Chipotle-Inspired Shrimp and Black Bean Fajita Saute

Shrimp with Black Beans and Lime Cilantro Rice

Confession: I used to be a Chipotle addict (and may still be one . . . ). When the fast food chain first made its way to DC, I was working as a summer intern at an architecture firm and could easily eat 2 burritos everyday for lunch. I think I gained 5 lbs. each time afterwards, but it was so worth it. Luckily, it's been a long time since I was a college student, and I've shed the college … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Chickpea Veggie Burger Patty

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Vegetarian Patties

BBQ season is coming up, and even though I love grilling every type of meat on my Weber, we have a lot of vegetarian friends, so BBQ season also means it's time to get creative with our veggie burger options. We could easily purchase one of the many pre-made options. However with a large food processor, you can make the filling for any veggie burger patty in no time. My classic … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash, Chickpea, and Kale Curry

Butternut squash, chickpea, and kale curry

This butternut squash, chickpea, and kale curry combination is not likely to be found on the menu of any restaurant. Butternut squash, chickpeas, and kale are not exactly traditional Thai ingredients, but that's one of the most amazing things about a curry. You can honestly throw any random group of ingredients into a pot, and just let the curry sauce tie them all together. In my kitchen, it's one … [Read more...]

Vegetarian sweet potato and black bean tacos

Vegetarian sweet potato and black bean tacos

Week 1 of January's Super-Food Challenge* with the beautiful Francheska of Hey Fran Hey features the sweet potato. Don't let its sweet-like-candy taste fool you. This root vegetable is power-packed, filled with fiber, beta-carotene, and a whole host of vitamins. We love baking it, roasting it, making it into fries, and using it as a meat substitute in tacos. Sweet potatoes make a perfect hearty … [Read more...]

Peach and Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad

Peach and Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad | New Uses for Old Ingredients | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

While most folks spend their summer months daydreaming about vacation and the beach, I spend mine daydreaming about this: Biting into the perfect peach, juices oozing down my chin Picking the perfect tomato that needs little more than a dash of salt and a splash of balsamic Tossing olive oil on stale bread and giving it new life Luckily, since it is summer, this daydream can easily be … [Read more...]

The Black Bean + Corn + Farro Salad

Black Bean, Corn, Farro Salad | 3 Ingredients / 3 Ways | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Part of our "3 Ingredients / 3 Ways" Series, featuring: BLACK BEANS + CORN + FARRO Can you smell the taste of summer yet? I sure can. Every year the heat of summer ushers in a season of cookouts, picnics, and way too many (but yet not enough) ice cream trips. As the season arrives, I am always looking for new dishes that showcase the best of summer produce, that can be eaten cold so it doesn't … [Read more...]

The Black Bean + Corn + Farro Vegetarian Burger

Black Bean, Corn, Farro Vegetarian Burger | 3 Ingredients / 3 Ways | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Part of our "3 Ingredients / 3 Ways" Series, featuring: BLACK BEANS + CORN + FARRO I am a carnivore, and I love a juicy, meaty burger, but I get just as excited to sink my teeth into its vegetarian cousin. They're related but definitely exhibit very different characteristics. You can't really expect a vegetarian burger to taste like the classic beef version. It's not supposed to. Instead every … [Read more...]

How to Thai Curry

Green Curry with Chicken and Zucchini | How to Thai Curry | Cooking Basics

I absolutely love the flavors of Thai cooking. For a long, long time though, I thought it wasn't something you could easily make at home, so I had set it aside in my "Ethnic Food Only for Eating Out or Takeout" category (this is also where monster burritos reside). But then I had a friend make a red curry for me, and I saw how simple it was. With the exception of the curry paste, it turned out I … [Read more...]

Farro Vegetable Risotto + A Kin Community Video

I met the folks behind KIN COMMUNITY about a month back in Santa Monica. They're a growing YouTube channel specializing in all things women - fashion, food, travel, and a totally irreverent and fun look on parenting from the hilarious "How to be a Dad" duo. Besides being super nice, they are passionate about producing quality info/enter-tainment for women that is incredibly beautiful and inviting. … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash with White Bean Soup

Butternut Squash with White Bean Soup | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

This pureed butternut squash soup is the third and last recipe in our butternut squash ingredient spotlight. However, last rarely means least, and it certainly isn't the case here. In fact I think I've saved the best for last, as pureed soups are some of my favorite weeknight meals to make. People will tell you the longer you let a soup's flavors develop, the more delicious it will be. Those … [Read more...]