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...]

Valentine’s Day Round-Up: 5 Foods and 10 Recipes that will Satisfy & Please (Your Appetite)

5 Aphrodisiac Foods + 10 Recipes via @CookSmarts

Love it or hate it, the day will soon be upon us. You know the one we’re talking about…Valentine’s Day. To be honest, we’re not terribly big on Valentine’s Day and the hearts and chocolate (give us chips over chocolate any day) and all that comes with it. But that won’t stop us! Last year, we featured 5 Heart-Healthy Foods that will help you feel good and treat your body right. (Who said … [Read more...]

Grilled Veggie Panini

Grilled Veggie Panini | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Since it’s #EatMoreVeggies Month here at Cook Smarts, we’re going to share a recipe today to help you do just that. So far in this series, we showed you fun ways to enjoy veggies, whether it’s in the form of ‘zoodles’ or fritters. So for this week’s recipe, we're keeping it super simple, and anyone can make this at home. It may seem like a very obvious recipe - veggie sandwich - but it’s all in … [Read more...]

Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce

Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

We don’t need to do any spreadsheets or major analyzing to know that a few of our members’ favorite things or most requested items are: Steak Tacos Chimichurri sauce So we decided to make one awesome weeknight dinner by combining all of these into one meal - Steak Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce. Not only is it taco night (which, in our opinion, should happen once a week!), but meat eaters … [Read more...]

Parmesan Garlic Bread

Parmesan Garlic Bread | Side Dish #recipe via @CookSmarts

You’re probably thinking, “Does anyone really need a recipe for garlic bread?” Truth is, no, you don’t need a recipe for buttery, garlicky bread. But does it hurt to have one more garlic bread recipe? Of course not! After all, you simply can’t go wrong with bread slathered with a butter garlic mixture. And when you sprinkle salty Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley on top, well, you’ve got one … [Read more...]

Win a Framed Infographic of Your Choice

Win a framed infographic of your choice (home decor and a cooking cheat sheet all in one!) via @CookSmarts #infographics

This is part 2 of our 3 week Maximize Flavor Giveaway. Now that we've wrapped up our How to Maximize Flavor series we want to give away some fun tools to help put your new smarts to use! If you missed the series, you can find all 6 parts here. Congratulations to Lisa S. for winning the 6 Specialty Spice Blends from Penzey’s last week! That giveaway is now closed and we are on to week 2 of our … [Read more...]

How to Maximize Flavor and Create Delicious Meals, Every Time

How to maximize flavor and create delicious meals every time you cook by @cooksmarts

We’ve all experienced this not-so-great cooking situation: you spend a ton of time following a recipe, creating a meal, and the end result is bland and boring. Over the years, we’ve picked up quite a few tricks to make sure we never end up in this situation. Even if a recipe has left a lot to be desired in the taste department, there are so many simple things you can do to turn a meal from … [Read more...]

Sauteed Peas and Beans

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Sauteed Peas and Beans #recipe

One of the best things about living in California is the abundant produce found year-round. We’re all for eating seasonally, but sometimes it’s a little hard not to take advantage of what’s in the supermarket. Especially when we’re nearing the end of warm-weather season and we would do anything to hold on to the last bits of summer! So when we came across some sugar snap peas, we knew we had to … [Read more...]