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Big Daddy’s Breakfast (or Dinner) Burritos

You know those mornings when you have to eat on the run? Or those evenings when you have to feed your kid on the way from one activity to the next? Or those evenings when you've got 15 minutes to get dinner on the table so that everyone can sit together? This is the recipe for any and all of those moments.Big Daddy's Breakfast (or Dinner) BurritosIngredients for main dish
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 oz. pre-cooked turkey kielbasa sausage (use wheat/gluten-free sausage if needed), or use meatless sausage or sliced portobello mushrooms, halved lengthwise if using sausage, and sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 8 eggs, or use 2 cups Egg Beaters
  • 1/4 cup nonfat sour cream (or use any variety) or plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup salsa (look for brands with no sugar added)
  • 6 large whole wheat tortillas (use wheat/gluten-free tortillas if needed)
  • 3/4 - 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup baby spinach(optional)
In a large...

Protein-Packed Oven Pancakes and Our New Make-Ahead Breakfast Feature

When I was six-years old my parents got called in to talk to the teacher because I was getting in trouble a lot during morning recess. The teachers couldn’t figure out why I was so cranky and they were wondering if something was happening at home or if I wasn’t sleeping well. As my mom sat there, undoubtedly feeling worried and embarrassed, it suddenly occurred to her: maybe I was hungry. So she decided to try an experiment—for one week she made sure that I had a protein-packed breakfast and then checked in with the teacher again to see how things were going. By the end of the week she knew her answer: I needed a protein-rich breakfast every morning to tide me over until lunchtime. My mom was an endless source of creative solutions for protein-rich breakfasts (and let me tell you, I gave her a run for her money with my pickiness!) and made them from scratch every morning, but as much as I wish it could be, that is not a realistic option in our house with our busy...

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! Watch the zucchini pie video to see how easy it is to make! 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,...

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...

What Moms REALLY Want for For Mother’s Day

What Moms REALLY Want for For Mother's DayAs Mother’s Day has approached over the past few years, I have posed a question on The Scramble Facebook page to determine what moms REALLY want for Mother’s Day.  I always love reading through the comments—some are funny, some are sad, and some remind me of just how exhausted we moms often are. Some moms just want “quiet”, “sleep” or “don’t want to be touched by little hands for the entire day.” Depending upon the ages of their kids, moms’ answers vary widely, from those with little kids just wanting a day without changing diapers and cleaning baby bottles, to those that have older children just wanting some time together, and those with grown children being excited for their son or daughter to come home for dinner or video chat with them from wherever they are.  (Celia, my 18-year-old “baby,” is heading to college next year, so I will likely fall...

Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipe: Cheesy Spinach and Egg Bake

This make ahead breakfast casserole recipe also makes a perfect savory make-ahead breakfast or brunch, and it’s got plenty of protein, healthy fat and vegetables to keep you feeling full and nourished for hours. The colorful vegetables in it also make it pretty enough to serve at a breakfast gathering and the green and red vegetables are perfect for Christmas morning breakfast!

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Cheesy Spinach and Egg Bake is a perfect make ahead breakfast or brunch casserole recipe for holidays or lazy Sunday mornings. We love it for breakfast-for-dinner, too!

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Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole Recipe:Cheesy Spinach and Egg Bake

Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes Makes 12 servings

10 - 16 oz. (depends...

  Jul 19, 2016  brunch, cocktails, Recipes 4

Peach-Mango Bellinis

Peach-Mango Bellinis

You are going to love this recipe for peach-mango bellini cocktails! You can pair them with smoked salmon appetizers on sliced cucumbers with capers and dill, or with mini caprese bites for a more Italian theme. They are so sweet, tangy, bubbly and fruity, they go down way too easily so be sure to make plenty.

When we celebrated my dear friend Rachel Lostombo’s birthday, we organized a gourmet Italian picnic which we enjoyed at Wolf Trap park in Virginia, while listening to Melissa Etheridge and Pat Benatar.

When Rachel’s friends arrived at my house before we carpooled to the concert, I greeted them with these peach-mango bellinis and Caprese bites on colorful toothpicks with balsamic-olive oil and crushed red pepper dipping sauce.  At the Italian picnic we also enjoyed prosciutto and cantaloupe bites, Italian salami and cheeses, orzo and arugula salads, olives, artichokes and other traditional Italian antipasto, and Rachel's favorite, Stella D'oro...

Overnight Baked Blueberry French Toast

Overnight Baked Blueberry French Toast is an easy yet delicious make-ahead meal.  The beauty of this make-ahead baked French toast is that you can get it all ready the night before, so you just need to bake it in the morning.  I got this recipe many years ago from a parent at my son's school, and while I have revised it since then, I wish I knew the original author so I could thank her personally for all the successful brunches where this dish has taken center stage. Watch the video on YouTubeOvernight Baked Blueberry French ToastPrep: 20 minutes    Cook: 60 minutes  Marinate Time: 8 - 12 hours 8 servings 1 small loaf day old challah or French bread (about 8 1-inch slices) 3 eggs 2 1/4 cups milk, any variety 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/2 cup flour 6 Tbsp. brown sugar 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/4 cup butter 2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish thoroughly with nonstick cooking spray.  Cut the bread into 1-inch thick slices...

Make Ahead Back-to-School Breakfast: Mini Vegetable Quiches

Need make-ahead back-to-school breakfast ideas? Kids and adults love these mini vegetable quiches that are healthy and delicious with protein and vegetables. They can even eat them on the go.

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For more back-to-school breakfast ideas, check out our delicious Overnight Baked Blueberry French Toast, Overnight Oatmeal Recipe , Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Corn MuffinsGluten-Free Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Almond PancakesLow Sugar High Protein Granola Recipe, Blueberry, Basil, and Lemon SmoothieFour-Veggie Blast Smoothie, Carrot Ginger Fruit Smoothie, Cucumber Lime Elation Smoothie, Aviva's back-to-school tips in her article in the Washington Post.

Back-to-School Breakfast: Mini Vegetable Quiches

6 servings, 2 quichelettes each

6 oz. baby spinach 6 eggs 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, or use any plain yogurt or sour cream 1 cup shredded...