Chicken with Honey Lemon Butter & Roasted Potatoes and Parsnips

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Chicken with Honey Lemon Butter #recipe

Every so often, we put together a ‘Favorites’ menu that features our members’ favorite Cook Smarts meals. Maple-Dijon Panko Crusted Salmon and Grilled Cheese with Balsamic Onions are a couple of dishes that top our Favorites list, and even today, we still see these dishes popping back up! Our latest Favorites menu had today’s recipe, Chicken with Honey Lemon Butter, as one of the picks. We also … [Read more...]

Potato Salad with Dill Greek Yogurt Dressing

Side Dish via @CookSmarts: Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt Dressing #recipe

One of the great things about summer is all the amazing summer foods. Barbecues and outdoor picnics are a must when the sun is out and the weather is warm. We always enjoy a good time, and grilling up a ton of meats and veggies with some good company is nothing but good times. Burgers, hot dogs, steak, chicken, veggie skewers, pasta salad, potato salad...an ice chest filled with cold beer. You … [Read more...]

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 fluffy mashed potatoes and a hearty spoonful of seasoned ground beef, it’s hard not to think … [Read more...]

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 can use these types of pestos well beyond soups, but it's … [Read more...]

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 well-fed. Another added bonus? Because this is a slow cooker meal, it's already made ahead of … [Read more...]

Shortcut Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice baked potatoes

With the low-carb, paleo, Atkins movement, potatoes are no longer the food staple they used to be, but it doesn't mean that we don't love them in moderation. After all who could say no to twice baked potatoes. They'll always be a comforting presence at any dinner. However, to get them on the table for a weeknight dinner might take more time than most of us have unless you use my little shortcut. … [Read more...]

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 over the last 2 years I’ve changed my diet significantly to keep it at bay. This unfortunately means … [Read more...]

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 there's something so June Cleaver, rustic, homey about doing it yourself … [Read more...]

How to Roast Vegetables (with lots of flavor)

Roasted carrots 3 different ways - miso, maple syrup, and olive oil | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

I find the oven to be one of the most underutilized tools in the kitchen. While it gets warmed up for baking, it doesn’t get much action for general everyday mealtime making. I think this is just too bad, because so much low-maintenance and simple deliciousness can come out of the oven. I use mine just about every single night to roast vegetables, which is the cooking formula I’m excited to share … [Read more...]

Broccoli and Fingerling Potato Frittata with Caramelized Onions

Broccoli and Fingerling Potato Frittata with Caramelized Onions Recipe by Cook Smarts

We announced yesterday that we would be doing an Ingredient Spotlight on broccoli this week. Just because the Supreme Court won't argue for broccoli, doesn't mean that somebody shouldn't. We're kicking off our three-part broccoli recipe series with one of my favorite breakfasts, lunches, and dinners: the frittata. If you've never made a frittata, pick up a carton of eggs after work tonight, … [Read more...]