The Six O’Clock Scramble

Scramble is an accurate way to describe my attempts to get dinner on the table every night and I’m embarrassed to admit how often my kids ate the old standby of Mac n’ Cheese for dinner (I did usually add a side of baby carrots to make it “healthy”).

The Six O'Clock ScrambleWhile I know that many swear by Sunday night meal planning to get the week off to a great start, meal planning was the last thing I wanted to spend my weekends doing.   I thought about trying an online meal planning service to see if it would make a difference and chose the Six O’Clock Scramble based upon the recommendation of a few friends who used it and liked it.

It might be exaggeration to say the Six O’Clock Scramble saved my kids from malnutrition (and my sanity) but it sure did help!   The Six O’Clock Scramble sends a weekly dinner menu straight to your inbox. 

I like that the Scramble focuses on healthy, easy-to-prepare meals.    If you are looking for gourmet meals this is not the right service for you.  But, if you are looking for meals that you can realistically get on the table and that your kids will actually eat this is a great service to try.

Favorite dishes of my family included Rubens and Soba Noodles with veggies.  There are several nice details to the Scramble.  Each main dish recipe comes with suggestions for side dishes.  Many of these are good if you have the time, but I found that there was nothing wrong with resorting to my old stand-by of baby carrots.  There are also some nice, healthy dessert ideas such as chocolate covered strawberries.   

Most recipes are designed to make four-person servings.  But, as someone with a larger family, I appreciated that I could enter the number of people who would be eating a meal and the ingredient list would automatically adjust.  This feature works just as well for smaller families or for planning meals when another adult won’t be home.

I also liked that many recipes offered variations to accommodate various dietary needs such as vegetarian or gluten-free.  If a recipe winds up in your inbox that doesn’t appeal to your family you can use the search

The Six O'Clock Scramblefunction to find one that suits you better.  You can also use the search function to search for certain ingredients, such as if you picked too many apples this fall.  

There is also a rating system so you can see if others liked a recipe and also read their comments.  A nice touch is that you can also save your favorite recipes.

It is nice that the Six O’Clock Scramble offers a free trial so that you can try before you buy.  In addition, you can choose any meal plan that fits your budget — 3 months ($29), 6 months ($49) and 2 years ($97).   If you’ve been tearing your hair out over meal planning or struggling to get dinner on the table every night give it a try.

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