Guacamole Tequila-Lime Chicken

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Guacamole Tequila-Lime Chicken #recipe

Picture yourself stretching your legs out on a sandy beach in Mexico, with an umbrella overhead to shade you from the hot sun. You lean back against the beach chair and cool off with a glass of margarita, as you reach for some crispy tortilla chips and fresh guacamole. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? Of course, not everyone will be playing out that wonderful scene described above, but that doesn’t … [Read more...]

Chicken with Honey Lemon Butter & Roasted Potatoes and Parsnips

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Chicken with Honey Lemon Butter #recipe

Every so often, we put together a ‘Favorites’ menu that features our members’ favorite Cook Smarts meals. Maple-Dijon Panko Crusted Salmon and Grilled Cheese with Balsamic Onions are a couple of dishes that top our Favorites list, and even today, we still see these dishes popping back up! Our latest Favorites menu had today’s recipe, Chicken with Honey Lemon Butter, as one of the picks. We also … [Read more...]

Classic BBQ Chicken

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: BBQ Chicken #recipe

Ah, July 4th...a great excuse to bust out the grill and fire up some delicious, chargrilled meals. Okay, so we don’t really need an excuse to get the grill going, but the weather is not always grill-weather here in the Bay Area. We have had our share of windy 4th of July barbecues, or picnics that required jackets, despite standing next to the grill! So whenever we can fire up the grill, we’re … [Read more...]

Mediterranean Chicken Packets

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Mediterranean Chicken Packets #recipe

If you are new to Cook Smarts, you will soon find out that we love to cook en papillote. But don’t let that fancy name scare you off! It might sound like you should be sitting at a lovely outdoor French cafe, wine glass in hand, as you look out over the River Seine, and your server presents you with a steaming package of perfectly cooked fish and vegetables. (That sounds absolutely … [Read more...]

Stir-Fried Chicken Noodles

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Stir-Fried Chicken Noodles #recipe

When asked, “What is your idea of comfort food?” some people might say a creamy, cheesy mound of macaroni and cheese alongside crispy fried chicken. Others might say that it is a piping hot bowl of chili, chock full of hearty ground beef and beans. As for us, we can never go wrong with a belly-warming bowl of stir-fried noodles. There’s something about saucy, slurp-worthy noodles, crisp … [Read more...]

Chicken with Pan Sauce

Chicken with Pan Sauce Recipe by Cook Smarts @cooksmarts

We featured this pan-seared chicken with pan sauce on our August 26th meal plan menu. It was such a hit that we had to bring it back for our recent Favorites Week. A few of my favorite reviews below: "I was skeptical when I saw this dish. But it was SO freaking good! I love that sauce!" - Rosemary "Amazing!! Definitely one of my favorite things I have cooked." - Jessica "Yum! I ate and … [Read more...]

Balsamic Caprese Chicken

Balsamic Caprese Chicken Recipe

Meals can be separated into two categories: those that are quick and simple that you make for weeknight dinners and those that are photogenic and have a *wow* effect that you save for company. And then there are some very special meals that fall into both of these categories. This balsamic caprese chicken is one of those chicken recipes that can be easily whipped up on a weeknight or dressed up on … [Read more...]

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu | Weeknight Recipes

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu Recipe

In last week's "Heroes in the Kitchen" post, Carla Graves shared her story about how cooking has remained a constant through all of her life stages. Family dinners were an important part of her childhood, and Carla has made home cooked meals a priority with her 2 year old son. I asked her to give us one of her favorite weeknight recipes, and she was kind enough to share her Baked Chicken Cordon … [Read more...]

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad Recipe by Cook Smarts

It’s rare that I’ll have a salad as a full meal. I love it on the side of something hot, but a salad on its own as an entire meal often feels a bit disappointing to a hearty eater like myself. However, this Asian Chicken Salad recipe is definitely one of the few exceptions that I am more than happy to make. It contains such an incredible medley of vegetables, giving this meal so much color and … [Read more...]

Baked Panko-Breaded Chicken Nuggets

Panko-breaded chicken nuggets

As a kid, one of my guilty pleasures was McDonald’s chicken McNuggets. I could inhale a 20 piece box without a problem (I admit to having an extremely large appetite for my size). Luckily my parents made these meals very rare treats, and as I grew up I and learned to be healthier, I steered clear of the golden arches to avoid the temptation altogether. However, 2 years ago I found myself … [Read more...]