Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts | Side Dish #recipe via @CookSmarts

We have sung our praises of brussels sprouts so many times, you’re probably tired of hearing us talk about them. It might even be one of the most featured vegetables on our blog! But it’s not just us; our members rave about these little veggies every time they’re featured on a meal plan, and more often than not, the brussels sprouts steal the show. The best part, though, is when folks say that … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Round-Up: 5 Foods and 10 Recipes that will Satisfy & Please (Your Appetite)

5 Aphrodisiac Foods + 10 Recipes via @CookSmarts

Love it or hate it, the day will soon be upon us. You know the one we’re talking about…Valentine’s Day. To be honest, we’re not terribly big on Valentine’s Day and the hearts and chocolate (give us chips over chocolate any day) and all that comes with it. But that won’t stop us! Last year, we featured 5 Heart-Healthy Foods that will help you feel good and treat your body right. (Who said … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 1/12/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 1/12/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for January 12, 2015 Monday: Slow Cooker Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili with Lemon-Garlic Yogurt Tuesday: Oven-Poached Garlic Salmon with Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa Wednesday: Pan-Fried Broccoli Fritters with Garlic-Lemon Yogurt with Kale, Quinoa, and Craisin Salad Thursday: Asian Kale Salad with Seared Pork Chops + Peanut Dressing / … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 12/15/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 12/15/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for December 15, 2014 Monday: {Moqueca} Brazilian Fish Stew over Rice Tuesday: Shrimp and Udon Noodles in Green Curry Soup with Baby Spinach and Straw Mushrooms Wednesday: Pan-Roasted Chicken and Brussels Sprouts with Lemon-Soy-Balsamic Marinade Thursday: Pizza with Spinach-Artichoke Sauce with Quick Lemony Broccoli We do more than create meal plans. … [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...]

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...]