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...]

Tofu with Curried Cabbage and Carrots

Tofu Curried Cabbage #recipe via @cooksmarts

Not everyone is a tofu fan. Some of tofu's most common offenses are: 1) it tastes bland and 2) it's so mushy. Luckily this Tofu with Curried Cabbage and Carrots recipe features tofu that is flavorful and crispy. The key with tofu and really any protein is to maximize surface area for flavor. A solid block of tofu has a lot less surface area to coat in seasoning than one that's been chopped up. … [Read more...]

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 well-fed. Another added bonus? Because this is a slow cooker meal, it's already made ahead of … [Read more...]

Zucchini and Carrot Hash

Carrot and Zucchini Hash

Let me tell you a little trick I use when it I want to prep and cook vegetables and am short on time: I take advantage of my food processor and let the machine do the work. I love vegetables, but I've seen folks really struggle with prepping vegetables (which is why you must, must, must learn to use a knife folks!). If you're short on time and want to get a delicious vegetable side to accompany … [Read more...]

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 instead of spending all day in the kitchen, I can go outside and play! In today's "How-to Tuesday" series, I'm going … [Read more...]

Shrimp Vermicelli Bowl

Shrimp Vermicelli Bowls

With the heat kicking up, I'm excited to be switching over to meals that help me stay cool all summer long. Clearly salads are a great option, but don't limit yourself to our domestic salad combinations. I'm gonna help you think a bit more internationally about your salads this season, and our first stop is Vietnam. Vietnam is a country that is sweltering just about all year long, so many of its … [Read more...]

Panko-Crusted Fish Tacos with Lemony Coleslaw

Panko fish tacos

Today, we're lucky enough to have our panko-crusted fish tacos with lemony, creamy coleslaw recipe appear at Cup of Jo. You can get the full recipe over there, and see our how-to video right below. Enjoy this simple and delicious dinner that's sure to be a crowd pleaser this summer. If you want to pick up more cooking skills, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more smart how-to … [Read more...]