Mediterranean Chicken Packets

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Mediterranean Chicken Packets #recipe

If you are new to Cook Smarts, you will soon find out that we love to cook en papillote. But don’t let that fancy name scare you off! It might sound like you should be sitting at a lovely outdoor French cafe, wine glass in hand, as you look out over the River Seine, and your server presents you with a steaming package of perfectly cooked fish and vegetables. (That sounds absolutely … [Read more...]

How to slice, dice, and chop bell peppers

Bell peppers - green, yellow, orange, and red - are in season from summer through fall, and with some of my favorite summer produce disappearing, I turn to peppers to keep the feeling of summer alive. I love that they're incredibly versatile - enjoy them raw in a salad, sauteed in a stir-fry, or filled and roasted. However you enjoy your peppers, make sure to learn how to quickly and easily … [Read more...]

Greek Salad with Herbs

Greek Salad with Herbs

I'm one of those lucky women who's married to someone who cares more about healthy living than I do. He's the vegetarian; I love a bloody rare steak. He enjoys hummus and carrots for dessert; I gorge in a pint of Ben and Jerry's next to him. We can be quite the odd couple. Luckily, we both can agree on the importance of a salad. My husband likes to start dinners with a salad because the fiber … [Read more...]

Chipotle-Inspired Shrimp and Black Bean Fajita Saute

Shrimp with Black Beans and Lime Cilantro Rice

Confession: I used to be a Chipotle addict (and may still be one . . . ). When the fast food chain first made its way to DC, I was working as a summer intern at an architecture firm and could easily eat 2 burritos everyday for lunch. I think I gained 5 lbs. each time afterwards, but it was so worth it. Luckily, it's been a long time since I was a college student, and I've shed the college … [Read more...]

Asian Chicken Salad

Asian Chicken Salad Recipe by Cook Smarts

It’s rare that I’ll have a salad as a full meal. I love it on the side of something hot, but a salad on its own as an entire meal often feels a bit disappointing to a hearty eater like myself. However, this Asian Chicken Salad recipe is definitely one of the few exceptions that I am more than happy to make. It contains such an incredible medley of vegetables, giving this meal so much color and … [Read more...]

Thai Basil Stir-Fry with Tofu, Eggplant, and Peppers

Wok for stir-frying

I remember the first time I had basil in a stir-fry. I had always enjoyed Italian basil in Mediterranean food. I love Thai basil in pho, the classic Vietnamese rice noodle soup. But basil in a stir-fry is the good stuff that will blow your taste buds away. Stir-frying is a great cooking formula to know because you can throw anything into a wok and rely on the stir-fry sauce to bind it together … [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...]

Lentils and Sausage Soup Repurposed for Stuffed Peppers

Lentil and Sausage Soup | Cook Smarts

In college I dabbled in vegetarianism. It was more of a recreational thing, but as I got more serious about becoming a professional eater, I decided to give up the non-meat eating life.  However my 1 year status as a vegetarian greatly contributed to my eating and cooking experience. At the time I was training for the San Diego Rock 'n Roll Marathon. Desperate to find more vegetarian protein … [Read more...]

Oven-Roasted Beef, Chicken, or Tofu Kebabs -> Dressed Up in a Pesto Orzo

Repurposed Kebabs to Pesto Orzo | Weekly Meal Plans by Cook Smarts

We are so excited to announce that we launched our weekly meal planning newsletter last week. If you haven't heard about it, it's a free email that comes out every Thursday. Subscribers receive a weekly meal plan, which we pack with our signature smarts, delivered right to their inbox. It's basically like getting a mini-cooking lesson every week for free (how awesome is that?). One of the most … [Read more...]

The Black Bean + Corn + Farro Salad

Black Bean, Corn, Farro Salad | 3 Ingredients / 3 Ways | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Part of our "3 Ingredients / 3 Ways" Series, featuring: BLACK BEANS + CORN + FARRO Can you smell the taste of summer yet? I sure can. Every year the heat of summer ushers in a season of cookouts, picnics, and way too many (but yet not enough) ice cream trips. As the season arrives, I am always looking for new dishes that showcase the best of summer produce, that can be eaten cold so it doesn't … [Read more...]