Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Deconstructed Shepherd's Pie #recipe

What is the first thing that comes to mind when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around? The color green, a lucky shamrock, corned beef and cabbage…perhaps a pint of Guinness? Well, lucky for you, the first thing that popped into our heads was Shepherd’s Pie. When every bite of this dish consists of a mound of… Get the full serving >

Classic Minestrone with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

Minestrone Soup with Sundried Tomato Pesto #recipe via @cooksmarts

The previous two recipes this month have all focused on how to get more flavor out of proteins (see Tofu with Curried Cabbage and Carrots and Pork Tenderloin with Cran-Balsamic Sauce). Today’s Minestrone Soup with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto recipe focuses on how to make a soup more flavorful with a simple hand-chopped pesto. Clearly, you… Get the full serving >

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with a Baked Potato

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe by Cook Smarts @cooksmarts

So what’s better than slow cooker chili? Slow cooker chili on top of a baked potato! Our first slow cooker recipe of the season comes just in time for Halloween. If you’ll be getting your kids (and yourself!) costumed up for trick or treating, this dish will make sure that they’re sent off warm and… Get the full serving >

How to grate carrots in a food processor

Grated carrots in a food processor

I don’t know what your summers are like, but mine are filled with picnics at nearby parks and BBQs in our backyard with friends. While I love to cook, I love being efficient even more. My 14 cup food processor is one of my most relied on tools for saving time in the kitchen, so… Get the full serving >

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