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...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/24/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 11/24/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for November 24, 2014 | Thanksgiving Favorites Week Monday: Moroccan Chicken and Carrots Saute with Couscous Tuesday: Italian Sausage and Chard White Bean Soup with Parmesan Garlic Bread Wednesday: Spinach Calzones with Homemade Marinara and House Salad Subscribe to our weekly meal plan service to get the grocery list, dinner steps, and cook smarts … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/17/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 11/17/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for November 17, 2014 Monday: Foil-Baked Mediterranean Tilapia with Baby Spinach Mediterranean Salad and Quinoa Tuesday: Pesto Baked Chicken Breast Strips with Roasted Parmesan Broccoli and Leftover Quinoa Wednesday: Pasta with Shortcut Cream of Mushroom Tomato Sauce + Brown Sugar Roasted Baby Carrots Thursday: Open-Faced Pesto Turkey Avocado Melt with … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/10/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 11/10/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for November 10, 2014 Monday: Skillet Salmon with Yogurt Sauce + Roasted Oregano Potatoes Tuesday: Weeknight Chicken Stir-Fry with Carrots, Mushrooms, and Celery Wednesday: Lentil and Brown Rice Curry Patties with Indian-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower Thursday: Gnocchi with Carrot and Peas Bolognese + Baby Spinach Salad We do more than create meal plans. … [Read more...]

Guide to Adding Flavor with Aromatics

.@cooksmarts Guide to Building #Flavor with Aromatics #cookingtips

This is part 6 of our ‘How to Maximize Flavor’ series. Read more about it here and see how you can become a flavoring pro and never cook a bland meal again! If you’ve been cooking for some time, you’ve probably noticed that most recipes - whether it’s a sauce, soup, or saute - starts with some combination of garlic, onions, ginger, celery, or carrots. These are some of the most common … [Read more...]

Mushu Chicken

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Mushu Chicken #recipe

What is your favorite Chinese take-out food? We’re sure everyone already has their favorite in mind. (Leave your answer in the comments below!) Veggie egg rolls, kung pao chicken, sweet and sour pork, Mongolian beef, egg foo-yung...the list goes on and on. So we thought we’d do everyone a favor and bring your favorite Chinese restaurant right to your kitchen for this week’s weeknight … [Read more...]

Chicken Banh Mi

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Chicken Banh Mi #recipe

Banh mi is a classic Vietnamese sandwich that is known for the bread, which is light and has a thin crust. The sandwich fixin's are a mix of French and Vietnamese ingredients - baguettes, pate, and mayonnaise from the French, and ingredients like cilantro, fish sauce, and pickled carrots that are native to Vietnam. But to us, what banh mi really means is an amazingly delicious sandwich that we … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/15/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 9/15/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for September 15, 2014 Monday: Maple Pork Chops with Kale and Pear Salad Tuesday: Cajun Shrimp [or Tempeh] Saute with Roasted Okra Wednesday: Chicken Curry with Carrots and Turnips Thursday: Tofu Kimchi Fried Rice with Quick Pickled Cucumbers We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner table. Subscribe to our weekly … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/8/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 9/8/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for September 8, 2014 Monday: Roasted Tilapia with Roasted Eggplant and Red Pepper Pesto and Garlic Broccolini Tuesday: Lamb and Feta Burger with Arugula Salad Wednesday: Lentil and Beet Salad with Feta and Walnuts Thursday: Sriracha Ramen Salad with Chicken / Tofu, Carrots, and Broccoli We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the … [Read more...]

Asian Summer Rolls

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Asian Summer Rolls #recipe

As much as we are all about home-cooked meals, we admit that there are certain things that we’d rather not make ourselves. Bread, pizza dough, tofu, almond milk, sushi, and tater tots are all part of our Let’s-Buy-Instead-of-Make List. Not because they are difficult to make...they're just pretty time-consuming! (And why not leave it to the pros to do what they do best, right?) Another good … [Read more...]