Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Pesto Pasta with Shrimp #recipe

When it comes to carbs, everyone has their opinion about it. Yay, nay, or maybe nay for 6 days, but the 7th day is okay (the “slow-carb” diet)? Well, the Cook Smarts team all has varying tastes, preferences, and dietary restrictions. But one thing we all agree on - we cannot resist good food! So while we do not stuff ourselves silly with platefuls of pasta, rice, and bread, we do enjoy a good … [Read more...]

Curried Fried Rice with Shrimp

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Curried Fried Rice with Shrimp #recipe

We like to introduce you to new ingredients, because there are so many different flavors, textures, and cuisines out there. Trying out new recipes and ingredients can help broaden your palate, and you will never get bored making the same thing over and over again. After all, you never know what you may like or what will become your next favorite thing! Today we will be adding red curry paste to … [Read more...]

How to Make Shrimp Pad Thai

Shrimp Pad Thai Recipe by Cook Smarts

I've been incredibly lucky to have had not one but two Cook Smarts recipes appear on Joanna Goddard's blog Cup of Jo. The first one was for Panko Fish Tacos. In this latest post, I shared my recipe for Shrimp Pad Thai, my first and still my favorite Thai dish. You can get the recipe over on Joanna's blog, but below I've included a few more photos here that I took from the shoot. Plus, I even … [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...]

Shrimp Vermicelli Bowl

Shrimp Vermicelli Bowls

With the heat kicking up, I'm excited to be switching over to meals that help me stay cool all summer long. Clearly salads are a great option, but don't limit yourself to our domestic salad combinations. I'm gonna help you think a bit more internationally about your salads this season, and our first stop is Vietnam. Vietnam is a country that is sweltering just about all year long, so many of its … [Read more...]

Shrimp, Broccoli, and Shitake Mushroom Stir Fry

Shrimp, Broccoli, and Shitake Mushroom Stir-Fry by Cook Smarts

Last week I decided it was time for me to finally put together a video on how to stir-fry. I had already made more than enough trips to the grocery store, so I decided this video was going to have to be made with whatever was in my fridge. Luckily you can throw almost any combination of ingredients into a stir-fry and know that it will likely taste pretty darn good. After a minute of digging … [Read more...]

Dirty Pesto Shrimp | “A Week’s Worth of Pesto Uses” Meal Plan

Dirty Pesto Shrimp | "A Week's Worth of Pesto" Meal Plan | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

  You'll be seeing a lot more meal plans on Cook Smarts in the near future including a newsletter launch in the fall. All subscribers to the newsletter will get a meal plan every week in their inbox that'll be peppered with cooking know-how, tips, and suggestions. There won't be anything fancy in the menu - just simple, healthy, doable meals that everyone can cook and enjoy. We figure we … [Read more...]

Thai Red Curry Shrimp

Thai Red Curry Shrimp | Another Kin Community Video | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

You all might remember me sharing one of my favorite cooking formulas not too long ago on how to Thai curry. If you haven't tried it out yet, I think I've got just the thing to convince you. Last month, I flew down to sunny SoCal to shoot some food videos with the fabulous folks at KinCommunity a YouTube channel producing beautiful programming for women (for a behind the scenes look at our shoot, … [Read more...]

How to Thai Curry

Green Curry with Chicken and Zucchini | How to Thai Curry | Cooking Basics

I absolutely love the flavors of Thai cooking. For a long, long time though, I thought it wasn't something you could easily make at home, so I had set it aside in my "Ethnic Food Only for Eating Out or Takeout" category (this is also where monster burritos reside). But then I had a friend make a red curry for me, and I saw how simple it was. With the exception of the curry paste, it turned out I … [Read more...]