Asian-Style Roasted Brussels Sprouts

#52NewFoods Challenge: Book by Jennifer Tyler Lee and Asian-Style Roasted Brussels Sprouts by @CookSmarts

Recently, we decided to take on the 52 New Foods Challenge, which is a way to try new foods, cook together with the family, and have fun while doing so. Created by Crunch a Color’s Jennifer Tyler Lee, the new book, The 52 New Foods Challenge, is about getting the whole family involved and interested in the cooking process and experimenting with different foods. Last week, we went for a familiar … [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...]

Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Side Dishes via @cooksmarts: Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts #recipe

Brussels sprouts. You either love them or you hate them. And if you have been following along on our blog, you can tell that we are in the Love ‘Em! group. We have tossed them in miso-butter and roasted them to tender and crispy goodness. We enjoyed them shredded for a hash and topped with a runny egg for a filling breakfast. Today, we keep it simple as a go-to side dish for any entree. Here … [Read more...]

Roasted Butternut Squash Pappardelle

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Roasted Butternut Squash Parpadelle #recipe

This month, we are learning and experimenting with new ingredients, so that we can expand our food repertoire and discover new tastes and textures. Today, we are featuring pappardelle, a wide Italian noodle, in a comforting and hearty pasta dish. There are so many pastas and pasta shapes to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming at times. Perhaps you already have your favorites that are … [Read more...]

Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Oven roasted sweet potato fries recipe by Cook Smarts @cooksmarts

If you're a subscriber to our meal plan service, you'll know that I have a pretty unique way of roasting vegetables. We use this same high-heat vegetable roasting method for our oven roasted sweet potato fries! No oil, no deep-frying, just crunchy, hot fries. What's not to love, right? Dip these fries in ketchup for a delicious treat that go with any weeknight meal you're … [Read more...]

Garlic Roasted Broccoli with a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted balsamic garlic broccoli recipe

Some of us can't live without chocolate. Others can't live without cookies. I can't live without broccoli. I kid you not. I'm no health nut. I love pizza and French fries just as much as the next guy, but I LOVE my broccoli. It honestly would be one of my desert island foods, and I love broccoli prepared in any way. However over the last two years, I've really had to up my efficiency in the … [Read more...]

5 Delicious and Easy Ways to Use Up Vegetables

Vegetables

I delight in purging stuff, so when April rolls around, spring cleaning is on the top of my to-do list.  It’s no surprise then that for April’s #CookMoreIn2013 tip, we’re going to talk cleaning, specifically fridge cleaning. I know that every home cook has had moments of looking into their fridge and realizing that they have no idea how they’re going to clean out those random vegetables that … [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...]

Indian-Spiced Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Cauliflower

Indian-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potatoes, Garbanzo Beans, and Green Peas

A few weeks ago, I posted this on Cook Smarts' Facebook wall: We're reading "The Power of Habit." What bad food / cooking habits do you want to break? One of our fans wrote, "Not experimenting more with spices." We're sure she's not the only person hoping to break this habit, so I rounded up our tips on how to use spices more effectively a few weeks back. The first tip I offered was: "Isolate / … [Read more...]

Miso-Butter Roasted Brussels Sprouts | My Favorite Thanksgiving Sides, Part I

Miso-Butter Brussels Sprouts by Cook Smarts

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. I've never needed an excuse to stuff myself silly, but if we're going to declare a national holiday to give me full permission to do so, I'll happily respond, "Sign me up coach!" I'll be missing Thanksgiving in the States for the first time ever this year. When you all are feasting on turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie, I'll most likely be gorging on a … [Read more...]