Hey Moms, it’s Dena.  I was excited to write this post this week and Gena Golas graciously allowed me to guest blog for Tasty Thursday!

So, I love cooking, but lately I have been in such a slump.  I don’t know if it’s the weather, or just being so busy, but I have no energy to come up with interesting menus for the week.  If you are like me you have 30-45 minutes (or less) to make dinner at night and you usually have to do it one-handed with a baby on one hip and a cell phone at your ear!

Today I was looking at the many delicious looking recipes I had pinned to Pinterest (having not made a single one) and I remembered the fabulous gift my sister-in-law and brother-in-law gave us one year for Christmas- a subscription to The Six O’Clock Scramble (from here on out known as the Scramble).

Each week the Scramble  sends you an email with 5 dinner recipes complete with coordinating side dishes.  You can click on the link to go to your account and login to view and print your recipes.  HOWEVER, it also gives you the option to print out your SHOPPING LIST!  A few clicks and you have an entire week’s worth of yummy new recipes and the SHOPPING LIST in your hands!

The recipes are usually seasonal, encourage you to use as many nutritious, unprocessed foods as possible, and are usually low in sodium, but big on flavor.  The recipes run the gamut of different ethnicities, and have mostly all been kid tested and family approved!

The Scramble has even made it easier for you to accommodate your specific dietary needs, be it Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Low Fat, kosher, and more.  Each recipe is accompanied by full nutrition values for easy calculations.

What I love most about this site is that you can tailor your menu (see a sample here) week to week for your families needs.  If I only like 3 out of the 5 recipes I got sent for the week, I can choose those 3 plus search the entire database for other recipes.  You can even add more than 5 recipes for the weekend too!  I’ve kept each recipe in a book, and we usually go back to our favorites.  I just add them to my custom menu so they print out on the shopping list and refer to my already printed recipe while cooking.

When we were using the Scramble we were definitely eating better and enjoying dinner time more.  We got to try different flavors and my kids were exposed to a variety of new foods that i probably wouldn’t have thought of on my own.  Also, we were saving a lot of money every week!  No longer were we wandering the supermarket aisles aimlessly throwing stuff in the cart on impulse.   More often than not the recipe items could be used for more than one recipe for the week, so a lot less fresh produce was going bad and we were producing far less wasted food.

We let our subscription expire thinking we would just refer to the printed recipes we had, but as life got busier, I knew it was time to head back!  Right now you can go to their site for a two-week free trial and memberships are $7/month for 3 months, $6/month for 6 months, and $3/month for 2 years.  The cost is completely worth it as they estimate you will save $75-$100 a month and you get the added bonus of serving new, healthy, delicious meals to your families!

 

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