Tofu with Curried Cabbage and Carrots

Tofu Curried Cabbage #recipe via @cooksmarts

Not everyone is a tofu fan. Some of tofu's most common offenses are: 1) it tastes bland and 2) it's so mushy. Luckily this Tofu with Curried Cabbage and Carrots recipe features tofu that is flavorful and crispy. The key with tofu and really any protein is to maximize surface area for flavor. A solid block of tofu has a lot less surface area to coat in seasoning than one that's been chopped up. … [Read more...]

Panko Tofu with Kale & Edamame Soba Salad

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My husband was in Japan this week for business, which had me thinking of my two trips there for work in late 2006. I sadly spent too much time in a windowless conference room pouring over numbers with a dozen other Japanese petroleum engineers and businessmen (my old job was so sexy, right?), but I did manage to steal some time to sample some of Japan's amazing culinary offerings: fresh catch of … [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

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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...]

Miso Udon Noodle Soup with Tofu, Broccoli, and Carrots

Miso Udon Noodle Soup with Tofu, Broccoli, and Carrots Recipe by Cook Smarts

I'm a sucker for a warm noodle soup. It's probably the one dish I crave at least once a week, and I'm sure I've never met a noodle soup that I didn't want to just completely slurp down. Because I know I have these cravings, I always have all the necessary ingredients on hand. If you are a noodle soup lover like me, let me tell you how to stock up. I keep a variety of fresh noodles of different … [Read more...]

Peanut-Sesame Noodles and Chicken or Tofu Satays

Peanut Sesame Noodles with Chicken Satays

This peanut-sesame noodles and chicken / tofu satays recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I know because I've cooked it for 50 more than once. During my senior year of college, I lived in a co-op where we all took turns cooking dinner for the house. One of my favorite parts of the experience was creating a menu that would satisfy a whole list of requirements: Can it be made in mass quantity and … [Read more...]

BBQ Baked Salmon (or Tofu) and Almond Green Beans

Salmon and Green Beans by Cook Smarts

For week 4 of January's Super-Food Challenge with Hey Fran Hey, we chose the healthiest protein out there - fatty fish (e.g., salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, albacore tuna). This is one of the rare times where we're going to tell you that it's better to eat something fatty, so take advantage. Fish, unlike other animal proteins, is packed with omega-3's. In babies, omega-3's have … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Tofu Pad Thai Adapted for the Home Cook’s Pantry

Vegetarian Tofu Pad Thai by Cook Smarts

I still remember the first time I tasted Pad Thai. I was a teenager in high school. It was my first Thai dining experience. And that authentic dining experience was at a Tara Thai located in a typical suburban strip mall in Rockville, Maryland. Alright, so I'm not sure how "authentic" it was, but it sure was tasty. Even if you're not an ethnic food enthusiast, you've probably tried Pad Thai at … [Read more...]

Grilled Miso-Soy Tofu with Edamame and Cucumber Green Salad

Miso-Soy Glazed Tofu with Edamame, Cucumber, Mixed Green Salad by Cook Smarts

The temperatures have dropped dramatically in the Bay Area over the last few weeks, and by dramatic, I mean we've gone from the toasty 80's of summer to the cold 60's of autumn. Clearly, the gritty east coaster in me has long disappeared and been replaced by a soft Californian. We may get a few more uses out of the grill before the rainy winter begins. Luckily my All-Clad grill pan allows for … [Read more...]

Oven-Roasted Beef, Chicken, or Tofu Kebabs -> Dressed Up in a Pesto Orzo

Repurposed Kebabs to Pesto Orzo | Weekly Meal Plans by Cook Smarts

We are so excited to announce that we launched our weekly meal planning newsletter last week. If you haven't heard about it, it's a free email that comes out every Thursday. Subscribers receive a weekly meal plan, which we pack with our signature smarts, delivered right to their inbox. It's basically like getting a mini-cooking lesson every week for free (how awesome is that?). One of the most … [Read more...]