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Chipotle Beef, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato Stew

This recipe was a finalist for the National Beef Cook-Off. The trick here is to microwave the potato before adding it to the stew to make the meal preparation go much faster. The addition of chipotle peppers gives the stew an enticing smoky flavor. Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live.Chipotle Beef, Black Bean, and Sweet Potato StewPrep + Cook Time: 25 minutes, Makes 6 servings 1 medium sweet potato, peeled3/4 - 1 lb. 95% lean ground beef, turkey, or meatless crumble 1 yellow onion, chopped28 - 30 oz. reduced-sodium canned black beans, drained and rinsed28 oz. crushed tomatoes 1 - 2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, with some of the sauce, minced1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped1 - 2 lime, 2 Tbsp. juice plus 6 wedges
Pierce the sweet potato with a fork. Microwave it on top of a paper towel on high for 4 – 6 minutes until it is tender. Let it cool slightly and cut it into 1/2–inch cubes. Meanwhile, in a heavy stockpot, brown the beef...

Vegetarian Sopa Poblano with Avocados

This recipe is a kid-friendly favorite! Between mixing in the avocado and cheese toppings and dipping bread or tortilla chips in the broth, there are so many fun ways to interact with the meal. If you want a more traditional version, sauté 1/2 lb. of diced pork before adding the other ingredients. For a more Southwestern version, stir in cooked shredded chicken and/or tortilla strips. Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live!Vegetarian Sopa Poblano with AvocadosPrep + Cook Time: 30 Minutes, Makes 6 Servings 1 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil 1 yellow onion, finely chopped1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)1 zucchini, finely chopped (about 2 cups)1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed15 oz. canned pinto beans, with their liquid, or drain the liquid and replace with 1/2 cup of water, chicken or vegetable broth4 oz. canned diced green chilies, with their liquid1/2 tsp. ground cumin 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 5 1/2 oz....

North African Super Foods Stew

Packed with spinach, sweet potato, and turmeric, which is in the curry powder, this North African Super Foods Stew is a nutritional powerhouse that also brings the flavor! A little spicy and a little sweet, it has got something for everyone. If you’ve got pickier eaters, let them pull out the pieces they like or dip some bread to try the broth. Watch Jessica make this on Facebook Live!North African Super Foods StewPrep Time: 10 Minutes, Cook Time: 25 Minutes, Makes 6 Servings 2 Tbsp. coconut, canola, or vegetable oil 1 Tbsp. curry powder 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper(optional)1yellow onion, chopped1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)1 large russet (baking) potato, peeled and diced1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced4 cups reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth 1 tsp. salt 15 oz. canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed3 cups baby spinach
In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium high heat. When...

Creamy Chickpea Tomato Curry (Chana Masala)

Chana Masala is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods-- packed with flavor, warm, and nourishing. If you have never had or never made Indian food before, this is a wonderful introduction. The combination of these Indian spices will give your stew plenty of flavor, and you can vary the amount to accommodate your family’s “heat” preference, plus it takes 30 minutes or less to make! “This was a total hit. It was so perfectly spiced - a balance of sweetness and a tinge of hotness, richness and healthfulness. Just yum!,” said Scramble recipe tester Amy Stanley. Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live.Creamy Chickpea Tomato Curry (Chana Masala)Prep + Cook Time: 30 Minutes, Makes 6 Servings2 Tbsp. coconut oil, or use butter or vegetable oil1 yellow onion, diced1/2 - 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced (leave the seeds in for spicier flavor)1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)1 Tbsp. ground...

Penne Rigate with Garden Vegetables

This satisfying meal, suggested by Scramble member Megan Miller, brings your home garden or farmer’s market bounty to your dinner table. Meat lovers can brown a pound of hot Italian sausage in the pan before adding the vegetables. Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live!Penne Rigate with Garden VegetablesPrep Time: 20 Minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes Total Time: 35 Minutes Makes 8 Servings1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 lb. hot Italian sausage (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed), sliced (optional)1 small red onion, diced1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)16 oz. whole wheat penne rigate (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed) 16 oz. sliced white, button, or cremini mushrooms 1 red, orange, or yellow bell pepper, diced1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced24 oz. red pasta sauce, any variety2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (or use 6 drops Tabasco and 1/4 tsp. sugar for a vegetarian alternative) 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream (or use any...

Summer Sausage, Sage, and Eggplant Stew

Plump purple eggplants at the farmer’s market were the inspiration for this summer stew. It is wonderful served on top of pasta, cous cous, or rice, or you can even just have some crusty bread on the side. Scramble recipe tester Kathryn Howell Dalton said, “My husband, who does not care for eggplant, just cleaned his plate.” Watch Jessica make this Summer Sausage, Sage, and Eggplant Stew on Facebook Live.

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Summer Sausage, Sage, and Eggplant StewPrep + Cook Time: 30 Minutes, Makes 6 servings 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 10 fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced1 lb. chicken or meatless sausage, any variety (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed), sliced, or use 15 oz. canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed1 small eggplant, diced (about 1 lb.)1/2 yellow onion, diced1/2 red bell pepper, diced1 tomato, diced...

Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

We’ve reached that time of year when it can feel too hot to cook. When you don’t want to heat your house up any more than necessary, so turning on the stove or oven just doesn’t feel like a possibility. But sometimes having a salad for the third day in a row just isn’t going to cut it. So we pulled together some of our favorite Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes that will help you survive the summer heat without heating the house.Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer Eggplant PieCaramelized Ginger SalmonIndian Spiced LentilsMoroccan Chicken with Chickpeas and VegetablesPhiladelphia Cheese SteaksFish with Mushrooms and Italian HerbsTomato, Basil, and Corn Soup (serve warm or make ahead of time and refrigerate for a wonderful cold soup)Grecian Delight CasserolePrep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes Makes 8 Servings This casserole is a cross between two of my...

Mexican Poached Eggs

These Mexican Poached Eggs are a fun Mexican or Southwestern spin on eggs poached in tomato sauce (like Shakshuka or Uova in Brodetto). Scramble recipe tester Nikki Wolf said, “We ate this for dinner last night and I was happily surprised at how my kids dug in! They were eating before I had mine served!” To turn this meal into huevos rancheros, fry the corn tortillas over medium heat in a skillet with about 1 tsp. butter or oil per tortilla until they are a little browned and puffy, coat the tortillas with refried beans, and top them with the poached egg mixture. Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live.Mexican Poached EggsPrep + Cook Time: 25 minutes, Makes 6 Servings 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 small yellow onion, diced1/2 red bell pepper, diced1/2 - 1 jalapeño pepper, to taste, seeded and finely diced1 cup chunky salsa 1 cup tomato sauce or red pasta sauce 6 eggs 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey jack cheese 3/4 cup reduced-fat...

Quick Couscous Paella

I love Spanish paella, but until this one, suggested by Scramble member and our friend Jolynn Dellinger, I had not found a recipe that is quick and easy enough for a weeknight dinner. This unconventional version uses couscous instead of rice, greatly reducing the cooking time. Recipe tester Alice Clark said her kids gave this recipe “100 thumbs up!” Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live!Quick Couscous PaellaPrep + Cook Time = 20 Minutes, Makes 4 Servings 6 strips bacon (turkey, pork, or meatless), or use 1 cup of diced sausage, shrimp, or drained and diced extra-firm tofu2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 red bell pepper, diced4scallions, dark and light green parts, sliced1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)1 tsp. curry powder 1/4 tsp. dry mustard 16 oz. reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, or use one 14.5 oz. can of broth + 1 1/2 oz. water1 cup frozen peas 1 cup plain couscous, regular or whole wheat
Cook the bacon...

Canadian Maple Chicken

Scramble member Caryn Roll of Quebec City, Canada, shared her simple maple chicken recipe that’s infused with spices. By cooking it on the stovetop before baking it, the outside of the chicken takes on a lovely texture and rich color. Scramble recipe tester Melinda Kelley said, “This was a hit - even my daughter, who never asks for seconds of anything except mac & cheese, pizza, or other ‘kid’ foods, had a second serving.” Check out Jessica making it on Facebook Live!Canadian Maple Chicken2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup 1 Tbsp. grainy Dijon mustard (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed) 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon 1/2 tsp. dried thyme 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt 1/3 cup flour (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed) 4boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil 1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, mustard, ¾ cup of water,...