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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...

Thai Sweet and Sour Chicken Lettuce Wraps

The key ingredient in these wraps, Asian sweet chili sauce, is a popular Thai seasoning sauce, which is getting easier to find in North American grocery stores as those flavors gain in popularity. If you can’t find it, you can make your own by combining 1/4 cup orange marmalade, 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar and 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes. Thai Sweet and Sour Chicken Lettuce WrapsPrep + Cook Time: 20 minutes Makes four servings 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1/4 cup Asian sweet chili sauce (also called Mae Ploy) 2 limes, use 2 Tbsp. juice, plus 4 lime wedges 1/4 - 1/2 cup fresh cilantro or mint, coarsely chopped (optional) 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced 2 scallions, dark and light green parts, thinly sliced 1 head Boston or other wide leaf lettuce, leaves separated Put the chicken in a microwave-safe dish with a lid. Partially cover it and microwave it on high until the chicken is just cooked through, 6 – 8 minutes, turning it once...

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...

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...

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...

Mediterranean Sunset Salad

This Mediterranean Sunset Salad looks as good as it tastes! A wonderful combination of lettuce, tuna (or hard boiled eggs or chickpeas if you want to make it vegetarian!), artichokes, red peppers, olives, feta, and almonds it has got a little something for everyone. Check out Jessica making it on Facebook Live to see how simple it is to make.  For more hearty salads, try our Israeli Couscous Salad Recipe with Tomatoes, Cucumbers and Feta and our Fresh Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad with ShrimpMediterranean Sunset SaladPrep (no cook): 15 minutes 4 servings, about 2 1/2 cups 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped 15 oz. artichokes in water, drained and halved 6 oz. chunk light tuna in water, drained, or use hard boiled eggs, chickpeas, cooked chicken, or shrimp ½ cup roasted red peppers (sold in jars), drained and chopped ¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese ½ cup sliced almonds 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar ½ tsp. dried...

10 Best Simple Recipes to Soak Up Summer Flavors

One of my favorite childhood memories is of visiting my godmother’s family house in New Hampshire. Each summer we would head up for a weekend visit that was packed with summer fun like hiking, swimming in the lake, and a cookout. The house had a vast garden with rows upon rows of raspberry bushes. My brother and I would dart in and out of the rows, scratching up our arms and legs, collecting as many raspberries as we could find, placing some into a bowl, but mostly just stuffing them into our mouths. In the afternoon we’d shuck fresh corn and wrap it and some potatoes in foil. Then, as evening arrived, my godmother, parents, brother, and I would hike up a hill on the property and visit the fire pit that we had perfected over the years. We would make sure that the stones were well placed, collect kindling, and start a fire. On that fire we would cook fresh corn, potatoes, and burgers. As my brother and I (impatiently) waited for dinner to be ready, we would rush...

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...
  Jun 26, 2017  health food, Recipes

Keep Your Cool with Refreshing and Delicious Flavored Water Recipes

Keep Your Cool with Refreshing and Delicious Flavored Water RecipesNow that the summer heat has arrived, it’s important to stay hydrated. The best (and most obvious) way to do that is to drink water. Ugh…”Not more water,” you may say…”it’s boring, uninspiring and flavorless.” You may prefer the fizziness of soda, the sweet taste of juice, or even the caffeine jolt you get from coffee. While it’s okay to have all of those drinks in moderation, they aren’t as hydrating, healthy or beneficial to your body as Mother Nature’s creation. If you fall into the category of people who find regular water to be, well, a little dull, there’s hope for you. When I refer to flavored waters, I’m not talking about the bottled stuff that you’ll find on grocery store shelves (that often has artificial sweeteners and chemicals), but rather to water that you flavor yourself. It’s easier than it sounds and you can get creative and quench your thirst at...