Pork Chops with Pear and Celery Slaw

Pork Chops with Pear and Celery Slaw | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Many folks - vegetarians excluded - would agree with us when we say that meat is usually the head honcho of a dish. Veggies tend to be the side kick; they complement the meat, which always catches our attention first. So this week, we’re going to turn the tables and make the veggie steal the show. Not only that, we’re going to use a vegetable that is thought to be plain and boring - … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 1/26/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 1/26/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for January 26, 2015 Monday: Red Curry Shrimp Stir-Fry with Cauliflower Rice Tuesday: Broccoli and Sausage Orecchiette with Basil and Parmesan Wednesday: Cheesy Southwest Rotisserie Chicken Tortilla Wraps with a Side Salad Tossed in Paprika Vinaigrette Thursday: Slow Cooker (or Not) Chicken Noodle Soup with Celery and Carrots We do more than create … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 1/12/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 1/12/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for January 12, 2015 Monday: Slow Cooker Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili with Lemon-Garlic Yogurt Tuesday: Oven-Poached Garlic Salmon with Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts and Quinoa Wednesday: Pan-Fried Broccoli Fritters with Garlic-Lemon Yogurt with Kale, Quinoa, and Craisin Salad Thursday: Asian Kale Salad with Seared Pork Chops + Peanut Dressing / … [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...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 10/27/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 10/27/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for October 27, 2014 Monday: Baked Arctic Char with Raisin Vinaigrette and Polenta Tuesday: Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Pureed Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup Wednesday: Shakshuka with Leftover Polenta and Mixed Green Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette Thursday: Pork Chops with Pear and Celery Slaw with Leftover Pureed Squash and Carrot Soup We … [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...]

Recipe for Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Rotisserie Chicken Salad | Repurposed Meals | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

I know that the store-bought rotisserie chicken is a constant in the grocery cart of many families. It's why every store carries them. A few Fridays ago, I found myself in my local Whole Foods when they announced their Friday special - $5 rotisserie chickens! No joke! You can't even get a pint of strawberries for $5 at Whole Foods, so I went to prepared foods section and grabbed 2. I completely … [Read more...]

The Versatile Stir-Fry

The Versatile Stir-Fry | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Last week I welcomed the year of the dragon over a table brimming with fragrant stir-fries, which of course is now the inspiration behind this cooking formula how-to. Like the child of most Chinese immigrants, I grew up on stir-fries. Regardless of whatever else was going on in our chaotic household, a stir-fry of some sort was always guaranteed to make it onto the dinner table. The most amazing … [Read more...]