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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...

7-Minute Granola

Granola is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts because it is quick, easy, and infinitely variable. I like to eat it with a lot of cut up fruit (half a big apple, a whole peach, half a mango, or berries fresh or quickly defrosted from the freezer), a big dollop of plain yogurt, and a sprinkling (probably about 2 Tbsp.) of granola for crunch. My kids like it with cut up fruit and milk. This 7-Minute Granola recipe has been a life saver for those moments when I just don't have time to wait for a batch to bake. Check out Jessica making the granola on Facebook.7-Minute GranolaCook + Prep Time: 7 minutes 6 Servings Ingredients 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter 1 cup rolled oats (use gluten free, if needed) 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. cinnamon 1/4 tsp. cardamom (or use more cinnamon) 1/2 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped 3 Tbsp. maple syrup 1/2 cup dried currants or dried cranberries Melt the butter in a large skillet on a medium-high heat. Add the oats, salt, cinnamon, and...

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...

Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe: Cucumber Lime Mango Green Smoothie

Whether it's summertime and you want to fill yourself with something nutritious before putting on your bathing suit and heading out to the pool, or there's a chill in the air and you're trying to fit into those jeans from a few years back, this healthy green smoothie is a perfect option for a quick breakfast, a grab-and-go snack, or even a light meal replacement.  Chock full of fruits, veggies, and herbs (and no added sugar!) you'll feel satisfied and virtuous after drinking this delicious, healthy green smoothie. Watch the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel: Healthy Green Smoothie:  Cucumber Lime Mango Green SmoothiePrep Time: 10 minutes 4 servings 2 cups plain kefir (or use almond or coconut milk) 1 Tbsp. chia seeds 1 banana 1 cucumber, cut in thirds 1 - 2 cup baby greens (kale or spinach work well) 2 cups frozen mango chunks 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks 1/2 lime, juice only, about 2 Tbsp., or use 1/4 lime with skin if your blender is...

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,...

How To Do A Sugar Cleanse And Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe

How to Do a Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Green Smoothie RecipeI'm engaging in a sugar cleanse to hit the reset button on my eating in the new year.  After a delicious but not-so-healthful holiday, it's time for me to get back to eating mindfully.  A year ago, I created a sugar cleanse challenge Surviving a Sugar Detox: Anyone Want to Join Me?  and started a Facebook group to have a month-long sugar cleanse.  It was so popular and successful, that our group continues to support each other.  We have found so many positive benefits, including (but not limited to) weight loss and increased energy.  Please join our Facebook group for this January's sugar cleanse and healthy eating challenge to get your sugar addiction and sugar cravings under control by eliminating added sugar for 7 – 30 days. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite recipes to start your day or power your afternoon or evening with healthy, filling, no sugar added creamy smoothies. Watch the...

Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High Protein Granola Recipe)

When I was 10 years old, I used to bake granola and sell it door-to-door to raise money for the Leukemia Society. Since then, I got into the habit of buying granola to sprinkle on my morning yogurt. I don’t know why, since it’s so easy to make at home.  Recently, friend Allison Soffer gave me some of her delicious homemade granola and it inspired me to get back to my granola roots. My 18 year-old son, Solomon, and I collaborated on this granola recipe. It’s low in added sugar, high in protein and fiber, and we think it’s the most wonderful granola we’ve tasted yet.

Note: Because we use less sugar than many granola recipes, you won’t get the clumps that you do in the more dessert-y granolas, which can have as much sugar and as many calories as a can of soda. So think of this as a nourishing indulgence that you can enjoy daily. We prefer it without dried fruit but it’s also wonderful with dried cherries or cranberries.

Coco-Nutty Granola (Low Sugar High...

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...

This Year Will Be Different: 8 New School Year Resolutions for Parents Who Are Tired Of Doing It All

8 New School Year Resolutions for Parents Who Are Tired Of Doing It AllMoms and Dads, are you TIRED of making the kids breakfast, packing lunches, making dinner AND doing the dishes?  Basically, are you tired of doing it all?? Most of us realize that our kids can do more, whether it’s making their own breakfast, taking out the trash, doing the dishes or folding the laundry. But too often we hesitate to delegate, either because we don’t know the right age for the children to start, we get tired of nagging and decide it’s just easier to do it ourselves, or we have trouble relinquishing control of the way things are done. But, at the same time, we’re often frustrated and exhausted from trying to do it all, and we realize it would be better for all of us if our children took on more responsibility. Here's Aviva’s advice in the Washington Post for how to delegate more and get changes to stick. Please read and share your new school year resolution for...

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...