Blackened Tilapia with Veggie and Quinoa Saute

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Blackened Tilapia #recipe

This month, we traveled to the Orient to jazz up fried rice with red curry paste. Then we went to Italy for pappardelle and balsamic vinegar. We round up our discovery of new ingredients with a trip to the south for Cajun seasoning to add some kick to a light and flavorful Blackened Tilapia. Cajun cuisine has its roots in rustic French cooking, which is adapted to the local and available … [Read more...]

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Craisins

Sauteed Swiss Chard with Craisins #recipe via @cooksmarts

We all know Mary Poppins' famous line, "A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down." I believe this same philosophy can be applied to eating your veggies. A little bit of sweetness makes most vegetables taste a lot better. You can roast them, which gives them a sweet caramelization. You can also just straight up add some sugar. Or in the case of this Sauteed Swiss Chard and Craisins recipe, … [Read more...]

Chipotle-Inspired Shrimp and Black Bean Fajita Saute

Shrimp with Black Beans and Lime Cilantro Rice

Confession: I used to be a Chipotle addict (and may still be one . . . ). When the fast food chain first made its way to DC, I was working as a summer intern at an architecture firm and could easily eat 2 burritos everyday for lunch. I think I gained 5 lbs. each time afterwards, but it was so worth it. Luckily, it's been a long time since I was a college student, and I've shed the college … [Read more...]

Sweet and Tangy Brussels Sprouts Hash

Brussels Sprouts Hash Recipe by Cook Smarts

I don’t know about you, but I’m always trying to find different ways to eat my vegetables. I joined the green smoothie movement for a bit, pureeing my kale and spinach with the health-nuttiest of them, but it didn’t take me long to realize that I just didn’t like my vegetables in cold liquid form. It did get me thinking though; what other forms could the vegetables I eat take? I had always … [Read more...]

Simple, Healthy, and Tasty Sauteed Garlicky Swiss Chard

Sauteed Garlicky Chard Recipe by Cook Smarts

I consider myself a fairly healthy person, but I would never eat something just because it was healthy. It also has to taste good. Apparently, I’m just too much of a hedonist to sacrifice taste for health. I think there are a lot of people like me but they also hold the notion that healthy cannot taste good. If this were true, I’d be constantly starving or extremely overweight by now. This … [Read more...]

Under 10 Minute Green Beans with Fennel

Microwaved Green Beans with Sauteed Fennel

In the Dang household vegetables were part of dinner every single night. Sometimes they were part of a more elaborate dish, like carrots and turnips in a chicken curry, but more often than not, they were just popped into a container with some water (and sometimes even butter) and microwaved. My mom would get home from a long day at work and in the rush to prepare dinner and ensure vegetables were … [Read more...]

Sauteed Coconut Kale

Coconut Kale Side Dish | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

When I visit the kitchens of my clients, I hear a lot of, "I'd like to be eating more greens, but I just don't know how to make them interesting." It's statements like these that make me realize it's not just children who need some coaxing when it comes to greens. Luckily, most adults already understand that greens are good for them, which is more than half the battle. If all I'm asked to do is … [Read more...]

Sauteed Red Pepper, Eggplant, Tofu Tacos to Pasta with an Herb Sauce

Sauteed Red Pepper, Eggplant, Tofu Tacos | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

This is now officially "Herb Week" on the CS blog. On Wednesday, we showed you how to best store herbs for longest shelf life, and before that we showed you how to make a quick herb sauce that can flavor-dazzle (can I trademark that phrase?) dozens and dozens of dishes. Today we're going to show you two different ways to utilize that herb sauce in your dinner menu. I realize so many of us are … [Read more...]