Pork Chop, Pear & Raisin Kale Salad

Pork Chop, Pear, and Raisin Kale Salad #recipe via @CookSmarts

What do you think about having a salad for dinner? It seems like one of those cliche relationship movie moments where the girl always orders a tiny salad and the guy inhales the biggest cut of steak with a side of potatoes. (We love to eat here at Cook Smarts, so we can’t really relate to the tiny salad thing.) However, as you know, we’re all about veggies, and we even like to enjoy salad for … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/15/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 9/15/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for September 15, 2014 Monday: Maple Pork Chops with Kale and Pear Salad Tuesday: Cajun Shrimp [or Tempeh] Saute with Roasted Okra Wednesday: Chicken Curry with Carrots and Turnips Thursday: Tofu Kimchi Fried Rice with Quick Pickled Cucumbers We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner table. Subscribe to our weekly … [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...]

Pork Chops with Balsamic Red Onions

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Pork Chops with Balsamic Onions #recipe

For our ingredient spotlight this week, we are picking an ingredient that most people have tasted or cooked with - balsamic vinegar. We adore balsamic vinegar because it adds so much flavor and really makes a dish stand out. Its incredible versatility has allowed us to enhance an elegant Balsamic Caprese Chicken dish for dinner; jazz up a side of Garlic Roasted Broccoli with a simple balsamic … [Read more...]

Pork Tenderloin with Cran-Balsamic Sauce

Pork Tenderloin with Cran-Balsamic Sauce #recipe via @cooksmarts

If you expect a big hunk of meat to taste great on its own, it's probably not going to happen. In our previous Tofu with Curried Cabbage and Carrots recipe post, we talked about how increasing the surface area of proteins can make them taste more flavorful. For this recipe, I'm going to show you how to make proteins taste more flavorful by adding a simple sauce. And don't think that sauces are … [Read more...]

Pulled Pork Cobb Salad (+ a Milestone)

Pulled Pork Cobb Salad

Next week marks a big Cook Smarts milestone. We hired our first new recipe developer to bring some fresh creativity to our meal plans. Don't worry though, we didn't invite just anybody to be part of the Cook Smarts family. We're welcoming the awesome Chung-Ah Rhee of Damn Delicious. She clearly gets simple (but delicious) food and also happens to take gorgeous food photos. We put in a lot of … [Read more...]

The Sear & Roast

Sear and Roasted Pork Chop | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Photos below are the sear & roast cooking formula applied to one of my favorite cuts of meat, the good ol'  pork chop: Read more about the sear & roast We've taught you how to blanch and saute vegetables and also how to stir-fry them with or without proteins. But for our next cooking formula, we're turning our attention to big hunkin' chunks of meat for the carnivores out there … [Read more...]

The Versatile Stir-Fry

The Versatile Stir-Fry | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Last week I welcomed the year of the dragon over a table brimming with fragrant stir-fries, which of course is now the inspiration behind this cooking formula how-to. Like the child of most Chinese immigrants, I grew up on stir-fries. Regardless of whatever else was going on in our chaotic household, a stir-fry of some sort was always guaranteed to make it onto the dinner table. The most amazing … [Read more...]