's Day dinner? Here is a beautiful and easy 3-course meal to serve to your special Valentine(s).APPETIZER Grapefruit margaritas Delicious, tart and pink! Even if it's cold outside, just shake the ingredients together and feel the warmth.2 servings2 oz. tequila 2 oz. orange liqueur 1 lime, juice only 1 grapefruit, juice only 2 slices jalepeno (optional)Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and serve on the rocks.MAINSalmon with Maple Soy Glaze This sweet, caramelized salmon recipe is heart-healthy. Serve it with steamed brown or white rice with fresh parsley and with an Asian cucumber salad.6 servings1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (use wheat/gluten-free if needed)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup 1/4 tsp. ground ginger or 1 tsp. minced fresh 2 lb. salmon fillet, preferably wild salmon(Start the rice first, if...
  Jan 15, 2015   Everyday Environmental, Recipes

Avoid Food Waste: Salvage SupperClub Recipes

If you cringe at the idea of wasted food, check out two recipes that you'll likely embrace.  Not only are they delicious and full of healthy ingredients, but also they will use up every last bit of the carrots and the kale you may have languishing in your fridge.  These recipes come from holistic chef Celia Lam who works magic with ingredients that might otherwise go to waste.  She is the culinary braun behind the Salvage SupperClub.  After preparing these tasty recipes, you'll likely think twice before tossing produce that you assumed was no longer good to eat.  What a scrumptious way to avoid wasted food!Roasted Carrot Hummus Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Yield: 6 servingsIngredients: • 4 medium carrots (keep peels intact, if organic) • 2 cloves garlic, peeled • 2 Tbsp olive oil + additional to drizzle • 1 ½ cup chickpeas, cooked (or 1 can of chickpeas) • 3 Tbsp tahini • 1 lemon,...

Free Bonus Gifts to Help You Reach Your 2015 Goals and Eat Healthy Dinners

How are you feeling post-holiday season? Since January comes after a season of a bit too much merriment and indulgence, this is an ideal time to focus on getting our life and priorities back on track.The Scramble is offering a New Year special to help you and your entire family eat healthier, while saving time and money.With every free trial or renewal membership, you get 3 bonus gifts:Save Time: eCookbook with 10 complete Family Dinners you can make in 15 minutes or less! Save Money: eCookbook with a week of Healthy Dinners you can make for under $50Lose Weight: Tips to Trim Down Quickly while feeding your familyClick here to start your free trial and get your gifts. Would you do me a favor and share news about our New Year special offer on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest? We make it super easy on our new sharing page.
  Dec 29, 2014   Recipes

Healthy Snack: Homemade Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Healthy Snack: Homemade Tortilla Chips and Salsa Prep + Cook Time: 25 minutesThese homemade tortilla chips are lots of fun to make with your kids and are truly irresistible straight out of the oven. (Well, you should let them cool for a few minutes before chowing down on them.) Plus, if you eat ¼ of the chips, you’ll only be eating about 170 calories, with about 7% of that from fat, and 4 grams of fiber, so you can enjoy your healthy snack in good conscience!  We like to dip our chips in chunky salsa (look for brands like Pace, which have no added sugar) for an even healthier and more zesty snack!Healthy Snack: Homemade Tortilla Chips1 Tbsp. vegetable oil 8 - 10 corn tortillas 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1 cup salsa (optional)Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put the oil in a small bowl, and, using a pastry brush, lightly brush the top and bottom of one of the corn tortillas with the oil. Put the tortilla on a cutting board, and brush the top of the next tortilla...
  Dec 29, 2014   Recipes

Healthy Snack: Fruit Kabobs

Not only is this a healthy snack that's colorful and delicious, but it's also fun to assemble and to eat! Healthy Snack: Fruit Kabobs Prep Time:  20 minutes 6 - 8 cups seasonal mixed fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, bananas, mango, grapes and/or melon 15 - 20 colorful toothpicks or wooden skewers 1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt (optional)Thread the fruit onto toothpicks or small skewers (kids can have fun doing this, however children under age 3 should not eat with toothpicks or skewers of any size). Serve with small bowls of yogurt for dipping (optional).Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values) Calories 77, Total Fat: 1g, 0%; Saturated Fat: 0g, 0%; Cholesterol: 0mg, 0%; Sodium: 8mg, 0%; Total Carbohydrate: 19g, 6%; Dietary Fiber: 3g, 11%; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 1g
  Dec 29, 2014   Recipes 2

Healthy Snack or Dessert: Peanut Butter Bites

These delicious little cuties make a healthy snack or delicious dessert.Peanut Butter BitesPrep Time: 15 minutes Serving size:  about 2 cookies1/2 cup oats 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, or use powdered (confectioner's) sugar (optional) 1/4 cup flour (use wheat/gluten-free if needed) 1/4 cup natural peanut butter or other nut butter 1/4 cup honeyPut the oats in a food processor and pulse until they are a coarse texture, but not quite powdery. Put the cocoa powder or powdered sugar (optional) in a small shallow dish. In a medium bowl, combine the oats, flour, peanut butter (or other nut butter) and honey and mix until it forms a dough. (Add a little water if it is too dry). With wet hands, roll 10 - 15 small balls of dough. Roll the balls in the cocoa powder or powdered sugar (optional) and serve immediately or refrigerate, tightly covered, for up to a week.Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon...
  Nov 25, 2014   Easy Holidays/Entertaining, Recipes 1

Holiday Treats: Chocolate Bark with Pomegranate Seeds, Coconut and Ginger

This chocolate bark with pomegranate seeds gets a tiny kick from the ginger and a pop of texture from the juicy pomegranate seeds.  This is so easy to make, just like our Dark Chocolate Bark with nuts, marshmallows, and dried cranberries.  This chocolate bark makes a great holiday gift or colorful holiday dessert. Thanks to my fellow Her Corner member Alison Cardy for introducing me to the idea of pomegranate chocolate bark!Chocolate Coconut Ginger Pomegranate Bark18 servings2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, or 12 oz. of any dark chocolate 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (use reduced fat if you can find it) 1 tsp. ground ginger seeds from 1 pomegranate (1 cup arils/seeds) (here's how to seed a pomegranate in 3 minutes using a wooden spoon)Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Melt the chocolate in the microwave or a double boiler (if using the microwave, heat it in 30 second increments).  Stir it until smooth, then stir in the coconut and...
  Nov 14, 2014   Family Dinner, Recipes 2

Roasted Indian Cauliflower Tossed with Chickpeas and Cashews

Scramble CFO (and my dear friend) Robin Thieme stopped by on a Saturday to drop off a book and was surprised to find that I was cooking a hot lunch for just Andrew and me. I confessed that I was just trying to use up some produce before it went bad.  Robin joined us for lunch and we all agreed this Indian cauliflower recipe is a winner.  Recipe tester Amy Stanley said “Good Stuff! Can’t wait to have it again.” Serve it with Indian naan.

Roasted Indian Cauliflower Tossed with Chickpeas and Cashews

Prep + Cook Time: 30 minutes1 head cauliflower, cut into medium florets 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp. curry powder 1 tsp. ground cumin 1 tsp. chili powder 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional) 1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste 15 oz. canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed, or use 1 1/4 cups cooked chickpeas 1/4 cup cashews 1/4 cup raisins, or more to taste (up to 1/2 cup), or use currants 1/4 cup mango chutney, for servingPreheat the oven...

Healthy Halloween Recipes: Witches’ Fingers and Terror-ific Tomato Soup

While this might seem rather gruesome, you can serve this with a free conscience as no witches were harmed in the making of this recipe.  In fact, it's completely vegetarian -- and a hearty healthy Halloween dinner to serve before trick-or-treating.  This smooth and creamy soup, from Six O'Clock Scramble editor Kathryn Spindel, tastes like a fresher version of the classic Campbell’s tomato soup I loved as a child.  Serve this or other healthy Halloween recipes with Witch Finger breadsticks (see recipe below).

Creamy Tomato Soup with Basil

Prep + Cook Time: 25 minutes

2 Tbsp. butter 1/4 yellow or white onion, finely chopped (1/2 cup) 2 Tbsp. flour 4 cups low fat milk 1 bay leaf 2 tsp. sugar 1/2 tsp. salt (optional) 1/2 tsp. baking soda 28 oz. crushed tomatoes, with their liquid 1 - 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, finely choppedIn a stockpot, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the onions and stir occasionally until the onions are softened but not browned, about 3...