Weekly Meal Plan Menu | Week of 3/9/15

Cook Smarts’ Weekly Meal Plan Service | Menu for 3/9/15 via @cooksmarts

Our Weekly Meal Plan Service Dinner Menu for March 9, 2015 Monday: Tom Kha Gai Soup with Chicken, Zucchini, and Mushrooms Tuesday: Jerk Chicken Thighs with Coconut Rice and Beans and a Side Salad Wednesday: Saag Paneer & Chickpeas with Naan Thursday: Adult Hamburger Helper with Balsamic Roasted Broccoli We do more than create meal plans. We create memories around the dinner … [Read more...]

Grilled Veggie Panini

Grilled Veggie Panini | Weeknight Meal #recipe via @CookSmarts

Since it’s #EatMoreVeggies Month here at Cook Smarts, we’re going to share a recipe today to help you do just that. So far in this series, we showed you fun ways to enjoy veggies, whether it’s in the form of ‘zoodles’ or fritters. So for this week’s recipe, we're keeping it super simple, and anyone can make this at home. It may seem like a very obvious recipe - veggie sandwich - but it’s all in … [Read more...]

Zucchini and Carrot Hash

Carrot and Zucchini Hash

Let me tell you a little trick I use when it I want to prep and cook vegetables and am short on time: I take advantage of my food processor and let the machine do the work. I love vegetables, but I've seen folks really struggle with prepping vegetables (which is why you must, must, must learn to use a knife folks!). If you're short on time and want to get a delicious vegetable side to accompany … [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...]

Farro Vegetable Risotto

Semi-pearled farro

For week 3 of January's Super-Food Challenge with Hey Fran Hey, we're going to introduce you to farro, also known as the new "it" grain (if the Huffington Post declares it, it must be true). Farro is a whole grain (though unfortunately not gluten-free but gluten-low) that has a hearty but chewy texture that makes it hold up incredibly well in a lot of different type of dishes - soups, gratins, and … [Read more...]

How to Roast Vegetables (with lots of flavor)

Roasted carrots 3 different ways - miso, maple syrup, and olive oil | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

I find the oven to be one of the most underutilized tools in the kitchen. While it gets warmed up for baking, it doesn’t get much action for general everyday mealtime making. I think this is just too bad, because so much low-maintenance and simple deliciousness can come out of the oven. I use mine just about every single night to roast vegetables, which is the cooking formula I’m excited to share … [Read more...]

How to Thai Curry

Green Curry with Chicken and Zucchini | How to Thai Curry | Cooking Basics

I absolutely love the flavors of Thai cooking. For a long, long time though, I thought it wasn't something you could easily make at home, so I had set it aside in my "Ethnic Food Only for Eating Out or Takeout" category (this is also where monster burritos reside). But then I had a friend make a red curry for me, and I saw how simple it was. With the exception of the curry paste, it turned out I … [Read more...]

Farro Vegetable Risotto + A Kin Community Video

I met the folks behind KIN COMMUNITY about a month back in Santa Monica. They're a growing YouTube channel specializing in all things women - fashion, food, travel, and a totally irreverent and fun look on parenting from the hilarious "How to be a Dad" duo. Besides being super nice, they are passionate about producing quality info/enter-tainment for women that is incredibly beautiful and inviting. … [Read more...]

The Versatile Stir-Fry

The Versatile Stir-Fry | Cook Smarts by Jess Dang

Last week I welcomed the year of the dragon over a table brimming with fragrant stir-fries, which of course is now the inspiration behind this cooking formula how-to. Like the child of most Chinese immigrants, I grew up on stir-fries. Regardless of whatever else was going on in our chaotic household, a stir-fry of some sort was always guaranteed to make it onto the dinner table. The most amazing … [Read more...]