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...]

Shrimp, Broccoli, and Shitake Mushroom Stir Fry

Shrimp, Broccoli, and Shitake Mushroom Stir-Fry by Cook Smarts

Last week I decided it was time for me to finally put together a video on how to stir-fry. I had already made more than enough trips to the grocery store, so I decided this video was going to have to be made with whatever was in my fridge. Luckily you can throw almost any combination of ingredients into a stir-fry and know that it will likely taste pretty darn good. After a minute of digging … [Read more...]

Fried Rice Breakfast Burritos

Wrapped and labeled fried rice breakfast burritos for freezing | Repurposed Meals | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

We know that everyone is short on time, so our goal is to help you save time in the kitchen by being more creative and efficient. And how does one do that? Well, one great way is repurposing your meals so that one dish can become multiple dishes. We'll be offering lots of ideas and possibilities in our meal planning newsletter starting in September (sign-up here for free weekly meal plans), but in … [Read more...]