Our Favorite July 4th Side Dishes + New Recipe!

July 4th Round-Up: @CookSmarts favorite simple and healthy side dishes

With July 4th coming up in less than a week, we thought we’d round up some of our favorite BBQ and potluck side dishes that you can add to your upcoming cookout, grill fest, or summer get-together. We also created a new recipe for our meal plan recently, and it’s just waiting to make an appearance at our Fourth of July BBQ, so we just had to share it with you today as well! It’s a simple, but … [Read more...]

Skirt Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onions

Skirt Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onions | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

If you’re a die-hard meat eater, chances are, you absolutely love a good steak. Even if you prefer lean, white meats, there’s just something satisfying about a juicy hunk of red meat, bursting with beefy flavor. However, we know that eating like you’re at a steakhouse every night is not always possible, mostly because of budget. (And because you probably want to throw in some chicken or fish or … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 5/25/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 5/25/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for May 25, 2015 Monday: Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles with Red Peppers and Coleslaw Mix Tuesday: Indian Meatball Masala with Quinoa and Roasted Indian Okra Wednesday: Broccoli and Quinoa Patties + Side Salad with Creamy Paprika Vinaigrette Thursday: Indian Meatball Banh Mi with Leftover Meatballs + Side Salad with Paprika Vinaigrette We do more than … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 5/18/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 5/18/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for May 18, 2015 Monday: Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo with Peppers, Okra, and Tomatoes over Brown Rice Tuesday: Sweet & Spicy Chicken Strips with Broccoli, Edamame, and Cashew Salad Wednesday: Cajun Skillet Pasta with Peppers, Sausage, and Beans Thursday: Avocado Caprese Sandwich with Peach & Walnut Salad We do more than create meal plans. We create … [Read more...]

Pesto Turkey Avocado Melt with Greek-Inspired Tomato Soup

Pesto Turkey Avocado Melt and Greek Tomato Soup | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Who says that dinner has to be Michelin-star-worthy and restaurant-quality every single night? Most of our members are busy folks who don’t have time to make homemade pasta or their own puff pastry for pot pie, and that’s okay. We don’t either! Although we enjoy making things like pesto or hummus, there will always be those days where we just don’t have the time. We get home late, it’s almost 8 … [Read more...]

Grilled Veggie Panini

Grilled Veggie Panini | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Since it’s #EatMoreVeggies Month here at Cook Smarts, we’re going to share a recipe today to help you do just that. So far in this series, we showed you fun ways to enjoy veggies, whether it’s in the form of ‘zoodles’ or fritters. So for this week’s recipe, we're keeping it super simple, and anyone can make this at home. It may seem like a very obvious recipe - veggie sandwich - but it’s all in … [Read more...]

Holiday Round-Up: Hearty & Healthy Classics for Every Gathering

Holiday Meals for Any Occasion via @CookSmarts

Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or you’re all about ringing in the New Year, there’s no denying this - the holidays are an abundance of fabulous food and time spent with loved ones. Put those two together and you have a memorable gathering with no shortage of good times. We’re sure that everyone has their own holiday traditions, whether it’s watching ‘A Christmas Story’ or … [Read more...]

Sweet Treats for the Holidays

Holiday Desserts via @CookSmarts

There’s something about the holidays. Even as you pack your schedule in so tight it might explode, you can’t help but get into the spirit of things, whether it’s taking the time out to make a handmade gift for your mom, or planning a memorable shindig filled with delicious food and toe-tappin' music. Despite the chaos of running around getting last-minute shopping done, making final touches on … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Sides Round-Up: 10 Sides You Won’t Want to Miss Out on This Holiday

Top 10 Thanksgiving Sides via @CookSmarts #recipes

Everyone knows that while Thanksgiving’s main star is turkey, it’s really the sides that are the talk of the town. From mashed potatoes to green beans, we’re all about loading up our plate with comforting and delicious side dishes. So this week, we have compiled our Top 10 favorite side dishes that will go great with your upcoming Thanksgiving meal. You’ll be wanting thirds of everything! If … [Read more...]

Parmesan Garlic Bread

Parmesan Garlic Bread | Side Dish #recipe via @CookSmarts

You’re probably thinking, “Does anyone really need a recipe for garlic bread?” Truth is, no, you don’t need a recipe for buttery, garlicky bread. But does it hurt to have one more garlic bread recipe? Of course not! After all, you simply can’t go wrong with bread slathered with a butter garlic mixture. And when you sprinkle salty Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley on top, well, you’ve got one … [Read more...]