Those of you who read my blog know that in addition to my love of reading is my love of cooking and eating. I don’t get to review as many cookbooks as I’d like so I was really happy to be invited on Aviva Goldfarb’s blog tour for her cookbook SOS! The Six o’Clock Scramble to the Rescue.
I can’t tell you how many days I stand in front of the fridge now and try to figure out what to eat. I used to be so good about planning ahead and taking something out but after Buddy got sick that all kind of fell by the wayside. The Six o’Clock Scramble really makes things a lot easier for someone like me as it’s all there for me. All I have to do is pick something that sounds good, make sure I have the ingredients and off I go! Best of all the meals are all healthy which is really important for my health and my family’s health.
What a terrific cookbook! What I loved about it aside from all the really great recipes was the seasonal produce chart, the vegetarian options, grocery lists for the week (gotten online) and one really great one – the well stocked kitchen list. I can’t tell you how often I fall behind on the essentials and then go to make something and it’s not there. Very frustrating! I also love the nutritional information along with each recipe as this makes it very easy to be compatible with Weight Watchers. Another thing I noticed with Aviva’s cookbook and was very impressed with was the fact that in reading the ingredients in her recipes I recognized all of them and knew I’d actually be able to buy them at my local grocery store.
The cookbook is organized according to seasons which is great. For me, in Canada, we don’t have fresh fruit and vegetables during the winter. By fresh I mean something grown by me or bought at a farmer’s market so I take advantage of it int the summer months here. Aviva strongly encourages buying fresh and locally when possible and I agree. I only wish I lived somewhere I could do that year round.
So at the beginning of each chapter you have a weekly list of menus and you can get shopping lists for all these recipes online. As well each recipe has a Scramble Flavor Booster, Tips, and Side Dish Suggestions. It really does take all the stress out of making a meal. Throughout the cookbook you’ll find tips and hints on growing your own vegetables, tips for staying on schedule, tips on recycling, tips for saving money on your food budget and many, many more. As well there are some personal stories scattered throughout that I thought added a nice touch and ways to get your kids involved in the kitchen too.
There are many, many recipes to suit everyone’s likes. I made a few of the recipes – one being Lemon-Parmesan Fusilli with Asparagus and Spinach. There are many of my favorites in this one recipe – first anything pasta is a winner and I loved how easy it was, how healthful and mostly how delicious it turned out to be.
One other dish I made that I’ll share with you all was Pan-Fried Polenta with Summer Vegetables. I love polenta and the only thing I changed with this recipe is that I make my own polenta so the recipe took me a bit longer than it would someone using prepared from the store. I’d never tried pan frying the polenta before although I don’t know why and then with this recipe you put the fried polenta in a baking dish and top it with a vegetable mix of zucchini, onions, sun-dried tomatoes and tomato sauce and put it under the broiler for a bit. All I can say about this recipe is Yum!!! It too was easy to make and very healthy.
So for the busy mom or otherwise busy individual that’s looking to cook healthy meals for your family that are easy and fast , this cookbook is for you and one I’d definitely recommend. No matter how busy you are, if you have a shopping list and a list of menus for the week you can’t help but succeed in feeding your family a healthy and tasteful meal!
You can buy your very own copy of SOS! The Six o’Clock Scramble to the Rescue by Aviva Goldfarb here in the US and here in Canada. As well be sure to stop by and check out Aviva’s website The Six o’Clock Scramble where you can subscribe to receive an online weekly menu planner. Be sure to pop back in tomorrow as Aviva will be visiting with a guest post and maybe a little something else!
My thanks…to Diane Saarinen for my review copy of SOS! The Six o’Clock Scramble to the Rescue by Aviva Goldbarb.