Italian Sausage & Chard White Bean Soup

Italian Sausage and Chard White Bean Soup | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Have you ever seen something (or someone) that you just absolutely fell heads over for? Perhaps that jacket from your favorite clothing store, or that triple chocolate cake in the bakery window that you just knew you had to have? Call it love at first sight, if you’d like. If you have experienced this feeling, then you know what it’s all about. You can’t stop thinking about it, can’t stop … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Sides Round-Up: 10 Sides You Won’t Want to Miss Out on This Holiday

Top 10 Thanksgiving Sides via @CookSmarts #recipes

Everyone knows that while Thanksgiving’s main star is turkey, it’s really the sides that are the talk of the town. From mashed potatoes to green beans, we’re all about loading up our plate with comforting and delicious side dishes. So this week, we have compiled our Top 10 favorite side dishes that will go great with your upcoming Thanksgiving meal. You’ll be wanting thirds of everything! If … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/24/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 11/24/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for November 24, 2014 | Thanksgiving Favorites Week Monday: Moroccan Chicken and Carrots Saute with Couscous Tuesday: Italian Sausage and Chard White Bean Soup with Parmesan Garlic Bread Wednesday: Spinach Calzones with Homemade Marinara and House Salad Subscribe to our weekly meal plan service to get the grocery list, dinner steps, and cook smarts … [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...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/29/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 9/29/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for September 29, 2014 Monday: Parmesan & Panko Crusted Dover Sole with Roasted Parmesan Broccoli Tuesday: Kung Pao Noodles with Chicken and Carrots, Snow Peas, and Baby Corn Wednesday: Italian Sausage and Chard White Bean Soup with Parmesan Garlic Bread Thursday: Sweet Potato, Parmesan, and Spinach Frittata with Apple Spinach Salad We do more than … [Read more...]

Grandparents’ Day: Cook Up Something Grand

Grandparent's Day Menu via @CookSmarts #recipes

"No matter how much you eat, your grandma won’t believe that you’re not hungry.” We came across this quote the other day, and thought that nothing could be further from the truth! It always seems as if all grandparents have a competition over who can stuff their grandkids more. But then again, that’s one of the lovable things about grandparents. What better way to show that you care about … [Read more...]

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Craisins

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Craisins #recipe via @cooksmarts

We all know Mary Poppins' famous line, "A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down." I believe this same philosophy can be applied to eating your veggies. A little bit of sweetness makes most vegetables taste a lot better. You can roast them, which gives them a sweet caramelization. You can also just straight up add some sugar. Or in the case of this Sauteed Swiss Chard and Craisins recipe, … [Read more...]

Simple, Healthy, and Tasty Sauteed Garlicky Swiss Chard

Sauteed Garlicky Chard Recipe by Cook Smarts

I consider myself a fairly healthy person, but I would never eat something just because it was healthy. It also has to taste good. Apparently, I’m just too much of a hedonist to sacrifice taste for health. I think there are a lot of people like me but they also hold the notion that healthy cannot taste good. If this were true, I’d be constantly starving or extremely overweight by now. This … [Read more...]

Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Gratin | My Favorite Thanksgiving Sides, Part III

Swiss chard and sweet potato gratin, mmm mmm good

Please understand that my photo does not do this swiss chard and sweet potato gratin recipe justice. The original is here and does a way better job at capturing the richness of this dish. Despite my so-so photo, I still think this side dish belongs on your Thanksgiving menu and is a perfect sophisticated update to the candied or marshmallowed sweet potatoes that may have appeared in years past. I … [Read more...]