Our Favorite July 4th Side Dishes + New Recipe!

July 4th Round-Up: @CookSmarts favorite simple and healthy side dishes

With July 4th coming up in less than a week, we thought we’d round up some of our favorite BBQ and potluck side dishes that you can add to your upcoming cookout, grill fest, or summer get-together. We also created a new recipe for our meal plan recently, and it’s just waiting to make an appearance at our Fourth of July BBQ, so we just had to share it with you today as well! It’s a simple, but … [Read more...]

Grilled Orange-Rosemary Chicken

Grilled Orange-Rosemary Chicken | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Before we launch into this week’s recipe, we want to give a shout out to all the dads and say, Happy Father’s Day! Hope you guys are taking it easy and looking forward to a nice steak dinner later this evening. We’re kind of doing a double whammy with our post today, because today’s recipe would be a hit with dads as well as for July 4th, which is coming up in a couple of weeks. This should … [Read more...]

Grilled Rosemary Steak & Vegetables with Sundried Tomato Pesto

Grilled Rosemary Bisteca and Vegetables | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Father’s Day is coming up in a week, and what better way to celebrate than with a nice, big, juicy, home cooked steak? Yes, we know, it is such a cliche - dads + grilling + steak. . .But think about it. If you present your dad with a big plate of grilled meat, is he going to say “no thanks”? Unless he’s vegetarian, chances are that he won’t. So we’re doing that cliche thing today and sharing … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 6/8/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 6/8/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for June 8, 2015 Monday: Miso-Honey Glazed Salmon with Quinoa and Roasted Eggplant Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Pozole with Poblanos, Tomatillos, Avocado, and Radishes Wednesday: Mediterranean Chicken Bake + Mixed Green Salad with Zucchini Ribbons and Oranges Thursday: Chicken Fajita Bowl with Bell Peppers and Quinoa We do more than create meal plans. … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 6/1/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 6/1/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for June 1, 2015 Monday: Thai Steak Salad with Cabbages, Carrots, Basil, and Cilantro Tuesday: Rigatoni with Chard, Mushrooms, Mozzarella, and Walnuts Wednesday: Shrimp Tacos with Slaw and Smoked Paprika Creme Thursday: Honey-Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach Caprese Salad We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 5/25/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 5/25/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for May 25, 2015 Monday: Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles with Red Peppers and Coleslaw Mix Tuesday: Indian Meatball Masala with Quinoa and Roasted Indian Okra Wednesday: Broccoli and Quinoa Patties + Side Salad with Creamy Paprika Vinaigrette Thursday: Indian Meatball Banh Mi with Leftover Meatballs + Side Salad with Paprika Vinaigrette We do more than … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 5/18/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 5/18/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for May 18, 2015 Monday: Sausage and Shrimp Gumbo with Peppers, Okra, and Tomatoes over Brown Rice Tuesday: Sweet & Spicy Chicken Strips with Broccoli, Edamame, and Cashew Salad Wednesday: Cajun Skillet Pasta with Peppers, Sausage, and Beans Thursday: Avocado Caprese Sandwich with Peach & Walnut Salad We do more than create meal plans. We create … [Read more...]

Broccoli & Sausage Orecchiette

Broccoli and Sausage Orecchiette | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

As mentioned last week, when we featured our recipe for Black Bean and Chard Enchiladas, we couldn’t decide if we should post the enchilada recipe or one for Broccoli and Sausage Orecchiette. So we asked all of you on Facebook to help us decide. Of course, both recipes are too good to pass up, so it ended up in a tie. But as promised, we are going to give you both recipes! Hopefully you had … [Read more...]

Spice-Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpeas with Mint

Spice-Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas with Mint | Side Dish #recipe via @CookSmarts

Mmm...we love everything about spices - from their aromas to how they add distinct flavors to every dish. Whether we’re blending garam masala into sweet potato and chickpea patties, or sprinkling za’atar on popcorn for a tasty afternoon snack, or tossing roasted potatoes with some Old Bay seasoning, we have to admit - we’re hooked on spices. If you’re looking to get the most out of your spices, … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 4/6/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 4/6/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for April 6, 2015 Monday: Chipotle Chicken Thighs with Chunky Guacamole and Spinach Salad Tuesday: Za'atar Shrimp and Cauliflower with Tabouli, Spiced Yogurt, and Pita Wednesday: Tostadas with Chipotle Chicken + Spicy Slaw Thursday: Sesame Ginger Lo Mein with Broccoli and Cashews We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner … [Read more...]