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...]

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...]

Orange and Rosemary Skillet Roasted Chicken | Cooking Basics

Orange and Rosemary Skillet Roast Chicken by Cook Smarts

The convenience of purchasing a rotisserie chicken, often for under $8.00, at the grocery store has likely reduced the number of households that actually roast chicken on a regular basis or at all. Don't get me wrong; I love the convenience of rotisserie chicken and have made some great dishes with a store-bought chicken. But there's something so June Cleaver, rustic, homey about doing it yourself … [Read more...]

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Slow roasted tomatoes with thyme 2 | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

When you ask people why they don't cook more, one of the most common responses is, "I just don't have the time." Even though I agree that everyone is busy, I also think that sometimes we're looking for the wrong kind of time to cook. It's not necessary to devote hours solely to your kitchen to produce delicious meals. Passive cooking can be done in many ways and is one of the best ways to be more … [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...]

BBQ Baked Salmon and Almond Green Beans

BBQ Baked Salmon and Almond Green Beans | Shortcut Meals Meal Plan | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

There have been no shortage of highlights since starting Cook Smarts at the beginning of this year. If I had to pick just one though, it'd have to be getting to meet so many wonderful moms and getting a real sneak peek into their lives in the kitchen. While everyone is at their own individual cooking level, they are united by one common theme - every single one is trying the best they can in the … [Read more...]