Six o’clock in the evening can cause near panic in some homes. Dinner isn’t ready, it’s not even started, and you might not even have a clue what you will put on the table for dinner. Sound familiar?
Enter SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue, by Aviva Goldfarb! I stumbled across this book at my public library, checked it out, twice, and then ordered a copy for myself. Yes, it is that good!
The beauty of this cookbook is that all of the meals are quick to prepare, most are ready in 30 – 45 minutes, and my family has loved every recipe we’ve tried. An added bonus is that the recipes for the main dishes not only offer suggestions for side dishes that complement the entree, but in almost every case, the quick-to-fix side dish’s recipe is including within the directions for the main dish. The author most certainly understands the frustration of not having the complete meal ready to serve at the same time. With her simple instructions, everything is done at the same time.
The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue is divided into four sections, each section corresponding with the seasons of the year. I love this! The recipes suggested for each season will use produce that is currently in season, resulting in fresher, better tasting produce and, most likely, a lower grocery bill. The index for each season includes five weeks’ worth of menus, too.
Most of the recipes include a “scramble flavor booster” which allows you to spice up or enhance a dish to your family’s taste.
I’ve cooked through a couple of seasons in this cookbook so far, using Aviva’s recipes to introduce some new foods to my family. Thanks to these “kid-pleasing” recipes, cooked greens are now something that everyone in my family will eat. We’ve discovered Gnocchi, some new Asian and Indian seasonings, and some wonderful meatless main dishes.
If there is one thing that I don’t like about this cookbook, it’s that it assumes a small-sized family. I’ve been able to use most of the recipes for my family as is, but some I’ve had to increase by about 25% – 50% to feed five hungry adults. That’s been easy to do, though, and really is a very small problem to work through.
I use the cookbook on its own, but there is also a subscription based web site that not only plans meals from the cookbook for you, but also gives you an organized grocery list so that everything you’ll need is sure to be on hand.
SOS! The Six O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Friendly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families is truly a family-friendly, mom-pleasing, stress reliever!