Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 6/22/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 6/22/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for June 22, 2015 Monday: Chicken Stir-Fry Lettuce Wraps with Snap Peas and Roasted Peanuts Tuesday: Pork Chops with Caribbean Rub and Mango Salsa + Lemony Green Beans Wednesday: Hoisin Noodles with Shrimp, Carrots, and Snap Peas Thursday: Fattoush with Pan-Fried Chickpeas & Creamy Tahini Dressing We do more than create meal plans. We create memories … [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...]

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...]

BBQ Baked Salmon (or Tofu) and Almond Green Beans

Salmon and Green Beans by Cook Smarts

For week 4 of January's Super-Food Challenge with Hey Fran Hey, we chose the healthiest protein out there - fatty fish (e.g., salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, albacore tuna). This is one of the rare times where we're going to tell you that it's better to eat something fatty, so take advantage. Fish, unlike other animal proteins, is packed with omega-3's. In babies, omega-3's have … [Read more...]

Under 10 Minute Green Beans with Fennel

Microwaved Green Beans with Sauteed Fennel

In the Dang household vegetables were part of dinner every single night. Sometimes they were part of a more elaborate dish, like carrots and turnips in a chicken curry, but more often than not, they were just popped into a container with some water (and sometimes even butter) and microwaved. My mom would get home from a long day at work and in the rush to prepare dinner and ensure vegetables were … [Read more...]

BBQ Baked Salmon and Almond Green Beans

BBQ Baked Salmon and Almond Green Beans | Shortcut Meals Meal Plan | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

There have been no shortage of highlights since starting Cook Smarts at the beginning of this year. If I had to pick just one though, it'd have to be getting to meet so many wonderful moms and getting a real sneak peek into their lives in the kitchen. While everyone is at their own individual cooking level, they are united by one common theme - every single one is trying the best they can in the … [Read more...]

How to Roast Vegetables (with lots of flavor)

Roasted carrots 3 different ways - miso, maple syrup, and olive oil | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

I find the oven to be one of the most underutilized tools in the kitchen. While it gets warmed up for baking, it doesn’t get much action for general everyday mealtime making. I think this is just too bad, because so much low-maintenance and simple deliciousness can come out of the oven. I use mine just about every single night to roast vegetables, which is the cooking formula I’m excited to share … [Read more...]

The Quick Blanch + Saute

Blanch and Sauteed Broccolini, Brussels sprouts, and Green Beans | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

When I was trying to decide on the photos for the COOK + SMARTS website, I immediately knew that my favorite cooking formula would make the final gallery. Blanch + Saute is a cooking formulathat is used almost every night in our kitchen for three reasons: 1) we love making vegetables a big part of every meal; 2) the blanching step makes vegetables cook in a flash (perfect for weekday preparation); … [Read more...]