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Pan-Asian Coconut Curry Soup

This warming, nourishing soup is perfect as we enter into fall! Soups have always been a way for me to get vegetables into my kids and this flavorful soup is no different, plus it is ready in 30 minutes or less. Also, if a cold happens to come into your house this season, the ginger, garlic, and curry make this a great immune booster to help those who are sick heal and those who aren't sick fight off the germs.Pan-Asian Coconut Curry Soup
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut or vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder, or use 1 – 2 tsp. red or green curry paste
  • 32 oz. reduced-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 cup frozen shelled edamame
  • 15 oz. light coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
  • 3 - 4 oz. fresh or frozen sliced shiitake mushrooms
In a heavy stockpot, heat the oil over medium...

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...

Bare Minimum Cooking: 4 Tricks for Easy Meals During Busy Times

Over the past few days I have been having a lot of conversations with people about how overwhelmed they are feeling. I have come to think that for many of us, September is a month of unexpected overwhelm. Here’s my best guess as to why this month can be so brutal: for many of us September is a time of transition—a new school year, work commitments start up after summertime lulls, and other communities we are involved with start to kick into high gear with fall activities—and this we expect. But for some of us, September is also a time of playing catch up on all of those pesky tasks we put off over the summer (or maybe that is just me). So suddenly we find ourselves trying to get into new routines, take care of long lists of things that really should have been done months ago, and snap out of the slower pace of summer. It can be rough and oftentimes something's got to give… and for a lot of people that something is cooking. But what if you don’t want cooking to be...

Italian Sausage Linguine with Grated Carrots

This dish is great for a hearty family dinner or a casual gathering. You can easily expand it to feed an army. Thanks to Scramble member Sarah Burke for the recipe! Check out Jessica making it on Facebook Live here.Italian Sausage Linguine with Grated Carrot2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1/2 yellow onion, diced 8-12 oz. sweet or spicy Italian-style chicken or meatless sausage (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed), diced into 1/2-inch pieces, or use mushrooms 16 oz. whole wheat or regular linguine (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed) 2 carrots, grated, or 1 1/2 cups pre-shredded carrots 1 tsp. dried oregano, or use fresh 28 oz. whole tomatoes with their liquid, or use 6 - 8 fresh tomatoes, diced 1 Tbsp. sugar 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, for serving (optional) In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the onions and sausage for 3 – 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent and the sausage is starting to brown. Meanwhile, cook the pasta...

10 Ways to Make Meal Planning Work Smoothly (So You Can Slash Time, Money, and Stress)

Are you frustrated with the way meals are going in your house? Too much takeout or cereal for dinner? Eating the same things over and over? Family complaining about what you make? Then maybe it’s time to turn things around with meal planning! There are so many reasons to meal plan, from saving time and money to making healthier choices (you are more likely to stick to dietary goals if you plan your meals) to less panic and tension as dinnertime approaches. But getting over the hump and actually doing it is a big struggle for a lot of people. Over the years I have found some ways to help to make meal planning less intimidating and more doable that I want to share with you.1. Keep It SimpleThere are all sorts of meal planning approaches out there from the classic weekly plan to two-week rotations, to even monthly systems. In my experience, the longer-term plans can be daunting, while weekly plans are more accessible. If you want some more structure you can try a...

4 Tricks to Establishing a Back to School Dinner Routine with The Scramble

I don’t know about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with Back to School time. It is always a relief to have a regular schedule again and to have more time to get things done while the kids are in school. And yet each year I find that I am taken by surprise by the busy-ness that fills our afternoons with soccer practices, music lessons, back-to-school nights, PTA meetings, and other school year activities.

With all of the back to school craziness, it feels even more vital that we protect our family dinners as important time to have together—time to reconnect, to catch up, to share the events of our days. So each fall, during back to school time, I make it a priority to focus on getting our dinner routine back on track.

Here are the 4 things that I do to get our family dinner routine ready to go for the fall:

1.  Meal Plan: Plan out the meals for the week. Yes, The Scramble can do a lot of this for you, but my second step is to take 5 minutes to look at the...

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,...

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,...

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...

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