Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 10/27/14

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 10/27/14 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for October 27, 2014 Monday: Baked Arctic Char with Raisin Vinaigrette and Polenta Tuesday: Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwiches with Pureed Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup Wednesday: Shakshuka with Leftover Polenta and Mixed Green Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette Thursday: Pork Chops with Pear and Celery Slaw with Leftover Pureed Squash and Carrot Soup We … [Read more...]

Grilled Pork Chops with Green Beans and Corn

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Grilled Pork Chops with Green Beans and Corn #recipe

From Grilled Salmon to Grilled Tequila-Lime Chicken to Tomato Bruschetta, you would think that we would be completely grilled-out by now. Luckily, that is not the case or else we wouldn’t be creating all these delicious and smoky recipes right now. And somehow, summer just won’t feel the same without the grill. Not only is it perfect for summer because you can cook outdoors, but it’s also a … [Read more...]

Grilled Salmon with Watermelon Feta Salad

Weeknight Meals via @CookSmarts: Grilled Salmon with Watermelon Feta Salad #recipe

When you think of your favorite summer meals, what probably comes to mind is refreshing, light, healthy, cool, flavorful, and seasonal. After all, it’s hot outside, the heat is making you feel drowsy, and the last thing you need is a heavy meal that will bog you down and make you drag your feet as you walk. Summer should be all about enjoying the beautiful weather and making the most of it by … [Read more...]

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...]