The Scramblog

  Feb 12, 2016   News, Special Diets/ Food Allergies

New Scramble Recipe Categories—No Added Sugar and Vegan

By popular request, you can now search for recipes that have “no added sugar” (no added sugar includes those with natural sugars like honey and maple syrup, but doesn’t include naturally occurring sugars like those in fruit and some dairy) and recipes that have no animal products at all (vegan).  Some of the top-rated recipes that have no added sugar include our Italian Shotgun Wedding Soup and Quick Tilapia with Lemon, Garlic and Capers.A few of the most popular vegan or vegan-friendly recipes on the site are Roasted Indian Cauliflower Tossed with Chickpeas and Cashews and Taco Salad in a Whole Wheat Baked Bowl.We’re busy coding all of our recipes for these categories by hand, so please let us know if we missed any or accidentally put the wrong recipe in either of these categories. You can let us know in the comments below the recipe, which we check every day. Thank...
  Dec 21, 2015   Family Dinner, News

Are You Ready to Get Healthier and Feel Better?

Let’s Make 2016 the Year of More Veggies, More Whole Grains, and Less SugarI’m feeling a little overly full lately, are you? I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that my holidays included key lime pie squares, chocolate espresso cake, duck breast prosciutto (you should try it sometime!), and 3-cheese creamy macaroni and cheese my friend Cathy Barrow made for a potluck (the best I’ve ever had - could be because she makes it with 3 cups of heavy cream!!).Can we all agree to forget about what happened between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? Let’s put it behind us, and get our appetite and healthy eating back on track now that it’s the beginning of January.If you want some support and ideas, join our Facebook group, The Six O'Clock Scramble 30 Day Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Eating Challenge, which starts January 2 (some people have already started, though).I used to scoff at New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve come to realize that January is the...
  Nov 30, 2015   News, Special Diets/ Food Allergies

Healthy Holiday Eating for People with Diabetes or Who Want to Prevent It (and how to Pre-Order my New Cookbook!)

Lately I’ve been learning so much about healthy eating for people who have diabetes and pre-diabetes (or for anybody that wants to lose weight and get healthier!).  In February, my fourth cookbook comes out, featuring recipes and meal plans to help people prevent and manage diabetes, and will be published by the American Diabetes Association so I’ve been steeping myself in knowledge about a diabetes-friendly diet and I’m so excited to share all the healthy and delicious recipes I have created since my last cookbook came out in 2010!In November I did a series of TV and radio interviews on behalf of the American Diabetes Association for American Diabetes Month.  The theme this year is “Eat Well, America!”, and I enjoyed talking about how people can eat well during the holidays and still enjoy their favorite holiday foods.Probably the most important—yet simple—thing I’ve learned about...
  Aug 29, 2015   News

Wish we had an app? You can access and use The Scramble just like an app!

Love to use The Scramble on the go? Our site is mobile-friendly and can work just like an app! Follow the easy instructions below to make it a cinch to access The Scramble’s grocery shopping and menu planning features right from your mobile device’s home screen:For Androids Launch Google Chrome and search for and open The Scramble. Tap the menu button and tap “Add to home screen”. You’ll be able to enter a name for the shortcut and then Chrome will add it to your home screen.For iPhones and iPads Launch Safari browser on your phone/iPad and and navigate to The Scramble. Tap the Share button on the browser’s toolbar (the rectangle with an arrow pointing upward).  It’s on the bar at the bottom of the screen on the iPhone, and on the bar at the top of the screen on an iPad. Tap the “Add to Home Screen” icon in the Share menu.
  Aug 20, 2015   News, Time Saving Kitchen Tips 2

We Heard You! New Menu Planning Feature Saves You Time and Effort

Recently I had an awful customer service experience with the well-known manufacturer of my food processor.  Although the bowl broke while still under warranty and in the course of normal use, they have been dismissive of my request for a replacement and have put the burden of time, effort and expense on me.  I’ve lost interest in using any more of their products.When I was a kid, one of my favorite shows was a consumer advocate show called “Fight Back! With David Horowitz”.  I think that was the beginning of my passion for great customer service.  As a business owner, I can’t understand poor customer service. I treasure each of our members and value your opinions and feedback. And from a business perspective, it’s illogical not to treat customers well because it is so much more expensive to get a new customer than to keep a current one.At The Scramble, we want you to be thrilled with your customer experience so you will stick around (and tell your friends how...
  Jul 18, 2015   News, Time Saving Kitchen Tips 1

Your Feedback makes a difference – Grocery List Feature Updated

The Scramble is proud to provide one of the most interactive and customizable menu planning services available and we are so grateful you are part of it!Many of you have suggested improvements to the grocery list feature that would make your lives even easier. You asked and we listened!With the most recent update to The Scramble, we have enhanced both the functionality and look of the grocery list. Now, it’s your turn! We want your feedback about this new and improved feature.Once you have logged in, when you go to the current menu plan page, please click on the green “See New Grocery List” button on the right.Improvements include:Tablet and Mobile friendly layout: No more straining your eyes or pinching and expanding/contracting.  The new grocery list adapts to the device that you are currently using – iPad, Android, iPhone or your computer.Grocery list changes saved - No more losing your changes when you log out, get distracted or switch from...

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...
  Feb 2, 2015   Family Dinner, News

It’s possible you’ve noticed lately that some of the newsletter articles have been linking to a new site, recently started a personal blog to share additional recipes, thoughts on nutrition and family meals, and some other topics like favorite books, entrepreneur tips, and other topics I care about (and hope you might, too).If you enjoy it, I’d love you to subscribe to the free weekly updates from  You can do that here.  I’ll try to keep the updates I post there useful and concise and I’d love your suggestions for future topics you’d like to see me address.

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.
  Oct 6, 2014   News

Haven’t Overdosed on Aviva and The Scramble Yet?

Check us out on the airwaves or come say hi in person in Orlando, Florida! Washington Business Report TV Washington Business Report aired a fantastic 3-minute segment about The Scramble—how it came to be and where it’s going. My favorite part is the “mom-cam” featuring Scramblers Rona Kronenberg and Jennifer Edwards.  Momables Podcast  Want to learn more of my quick-cooking tricks, favorite gadgets and how I keep my sanity around 6:00? Listen to the Podcast interview I did with Laura Fuentes on Momables Radio. (You can download it and listen at your convenience—even while you’re making dinner!) Moms Meet Summit  Come hang out with me at the beautiful Caribe Royale resort in Orlando, Florida at the Moms Meet Wow Summit in November! Join me, along with other healthy-minded moms, for a weekend full of amazing brands, engaging speakers, great prizes, and a goody bag worth more than $150! I’ll be...