Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 10/20/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 10/20/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for October 20, 2014 Monday: Fish Tacos with Asian Slaw and Sriracha Mayo Tuesday: Sweet and Sour Shrimp with Sugar Snap Peas and Peppers over Rice Wednesday: Rice Bowl with Tofu, Leftover Asian Slaw, and Sriracha Mayo Thursday: Skillet Asian-Style Chicken Breasts with Roasted Asian-style Brussels Sprouts We do more than create meal plans. We create … [Read more...]

Curried Fried Rice with Shrimp

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Curried Fried Rice with Shrimp #recipe

We like to introduce you to new ingredients, because there are so many different flavors, textures, and cuisines out there. Trying out new recipes and ingredients can help broaden your palate, and you will never get bored making the same thing over and over again. After all, you never know what you may like or what will become your next favorite thing! Today we will be adding red curry paste to … [Read more...]

Black Bean and Leftover Rice Soup

Black bean and leftover rice soup by Cook Smarts

I grew up in a household that had no choice but to pinch pennies. We were immigrants - and not the wealthy kind that came here for their PhDs - more like the kind that came with a single suitcase, barely speaking any English. We lived month-to-month in a 2 bedroom apartment that housed 6 of us for 5 years before we upgraded to a 3 bedroom. If folks wonder why I have no concept of personal space, … [Read more...]

Lime Cilantro Rice a La Chipotle

Lime Cilantro Rice Recipe

Yesterday you learned that I had a bit of a Chipotle addiction. Being Chinese, I am also addicted to rice, so I clearly was going to love Chipotle's lime cilantro rice. I literally craved it like a drug addict needing a fix. Luckily it's not so hard to make at home and is a great way to repurpose day-old rice and requires just a few ingredients: some oil, lime juice, cilantro, and salt. And if … [Read more...]

How to Cook Perfect Rice on the Stove

Kitchen towel trick for cooking perfect rice

When I graduated from college and moved into my own place, my parents really wanted to buy me a rice cooker. Living in a 450 square foot apartment with very little counter space, I politely declined. They still offer every time they visit. After all, how can I prove that I’m Chinese if I don’t own a rice cooker? Sacrilege! Even though we’ve since upgraded to a house with slightly more counter … [Read more...]

Fried Rice Breakfast Burritos

Wrapped and labeled fried rice breakfast burritos for freezing | Repurposed Meals | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

We know that everyone is short on time, so our goal is to help you save time in the kitchen by being more creative and efficient. And how does one do that? Well, one great way is repurposing your meals so that one dish can become multiple dishes. We'll be offering lots of ideas and possibilities in our meal planning newsletter starting in September (sign-up here for free weekly meal plans), but in … [Read more...]

Chicken and Rice Burrito | School Lunches Meal Plan

How to make a chicken and rice burrito | School Lunches Meal Plan | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Back in late June, I was invited to speak at Blossom Birth a non-profit resource center for soon-to-be and current parents located in Palo Alto. I expected to talk mostly about making baby food but found myself fielding questions about school lunches instead. Most parents in attendance had school-age children and were faced with the challenge of coming up with creative ideas for school lunches to … [Read more...]