Classic Tacos

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Classic Tacos #recipe

We all have our fast food moments. Well...we do, that’s for sure! Every now and then, we can’t get crispy, greasy French fries out of our mind until we give in to the irresistible fast food treat. Luckily, it doesn’t happen too often, and we are usually able to satisfy our cravings with healthier versions, such as Oven-Roasted Sweet Potato Fries or Panko Avocado Fries. We also can’t resist a … [Read more...]

Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Deconstructed Shepherd's Pie #recipe

What is the first thing that comes to mind when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around? The color green, a lucky shamrock, corned beef and cabbage...perhaps a pint of Guinness? Well, lucky for you, the first thing that popped into our heads was Shepherd’s Pie. When every bite of this dish consists of a mound of fluffy mashed potatoes and a hearty spoonful of seasoned ground beef, it’s hard not to think … [Read more...]

Cumin-Spiced Beef Kebabs with Hummus and Pita

Cumin Spiced Beef Kebabs with Hummus and Pita via @cooksmarts

Hummus and pita are not just snacks. In my household, they are often the foundations for a larger meal. I typically cook up some protein - tofu, chicken, lamb, or beef - and make a quick hummus pita wrap. Lunch or dinner, it's easy and fuss-free (and likely to be less expensive than your local gyro joint). If I'm feeling a bit fancy, as we all do in the kitchen from time to time, I'll bring out … [Read more...]

The Easiest Slow Cooker Vegetable, Beef, and Barley Soup

Slow-Cooker Vegetable, Beef, and Barley Soup by Cook Smarts

I was plagued with a major case of recipe and meal-block earlier this week. I looked for inspiration through my vast cookbook collection, old food magazines, and of course the usual recipe sites. Nothing. And then it dawned on me, why not just ask our awesome Facebook fans what new recipes they wanted to see on our site and in our weekly meal plans. The resounding request was more slow-cooker / … [Read more...]

Steak Fajitas with Peppers, Onions, and Tomatoes

Steak Fajitas Recipe by Cook Smarts

Unless you're vegetarian, you probably enjoy a good steak fajita. I know I sure do. It's such a fun dish to order at a restaurant. Its sizzling sounds, the strong smell of Latin-spices, the crunch of peppers and onions, and of course the flavor of all these ingredients when eaten together make this dish a complete sensory experience. Luckily we can replicate most of this experience in our home … [Read more...]

Oven-Roasted Beef, Chicken, or Tofu Kebabs -> Dressed Up in a Pesto Orzo

Repurposed Kebabs to Pesto Orzo | Weekly Meal Plans by Cook Smarts

We are so excited to announce that we launched our weekly meal planning newsletter last week. If you haven't heard about it, it's a free email that comes out every Thursday. Subscribers receive a weekly meal plan, which we pack with our signature smarts, delivered right to their inbox. It's basically like getting a mini-cooking lesson every week for free (how awesome is that?). One of the most … [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...]

The Sear & Roast

Sear and Roasted Pork Chop | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Photos below are the sear & roast cooking formula applied to one of my favorite cuts of meat, the good ol'  pork chop: Read more about the sear & roast We've taught you how to blanch and saute vegetables and also how to stir-fry them with or without proteins. But for our next cooking formula, we're turning our attention to big hunkin' chunks of meat for the carnivores out there … [Read more...]

The Versatile Stir-Fry

The Versatile Stir-Fry | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Last week I welcomed the year of the dragon over a table brimming with fragrant stir-fries, which of course is now the inspiration behind this cooking formula how-to. Like the child of most Chinese immigrants, I grew up on stir-fries. Regardless of whatever else was going on in our chaotic household, a stir-fry of some sort was always guaranteed to make it onto the dinner table. The most amazing … [Read more...]