For anyone who's spent a fortune on dubious online pants-trying-on services, this high-utility deal will be a relief. For $14, today’s side deal gets you a six-month subscription to The Six O’Clock Scramble, a $29.50 value. This online dinner-simplifying service takes the stress out of meal planning by delivering a fast and easy plan directly to your inbox weekly. Its ease and convenience have garnered much press as an innovative way to de-stress feeding time.
Once a week, you’ll receive an email with five recipes, including sides and a grocery list with all the ingredients. See a sample here. If there’s a meal queued up that doesn’t water your mouth, swap said recipe for another from an extensive online archive. When you’re satisfied with the lineup, print the recipes and grocery list. Since all the ingredients are listed, you’ll only need to make one trip to the store, saving on gas, time, and chances of running into a frenemy neighbor.
Recipes adhere to a strict set of standards, such as taking 30 minutes or less to prepare, and being healthy and family friendly. Once the recipe goes through a rigorous testing phase involving consumption by a robotic test family and dietician analysis, it is deemed fit for service and enters the system. They’re designed to feed four hungry birdies, making this a convenient plan for a small family or a slick way for a soloist to prep one meal that can be eaten as leftovers three times over.
- The meals (grilled teriyaki chicken tenderloins one night, baked huevos rancheros another) take about a half hour to prepare and are creative, healthy, unprocessed and kid-friendly without being adult-alienating…a small price to pay for a whole new kind of happy meal. – O Magazine
- The simple, seasonal recipes pack more flavor with fewer ingredients in less time than those of other services. Subscribing is like joining a book group: lots to talk about with other users besides the main event. – Real Simple Family
- You save the hassle of figuring out what to cook...every Wednesday you’ll get a new five-night, main-meal menu, with recipes and a shopping list. Most meals require fewer that 10 ingredients, take 30 minutes or less to make, and are kid-friendly-such as tortellini with fresh mozzarella and Asian turkey burgers. – Rebecca Davis, Redbook
- Recipes are geared toward people who want a good, healthy meal but don't want to spend too much time thinking about it...If one calls for a canned or packaged ingredient, you're likely going to use all of it, for one meal or another later in the week. – Reader's Digest
Amazon users give The Six O'Clock Scramble's recipes a near-perfect 4.5-star rating:
- I love the all the tips and the hints and the format. It lends itself to easy browsing. I have used the shopping list that is available on-line and for most weeks now, I have cut my shopping down to once a week! – Ruth Stricker
- Aviva Goldfarb has focused on a time when craziness and chaos plague many households with children -- dinnertime on weeknights -- and she has offered a method to tame the madness. – J. Dellinger
The Six O'Clock Scramble
When she started cooking for her family, Aviva Goldfarb would usually stroll through the aisles looking for ingredients to inspire her, then pick up whatever she needed for the dishes she decided to make. But when she went to make the recipes, she'd realize she hadn't picked up everything she needed—necessitating another trip to the grocery store or a last-minute scramble to figure out another dinner. Frustrated, she recalled her mother's system: sitting down with the recipe box to plan out a week's worth of meals, then making a shopping list of all the necessary ingredients. After Aviva started following her mother's system, she realized that the "six o'clock scramble" before dinner had nearly vanished from her home. Impressed by the results, she decided to take her mother's system into the digital age with an online dinner-planning service that would enable busy families to enjoy the perks of a well-planned week of meals.
With seasonal, weekly menus sent out every Wednesday, The Six O'Clock Scramble offers families a way to de-stress their mealtimes and keep everyone nourished with wholesome dishes. The Internet-based service has a few advantages over the old-fashioned recipe-box method: users can customize the plan based on their own preferences and recipe ratings submitted by other users, or search the recipe database for options that are kosher, vegetarian, or adhere to other special diets. After they're done adjusting the menu to account for picky eaters or out-of-town guests, users print out a grocery list or have it sent to their smartphones, tablets, or hired medieval scribes.