Chicken Banh Mi

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Chicken Banh Mi #recipe

Banh mi is a classic Vietnamese sandwich that is known for the bread, which is light and has a thin crust. The sandwich fixin's are a mix of French and Vietnamese ingredients - baguettes, pate, and mayonnaise from the French, and ingredients like cilantro, fish sauce, and pickled carrots that are native to Vietnam. But to us, what banh mi really means is an amazingly delicious sandwich that we … [Read more...]

Tofu with Curried Cabbage and Carrots

Tofu Curried Cabbage #recipe via @cooksmarts

Not everyone is a tofu fan. Some of tofu's most common offenses are: 1) it tastes bland and 2) it's so mushy. Luckily this Tofu with Curried Cabbage and Carrots recipe features tofu that is flavorful and crispy. The key with tofu and really any protein is to maximize surface area for flavor. A solid block of tofu has a lot less surface area to coat in seasoning than one that's been chopped up. … [Read more...]

Chipotle Burgers with Guacamole

Chipotle Burgers with Guacamole

Yesterday we talked how to grill burgers, and today I'm sharing my favorite burger recipe of this summer: chipotle burgers with guacamole. This magical recipe was actually inspired by a rather mundane task; I was going through my typical Sunday routine, rooting through the fridge to see what needed to be used before spoiling, and I found an open can of chipotles. I already was planning on making … [Read more...]

Mexican Meatballs with Fire-Roasted Tomato & Coconut Sauce

Mexican Meatballs Recipe by Cook Smarts

I’m super excited to share this recently-created Mexican Meatballs recipe and use it as an example of how easy it can be to create your own recipes. Even if you’re not an experienced cook, you probably are an experienced eater and that’s the only qualification you need to develop recipes. Just start paying attention to what you like, why you like it, and how different flavors and ingredients … [Read more...]

Dirty Pesto Shrimp | “A Week’s Worth of Pesto Uses” Meal Plan

Dirty Pesto Shrimp | "A Week's Worth of Pesto" Meal Plan | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

  You'll be seeing a lot more meal plans on Cook Smarts in the near future including a newsletter launch in the fall. All subscribers to the newsletter will get a meal plan every week in their inbox that'll be peppered with cooking know-how, tips, and suggestions. There won't be anything fancy in the menu - just simple, healthy, doable meals that everyone can cook and enjoy. We figure we … [Read more...]

Recipe for Roasted Broccoli with Tofu and Jalapenos

Roasted Broccoli with Tofu | Ingredient Spotlight | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

This is the last recipe in our Ingredient Spotlight on broccoli this week, and I've saved the most common usage of broccoli in my kitchen for last. I love roasting vegetables, especially broccoli, which I know is not the most common preparation of broccoli. So many of us are used to seeing the overcooked mushy version of broccoli on our plates that we don't realize that it can be crunchy, crispy, … [Read more...]