Shakshuka with Polenta

Shakshuka | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

We absolutely love the flavors of the Mediterranean, which comes from a bunch of different regions and their cultures. All of these places being next to the Mediterranean Sea means that they all have common elements in their cooking, whether it’s Greece, Italy, Spain, etc. It’s really easy to get the taste of the Mediterranean into your own home without having to travel to these places. After … [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...]

Sweet Potato and Spinach Frittata

#52NewFoods Challenge: Sweet Potato and Spinach Frittata via @CookSmarts

We know there are a lot of parents out there who struggle with their kids being picky eaters. That’s why we have our How to Raise Healthy Eaters Series. With ideas on involving kids in kitchen and meal formulas that end short-order cooking, your kids will learn all about healthy foods. And they just might end up finding new favorites! Of course, the journey to healthy eating doesn't stop there, … [Read more...]

Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Frittata

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Frittata #recipe

Our quick and easy Spinach, Mushroom, and Feta Frittata battled it out with our succulent Pork Tenderloin with Mashed Sweet Potatoes recently on our Facebook page, when we asked which you would rather eat. The winner? Well, it ended up as a tie, so we made the final decision! We decided to go with this delicious and simple frittata because, not only do we love breakfast food, we also love having … [Read more...]

Curried Fried Rice with Shrimp

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Curried Fried Rice with Shrimp #recipe

We like to introduce you to new ingredients, because there are so many different flavors, textures, and cuisines out there. Trying out new recipes and ingredients can help broaden your palate, and you will never get bored making the same thing over and over again. After all, you never know what you may like or what will become your next favorite thing! Today we will be adding red curry paste to … [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...]

The Egg Bake: The Perfect Big Group Breakfast

Corn tomato egg bake recipe for breakfast

Last year I organized a weekend trip to Paso Robles to celebrate the 30th birthday of one of my besties. We rented a massive house to accommodate 18 birthday revelers. I love my cozy house but I'll also never say no to livin' large in someone else's vacation home. Swimming pool? Check. Pool table and dartboards? Check. Big open kitchen? Check! We had so many fun activities scheduled for the … [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...]

Brussels Sprouts Hash

Brussels Sprouts Hash by Cook Smarts

Week 2 of January's Super-Food Challenge with Hey Fran Hey features the brussels sprout. Now if your initial reaction was, "Brussels sprouts? GROSS!" you most likely have experienced some brussels sprouts trauma at some point in your life. You probably had them sad, soggy, and over-cooked and swore off brussels sprouts forever. Well, this is just as much of a challenge for us as it is for you. You … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Tofu Pad Thai Adapted for the Home Cook’s Pantry

Vegetarian Tofu Pad Thai by Cook Smarts

I still remember the first time I tasted Pad Thai. I was a teenager in high school. It was my first Thai dining experience. And that authentic dining experience was at a Tara Thai located in a typical suburban strip mall in Rockville, Maryland. Alright, so I'm not sure how "authentic" it was, but it sure was tasty. Even if you're not an ethnic food enthusiast, you've probably tried Pad Thai at … [Read more...]