The Scramblog

Making Healthy Family Dinners Happen with Less Time, Money and Stress.

Easy Zucchini Recipe: Amazing Zucchini Pie

So many Six O'Clock Scramble members and cookbook owners and friends are crazy about this easy zucchini recipe.  Zucchini Pie is mild and simple enough to appeal to the palates of many different tastes. Kids love this easy zucchini recipe because it tastes a little like pizza! For more easy zucchini recipes, try our Ravioli Soup with Grated Zucchini and Spinach, Raw Zucchini Pasta with Pesto, and our Stuffed Zucchini Gondolas. Easy Zucchini Recipe: Amazing Zucchini PiePrep (15 minutes) + Cook (30 minutes) 8 servings 1 Tbsp. butter or extra virgin olive oil 2 zucchini, or use yellow squash, thinly sliced (4-5 cups) 1/2 large yellow onion, diced 1 tsp. minced garlic (about 2 cloves) 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper 1/2 tsp. dried basil 1/2 tsp. dried oregano 1 prepared 9-inch pie crust 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard (use wheat/gluten-free if needed) 2 eggs, lightly beaten 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, or use Swiss or...

Israeli Couscous Salad Recipe with Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Feta

You can make this Israeli couscous salad recipe ahead of time for dinner and pack it for a picnic or pack leftovers for lunch. Pulling flavors from across the Mediterranean and Middle East, but the salad remains kid-friendly.  It’s also good served with grilled shrimp or chicken. Watch the Video (and subscribe to the YouTube Channel) Israel Couscous Salad Recipe with Tomatoes, Cucumbers and FetaPrep + Cook = 25 minutes, plus time to cool or chill 6 servings, about 1 3/4 cups 8 oz. Israeli couscous also called pearl couscous, whole wheat if available, or use orzo or farro (1 1/2 cups) 8 oz. cherry tomatoes, quartered 1 English or Persian cucumber, quartered lengthwise and chopped (2 cups) 1/2 cup shelled unsalted pistachio nuts 1/2 sweet yellow onion such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, finely diced (1 cup) 1 cup crumbled feta cheese 1 ½ cups cooked chicken breast, diced (optional) 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 lemon,...

Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

This sweet and creamy Chocolate banana “ice cream” is completely satisfying even with no added sugar. Cool and creamy, you won't miss traditional ice cream nor any guilt that goes with it!  Add chocolate, peanut butter or strawberries to create your favorite custom flavors.

Watch the YouTube video:Chocolate Banana “Ice Cream”Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes     Makes 4 servings 4 bananas, peeled and frozen 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 cup milk or almond milk (optional) Peanut butter, cocoa nibs, chopped nuts (optional) Blend the frozen bananas and the cocoa powder in a standing blender. Add the milk, if desired, for easier blending. (You can also add a spoon of peanut or other nut butter, maple syrup, and/or a touch of vanilla extract.) Blend until smooth.Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values) Calories 129, Total Fat: 1g, 2%; Saturated Fat: 1g, 3%; Cholesterol: 1mg, 0.5%; Sodium: 19mg,...

What Dads Want for Father’s Day: Dads Tell All (plus some recipe ideas)

What Dads Want for Father’s Day: Dads Tell All (plus some recipe ideas) Curious about what dads want for father's day?  This year, you can skip the ties, wallets and Old Spice. We asked, and it turns out that dad’s desires are pretty basic – some time with his children, and some activities to make him feel appreciated and loved. If you struggle with what material items the dads in your life would like, you’re in luck.  With a few exceptions, dads requested things that money can’t buy. Check out some of the sweet and amusing responses below:Missy N. Pete said to be left alone to do whatever he wants to do ....no tie, no card nothing.Ken J. My girls over for a Cajun boil with their musical instruments and beautiful voices!Beth D. My husband wants the garage fridge filled with beer and a quiet house.Bryan C. Quality time with the kids... probably playing a new board game or something like that. There...

Watermelon Caprese Salad with Arugula

 My summer dinner recipes tend to use what is freshest at the markets. I was daydreaming about this Watermelon Caprese Salad all day once I spotted the watermelon and marinated mozzarella while I was making lunch. Scramble recipe tester Jen Grosman says, “It tastes like summer.” Add some grilled shrimp or chicken for a heartier meal. Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel for weekly cooking videos from Aviva Goldfarb: Watermelon Caprese Salad with ArugulaPrep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes   Makes six servings 4 cups chopped watermelon 1 English cucumber, chopped (2 cups) 1 large tomato, chopped (2 cups) 2 oz. arugula, (4 cups) 1/2 cup fresh mint and/or basil, chopped 8 oz. marinated mozzarella balls, halved 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, (you can use the oil from the marinated mozzarella) 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar In a large serving bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Season with freshly ground pepper and...
  May 31, 2017  lunch

Camp Lunch Ideas: Out of the Box Ideas to Make Camp Lunch Packing Easy

Right after you breathed a (huge) sigh of relief when you realized there were only a few more weeks of school lunches to pack, you remembered that after a brief reprieve, you would be packing lunches for camp—a mother’s (or father’s) work is never done!  Summer is a time to let loose a bit and relax things (like strict bedtimes) around the house, but you may want to avoid slacking on the lunch packing standards-- your kids will need healthy food to refuel them throughout their active (and hot!) days at camp.  Here are some creative ideas to (hopefully) decrease a bit of the drudgery associated with packing lunches:Healthy carbs:  Carbohydrates get a bad wrap, but there are lots of healthy carbs that play an important part in giving our bodies energy.  Work ‘em in with some of these Scramble options: Far Out Farro SaladIncan Quinoa...
  May 30, 2017  News

Refer Friends to our Meal Planner and Get Free Months—Now on Facebook and Twitter, Too!

Refer Friends and Get Free Months—Now on Facebook and Twitter, Too!We are so grateful for your referrals! If you love The Six O'Clock Scramble meal planner, please take a few moments TODAY to refer friends.  Send your friends a coupon for $3 off our meal planner—you can now share your referral code right on Facebook and Twitter as well as email. Try the new feature now! (Let us know what you think—we always welcome your feedback.) If your friends need some convincing about the importance of dinnertime, encourage them to take a peek here.  Also, point them to our sample menu so they can see the kinds of delicious, easy meals they'll be preparing with our meal plans.  If your friends would like to hear what other Scramble members think of the service, feel free to share some testimonials:This is our first week as members of The Scramble. We made three dishes and we loved each of them. The...

Want to Get Your Kids Cooking? 5 Mistakes We’re Making that Drive Kids out of the Kitchen (And How to Fix Them!)

Want to Get Your Kids Cooking? 5 Mistakes We’re Making that Drive Kids out of the Kitchen (And How to Fix Them!)Do your kids make you crazy in the kitchen? Or conversely, do you want to get your kids cooking and they express little to no interest?  Better yet, do you wish they will someday be able to prepare meals for themselves and the family? Here's how to get kids cooking. Most parents want kids to help in the kitchen and to learn how to cook so they can save money and eat healthier when they are on their own someday — at least in theory. But many of us are unintentionally driving our kids away from the kitchen with our words and actions.If you want to get your kids cooking, avoid these five common mistakes:1. Being overly critical. Constantly correcting kids or telling them they didn’t do something right likely sucks all the joy right out of cooking for them. When I first taught our daughter, Celia, how to make an omelet, I corrected her technique too much...

Best Picnic Recipes (Our 10 most popular recipes for a picnic)

Best Picnic RecipesThe grass is green and the flowers are once again in bloom.  We’re kicking off outdoor weather and the unofficial start of summer this weekend with ideas for Memorial Day picnic recipes.  We’re sharing 10 options that we think are the best picnic recipes and also perfect for other outdoor gatherings.  These recipes are highly rated by The Six O'Clock Scramble meal planner members, can be served at room temperature (and sit out for at least an hour if out of direct sunlight), are pretty to look at and are seasonal crowd pleasers. Broccoli and Chickpea Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette Teriyaki Noodle Stir-Fry Lemon Basil Summer Pasta Salad Mediterranean Couscous Toss Shrimp, Mango and Avocado Salad with Lime

Japanese Ginger Dressing (Japanese restaurant-style ginger dressing recipe)

Don't you love Japanese ginger dressing, that delectable orange colored gingery salad dressing they serve on little crispy salads in Japanese restaurants?  It looks so simple but the ingredients seem like a mystifying concoction.  Here, we reveal how to make Japanese restaurant style ginger dressing. Super easy to make, this dressing/sauce is also very versatile.  Use it on a salad with crispy lettuce, carrots, purple cabbage, etc, but also great with baked or sautéed tofu and roast or grilled chicken or beef, even tossed with Japanese soba noodles! Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channelJapanese Ginger Dressing1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar 2 large carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 2 tablespoons peeled and roughly chopped fresh ginger 2 tablespoons lime juice (about ½ lime) 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons honey (or try 1/4 apple instead to make sugar free) 1½ teaspoons toasted sesame oil 1 Tbsp. reduced...