Asian-Style Roasted Brussels Sprouts

#52NewFoods Challenge: Book by Jennifer Tyler Lee and Asian-Style Roasted Brussels Sprouts by @CookSmarts

Recently, we decided to take on the 52 New Foods Challenge, which is a way to try new foods, cook together with the family, and have fun while doing so. Created by Crunch a Color’s Jennifer Tyler Lee, the new book, The 52 New Foods Challenge, is about getting the whole family involved and interested in the cooking process and experimenting with different foods. Last week, we went for a familiar … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 10/20/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 10/20/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for October 20, 2014 Monday: Fish Tacos with Asian Slaw and Sriracha Mayo Tuesday: Sweet and Sour Shrimp with Sugar Snap Peas and Peppers over Rice Wednesday: Rice Bowl with Tofu, Leftover Asian Slaw, and Sriracha Mayo Thursday: Skillet Asian-Style Chicken Breasts with Roasted Asian-style Brussels Sprouts We do more than create meal plans. We create … [Read more...]

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Side Dishes via @cooksmarts: Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts #recipe

Brussels sprouts. You either love them or you hate them. And if you have been following along on our blog, you can tell that we are in the Love ‘Em! group. We have tossed them in miso-butter and roasted them to tender and crispy goodness. We enjoyed them shredded for a hash and topped with a runny egg for a filling breakfast. Today, we keep it simple as a go-to side dish for any entree. Here … [Read more...]

Sweet and Tangy Brussels Sprouts Hash

Brussels Sprouts Hash Recipe by Cook Smarts

I don’t know about you, but I’m always trying to find different ways to eat my vegetables. I joined the green smoothie movement for a bit, pureeing my kale and spinach with the health-nuttiest of them, but it didn’t take me long to realize that I just didn’t like my vegetables in cold liquid form. It did get me thinking though; what other forms could the vegetables I eat take? I had always … [Read more...]

Brussels Sprouts Hash

Brussels Sprouts Hash by Cook Smarts

Week 2 of January's Super-Food Challenge with Hey Fran Hey features the brussels sprout. Now if your initial reaction was, "Brussels sprouts? GROSS!" you most likely have experienced some brussels sprouts trauma at some point in your life. You probably had them sad, soggy, and over-cooked and swore off brussels sprouts forever. Well, this is just as much of a challenge for us as it is for you. You … [Read more...]

Miso-Butter Roasted Brussels Sprouts | My Favorite Thanksgiving Sides, Part I

Miso-Butter Brussels Sprouts by Cook Smarts

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. I've never needed an excuse to stuff myself silly, but if we're going to declare a national holiday to give me full permission to do so, I'll happily respond, "Sign me up coach!" I'll be missing Thanksgiving in the States for the first time ever this year. When you all are feasting on turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, I'll most likely be gorging on a … [Read more...]

Oven Roasted Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Shallots & Fennel Seeds

Oven-Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Shallots | Cook Smarts

Yesterday was October 1st, and I turned the young age of 31. For some reason having a birthday that lands on the first of the month always catches me by surprise. My reaction mostly is, "How is it October already?" Besides adding another year to my age, 10/01 also marks in my mind the official start of autumn. Whether it is or not is irrelevant. I like to think that my birthday signals the … [Read more...]

How to Roast Vegetables (with lots of flavor)

Roasted carrots 3 different ways - miso, maple syrup, and olive oil | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

I find the oven to be one of the most underutilized tools in the kitchen. While it gets warmed up for baking, it doesn’t get much action for general everyday mealtime making. I think this is just too bad, because so much low-maintenance and simple deliciousness can come out of the oven. I use mine just about every single night to roast vegetables, which is the cooking formula I’m excited to share … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts

Roasted butternut squash and brussels sprouts | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

We've spotlighted both brussels sprouts and butternut squash in our Ingredient Spotlight series, so it only made sense that we featured these two powerhouse ingredients together. I love roasted brussel sprouts, and the slight sweetness of butternut squash is a perfect pairing for our earthy sprouts. If you've done your prep earlier in the week of the vegetables, this can be made into a quick easy … [Read more...]

A PR Campaign for Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts Hash with Fried Egg | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

As part of our Ingredient Spotlight series, we bring you our second entry, featuring 3 simple ways to make brussels sprouts. The first is our version of a brussel sprout "hash" and is a great starter recipe if you're still feeling a bit apprehensive. The other two are classic cooking formulas - a blanch and saute and a roast - that will provide you with great side dishes to accompany just about … [Read more...]