Thanksgiving Sides Round-Up: 10 Sides You Won’t Want to Miss Out on This Holiday

Top 10 Thanksgiving Sides via @CookSmarts #recipes

Everyone knows that while Thanksgiving’s main star is turkey, it’s really the sides that are the talk of the town. From mashed potatoes to green beans, we’re all about loading up our plate with comforting and delicious side dishes. So this week, we have compiled our Top 10 favorite side dishes that will go great with your upcoming Thanksgiving meal. You’ll be wanting thirds of everything! If … [Read more...]

Burger Round-Up: 5 Burgers to Get You Ready for the Summer

Chipotle Burger with Guacamole via @cooksmarts

Summer is just around the corner, and we can’t help but think of sunny skies, lazily lounging on the beach, and freshly squeezed lemonade. But since we are a meal plan service, we can’t help but think of all things food - succulent nectarines, juicy heirloom tomatoes, refreshing melons, plump corn-on-the-cob...and of course, burgers. Can’t forget about burgers! We know that burgers are good … [Read more...]

Treat Yourself Right with 5 Heart-Healthy Foods

Heart-Healthy Foods Infographic via @cooksmarts

Hey, everyone! Jackie here, the newest member of the Cook Smarts team, and I am excited to bring you lots of cooking and prep tips to help you cook smarter and live healthier. Because February is American Heart Month, we decided to focus on heart-healthy foods to get you eating right, keep you energized throughout the day, and overall, have you feeling better about yourself and your body. … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato and Beef Chili

Sweet Potato and Beef Chili recipe by @cooksmarts #paleo #glutenfree

When the weather is cold and I need a kick of warmth, I turn to comforting soups. Last month, the temperature dropped down to below freezing in Mountain View! As someone who's lived in California now for almost 15 years, I have lost all my East coast edge, and I was craving some warm chili, which I wanted to eat while donning a fur hat and enclosed in one of these wearable sleeping bags (I got … [Read more...]

Oven Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Oven roasted sweet potato fries recipe by Cook Smarts @cooksmarts

If you're a subscriber to our meal plan service, you'll know that I have a pretty unique way of roasting vegetables. We use this same high-heat vegetable roasting method for our oven roasted sweet potato fries! No oil, no deep-frying, just crunchy, hot fries. What's not to love, right? Dip these fries in ketchup for a delicious treat that go with any weeknight meal you're … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with a Baked Potato

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili Recipe by Cook Smarts @cooksmarts

So what's better than slow cooker chili? Slow cooker chili on top of a baked potato! Our first slow cooker recipe of the season comes just in time for Halloween. If you'll be getting your kids (and yourself!) costumed up for trick or treating, this dish will make sure that they're sent off warm and well-fed. Another added bonus? Because this is a slow cooker meal, it's already made ahead of … [Read more...]

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Greek Yogurt

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Greek Yogurt Recipe by Cook Smarts

I love to cook, but it doesn't mean that I'm on a search for complicated recipes. I'm of the philosophy that less is more. As a result, I'm constantly gravitating towards vegetables like sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes have so much flavor that you barely need to do anything to them, and they still taste freaking awesome. My recipe for mashed sweet potatoes has just 2 ingredients and 2 steps. … [Read more...]

Sweet Potato Chickpea Veggie Burger Patty

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Vegetarian Patties

BBQ season is coming up, and even though I love grilling every type of meat on my Weber, we have a lot of vegetarian friends, so BBQ season also means it's time to get creative with our veggie burger options. We could easily purchase one of the many pre-made options. However with a large food processor, you can make the filling for any veggie burger patty in no time. My classic … [Read more...]

Vegetarian sweet potato and black bean tacos

Vegetarian sweet potato and black bean tacos

Week 1 of January's Super-Food Challenge* with the beautiful Francheska of Hey Fran Hey features the sweet potato. Don't let its sweet-like-candy taste fool you. This root vegetable is power-packed, filled with fiber, beta-carotene, and a whole host of vitamins. We love baking it, roasting it, making it into fries, and using it as a meat substitute in tacos. Sweet potatoes make a perfect hearty … [Read more...]

Indian-Spiced Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Cauliflower

Indian-Spiced Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potatoes, Garbanzo Beans, and Green Peas

A few weeks ago, I posted this on Cook Smarts' Facebook wall: We're reading "The Power of Habit." What bad food / cooking habits do you want to break? One of our fans wrote, "Not experimenting more with spices." We're sure she's not the only person hoping to break this habit, so I rounded up our tips on how to use spices more effectively a few weeks back. The first tip I offered was: "Isolate / … [Read more...]