Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Deconstructed Shepherd's Pie #recipe

What is the first thing that comes to mind when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around? The color green, a lucky shamrock, corned beef and cabbage…perhaps a pint of Guinness? Well, lucky for you, the first thing that popped into our heads was Shepherd’s Pie. When every bite of this dish consists of a mound of… Get the full serving >

Classic Minestrone with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

Minestrone Soup with Sundried Tomato Pesto #recipe via @cooksmarts

The previous two recipes this month have all focused on how to get more flavor out of proteins (see Tofu with Curried Cabbage and Carrots and Pork Tenderloin with Cran-Balsamic Sauce). Today’s Minestrone Soup with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto recipe focuses on how to make a soup more flavorful with a simple hand-chopped pesto. Clearly, you… Get the full serving >

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with a Baked Potato

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe by Cook Smarts @cooksmarts

So what’s better than slow cooker chili? Slow cooker chili on top of a baked potato! Our first slow cooker recipe of the season comes just in time for Halloween. If you’ll be getting your kids (and yourself!) costumed up for trick or treating, this dish will make sure that they’re sent off warm and… Get the full serving >

Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes with Old Bay Seasoning

Crispy Oven-Roasted Potatoes with Old Bay by Cook Smarts

Who doesn’t love crispy oven roasted potatoes? I’ll bet you that even those who swear by the paleo diet probably think, “I miss me some crispy potatoes.” Even though I’m far from paleo (I love my legumes and dairy way too much), potatoes rarely make it into my meals. Diabetes runs in my family, and… Get the full serving >

Orange and Rosemary Skillet Roasted Chicken | Cooking Basics

Orange and Rosemary Skillet Roast Chicken by Cook Smarts

The convenience of purchasing a rotisserie chicken, often for under $8.00, at the grocery store has likely reduced the number of households that actually roast chicken on a regular basis or at all. Don’t get me wrong; I love the convenience of rotisserie chicken and have made some great dishes with a store-bought chicken. But… Get the full serving >

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