Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/15/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 9/15/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for September 15, 2014 Monday: Maple Pork Chops with Kale and Pear Salad Tuesday: Cajun Shrimp [or Tempeh] Saute with Roasted Okra Wednesday: Chicken Curry with Carrots and Turnips Thursday: Tofu Kimchi Fried Rice with Quick Pickled Cucumbers We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner table. Subscribe to our weekly … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 9/1/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 9/1/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for September 1, 2014 Monday: Honey-Mustard Chicken Tacos with Corn and Peach Salsa and Avocado Creme Tuesday: Honey-Mustard Salmon with Corn and Peach Salsa and Roasted Asparagus Wednesday: Cajun Chicken Pasta with Peppers and Mushrooms Thursday: Summer Bean Salad with Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette We do more than create meal plans. We create memories … [Read more...]

Tomato Bruschetta

Side Dish via @CookSmarts: Tomato Bruschetta #recipe

For those who have never had this classic Italian antipasto before, bruschetta is a simple and delicious side dish made of grilled bread rubbed with fresh garlic, and topped with a mixture of tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Yup! It’s that simple! But of course, it’s also delicious! So delicious that, even though it’s easy and quick to make at home, we still like to order it as an … [Read more...]

Mahi Mahi Tacos with Corn and Tomato Salsa

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Mahi Mahi Tacos #recipe

If there’s one food you can’t go wrong with, it’s tacos. Whether you are a crunchy taco shell kind of person or a soft tortilla lover, there’s just something about tacos. Is it because it’s pretty fun to eat with your hands? Is it because it contains some of everything - meat, veggies, sour cream? Or maybe it’s because they are so easily customizable for your liking? Perhaps it is one of … [Read more...]

Tomato, Avocado & Quinoa Salad

Side Dishes via @cooksmarts: Quinoa Salad #recipe

Creamy and luscious avocados...crisp cherry tomatoes bursting with flavor...Is it any surprise that we are already itching for summer? Don’t get us wrong - we adore spring and all the fresh produce it has to offer. But on chilly days, we can’t help but look forward to warmer weather. The good thing about living in California is the produce that is available year-round. We're talking fresh … [Read more...]

Stir-Fried Chicken Noodles

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Stir-Fried Chicken Noodles #recipe

When asked, “What is your idea of comfort food?” some people might say a creamy, cheesy mound of macaroni and cheese alongside crispy fried chicken. Others might say that it is a piping hot bowl of chili, chock full of hearty ground beef and beans. As for us, we can never go wrong with a belly-warming bowl of stir-fried noodles. There’s something about saucy, slurp-worthy noodles, crisp … [Read more...]

Pasta Puttanesca

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Pasta Puttanesca #recipe

This week’s Facebook #WouldYouRather post was neck and neck, as Pasta Puttanesca and Turkish Meatballs vied for the free recipe spot. It was a close call, but our vegetarian pasta dish claimed victory in the end. No surprise here! This rustic meal is made hearty with sauteed cauliflower, and each bite consists of pasta, tomatoes, capers, and olives. "It was so ridiculously good! Flavorful, … [Read more...]

Asian Bolognese with Broccoli

Asian Bolognese with Broccoli Stir-Fry recipe by Cook Smarts

This was one of my favorite dishes growing up. I loved it so much that I made it when I competed on Season 2 of The Next Food Network Star. Unfortunately, I was also kicked off the show for this same dish, which I just couldn't finish on time. I hadn't prepared a cooked "swap-out" for the ground meat, and well raw ground meat was just not going to cook in my 3 minutedemo. I was that contestant who … [Read more...]

Deli Cobb Salad

Deli Cobb Salad Recipe

About 3 years ago, I was introduced to Tim Ferris' book The 4 Hour Body by one of my colleagues M. She had just spent a lot of time in the Philippines for her previous job and was not happy with the weight she had gained. I thought she looked great, but she showed me several photos of her pre-Philippines leaner physique to show me that her current shape was not normal state (I think the lesson … [Read more...]

Greek-Inspired Meat Sauce

Greek Inspired Meat Sauce

What turns ground meat + tomato sauce into a taco filling? Some Latin-spices, like cumin, coriander, and / or ancho chili powder. What turns ground meat + tomato sauce into an Italian pasta sauce? Some Italian-spices, like oregano, basil, or fennel seeds. What turns ground meat + tomato sauce into a Greek-inspired pasta sauce? Some Greek spices, like allspice and cinnamon. While today's … [Read more...]