Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 12/1/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 12/1/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for December 1, 2014 Monday: Shrimp Peanut Noodles with Red Peppers and Cabbage Tuesday: Pan-Roasted Chicken + Gravy with Sauteed Cabbage & Apples and Pearl Couscous Wednesday: Italian Wedding Soup with Turkey Meatballs Thursday: Pureed Ginger Butternut Squash Soup with Kale, Apple, Pita Crouton Salad We do more than create meal plans. We create … [Read more...]

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

Southwestern Stuffed Peppers | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Need some new ideas for using up leftovers? Being a meal plan service, we are always thinking of good and delicious ways to use up leftovers. We’re not trying to come up with something new that will turn the culinary world on its side. Instead, we want to be able to use what we have during the week to make something quick and simple for a healthy and tasty weeknight meal. Take, for instance, … [Read more...]

Asian Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Asian Rotisserie Chicken Salad #recipe

As a meal plan service that caters to so many taste preferences around the world, we don’t expect every single meal to become a hit with everybody. Sure, there are those meals that are instant favorites with mostly everyone. (Think: Chicken with Honey Lemon Butter and Portobello Pesto Pizzas.) These recipes found their way onto our ‘Favorites Week’ meal plans. Then there are those meals that we … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/22/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 9/22/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for September 22, 2014 Monday: Balsamic Salmon with Caprese and Quinoa Tuesday: Lemon-Oregano Panko-Crusted Chicken with Baba Ghanoush Veggie Plate Wednesday: Falafel Pita Sandwiches with Baba Ghanoush Thursday: Chopped Salad with Leftover Chicken We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner table. Subscribe to our … [Read more...]

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...]