Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 10/13/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 10/13/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for October 13, 2014 Monday: Salmon en Papillote with Pureed Sweet Potato Soup Tuesday: Penne with Creamy Sweet Potato Sauce and Spinach and White Beans Wednesday: Roasted Chicken with Cauliflower & Turnips with Chimichurri Sauce Thursday: Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce and Orange and Spinach Salad with Asian Vinaigrette We do more than create … [Read more...]

Burger Round-Up: 5 Burgers to Get You Ready for the Summer

Chipotle Burger with Guacamole via @cooksmarts

Summer is just around the corner, and we can’t help but think of sunny skies, lazily lounging on the beach, and freshly squeezed lemonade. But since we are a meal plan service, we can’t help but think of all things food - succulent nectarines, juicy heirloom tomatoes, refreshing melons, plump corn-on-the-cob...and of course, burgers. Can’t forget about burgers! We know that burgers are good … [Read more...]

Pasta Puttanesca

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Pasta Puttanesca #recipe

This week’s Facebook #WouldYouRather post was neck and neck, as Pasta Puttanesca and Turkish Meatballs vied for the free recipe spot. It was a close call, but our vegetarian pasta dish claimed victory in the end. No surprise here! This rustic meal is made hearty with sauteed cauliflower, and each bite consists of pasta, tomatoes, capers, and olives. "It was so ridiculously good! Flavorful, … [Read more...]

Indian-Spiced Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Cauliflower

Indian-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potatoes, Garbanzo Beans, and Green Peas

A few weeks ago, I posted this on Cook Smarts' Facebook wall: We're reading "The Power of Habit." What bad food / cooking habits do you want to break? One of our fans wrote, "Not experimenting more with spices." We're sure she's not the only person hoping to break this habit, so I rounded up our tips on how to use spices more effectively a few weeks back. The first tip I offered was: "Isolate / … [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...]

How to Thai Curry

Green Curry with Chicken and Zucchini | How to Thai Curry | Cooking Basics

I absolutely love the flavors of Thai cooking. For a long, long time though, I thought it wasn't something you could easily make at home, so I had set it aside in my "Ethnic Food Only for Eating Out or Takeout" category (this is also where monster burritos reside). But then I had a friend make a red curry for me, and I saw how simple it was. With the exception of the curry paste, it turned out I … [Read more...]

Seared & Roasted Cauliflower Steak

Seared and Roasted Cauliflower Steak | Ingredient Spotlight

This is our 3rd and final recipe in the Cauliflower Ingredient Spotlight series. In this last recipe, we wanted to showcase the vegetable in its purest form using one of our favorite cooking formulas the Sear and Roast and show you how meaty cauliflower can be, even on its own. Cauliflower steak? Maybe you think I'm trying to pull one over on you, but I'm not. Yes, on the surface there really … [Read more...]

Garlicky Cauliflower, Potato, and Leek Soup

Garlicky Cauliflower, Potato, and Leek Soup | Ingredient Spotlight | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

In the previous Cauliflower Ingredient Spotlight, we showed you how to make a rich and decadent gratin. In this next recipe, we're going to present a cauliflower recipe that only tastes and feels rich but lacks those heavy, rich calories. As this blog grows, readers will quickly figure out that I love my immersion blender. Blending soups is one of the easiest ways to bring a lot of vegetables … [Read more...]

Cauliflower and Farro Gratin

Cauliflower and Farro Gratin | Ingredient Spotlight | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Our next ingredient spotlight is going to be on cauliflower (thanks to a request from one of our favorite readers and also BFF Markell Lewis). We're kicking it off with the richest and heartiest preparation. As a huge Nancy Silverton fan, I was pretty stoked when Pizzeria Mozza opened in Los Angeles a few years ago. I was a bit of a crazy restaurant foodie at the time and road tripped down to … [Read more...]

The Sear & Roast

Sear and Roasted Pork Chop | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Photos below are the sear & roast cooking formula applied to one of my favorite cuts of meat, the good ol'  pork chop: Read more about the sear & roast We've taught you how to blanch and saute vegetables and also how to stir-fry them with or without proteins. But for our next cooking formula, we're turning our attention to big hunkin' chunks of meat for the carnivores out there … [Read more...]