Summer Bean Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette

Summer Bean Salad | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

You know that saying, “You eat with your eyes first”? It’s a very true quote, and something that all chefs and cooks should keep in mind when preparing food. After all, something might taste good, but if you look at it, and it’s a big brown pile of mush, chances are you already lost your appetite before you even got a taste. But now take a look at our recipe this week - a colorful, vibrant … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 7/6/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 7/6/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for July 6, 2015 Monday: Maple-Dijon Panko Salmon + Peach & Corn Salad with Queso Fresco Tuesday: Vegetarian Mexican Chopped Salad with Corn, Avocado, Tomatoes, Black Beans & Queso Fresco Wednesday: Mediterranean Meatballs in Pita Pockets with Tomato & Shallot Salad Thursday: Miso-Sesame Chicken & Zucchini with Miso-Sesame Slaw We do more than create … [Read more...]

Our Favorite July 4th Side Dishes + New Recipe!

July 4th Round-Up: @CookSmarts favorite simple and healthy side dishes

With July 4th coming up in less than a week, we thought we’d round up some of our favorite BBQ and potluck side dishes that you can add to your upcoming cookout, grill fest, or summer get-together. We also created a new recipe for our meal plan recently, and it’s just waiting to make an appearance at our Fourth of July BBQ, so we just had to share it with you today as well! It’s a simple, but … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 6/1/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 6/1/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for June 1, 2015 Monday: Thai Steak Salad with Cabbages, Carrots, Basil, and Cilantro Tuesday: Rigatoni with Chard, Mushrooms, Mozzarella, and Walnuts Wednesday: Shrimp Tacos with Slaw and Smoked Paprika Creme Thursday: Honey-Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach Caprese Salad We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 5/25/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 5/25/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for May 25, 2015 Monday: Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles with Red Peppers and Coleslaw Mix Tuesday: Indian Meatball Masala with Quinoa and Roasted Indian Okra Wednesday: Broccoli and Quinoa Patties + Side Salad with Creamy Paprika Vinaigrette Thursday: Indian Meatball Banh Mi with Leftover Meatballs + Side Salad with Paprika Vinaigrette We do more than … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 5/4/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 5/4/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for May 4, 2015 | Favorites Week Monday: Tom Kha Gai Soup with Chicken, Zucchini, and Mushrooms Tuesday: Jerk Chicken Thighs with Coconut Rice and Beans + a Side Salad Wednesday: Mushu Chicken Wraps with Carrots and Shiitakes Thursday: Paneer Tomato and Spinach Curry with Rice We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 4/6/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 4/6/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for April 6, 2015 Monday: Chipotle Chicken Thighs with Chunky Guacamole and Spinach Salad Tuesday: Za'atar Shrimp and Cauliflower with Tabouli, Spiced Yogurt, and Pita Wednesday: Tostadas with Chipotle Chicken + Spicy Slaw Thursday: Sesame Ginger Lo Mein with Broccoli and Cashews We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner … [Read more...]

Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

We’ve been getting a mix of weather here in the Bay Area lately - rainy and windy one day, warm and sunny the next. . . Of course, we can’t complain, seeing as how we’re not snowed in or anything. But the alternating weather keeps changing our food moods. We would have a hankering for a comforting, slow-cooked meal one night, and the next, we’re ready to fire up the grill! Luckily, we have … [Read more...]

Citrus Shallot Salad with Asian Vinaigrette

Citrus Shallot Salad with Asian Vinaigrette | Side Dish #recipe via @CookSmarts

Okay, you might be wondering why we’re featuring such a simple salad recipe this week. After all, you just wash some greens, chop some fruit, and then toss it all together. How hard can that be? You’re right to think that, but we’re all about helping you cook simpler and smarter in the kitchen, and that means simple recipes that will help you get dinner on the table in no time. Sometimes things … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 3/23/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 3/23/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for March 23, 2015 Monday: Orange-Ginger Roasted Salmon with Quinoa + Spiced Carrot and Beet Slaw Tuesday: Ginger Beef Stir-Fry with Carrots and Snow Peas over Quinoa Wednesday: Turkey and Avocado Wraps with Roasted Radish, Butter Lettuce Salad Thursday: Tortellini Soup with Creamy Tomato Broth + Mushrooms and Spinach We do more than create meal … [Read more...]