Roasted Oregano Potatoes with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Roasted Oregano Potatoes | Side Dish #recipe via @CookSmarts

Roasted vegetables are one of those go-to side dishes that can never go wrong. Now that the weather has gotten a lot colder, roasted veggies are even better, since they can warm up any meal. With a crunchy exterior, soft interior, and sweet caramelized flavor, these veggies are a delicious way to eat healthy and enjoy meal time! We also discovered an awesome way to roast veggies quickly and … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/10/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 11/10/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for November 10, 2014 Monday: Skillet Salmon with Yogurt Sauce + Roasted Oregano Potatoes Tuesday: Weeknight Chicken Stir-Fry with Carrots, Mushrooms, and Celery Wednesday: Lentil and Brown Rice Curry Patties with Indian-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower Thursday: Gnocchi with Carrot and Peas Bolognese + Baby Spinach Salad We do more than create meal plans. … [Read more...]

Hasselback Potatoes

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Hasselback Potatoes #recipe

Does anyone out there not like a good ol’ potato side dish? Okay, well, maybe if you’re paleo, or want to cut carbs, or just don’t like taters, then potato dishes aren’t for you. But many of you could probably agree with us when we say that potatoes were the one vegetable that we could always count on when growing up. As kids, the one irresistible side dish was French fries. (And still is!) … [Read more...]

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...]