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...]

The Black Bean + Corn + Farro Chili

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

Part of our "3 Ingredients / 3 Ways" Series, featuring: BLACK BEANS + CORN + FARRO Since most of my clients are moms, I get a lot of requests for simple, healthy, and kid-friendly meals. One ingredient that just about every mom and kid can agree on is the rotisserie chicken. It's tasty and pre-made, and its uses are endless. However, since most moms have better things to think about than new uses … [Read more...]

The Black Bean + Corn + Farro Salad

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

Part of our "3 Ingredients / 3 Ways" Series, featuring: BLACK BEANS + CORN + FARRO Can you smell the taste of summer yet? I sure can. Every year the heat of summer ushers in a season of cookouts, picnics, and way too many (but yet not enough) ice cream trips. As the season arrives, I am always looking for new dishes that showcase the best of summer produce, that can be eaten cold so it doesn't … [Read more...]

The Black Bean + Corn + Farro Vegetarian Burger

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

Part of our "3 Ingredients / 3 Ways" Series, featuring: BLACK BEANS + CORN + FARRO I am a carnivore, and I love a juicy, meaty burger, but I get just as excited to sink my teeth into its vegetarian cousin. They're related but definitely exhibit very different characteristics. You can't really expect a vegetarian burger to taste like the classic beef version. It's not supposed to. Instead every … [Read more...]