Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 8/25/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 8/25/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for August 25, 2014 | Let's Travel to Italy! Monday: Seafood Pasta with Mussels and Calamari and Radicchio and Mixed Green Salad Tuesday: Grilled Rosemary Bisteca and Vegetables with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto and Tomato Salad Wednesday: Grilled Veggie Panini with Radicchio and Mixed Green Salad Thursday: Grilled Orange-Rosemary Chicken with Garlic Fennel … [Read more...]

Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Pesto Pasta with Shrimp #recipe

When it comes to carbs, everyone has their opinion about it. Yay, nay, or maybe nay for 6 days, but the 7th day is okay (the “slow-carb” diet)? Well, the Cook Smarts team all has varying tastes, preferences, and dietary restrictions. But one thing we all agree on - we cannot resist good food! So while we do not stuff ourselves silly with platefuls of pasta, rice, and bread, we do enjoy a good … [Read more...]

Pasta Puttanesca

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Pasta Puttanesca #recipe

This week’s Facebook #WouldYouRather post was neck and neck, as Pasta Puttanesca and Turkish Meatballs vied for the free recipe spot. It was a close call, but our vegetarian pasta dish claimed victory in the end. No surprise here! This rustic meal is made hearty with sauteed cauliflower, and each bite consists of pasta, tomatoes, capers, and olives. "It was so ridiculously good! Flavorful, … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Pappardelle

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Roasted Butternut Squash Parpadelle #recipe

This month, we are learning and experimenting with new ingredients, so that we can expand our food repertoire and discover new tastes and textures. Today, we are featuring pappardelle, a wide Italian noodle, in a comforting and hearty pasta dish. There are so many pastas and pasta shapes to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming at times. Perhaps you already have your favorites that are … [Read more...]

Gnocchi with Kale and Sausage

Gnocchi with Kale and Sausage Recipe

The Italian who decided to combine potatoes and flour to form pillowy gnocchi is an absolute genius in my book. Carb haters can balk, but I can't help but indulge every so often in this rustic Italian creation. There was a time in my life when I would have been happy to create gnocchi from scratch: cooking and mashing potatoes, slowly incorporating flour and eggs until I got the right … [Read more...]

Greek-Inspired Meat Sauce

Greek Inspired Meat Sauce

What turns ground meat + tomato sauce into a taco filling? Some Latin-spices, like cumin, coriander, and / or ancho chili powder. What turns ground meat + tomato sauce into an Italian pasta sauce? Some Italian-spices, like oregano, basil, or fennel seeds. What turns ground meat + tomato sauce into a Greek-inspired pasta sauce? Some Greek spices, like allspice and cinnamon. While today's … [Read more...]

How to cook pasta like an Italian

How to make pasta like an Italian

As someone running a lean start-up, I never seem to find the time to pitch the content that I'm creating, so I'm always pleasantly surprised when it turns up in a media outlet without a pitch. Last week I received a Google alert that the the Huffington Post had featured something from us, and it turned out to be our "Tips for How to Cook Pasta Like an Italian" video. It was definitely the surprise … [Read more...]

Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Lemon Asparagus Pasta by Cook Smarts

  I love cooking year round, but the ease of summertime cooking really can't be beat. If you've been following Cook Smarts for awhile, you know that we're about unfussy meals. Meals that real people with real jobs and real budgets can easily prepare but may have never thought to cook (we have to add value somewhere, right?). This lemon asparagus pasta falls into that category. It first … [Read more...]

Pasta with basil pesto and peas

Pasta with pesto and peas

I love, love, love pasta, but I try to make it a treat instead of an easy fall-back dinner. Some easy ways to do this is to use fresh pasta and to make your own sauce. For summer, my favorite sauce is just a quick and easy basil-based pesto that's made in my food processor. It's simple and delicious, but pesto is also perfect for the season because no heat is needed, keeping out kitchen just a … [Read more...]

Peanut-Sesame Noodles and Chicken or Tofu Satays

Peanut Sesame Noodles with Chicken Satays

This peanut-sesame noodles and chicken / tofu satays recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I know because I've cooked it for 50 more than once. During my senior year of college, I lived in a co-op where we all took turns cooking dinner for the house. One of my favorite parts of the experience was creating a menu that would satisfy a whole list of requirements: Can it be made in mass quantity and … [Read more...]