Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Need some new ideas for using up leftovers? Being a meal plan service, we are always thinking of good and delicious ways to use up leftovers. We’re not trying to come up with something new that will turn the culinary world on its side. Instead, we want to be able to use what we have during the week to make something quick and simple for a healthy and tasty weeknight meal. Take, for instance, … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/3/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 11/3/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for November 3, 2014 | Favorites Week Monday: Panko-Crusted Fish Sandwiches with Kale Chips Tuesday: Cream-Free Chowder with Rotisserie Chicken, Corn, and Potatoes Wednesday: Rotisserie Chicken Summer Rolls with Peanut Sauce Thursday: Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Frittata + Mixed Green Salad with Lemon-Yogurt Dressing We do more than create meal plans. … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/1/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 9/1/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for September 1, 2014 Monday: Honey-Mustard Chicken Tacos with Corn and Peach Salsa and Avocado Creme Tuesday: Honey-Mustard Salmon with Corn and Peach Salsa and Roasted Asparagus Wednesday: Cajun Chicken Pasta with Peppers and Mushrooms Thursday: Summer Bean Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette We do more than create meal plans. We create memories … [Read more...]

Grilled Pork Chops with Green Beans and Corn

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Grilled Pork Chops with Green Beans and Corn #recipe

From Grilled Salmon to Grilled Tequila-Lime Chicken to Tomato Bruschetta, you would think that we would be completely grilled-out by now. Luckily, that is not the case or else we wouldn’t be creating all these delicious and smoky recipes right now. And somehow, summer just won’t feel the same without the grill. Not only is it perfect for summer because you can cook outdoors, but it’s also a … [Read more...]

Mahi Mahi Tacos with Corn and Tomato Salsa

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Mahi Mahi Tacos #recipe

If there’s one food you can’t go wrong with, it’s tacos. Whether you are a crunchy taco shell kind of person or a soft tortilla lover, there’s just something about tacos. Is it because it’s pretty fun to eat with your hands? Is it because it contains some of everything - meat, veggies, sour cream? Or maybe it’s because they are so easily customizable for your liking? Perhaps it is one of … [Read more...]

Deli Cobb Salad

Deli Cobb Salad Recipe

About 3 years ago, I was introduced to Tim Ferris' book The 4 Hour Body by one of my colleagues M. She had just spent a lot of time in the Philippines for her previous job and was not happy with the weight she had gained. I thought she looked great, but she showed me several photos of her pre-Philippines leaner physique to show me that her current shape was not normal state (I think the lesson … [Read more...]

Summer Peach and Corn Salad

Peach and Corn Salad Recipe

I just read that Americans are eating less salad than we were in the 1980's. According to the market research firm NPD Group, the average American eats salad only 36 times a year compared to 45 times a year back in 1985. How is this possible?!? Today, we have gadgets to help us dry our lettuces. If you don't have time to wash your salad greens, you can buy them packaged up and triple washed. Plus … [Read more...]

Pulled Pork Cobb Salad (+ a Milestone)

Pulled Pork Cobb Salad

Next week marks a big Cook Smarts milestone. We hired our first new recipe developer to bring some fresh creativity to our meal plans. Don't worry though, we didn't invite just anybody to be part of the Cook Smarts family. We're welcoming the awesome Chung-Ah Rhee of Damn Delicious. She clearly gets simple (but delicious) food and also happens to take gorgeous food photos. We put in a lot of … [Read more...]

Taco Soup

Taco Soup Recipe

This taco soup recipe is the kind that you'll copy down onto an index card and pass onto your children. It's just the kind of comfort that will be appreciated for years to come. I made a huge pot of this the week before we launched our new meal plan site, and it was just the soulful eats I needed to get through a lot of stressful days and late nights. I had never felt so busy, but I knew this … [Read more...]

Farro + Black Beans + Corn

Black Bean, Corn, Farro | 3 Ingredients / 3 Ways | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

It's been about four and a half months since I gave my first Cook Smarts cooking lesson. One of our biggest discoveries is regardless of how proficient the client is in the kitchen, meal planning and feeling "stuck" in a rut is pretty much a common problem across the board. It's not a surprise. We spend our days stressed about this, that, and the other that it can be hard to devote creative brain … [Read more...]