Tomato, Avocado & Quinoa Salad

Side Dishes via @cooksmarts: Quinoa Salad #recipe

Creamy and luscious avocados...crisp cherry tomatoes bursting with flavor...Is it any surprise that we are already itching for summer? Don’t get us wrong - we adore spring and all the fresh produce it has to offer. But on chilly days, we can’t help but look forward to warmer weather. The good thing about living in California is the produce that is available year-round. We're talking fresh … [Read more...]

Steak with Romesco Sauce and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Flank Steak with Romesco Sauce and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

When the weather gets warmer, sometimes you just want to eat something refreshing but filling at the same time. A salad is refreshing enough and quick to throw together, but to make it truly satisfying and balanced, we add protein, healthy fats, and fiber to keep you full and energized. The salad itself contains butternut squash that is roasted until wonderfully sweet and tender. Tossed with … [Read more...]

Apple Spinach Salad

Apple Spinach Salad #recipe via @cooksmarts

One way to get dinner on the table quickly and keep things simple and healthy, is to add an uncomplicated salad to your main dish. With your choice of salad greens, your favorite fruit or vegetable, and a quick vinaigrette, you can have a tasty salad ready to be devoured in less than 10 minutes! We keep our Apple Spinach Salad recipe on hand at all times, because the ingredients are readily … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Make Salads an Even Healthier Part of Your Life

Cooking Formulas for Salad Vinaigrettes via @cooksmarts #infographic

To make sure we’re doing everything we can to help you, I ask dozens of home cooks every single day, “What do you struggle with in the kitchen?” and I’ve received hundreds of heartfelt answers. Even though everyone’s situation is unique, I’ve noticed a lot of common goals and struggles. Instead of just answering all these emails individually, I wanted to start answering these questions in a new … [Read more...]

Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad #recipe via @cooksmarts

Your 'eat healthy' New Year's resolutions shouldn't mean that you have to eat boring. I promise you kale can be tasty and you don't even have to puree it into murky green smoothie! This Kale Caesar Salad recipe uses a yogurt based dressing and shows you that healthy can taste pretty good, which will hopefully help you stay on this healthy eating bandwagon for a bit longer. Did you make any … [Read more...]

Deli Cobb Salad

Deli Cobb Salad Recipe

About 3 years ago, I was introduced to Tim Ferris' book The 4 Hour Body by one of my colleagues M. She had just spent a lot of time in the Philippines for her previous job and was not happy with the weight she had gained. I thought she looked great, but she showed me several photos of her pre-Philippines leaner physique to show me that her current shape was not normal state (I think the lesson … [Read more...]

Zucchini Salad with Pine Nuts and Mint

Zucchini Salad with Pine Nuts

I'm not going to lie. Zucchini is not my favorite vegetable. I frequently eat it because it cooks quickly, is always available, and it's not that expensive. However, it's never something I get really excited about. But I recently made a new cooking discovery, and now I'm craving zucchini. This change happened when I came across Love and Lemons' Zucchini Coconut Noodles. In this recipe, she … [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...]

Fig Salad with Adobo Vinaigrette

Fig Salad with Adobo Vinaigrette

In my book a Fig Newton has nothing to do with a fresh fig. I love the latter and do not care for the former. If your palate's only knowledge of figs is through a Fig Newton, get your butt to a produce section and give the original a taste. Fig season started not too long ago and you still have a few good weeks before having to wait till next summer to enjoy these sweet tender fruits again. You … [Read more...]

Summer Caprese Salad with Fresh Mozzarella

Caprese Salad by Cook Smarts

While I live to cook and entertain, it's become harder to do as more and more of our friends have had kids. Dinner parties start at 5 and end at 8, so everyone can rush home to start the bedtime routine. To accommodate this new stage of life, I now find it easier just bring the cooking to them rather than having them schlep kids, toys, carseats, iPad entertainment systems, and bottles to us. Plus … [Read more...]