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

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

by Aviva Goldfarb

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466887107
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 12/09/2014
Series: Six O'Clock Scramble
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 2 MB

About 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.
Aviva Goldfarb is a mother of two and the author and founder of The Six O'Clock Scramble®, an online weekly menu planner and cookbook (St. Martin's Press, 2006), and is author of the cookbook, SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Meals for Busy Families (St. Martin's Press, 2010).

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Holy Guacamole Tostadas

Prep + Cook = 30 minutes
6 servings

These are fun to make with the kids. Your child may want to help you smash the filling on top of the broiled tortillas. For less adventurous eaters, serve the tortillas with melted cheese only. Serve it with tortilla chips, salsa and sliced mangoes.

1 can (6 oz.) pitted, sliced ripe black olives, drained
2 ripe avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
2 Tbsp. finely chopped red onion
2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
6 small (soft taco size) flour or whole wheat tortillas
1 tsp. vegetable oil
1 1/3 cups grated Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese

Preheat the broiler.

In a medium bowl, stir together the olives, avocado, pepper, cilantro (optional), onion, and lime juice.

Put the tortillas on a large baking sheet and brush the tops with the oil. Broil the tortillas 3-4 inches from the heating element until they are light golden, about 45 seconds. Flip the tortillas and repeat on the other side.

Sprinkle the tortillas evenly with the cheese and broil them on the baking sheet until the cheese is melted and bubbling, about 30 seconds.

Divide the olive-avocado mixture among the tortillas, smashing it on top, and cut each tortilla into 4 wedges or fold them in half.

Tip: Let the avocados ripen on the counter for a few days after you buy them, until they're just soft to the touch. Then refrigerate them until you need them.

Nutritional Information per serving: Calories 330, Total Fat 22g, 34%, Saturated Fat 7g, 35%, Cholesterol 20mg, 7%, Sodium 500mg, 21%, Total Carbohydrate 26g, 9%, Dietary Fiber 6g, 24%, Protein 10g, Sugar 1g

Greek Rice Bowl with Spinach, Feta and Pine Nuts

Prep + Cook = 30 minutes
4 servings

This is a light and healthy dinner with a fresh Greek flavor, suggested by our friend Mark Spindel. It's so simple, yet unbelievably delicious! Serve it with warm pita bread.

1 1/2 cups dry white or quick-cooking brown rice
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. minced garlic (about 1 clove)
12-18 oz. baby spinach
pinch of salt
1 Tbsp. lemon juice (about 1/4 lemon)
1/4 cup raisins or currants (optional)
salt and black pepper to taste
4 oz. feta cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)

Cook the rice according to the package directions.

While the rice is cooking, lightly toast the pine nuts in a toaster oven or conventional oven, and set them aside.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté the garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 30 seconds (but don't let it brown). Add the spinach and a pinch of salt, stir, and cover the pan. Steam the spinach for about 3 minutes or until it is just limp. Reduce the heat to low. Top the spinach with the lemon juice, pine nuts and raisins or currants (optional), and stir it gently until it is warmed through. Season it with salt and pepper.

Serve the rice in bowls, topped with the spinach, and then sprinkle the feta cheese over everything.

Tip: To toast pine nuts, bake them in a preheated 350 degree toaster or conventional oven until they are golden, about 3-5 minutes (watch them carefully so they don't burn).

Nutritional Information per serving: Calories 400, Total Fat 14g, 22%, Saturated Fat 6g, 28%, Cholesterol 25mg, 8%, Sodium 470mg, 20%, Total Carbohydrate 59g, 20%, Dietary Fiber 3g, 10%, Protein 9g, Sugar 8g


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 website,

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.

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Six O'Clock Scramble 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 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.
jhedlund on LibraryThing 3 months ago
My cooking life would come to a screeching halt without this book. This is the cookbook I turn to when I've been working all day, look at the clock and think, "Oh no, what can I make for dinner within an hour that everyone will like?"This book goes beyond the simple kid-friendly recipes, and provides a happy medium between food that kids will definitely eat and food that adults want to eat. It introduces kids to new spices and condiments (curry, peppers, dijon mustard, etc.) in ways that appeal to them and ease them along the path toward eating more sophisticated food. My kids are 5 and 2 - notoriously known as the "picky eater" phase. Both of them have liked many of the recipes I've made from this cookbook.Beyond the fact that the recipes are just plain good and crowd pleasing, most of them can be made with ingredients that you are most likely to already have in your pantry/fridge/freezer. At the beginning of the cookbook, Goldfarb provides a checklist of basics so you can stock up on anything you might be missing. This book has saved our family lots of dollars in takeout food. Highly recommended.
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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.