Roasted Rack of Lamb with Sundried Tomato Pesto

Roasted Rack of Lamb with Sundried Tomato Pesto | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Since today is Easter Sunday, we decided that this week’s recipe should add to the celebration. And it’s okay if you don’t celebrate Easter, because this recipe will cover just about anything you’re celebrating. Spring break, perhaps? After all, nothing calls for more celebration than getting a week off of school, right? (We’ve been there, so we know.) Or maybe you’re celebrating the overall … [Read more...]

Brown Sugar Roasted Baby Carrots

Brown Sugar Roasted Baby Carrots | Side Dish #recipe via @CookSmarts

It’s #EatMoreVeggies month here at Cook Smarts, which means we're all about helping *you* make any of your health resolutions for this year come true. We’re not just cheering you on, though - eating more veggies is our goal for 2015 as well, and do we have some fun ways to enjoy veggies! Case in point: Veggie Noodles! Fun-to-eat “zoodles” aside, though, we love eating vegetables and it’s an … [Read more...]

Indian-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower

Indian-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower | Side Dish #recipe via @CookSmarts

Did you know that cold foods numb your taste buds, making the things you eat seem blander? That’s why you typically have to season a dish more than usual if you’ll be serving it cold instead of hot. So with that said, it’s safe to assume that the freezing weather can do that to your taste buds, too. Okay, we may not have scientific proof right now to show you, but that’s definitely what it … [Read more...]

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...]

Roasted Okra

Roasted Okra | Side Dish #recipe via @CookSmarts

On the list of most disliked vegetables, okra ranks high on the list. Which is unfortunate, because we love okra! But it’s understandable. There’s that slimy texture that many folks just don’t like, even if it’s in a tasty gumbo or fried to crispy goodness. And that’s okay! We can’t like everything, but we're all about trying new foods, in hopes of discovering a new favorite. If you have … [Read more...]

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...]

Turkey-Day Inspired Fennel and Apple Turkey Burgers

Fennel and apple turkey burgers by Cook Smarts

Who says Thanksgiving can only happen once a year? Certainly not me! When I find myself craving the flavors of Thanksgiving, I make this turkey-day inspired fennel and apple turkey burger recipe. It provides the sensation of the holiday without all the work, pressure, and hours of tending to a huge bird. From all of our experience at the Thanksgiving table, we’ve learned that turkey marries … [Read more...]