Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/17/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 11/17/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for November 17, 2014 Monday: Foil-Baked Mediterranean Tilapia with Baby Spinach Mediterranean Salad and Quinoa Tuesday: Pesto Baked Chicken Breast Strips with Roasted Parmesan Broccoli and Leftover Quinoa Wednesday: Pasta with Shortcut Cream of Mushroom Tomato Sauce + Brown Sugar Roasted Baby Carrots Thursday: Open-Faced Pesto Turkey Avocado Melt with … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/29/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 9/29/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for September 29, 2014 Monday: Parmesan & Panko Crusted Dover Sole with Roasted Parmesan Broccoli Tuesday: Kung Pao Noodles with Chicken and Carrots, Snow Peas, and Baby Corn Wednesday: Italian Sausage and Chard White Bean Soup with Parmesan Garlic Bread Thursday: Sweet Potato, Parmesan, and Spinach Frittata with Apple Spinach Salad We do more than … [Read more...]

Grandparents’ Day: Cook Up Something Grand

Grandparent's Day Menu via @CookSmarts #recipes

"No matter how much you eat, your grandma won’t believe that you’re not hungry.” We came across this quote the other day, and thought that nothing could be further from the truth! It always seems as if all grandparents have a competition over who can stuff their grandkids more. But then again, that’s one of the lovable things about grandparents. What better way to show that you care about … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/8/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 9/8/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for September 8, 2014 Monday: Roasted Tilapia with Roasted Eggplant and Red Pepper Pesto and Garlic Broccolini Tuesday: Lamb and Feta Burger with Arugula Salad Wednesday: Lentil and Beet Salad with Feta and Walnuts Thursday: Sriracha Ramen Salad with Chicken / Tofu, Carrots, and Broccoli We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the … [Read more...]

Blackened Tilapia with Veggie and Quinoa Saute

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Blackened Tilapia #recipe

This month, we traveled to the Orient to jazz up fried rice with red curry paste. Then we went to Italy for pappardelle and balsamic vinegar. We round up our discovery of new ingredients with a trip to the south for Cajun seasoning to add some kick to a light and flavorful Blackened Tilapia. Cajun cuisine has its roots in rustic French cooking, which is adapted to the local and available … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Microwaved Broccoli with Lemon and Garlic

Lemon and Garlic Broccoli recipe via @cooksmarts

I am a vegetable evangelist, and it's likely a result of my upbringing. I grew up at a dining table where there were vegetables for dinner every single night and you had to eat them. Even my picky little brother (who has luckily grown out of his pickiness) had to eat all his veggies. One way that my grandma and mom ensured that vegetables were always a part of dinner was by utilizing the … [Read more...]

How to prep broccoli

Broccoli Recipes | Ingredient Spotlight | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

If you've been following Cook Smarts for awhile, you may have learned that broccoli is my favorite vegetable. Broccoli is like the pioneer of super foods. Other super food fads will come and go, but broccoli is always going to be there for you. It's always available, never too expensive, and you can do a ton with it. So, kids and adults alike, eat your broccoli. See how we quickly prep it … [Read more...]

Asian Bolognese with Broccoli

Asian Bolognese with Broccoli Stir-Fry recipe by Cook Smarts

This was one of my favorite dishes growing up. I loved it so much that I made it when I competed on Season 2 of The Next Food Network Star. Unfortunately, I was also kicked off the show for this same dish, which I just couldn't finish on time. I hadn't prepared a cooked "swap-out" for the ground meat, and well raw ground meat was just not going to cook in my 3 minutedemo. I was that contestant who … [Read more...]

Garlic Roasted Broccoli with a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted balsamic garlic broccoli recipe

Some of us can't live without chocolate. Others can't live without cookies. I can't live without broccoli. I kid you not. I'm no health nut. I love pizza and French fries just as much as the next guy, but I LOVE my broccoli. It honestly would be one of my desert island foods, and I love broccoli prepared in any way. However over the last two years, I've really had to up my efficiency in the … [Read more...]

Miso Udon Noodle Soup with Tofu, Broccoli, and Carrots

Miso Udon Noodle Soup with Tofu, Broccoli, and Carrots Recipe by Cook Smarts

I'm a sucker for a warm noodle soup. It's probably the one dish I crave at least once a week, and I'm sure I've never met a noodle soup that I didn't want to just completely slurp down. Because I know I have these cravings, I always have all the necessary ingredients on hand. If you are a noodle soup lover like me, let me tell you how to stock up. I keep a variety of fresh noodles of different … [Read more...]