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...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 8/18/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 8/18/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for August 18, 2014 | Let's Travel to Vietnam! Monday: Lemongrass Shrimp Kebabs with Radish and Carrot Salad Tuesday: Chicken Banh Mi with Sriracha Mayo and Pineapple Spears Wednesday: Chicken Summer Rolls with Pineapple Banana Smoothie Thursday: Beef Pho with Sauteed Bok Choy We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner … [Read more...]

Salmon with Coconut Aminos Butter

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Salmon with Coconut Aminos Butter #recipe

One of the great things about creating recipes that cater to different diets is getting to test out new ingredients. While it can be a challenge to come up with variations at times, that’s what experimenting in the kitchen is all about! Besides, who doesn’t like a good challenge every now and then? "My husband who doesn't like fish couldn't get enough of the salmon. Very … [Read more...]

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 fluffy mashed potatoes and a hearty spoonful of seasoned ground beef, it’s hard not to think … [Read more...]

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 can use these types of pestos well beyond soups, but it's … [Read more...]