Rotisserie Chicken Chopped Salad

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Rotisserie Chicken Chopped Salad #recipe

We asked, and you answered! On Facebook, we asked #WouldYouRather have Cream-Free Chowder or Chicken Salad with Adobo Honey Vinaigrette. We were sure that the chowder was going to win, but as Cook Smarts member Meg said, “They were both delicious but I have to choose the salad because of the vinaigrette. That dressing has become a staple in our house.” This week’s weeknight recipe is … [Read more...]

Blackened Tilapia with Veggie and Quinoa Saute

Weeknight Meals via @cooksmarts: Blackened Tilapia #recipe

This month, we traveled to the Orient to jazz up fried rice with red curry paste. Then we went to Italy for pappardelle and balsamic vinegar. We round up our discovery of new ingredients with a trip to the south for Cajun seasoning to add some kick to a light and flavorful Blackened Tilapia. Cajun cuisine has its roots in rustic French cooking, which is adapted to the local and available … [Read more...]

Apple Spinach Salad

Apple Spinach Salad #recipe via @cooksmarts

One way to get dinner on the table quickly and keep things simple and healthy, is to add an uncomplicated salad to your main dish. With your choice of salad greens, your favorite fruit or vegetable, and a quick vinaigrette, you can have a tasty salad ready to be devoured in less than 10 minutes! We keep our Apple Spinach Salad recipe on hand at all times, because the ingredients are readily … [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...]

Zucchini Salad with Pine Nuts and Mint

Zucchini Salad with Pine Nuts

I'm not going to lie. Zucchini is not my favorite vegetable. I frequently eat it because it cooks quickly, is always available, and it's not that expensive. However, it's never something I get really excited about. But I recently made a new cooking discovery, and now I'm craving zucchini. This change happened when I came across Love and Lemons' Zucchini Coconut Noodles. In this recipe, she … [Read more...]

Greek Salad with Herbs

Greek Salad with Herbs

I'm one of those lucky women who's married to someone who cares more about healthy living than I do. He's the vegetarian; I love a bloody rare steak. He enjoys hummus and carrots for dessert; I gorge in a pint of Ben and Jerry's next to him. We can be quite the odd couple. Luckily, we both can agree on the importance of a salad. My husband likes to start dinners with a salad because the fiber … [Read more...]

Fig Salad with Adobo Vinaigrette

Fig Salad with Adobo Vinaigrette

In my book a Fig Newton has nothing to do with a fresh fig. I love the latter and do not care for the former. If your palate's only knowledge of figs is through a Fig Newton, get your butt to a produce section and give the original a taste. Fig season started not too long ago and you still have a few good weeks before having to wait till next summer to enjoy these sweet tender fruits again. You … [Read more...]

Citrus and Avocado Salad

Avocado & Citrus Salad

This citrus and avocado salad was inspired by Alice Water's The Art of Simple Food. This was one of the last cookbooks I added to my collection. It came out many years after I started learned to cook, but this is one of those books I wish I had early on in my cooking journey. The title is so fitting. So many cookbooks try to make things more complicated than they need to be. Waters understands … [Read more...]

Summer Peach and Corn Salad

Peach and Corn Salad Recipe

I just read that Americans are eating less salad than we were in the 1980's. According to the market research firm NPD Group, the average American eats salad only 36 times a year compared to 45 times a year back in 1985. How is this possible?!? Today, we have gadgets to help us dry our lettuces. If you don't have time to wash your salad greens, you can buy them packaged up and triple washed. Plus … [Read more...]

Garlic Roasted Broccoli with a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted balsamic garlic broccoli recipe

Some of us can't live without chocolate. Others can't live without cookies. I can't live without broccoli. I kid you not. I'm no health nut. I love pizza and French fries just as much as the next guy, but I LOVE my broccoli. It honestly would be one of my desert island foods, and I love broccoli prepared in any way. However over the last two years, I've really had to up my efficiency in the … [Read more...]