When a fresh, healthy dinner came together in minutes, I felt like cooking clicked for me.
Name: Jenn Moore
City, State: Shaftsbury, VT
I cook for: my husband and me (sometimes our silly dog sneaks a bite!)
Outside of the kitchen I: teach middle school science, take my dog for long walks, and tackle projects around the house.
I cook because: I’ve learned the hard way that cooking at home is healthier and cheaper than eating out.
Favorite Cook Smarts meal: Grilled Salmon and Orange Vinaigrette with Watermelon Feta Salad – what a great summer meal!
How did you learn to cook?
I learned to cook a few years after graduating college. After college cafeteria food and a few years of frozen pizza and grocery store sushi, I needed to make changes. At first, I focused on making “lightened up” or “diet” foods. After some reading and research, I decided to try to eat less processed food and that’s what motivated me to really learn to cook.
What’s been your biggest cooking challenge?
When I asked my husband this question, he answered, “Me.” He was not always a fan of lots of fruits and vegetables. Cook Smarts has helped change that because each dinner is consistently delicious and packed full of produce.
How has your cooking routine changed since starting Cook Smarts’ meal plans?
My cooking routine is so much more organized since starting Cook Smarts. In the last year, I’ve gotten married, bought a house, and started my first classroom teaching job. I was getting desperate to find a way to make great food in an efficient way. With Cook Smarts, the organization is done for me. I love having grocery lists made and prep steps for Sundays. We don’t waste food when using Cook Smarts, and that’s helped our food budget tremendously.
“We don’t waste food when using Cook Smarts, and that’s helped our food budget tremendously.”
Tell us about your proudest kitchen moment:
My proudest kitchen moment was making the Summer Farmer’s Salad. All the prep I had done paid off; the chicken was grilled, dressing was made, and brown rice (in place of farro) was cooked. When a fresh, healthy dinner came together in minutes, I felt like cooking clicked for me.
What are your tips for health and success in the kitchen?
It’s made a huge difference for us to focus on eating real, fresh, unprocessed food. My husband and I both feel better and look better!
You said it, Jenn! Making your own real and fresh food is the best way to eat healthy and delicious meals. We’re happy that our meal plans can help you feel great about what you eat!