The Scramblog

Introducing Two New Six O’Clock Scramble Features to Make Your Life Easier!

The Scramble's New Features to Make your Life Easier!You asked, and we listened!  By popular request, we've added two new features to The Scramble's meal planning service to make your life easier (and meal planning more streamlined):
  1. You can now choose not to include any or all of the side dishes we recommend on your weekly menu plan and grocery list.
  2. It’s now much easier to refer a friend and earn free months when they join The Scramble. Give our new referral system a try by visiting your account page. We so appreciate your referrals!
What improvements would you like to see next? We LOVE hearing from you! Please share your feedback on these new features and your requests for future improvements here, or just shoot me an email at
  Mar 23, 2016  Easy Family Dinner, News, Picky Eaters 1

Tips for Picky Eaters and Family Dinners

Need help for smoother family dinners? Are you too busy, have picky eaters, or feel like your kids don’t listen to you? This video, Parent Hacks,  over on NBC News Education Nation gives simple tips, or “hacks,” to tackle your most common parenting problems at the dinner table. Thanks to our experts, Amy McCready, Aviva Goldfarb, and Michele Borba for their tips, and a special thanks to NBC News National Correspondent Peter Alexander for voicing this series.Make Family Dinners a Reality, also on NBC News Education Nation, provides family dinner shortcuts and tips from Six O'Clock Scramble Founder and CEO Aviva Goldfarb. We all want to gather with our family over nutritious family dinners, but serving healthy dinners can present a challenge for many families.  If you have small children, you’re probably dealing with the juggling act that comes with little people wanting or needing your constant attention.  If your kids are school age, it’s likely...
  Mar 1, 2016  Easy Family Dinner, News

These Solutions Work! My Favorite Tools for Smoother Parenting, DeCluttering and Getting Fit

You likely joined The Six O’Clock Scramble because you were searching for ways to make it easier to get healthy dinners on the table so you could relax and enjoy that time with your family.  I sincerely hope we have helped you achieve that goal. Each of us has other challenges in our lives beyond getting dinner on the table. Finding the right tools is the first step to overcoming them so that we can more fully enjoy the beautiful life we have created for ourselves. But sometimes finding those tools is a time-consuming, expensive or frustrating process.Perhaps:• You wish your time with your children was more harmonious (less nagging, yelling and tantrums). • You wish your home was neater and more organized so you could spend less time looking for things and make it a more peaceful and enjoyable space. • You wish you had time to fit in more exercise so you could feel better in your clothes,...

New Scramble Recipe Categories—No Added Sugar and Vegan

By popular request, you can now search for recipes that have “no added sugar” (no added sugar includes those with natural sugars like honey and maple syrup, but doesn’t include naturally occurring sugars like those in fruit and some dairy) and recipes that have no animal products at all (vegan).  Some of the top-rated recipes that have no added sugar include our Italian Shotgun Wedding Soup and Quick Tilapia with Lemon, Garlic and Capers. A few of the most popular vegan or vegan-friendly recipes on the site are Roasted Indian Cauliflower Tossed with Chickpeas and Cashews and Taco Salad in a Whole Wheat Baked Bowl. We’re busy coding all of our recipes for these categories by hand, so please let us know if we missed any or accidentally put the wrong recipe in either of these categories. You can let us know in the comments below the recipe, which we check every day. Thank...
  Dec 21, 2015  Family Dinner, News

Are You Ready to Get Healthier and Feel Better?

Let’s Make 2016 the Year of More Veggies, More Whole Grains, and Less SugarI’m feeling a little overly full lately, are you? I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that my holidays included key lime pie squares, chocolate espresso cake, duck breast prosciutto (you should try it sometime!), and 3-cheese creamy macaroni and cheese my friend Cathy Barrow made for a potluck (the best I’ve ever had - could be because she makes it with 3 cups of heavy cream!!). Can we all agree to forget about what happened between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? Let’s put it behind us, and get our appetite and healthy eating back on track now that it’s the beginning of January. If you want some support and ideas, join our Facebook group, The Six O'Clock Scramble 30 Day Sugar Cleanse and Healthy Eating Challenge, which starts January 2 (some people have already started, though). I used to scoff at New Year’s resolutions, but I’ve come to realize that January is the...

Healthy Holiday Eating for People with Diabetes or Who Want to Prevent It (and how to Pre-Order my New Cookbook!)

Lately I’ve been learning so much about healthy eating for people who have diabetes and pre-diabetes (or for anybody that wants to lose weight and get healthier!).  In February, my fourth cookbook comes out, featuring recipes and meal plans to help people prevent and manage diabetes, and will be published by the American Diabetes Association so I’ve been steeping myself in knowledge about a diabetes-friendly diet and I’m so excited to share all the healthy and delicious recipes I have created since my last cookbook came out in 2010! In November I did a series of TV and radio interviews on behalf of the American Diabetes Association for American Diabetes Month.  The theme this year is “Eat Well, America!”, and I enjoyed talking about how people can eat well during the holidays and still enjoy their favorite holiday foods. Probably the most important—yet simple—thing I’ve learned about...
  Aug 29, 2015  News

Wish we had an app? You can access and use The Scramble just like an app!

Love to use The Scramble on the go? Our site is mobile-friendly and can work just like an app! Follow the easy instructions below to make it a cinch to access The Scramble’s grocery shopping and menu planning features right from your mobile device’s home screen: For AndroidsLaunch Google Chrome and search for and open The Scramble. Tap the menu button and tap “Add to home screen”. You’ll be able to enter a name for the shortcut and then Chrome will add it to your home screen. For iPhones and iPadsLaunch Safari browser on your phone/iPad and and navigate to The Scramble. Tap the Share button on the browser’s toolbar (the rectangle with an arrow pointing upward).  It’s on the bar at the bottom of the screen on the iPhone, and on the bar at the top of the screen on an iPad. Tap the “Add to Home Screen” icon in the Share menu.
  Aug 20, 2015  News, Time Saving Kitchen Tips 2

We Heard You! New Menu Planning Feature Saves You Time and Effort

Recently I had an awful customer service experience with the well-known manufacturer of my food processor.  Although the bowl broke while still under warranty and in the course of normal use, they have been dismissive of my request for a replacement and have put the burden of time, effort and expense on me.  I’ve lost interest in using any more of their products. When I was a kid, one of my favorite shows was a consumer advocate show called “Fight Back! With David Horowitz”.  I think that was the beginning of my passion for great customer service.  As a business owner, I can’t understand poor customer service. I treasure each of our members and value your opinions and feedback. And from a business perspective, it’s illogical not to treat customers well because it is so much more expensive to get a new customer than to keep a current one. At The Scramble, we want you to be thrilled with your customer experience so you will stick around (and tell your friends how...
  Jul 18, 2015  News, Time Saving Kitchen Tips 1

Your Feedback makes a difference – Grocery List Feature Updated

The Scramble is proud to provide one of the most interactive and customizable menu planning services available and we are so grateful you are part of it! Many of you have suggested improvements to the grocery list feature that would make your lives even easier. You asked and we listened! With the most recent update to The Scramble, we have enhanced both the functionality and look of the grocery list. Now, it’s your turn! We want your feedback about this new and improved feature.Once you have logged in, when you go to the current menu plan page, please click on the green “See New Grocery List” button on the right.Improvements include:Tablet and Mobile friendly layout: No more straining your eyes or pinching and expanding/contracting.  The new grocery list adapts to the device that you are currently using – iPad, Android, iPhone or your computer.Grocery list changes saved - No more losing your changes when you log out, get distracted or switch from...

What to Make for Dinner? Healthy Meal Plans Reviews

What's the Best Meal Planner for My Family? Healthy Meal Plans ReviewsMany families find it overwhelming to get a healthy dinner on the table. Some are contending with picky eaters, or just find it tough to decide what to make after a busy day. Some families are convinced that they just don’t have the time to grocery shop and cook. A meal planner can help take much of the stress and decision making out of making dinner happen, ensuring that you’ll be able to enjoy more family dinners at home. But with so many out there, which meal planner is right for your family? Because there are a lot of meal planning services to choose from, we’ve done the homework for you.  This chart shows what features to look for in meal planners and what makes them the best fit for your family. [vc_row][vc_column...