Caramel Chicken Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry

Caramel Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Ready for the holiday season? Lots of good food, spending time with the family, holiday shopping… Yep, sounds great! But we also know that it means busy time. Whether you are traveling somewhere for the holidays, or you are in charge of cranking out that Thanksgiving feast, you are probably starting to feel as if there are not enough hours in a day. We know how it can get this time of year. … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 11/10/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 11/10/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for November 10, 2014 Monday: Skillet Salmon with Yogurt Sauce + Roasted Oregano Potatoes Tuesday: Weeknight Chicken Stir-Fry with Carrots, Mushrooms, and Celery Wednesday: Lentil and Brown Rice Curry Patties with Indian-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower Thursday: Gnocchi with Carrot and Peas Bolognese + Baby Spinach Salad We do more than create meal plans. … [Read more...]

Mushu Chicken

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Mushu Chicken #recipe

What is your favorite Chinese take-out food? We’re sure everyone already has their favorite in mind. (Leave your answer in the comments below!) Veggie egg rolls, kung pao chicken, sweet and sour pork, Mongolian beef, egg foo-yung...the list goes on and on. So we thought we’d do everyone a favor and bring your favorite Chinese restaurant right to your kitchen for this week’s weeknight … [Read more...]

5 Delicious and Easy Ways to Use Up Vegetables

Vegetables

I delight in purging stuff, so when April rolls around, spring cleaning is on the top of my to-do list.  It’s no surprise then that for April’s #CookMoreIn2013 tip, we’re going to talk cleaning, specifically fridge cleaning. I know that every home cook has had moments of looking into their fridge and realizing that they have no idea how they’re going to clean out those random vegetables that … [Read more...]

Cashew, Tofu, Carrots, and Snow Pea Stir-Fry

Cashew Tofu Carrots and Snow Pea Stir-Fry Recipe by Cook Smarts

I’ve always said that a stir-fry can be made of anything, even nuts. And if those nuts are cashews, even better. Roasted cashews provide just the right touch of flavor and texture in this cashew, tofu, carrots, and snow pea stir-fry recipe. As you know, any ingredient can be made into a stir-fry. The keys are: Coating the protein in corn starch.This extra step provides the protein with an … [Read more...]

Thai Basil Stir-Fry with Tofu, Eggplant, and Peppers

Wok for stir-frying

I remember the first time I had basil in a stir-fry. I had always enjoyed Italian basil in Mediterranean food. I love Thai basil in pho, the classic Vietnamese rice noodle soup. But basil in a stir-fry is the good stuff that will blow your taste buds away. Stir-frying is a great cooking formula to know because you can throw anything into a wok and rely on the stir-fry sauce to bind it together … [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...]

Fried Rice Breakfast Burritos

Wrapped and labeled fried rice breakfast burritos for freezing | Repurposed Meals | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

We know that everyone is short on time, so our goal is to help you save time in the kitchen by being more creative and efficient. And how does one do that? Well, one great way is repurposing your meals so that one dish can become multiple dishes. We'll be offering lots of ideas and possibilities in our meal planning newsletter starting in September (sign-up here for free weekly meal plans), but in … [Read more...]

The Versatile Stir-Fry

The Versatile Stir-Fry | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Last week I welcomed the year of the dragon over a table brimming with fragrant stir-fries, which of course is now the inspiration behind this cooking formula how-to. Like the child of most Chinese immigrants, I grew up on stir-fries. Regardless of whatever else was going on in our chaotic household, a stir-fry of some sort was always guaranteed to make it onto the dinner table. The most amazing … [Read more...]