Cookbook Review and #Giveaway: SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue

Sunday, November 06, 2011 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
Dinner with kids shouldn’t be a battleground. And it shouldn’t make a martyr out of the parent whose job it is to get it on the table fast, fresh and hot every day at 6 PM.  Aviva Goldfarb’s cheerful Scramble system takes the hassle and worry out of mealtime. Her users and readers rely on her grocery lists, weekly meal plans and recipes not just for the healthy dinners themselves but for taking the stress out of dinnertime.  She wants families to actually enjoy their dinners together!  Now, with SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue, Goldfarb is taking an extra of-the-moment stress away from meal planning for busy families: concern about the environment, about the cost of shipping out-of-season food halfway around the world, about packaging, about additives and preservatives.

In SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue, readers will get a full year of weekly meals that:
  • help readers eat seasonally without missing their favorite foods
  • move toward a slightly more vegetarian menu for health and a lighter environmental footprint
  • reveal when organic matters (and when it doesn’t)
  • save money through easy, efficient planning, bulk buying, freezing and storing, and avoiding waste
  • pack the power of achievable ethnic meals, such as Easy Cheesy Tex Mex Scramble and Greek Pasta Salad
  • make grocery trips count

My Thoughts
SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue is Aviva Goldfarb's second cookbook, after The Six O'Clock Scramble. Just as the first one, this cookbook is packed with easy, healthy recipes that are perfect for busy weeknights. I absolutely love the concept and both books. The meals are organized by season, each section featuring five weekly menus. There is a handy list of staples that every pantry, freezer and spice rack should have. The seasonal guide to fruits and vegetables helps you buy produce that is in season - fresher, cheaper, and better for your family. Every recipe has the nutritional values per serving, too. You can follow the weekly menus, or pick and choose: each recipe is listed with its prep and cook times. If you only have 20 minutes - make the Indian Spiced Salmon or the Cool Tortellini with Artichoke and Pepperoni. There's more time? How about the Crustless Spanish Quiche (55 minutes total) or the Hearty Beef Stew (25 min. prep and 90 min. cook time)? For some recipes, I can prep the night before, refrigerate everything, and just cook it the next evening. Ms. Goldfarb has included some very good advice on shopping for organic produce, composting, feeding vegetarian kids, snacking, freezing meals, and more.

Did you know you could make meatloaf in just 45 minutes? That includes prep and bake time! My family loves Ms. Goldfarb's Mini Meatloaf Muffins. I've made them several times, even improvising a bit with the ingredients and the spices: added black pepper, used Panko bread crumbs instead of Italian, green peas and corn in lieu of carrots, even leftover steamed broccoli. The muffins are moist, flavorful, and delicious every single time. I make the Mini Meatloaf Muffins about once a week with ground turkey but you can substitute ground pork, ground beef, or vegetarian "meat". My kids were psyched to have meat muffins for dinner! I serve them with a side of steamed mixed veggies. Another great option suggested in the cookbook are baked potatoes. To me, mashed potatoes or potato salad (with onions, sans mayo) work equally well.

Ms. Goldfarb kindly agreed to allow me to share this recipe with my readers. Enjoy!

Mini Meatloaf Muffins Recipe
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 white or yellow onion, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1-2 large carrots, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon minced garlic (1-2 cloves)
1 1/2 pound lean ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken
3/4 cup ketchup or tomato sauce
1 cup Italian bread crumbs, or crushed crackers
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 egg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and saute the onions, carrots, oregano and garlic for 3 to 5 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Remove them from the heat and let them cool for about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, then add the onion and vegetable mixture, and stir thoroughly.

Spray the wells of a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon the meat mixture into the wells, dividing it evenly - each mini meatloaf should completely fill a muffin well but won't go much over the top of it. Bake the meatloaf muffins in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.

Remove them from the oven and let them sit for 5 minutes before serving, or refrigerate them for up to 2 days before reheating and serving, or freeze them for up to 3 months.

The Giveaway
One lucky U.S. reader will win a copy of the SOS! The Six O'Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families!

To enter, please comment below with your favorite quick and healthy family dish - then follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form.

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Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy with no obligation for a positive review. No compensation was obtained for this post. Photo and book info courtesy of the publisher, author or PR firm.


  1. Cathy W said...

    Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

  2. Kris said...

    I usually make a grilled steak salad with walnuts and cranberries

  3. Carrie Phelps said...

    My quick meal is tacos & a garden salad.

  4. Kimberly said...

    Grilled Chicken Breast with Lemon Pepper, rice and salad

  5. AnneLoyd said...

    Our favorite quick dinner is a rotissorie chicken from the grocery store with tortillas and beans. It's quick and easy plus there is little clean up.

  6. Mandy Kauffman said...

    We love tacos!

  7. Nanny Anna said...

    I make massive quantities of meatballs and freeze them...then when I am in a hurry I just have to cook pasta and mix up some sauce (red or brown) and add some pre-cooked meatballs...within 30 minutes or so we are eating a meal that appears like it took a while to prepare.

    I think this book would be an awesome resource for more ideas.

    nannyof2sofar at gmail dot com

  8. LeAnn said...

    a tuna apple cheese open face sandwich

  9. holdenj said...

    A quick meal for us is chicken enchiladas. The mini meatloaf recipe looks great!

  10. Trung Nguyen said...

    My family love stir fry noodles with seafood and veggies.

  11. Aleksandra Nearing said...

    I don't know how very healthy it is but we resort to grilled cheese dipped in pasta sauce and a side of fruits/veggies.

  12. Rosita said...

    Pasta and vegetables.

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  13. Kristie said...

    I like Devin Alexander's Mexican Mac & Cheese. Delicious! And only three ingredients. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  14. itsme said...

    i do a version of alfredo that uses evaporated skim milk, a bit of butter, and parmesan cheese

  15. Charity and John said...

    Homemade pizza with veggies!
    primabee at hotmail dot com

  16. bettycd said...

    I slice up a couple organic chicken breasts, bread them with panko crumbs and make chicken picatto with lemon juice. If asparagus is in season I will add that to the pan to pick up the lemon seasoning and serve it with rice pilaf.

  17. Dealsfan32 said...

    fish fillets and mashed potatoes

  18. Anonymous said...

    Miso-glazed fish--my kids call it honey fish and they love it

  19. The Sleepy Dreamer said...

    Chicken Caesar Wrap

  20. Jennifer T. said...

    My quick healthy meal is tacos that I make with ground turkey and a can of chili beans with loads of veggies.

  21. ♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ said...

    a quick and easy meal is boiled eggs in mustard sauce with mashed potatoes

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  23. KD { Mom of 3 Dolls } said...

    Chicken fajitas

  24. Debby said...

    Our quick meal is a rotisserie chicken from the store and then salad and some veggies. Then we have leftovers and I can make chicken soup or potpie the next day. YUM!


  25. Michelle S. said...

    I grill boneless skinless chicken breast strips and potato wedges.

  26. Mercedes Y said...

    We'll throw together a green salad heavy on the fruit. Diced apples, dried cranberries, etc. Whatever fruits and vegetables we have on hand.

  27. cocorricco said...

    homemade veggie soup

  28. Tylerpants said...

    I make a big tossed salad with lots of veggies and grill some chicken. Fast and healthy! tylerpants(at)

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