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Spinach Burritos

Burritos make such a simple and satisfying meal, and there are endless variations you can create, depending on your family’s palate. These are reminiscent of some fantastic burritos from Burrito Brothers in Washington, DC. Watch Jessica make then on Facebook Live!Spinach BurritosPrep + Cook Time= 20 minutes, Makes 6 servings 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 30 oz. canned pinto beans, drained and rinsed1/2 cup salsa (look for brands with no sugar added), plus extra for serving9 oz. baby spinach 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey jack cheese 6 large (burrito size) whole wheat or flour tortillas (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the beans and salsa and cook them for 3 – 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until heated through. Meanwhile, in a loosely covered, microwave-safe bowl, wilt the spinach in the microwave, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach to the beans and salsa and stir it...

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Black Bean Burgers

These burgers, suggested by Scramble member Sherry Ettleson, are crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside, and full of wonderful fiber and protein for your family. Dress them up like any burgers, with lettuce, tomato, Cheddar cheese, or your favorite toppings. They’re also great topped with salsa. Watch Jessica make them on Facebook Live!Black Bean BurgersPrep + Cook Time: 30 Minutes, Makes 6 Servings 15 oz. reduced-sodium canned black beans, drained and rinsed1 Tbsp. tomato paste or salsa (look for brands with no sugar added) 1/4 red onion, minced (1/2 cup)1/2 cup bread crumbs (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed) 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1 egg, lightly beaten1/4 cup yellow cornmeal 3 Tbsp. canola or vegetable oil 6 whole wheat hamburger buns (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed) 6 leaves iceberg lettuce, for serving (optional)1 tomato, sliced, for serving (optional)6 slices Cheddar or Muenster cheese, for serving...

Simple Thanksgiving Appetizers

I may love to experiment with dinners all year round, but there are a few special meals where I am loathe to stray from my tried and true favorites and Thanksgiving dinner is one of them. That's right, I am a traditionalist when it comes to the main event--I like my mashed potatoes creamy, my turkey roasted, and my vegetables simply prepared. But I still love to play with the appetizers and this year is no exception. This year I am sharing two simple Thanksgiving appetizers that are simple to prepare (ready in 30 minutes) and a little different from the standard options: Creamy Indian-Spiced Spinach Dip and Cranberry & Brie Puffs (plus these would be great for any holiday party this season). Watch me make them on Facebook Live!Creamy Indian-Spiced Spinach DipPrep Time: 5 minutes, Cook Time: 15 minutes, Makes 6 servings 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil ¼ yellow onion, finely diced, about ½ cup 1 clove garlic, minced ½ tsp. sweet paprika ½ tsp. garam...

Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Pomegranates and Peanuts

This month’s challenge from The Recipe Redux was to share a fun spin on soup. For a while, I thought about offering up a curried soup or a whimsical soup bowl or bread bowl, but then I realized that this was a great opportunity to share one of the suggestions I make in workshops all the time: pureed vegetable soups with fun toppings are a winning option for parents of picky eaters. When my younger son was in the depths of his super picky phase, I had all but given up hope that there would ever be a time when he ate vegetables other than the occasional raw carrot. Then, one day, I made a pureed vegetable soup and served it with saltines. I showed him how you can crush the crackers into the soup and then scoop them out. And, like magic, he was hooked! I think he ate two bowls of soup that night as I sat (in shock) watching him shovel (and he was pretending to be a backhoe at the time) the soup and saltines into his mouth. From there we were off and running, topping soups with...

Homemade Ramen Noodle Soup

This is a homemade version of the packaged stuff that was inspired by a recipe on the Today Show website. While it takes more than 4 minutes to make, the resulting savory soup is so delicious it justified the extra 26 minutes. Scramble tester Debbie Firestone said, “We thought it tasted WAAAAAAY better than regular ramen noodle soup. This one is a Scramble Homerun!” Watch Jessica make it on Facebook Live.Homemade Ramen Noodle SoupPrep & Cook Time: 30 Minutes, Makes 4 Servings 9 oz. udon noodles or curly Japanese noodles (use rice noodles for a gluten-free option) 1 Tbsp. sesame oil 1 tsp. fresh ginger, grated or finely chopped, or more to taste1 tsp. minced garlic, (about 2 cloves)8 oz. sliced cremini or white button mushrooms, or use 1 oz. dried wild mushrooms, added with the broth32 oz. reduced-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, (for a brothier soup use 5 – 6 cups of broth)2 carrots, sliced1/4 cup red or yellow miso paste, or use 2...

Potato and Prosciutto (or Mushroom) Scramble

This one-skillet meal will bring your breakfast-for-dinner game to a whole new level! Scramble recipe tester Leanne Guido said, “This recipe was delicious and perfect for a chilly night.” Watch Jessica make Potato and Prosciutto (or Mushroom) Scramble on Facebook Live!Potato and Prosciutto (or Mushroom) ScramblePrep + Cook Time: 25 Minutes, Makes 4 Servings 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 russet (baking) potato, peeled and finely diced3 - 4 oz. prosciutto, chopped, or use mushrooms8 eggs, beaten1/4 tsp. salt, or to taste1/8 tsp. black pepper, or to taste
In a 10-inch nonstick skillet or a heavy skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, heat the oil over medium to medium-high heat. Add the potatoes (and mushrooms if you are using them) and cook, stirring occasionally, until their outsides start to turn golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the prosciutto and cook it with the potatoes, stirring occasionally, until it starts to get crispy,...

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....

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

This month’s Recipe Redux challenge was to develop a pumpkin recipe. At first glance, this was a pretty straightforward and seasonally appropriate challenge, but I knew I needed to get it right from the get-go since testing and retesting a pumpkin recipe was going to be a bit of a challenge if the biggest eater of my test batches (my husband) wasn’t excited about the food (he’s not a pumpkin fan). I also knew that I wanted a new breakfast recipe for the make-ahead breakfast feature of our meal planning service, so I started playing around with ideas: pumpkin muffins (The Scramble already has a recipe for them), pumpkin oatmeal (has been a bust in our house when I’ve tried it before), pumpkin with eggs (I couldn’t wrap my head around that one), so I landed on whole wheat pancakes. But how would I make them light and fluffy? After all, the last thing you want is a hockey puck for a pancake, so I started researching different options and finally put together a version...