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...]

Steak with Romesco Sauce and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Flank Steak with Romesco Sauce and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

When the weather gets warmer, sometimes you just want to eat something refreshing but filling at the same time. A salad is refreshing enough and quick to throw together, but to make it truly satisfying and balanced, we add protein, healthy fats, and fiber to keep you full and energized. The salad itself contains butternut squash that is roasted until wonderfully sweet and tender. Tossed with … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Pappardelle

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Roasted Butternut Squash Parpadelle #recipe

This month, we are learning and experimenting with new ingredients, so that we can expand our food repertoire and discover new tastes and textures. Today, we are featuring pappardelle, a wide Italian noodle, in a comforting and hearty pasta dish. There are so many pastas and pasta shapes to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming at times. Perhaps you already have your favorites that are … [Read more...]

Pureed Butternut Squash Soup

Pureed butternut squash soup #recipe via @cooksmarts

Every time I serve this pureed butternut squash soup, people ask, "How much cream did you use?" When I answer, "None," they're always shocked, and look at me with suspicious eyes. Hook me up to a lie detector; I swear there is no dairy in it. Somehow cooking butternut squash in some liquid and running it through some blender blades turns sometimes stringy butternut squash into a silky smooth and … [Read more...]

Coconut Cream Butternut Squash

Coconut Cream Butternut Squash by Cook Smarts

Over these last two years, I've become such a coconut milk addict that it's now a pantry staple that I can't live without. In the past I mainly used it for curries, but now that I'm also developing paleo meals for our meal plan service, I've discovered that it's also a lovely way to add a touch of creaminess without the dairy. Plus, it's got just the right hint of sweetness. I now love adding … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash, Chickpea, and Kale Curry

Butternut squash, chickpea, and kale curry

This butternut squash, chickpea, and kale curry combination is not likely to be found on the menu of any restaurant. Butternut squash, chickpeas, and kale are not exactly traditional Thai ingredients, but that's one of the most amazing things about a curry. You can honestly throw any random group of ingredients into a pot, and just let the curry sauce tie them all together. In my kitchen, it's one … [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...]

Butternut Squash and Farro Casserole

Butternut Squash and Farro Casserole | Ingredient Spotlight | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

I know what you're thinking: Casserole? Isn't that something women made in the 60's? Yes, it's true, but this casserole (or bake) has been updated with sophisticated and healthy ingredients for the modern cook. It features one of my favorite grains farro (sadly not gluten-free but millet would be a great gluten-free substitute). The chewiness of the farro combined with the creaminess of the … [Read more...]

Butternut Squash with White Bean Soup

Butternut Squash with White Bean Soup | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

This pureed butternut squash soup is the third and last recipe in our butternut squash ingredient spotlight. However, last rarely means least, and it certainly isn't the case here. In fact I think I've saved the best for last, as pureed soups are some of my favorite weeknight meals to make. People will tell you the longer you let a soup's flavors develop, the more delicious it will be. Those … [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...]