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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

Easy Shrimp Recipe: Cilantro Lime Shrimp

This refreshing easy shrimp recipe is low in calories, high in flavor and is so versatile. It can be served hot or cold, and it’s great for a picnic (if you can keep it cool or it won’t be sitting out for too long), and could be wrapped in tortillas as easily as served over lettuce or rice.   It also makes a great appetizer at parties -- just provide toothpicks!Watch the video:Easy Shrimp Recipe: Cilantro Lime ShrimpPrep + Cook = 10 minutes 4 servings 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil ½ tsp. minced garlic, (about 1 clove) 1 lb. medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 lime, juice only, 2 Tbsp., or more to taste ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped, or more to taste ¼ tsp. salt 1/8 tsp. black pepper In a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil. Add the garlic and cook it for 30 seconds or so until it is fragrant, then add the shrimp and cook it, turning once, until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, 2 - 3 minutes per...

Rice Salad Recipe: Mango, Brown Rice and Black Bean Salad with Lime and Cilantro

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This rice salad recipe is inspired by a dish served at the Genesis retreat in Ek Balam, Mexico.  It’s spa-healthy yet satisfying enough for hearty eaters. Serve it with sliced avocados with lime.

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Rice Salad Recipe: Mango, Brown Rice and Black Bean Salad with Lime and Cilantro

Makes six servings

1 cup quick-cooking brown rice (about 2 cups prepared) 15 oz. canned black beans, drained and rinsed 1 fresh mango, cut into 1/2-inch chunks, or use 1 ½ cups frozen 1/4 sweet yellow onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla, finely diced (about 1/2 cup) 1/4 cup scallions or chives, green parts only, finely chopped 1 lime, juice only, about 2 Tbsp. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional) 1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste Cook the rice according to the package directions and when cooked, remove it from the heat. DO THIS IN ADVANCE IF YOU CAN SO IT’S COOL (If you want to serve...

Easy Chicken Breast Recipe: Mexican Chicken Packets

Mexican Chicken Packets is an easy chicken breast recipe that you bake in a packet in the oven with vegetables, salsa and cheese.  Your whole family will love Mexican Chicken Packets, an easy and flavorful baked chicken recipe to make with boneless chicken breasts. Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel for weekly cooking videos Easy Chicken Breast Recipe: Mexican Chicken PacketsPrep (15 minutes) + Cook (35 minutes) 4 servings Sometimes it’s a fun change to serve the family a meal in a packet.  This easy chicken breast recipe is great for grilling, campouts, or simple dining at home.   We love how the chicken stays so moist and flavorful. You can assemble the packets in advance and cook in the oven, on the grill, or by the coals. Serve with guacamole and carrots.   For extra-fast clean-up, just do a quick rinse of the foil and put in your recycling bin! 1 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/4 tsp. ground cumin 4 boneless,...

Grilled Flank Steak with Mango Salsa and Pan-Fried Plantains

Over winter break, my family took an incredible trip to Nicaragua. Some people wondered why we chose Nicaragua for our family vacation, because few people we know had thought of vacationing there. We were drawn to the natural beauty, abundant wildlife, the well maintained Colonial cities of Granada and Leon, the gorgeous beaches near San Juan del Sur, and the dramatic volcanoes like Momotumbo and Cerro Negro. We also appreciated how easy it was to get to—just a two-hour flight from Miami—and the reasonable prices and good weather in Nicaragua, which is in Central America. Nicaragua boasts so many activities for a curious family like ours, from sand boarding down an active volcano, to kayaking through the mangroves and holding newly hatched sea turtles, to speeding down cobblestone streets in a horse-drawn carriage in a gorgeous Colonial city, to making your own chocolate bars from scratch in a chocolate educational center. There were so many other things to do that we...

Easy Black Bean and Corn Soup (Just 4 ingredients!)

Black Bean and Corn Soup is a super easy, flavorful and incredibly healthy recipe that kids and adults love. Just 4 ingredients and 15 minutes to make it from start to finish! Watch the video (and please subscribe to my YouTube channel!)Soup-er Easy Black Bean and Corn SoupPrep + Cook Time: 10 minutes Make six 1 1/3 cup servings 45 oz. reduced-sodium canned black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup salsa 1/2 tsp. cumin, or more to taste 14 oz. canned corn kernels, drained and rinsed, or use 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels Optional toppings: sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, shredded Cheddar cheese, hot pepper sauce, chopped fresh cilantro, tortilla chips In a medium stockpot over medium heat, combine 2 cans (3 cups) of the beans, the salsa, cumin, and 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil (cover it for faster boiling). While it is heating, use an immersion blender (also called stick or hand blender) to puree the mixture right in the pot, so it is still a...

Ward off Winter’s Chill: 10 Most Popular Six O’Clock Scramble Recipes for Soups and Stews

Ward off the winter chill with our most popular recipes for soups and stews.  Not only are they comforting and warming during the cold, short days of winter, but they are also delicious, nourishing and easy to make.  You can easily customize this week’s meal plan to add one of these to your weekly dinner menu or add them to your recipe box to try this winter.Hungarian Cream of Mushroom Soup  Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Noodle (or Farro) Soup Tomato Soup with Basil and Goat Cheese Soup-er Easy Black Bean and Corn Soup Chicken (or Chicken-Less) Tortilla Soup Meatball and Orzo Soup Roasted Corn, Potato and Bacon Chowder ...

How to Pan-Fry Crispy Tofu in the Skillet

How to Pan-Fry Crispy Tofu in the SkilletI would love to show you how to make my family’s favorite crispy browned tofu in the skillet (my husband Andrew deems it BTE, or Best Tofu Ever!) to use in all your favorite Asian stir-fries or as a vegetarian substitute for chicken or beef in recipes or toss it in salads. We also like to dip it into the  Korean sesame-soy sauce dipping sauce below.Watch the video:Crispy Tofu in the Skillet16 oz. extra firm tofu in water 2 Tbsp. canola, vegetable or peanut oil Drain the tofu, cut it into 1-inch cubes, and wrap it in a clean dishcloth for as long as possible (up to 12 hours), but at least 5 minutes. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the tofu in a single layer and brown it, turning occasionally, for 10 - 15 minutes until it is golden brown. Using a spatula, transfer the tofu to a plate and set it aside. Korean Sesame-Soy Dipping Sauce for Crispy Golden...

How to Make Whole Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker

Whole Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker

My hairdresser Christa Forgue told me she likes to make a whole chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker. This method is so easy and the flavor is just right—kind of like my Jewish grandmothers would have made if either of my Jewish grandmothers had been good cooks (they had lots of other good qualities.)

And for another great Slow Cooker Recipe, check out our Spicy Szechuan Ground Turkey and Green Beans recipe.  To see our how-to video, click on this:  Spicy Szechuan Ground Turkey and Green Beans video.

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Chicken Noodle Soup in the Slow Cooker8 servings, about 1 3/4 cups Prep (30 minutes) + Cook (3 – 10 hours) 2 carrots, sliced (about 1 cup) 3 stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup) 1/2 yellow onion, diced (about 1 cup) 2 garlic cloves, smashed peeled and coarsely chopped 3 1/2 lb. whole chicken, some or all skin removed, if desired 8 cups water 2 – 3 tsp. salt, to taste (3 works...

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...