The Six O'Clock Scramble: Quick, Healthy, and Delicious Dinner Recipes for Busy Families
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The Six O'Clock Scramble: Quick, Healthy, and Delicious Dinner Recipes for Busy Families

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by Aviva Goldfarb
     
 

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The Six O'Clock Scramble cookbook is a companion to Aviva's wonderful email-based newsletter service that provides busy moms with easy and nutritious meals for their families.

The Scramble is a weekly e-mail newsletter that features:
Five flavorful and healthy, tried-and-true dinner recipes with side dish suggestions, emailed to you each week.

Overview

The Six O'Clock Scramble cookbook is a companion to Aviva's wonderful email-based newsletter service that provides busy moms with easy and nutritious meals for their families.

The Scramble is a weekly e-mail newsletter that features:
Five flavorful and healthy, tried-and-true dinner recipes with side dish suggestions, emailed to you each week.

Easy-to-prepare dinners in 30 minutes (or less), most with fewer than 10 ingredients.

Delicious, easy recipes like Asian Turkey Burgers, Tortellini Tossed with Fresh Mozzarella, honey glazed salmon and red beans and rice burritos.

Includes an organized grocery list so you can print and shop.

Perfect for working or full-time parents, or anyone who wants to make easy, delicious home-cooked meals.

From O, The Oprah magazine:

Aviva Goldfarb had one of those ideas - incredibly obvious, yet nobody had thought of it - that immediately make the pieces of your brain fit together with a neat click. A wife, mother, self-published cookbook author, and organizational ace, Goldfarb realized that for most people 6 P.M. was too late to start wondering what to cook for dinner. So she started the Six O'Clock Scramble, a weekly e-mail newsletter with five days' worth of dinner recipes, plus grocery lists. The meals (grilled teriyaki chicken tenderloins one night, baked huevos rancheros another) take about a half hour to prepare and are creative, healthy, unprocessed and kid-friendly without being adult-alienating. A subscription costs $5 a month - a small price to pay for a whole new kind of happy meal.

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“creative, healthy, unprocessed and kid-friendly without being adult-threatening…a whole new kind of happy meal.” —O, the Oprah Magazine
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Every parent knows the panic of the "Six O'Clock Scramble": Exhausted and frazzled, you walk in the door to hungry cries of "What's for dinner?" What, indeed! Aviva Goldfarb answers this question with acumen, simplicity, and a varied batch of pleasing, nutritious recipes. The Six O'Clock Scramble provides five 30-minute recipes, including side dish suggestions, for each weekday. To help you tailor the recipes, each meal includes a nutritional analysis. But the book doesn't just provide you with a balanced weekly cooking plan; each week's menu is accompanied by shopping guidelines and printable online grocery lists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312336424
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
04/04/2006
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
748,555
Product dimensions:
7.45(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.94(d)

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Chapter One

the six o'clock scramble

making it easy to get dinner on the table each night

It's six o'clock in the evening. You have been on the go since dawn. The kids are getting hungry and restless. You want to get a nutritious meal on the table for everyone--fast! So you open the cupboard or refrigerator, hoping for inspiration, and . . . nothing.

A family meal is important to you. You care about nutrition, and you never pictured yourself as the kind of mom or dad who would feed your family something out of a bag, a box, or a can every night. You only have about half an hour until meltdowns begin--for either you or the kids!

How do you feed your family a healthy evening meal they will all enjoy? And how do you do it without having the luxury of being able to spend hours in the kitchen or hire a personal chef?

The Six O'Clock Scramble is my answer to those questions.

Here is the basic plan:

1. The Scramble gives you five quick, healthy, and delicious recipes, including side dish suggestions for each weekday.

2. You shop once a week for ingredients--with the aid of the Scramble's balanced weekly recipes and online grocery lists.

3. With recipes that take thirty minutes or less to prepare, the Scramble promises easy family meals that appeal to both grown-ups and kids.

The Six O'Clock Scramble gives busy cooks a weekly plan to follow. There is no need to think too much at the hectic dinner hour about what to prepare--the menu is ready for you. What's more, there are nutritional analyses for every recipe, so you can tailor the recipes to your nutritional needs.

For each week's menu, there is also a grocery list online to save you even more time. To print out the matching weekly grocery lists for each of the weekly menus in the Six O'Clock Scramble cookbook, visit the Six O'Clock Scramble Web site, www.thescramble.com/cookbook.

Scattered throughout the book are useful tips and suggestions for making dinnertime easier, plus guides to healthy snacks and lunches for your kids.

This cookbook grew out of my online weekly recipe newsletter by the same name. Many thousands of families across the country and worldwide have discovered how much easier weeknight dinners can be if they let someone else plan simple meals for them.

This cookbook is filled with the best recipes from the Six O'Clock Scramble online newsletter, including many subscriber favorites. The menus loosely follow the seasons of the year and the events that shape the year for busy families, such as the beginning of the school year, important holidays, and summer vacation.

All along my favorite recipe testers and cooking assistants have been my husband, Andrew, and our two children, Solomon and Celia. Thousands of subscribers have also given me valuable feedback to improve each family-tested recipe, and many have sent me their favorite recipes to test and include.

These recipes--and the advice and hints sprinkled throughout the book--are tried and true with everyone's families in mind . . . and the loving cooks who want to turn the Six O'Clock Scramble into a successful, even relaxing, time that can bring their family together for a wonderful dinner.

Copyright © 2006 by Aviva Goldfarb

Meet the Author


Aviva Goldfarb is the author and publisher of The Six O'Clock Scramble, a subscription email newsletter. She is the co-author, with Lisa Flaxman, of Peanut Butter Stew and Couscous, Too. Goldfarb lives with her husband and two children in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Six O'Clock Scramble 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG! First off it's so fast and so simple! I was literally done with dinner prep in less than 30 minutes. But, the best thing was that on 3 of the 5 nights (I take what I get) my 2 year old fussy eating son actually ate dinner that wasn't just fruit and a piece of cornbread! I am thrilled ... This book is worth every cent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has changed my family's life. I cook so much more now. I used to think I had to either make a complicated dinner that took two hours. Or that I had to wimp out and make something frozen and unhealthy. Now that we have The Scramble, I can feel that I¿m cooking from scratch without spending a huge amount of time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I checked this book out at the library, and, as I thumbed through it, started to mentally calculate how many of the recipes I would actually be interested in trying. I was astonished to see that it was virtually every one of them (except the one with portobello mushrooms, which I detest!) Tried the Whole-Wheat Turkey Cole Slaw Wraps for lunch today & they were great & super easy. I knew that I had to buy the book, as this is one that has delicious, healthy, and easy recipes that our family (Mom, Dad, three young teens & a baby)will realistically cook and enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cookbook has been so refreshing for me as I am not a confident cook. The directions are straight forward and the ingredients aren't too complicated. Yet, the meals have been delicious! Both my husband and I work and this has been such a great way for us and our son to still eat healthy and together. Thanks Aviva.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Six O Clock Scramble showed me the way to get a healthy, delicious dinner on the table every night, side dishes included! It is a great calming relief to have a plan for a week, and to know exactly which ingredients, and the right amount of those ingredients, I need to buy.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love The Six O'Clock Scramble! I also subscribe to her weekly recipes. She has totally changed the way my family eats. Her recipes are easy to follow, and I love that she includes side dish options. That was so frustrating for me to do on my own. We always ate potatoes. The produce section of our grocery list is usually the longest part. For those of you who hate making grocery lists, when you subscribe to her newsletter, she includes a grocery list for the week! How awesome is that?! Try the Scramble for yourself and see how much it changes your family's health for the better.