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...]

Caramel Chicken Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry

Caramel Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Ready for the holiday season? Lots of good food, spending time with the family, holiday shopping… Yep, sounds great! But we also know that it means busy time. Whether you are traveling somewhere for the holidays, or you are in charge of cranking out that Thanksgiving feast, you are probably starting to feel as if there are not enough hours in a day. We know how it can get this time of year. … [Read more...]

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...]