This post is sponsored by Cook Smarts.
You all know my love for Cook Smarts, but did you know I have gotten lots of my friends hooked too? We are all putting delicious meals on our family tables each night and saving time in the kitchen. We even have a Voxer group where we discuss the recipes with comments like:
“I just made the fish – it was amazing! I would recommend parmesan cheese on top!”
“Did you guys make the chicken yet? I’m wondering if I can cook it at nap time and reheat or if it will be better fresh?”
One day we were chatting about how much Cook Smarts has changed how we cook, and I had the idea to invite them to share their feedback in a blog post. I asked Sarah G., Alice, and Sarah S. if they would share, and their answers are below.
How has Cook Smarts changed how you meal plan?
Sarah G: Cook Smarts has REVOLUTIONIZED how I meal plan. I used to dread having to decide what to make for the week. I would search the internet for “good” gluten-free recipes and/or make the same 5 dishes over and over. But Cook Smarts takes the work out! Now I have tried and true gluten-free recipes at my fingertips every week.
Alice: For the first time I actually meal plan as opposed to just having a bunch of random things in the house that I threw together day of. I have half a dozen recipes that I would rotate through but this has allowed me to broaden my horizons and make awesome healthy meals that are constantly changing and different each week. I also find that I’m able to reuse ingredients and there is much less waste in my kitchen. I’m not throwing away rotten vegetables!
Sarah S: Cook Smarts has made me a lot more organized, and my life less hectic in regards to meal planning. I used to get overwhelmed with meal planning and grocery shopping. I would then overspend on groceries because I could never properly orchestrate meal plans for my family. I love that I can customize my meals for the week and a grocery list is then emailed to me. This not only saves me time but my husband is very happy with my grocery budget these days :).
What is your favorite part of the service?
Sarah G: I love the feeling that I have a “partner” in the kitchen with me. Jess’ personality shows through her videos and her recipe summaries and the service is absolutely making me a better cook. I ENJOY cooking now! I even wear an apron. And I love love love how I always have fresh herbs, lemons, and limes in my kitchen now. (And know how to use them… what??)
Alice: The Sunday prep day is a lifesaver! I also love the ability to customize each individual meal to my needs. I am 90% vegetarian but I do occasionally eat seafood, so it’s nice to be able to have both of those options.
Sarah S: I love that I can customize our meal plan to best fit our family and then a grocery list is emailed to me. I feel like I save time and money while further enhancing my culinary skills.
Do you do a Sunday prep day or do you make the recipes on the spot? Do you find the recipes and grocery list to be user friendly?
Sarah G: I don’t do a one day prep but if I were a working mom I would absolutely benefit from this! I usually have my afternoons free so I tend to prep in late afternoon. And it works for me. I don’t use the grocery list because I just find it more convenient to scan the ingredients on the actual recipe and just write down what I don’t already have.
Alice: I do the Sunday prep day and it has changed how I am able to spend my week parenting. I used to spend nap times stressed out trying to get everything done: laundry, dishes, dinner, cleaning etc. Depending how my two children under the age of three nap, there’s never enough time and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Now being able to prep for the weeks meals on Sunday has given me the ability to feel ahead of the game with my parenting and my household chores. Now it’s not the end of the world if my kids are not sleeping at the same time because I have flexibility that I didn’t before. I find the recipes to be user-friendly, and I often prep even more than the make-ahead list recommends so I have nearly everything for the whole week prepped.
Sarah S: I’m a recipe on the spot girl : ). I usually do my prep for my nightly meals during nap time. I find the recipes and grocery list super easy. I can generally complete a Cook Smarts entree in about 30-40 minutes.
Does your toddler like the meals?
Sarah G: No! But this isn’t saying anything negative about Cook Smarts, trust me.
Alice: For the most part, yes. Although she has been so picky lately, she isn’t the most reliable critic.
Sarah S: My two-year old has become a picky eater but she will nosh down on a lot of the Cook Smarts meals. She loves the Turkish Meatballs, Pulled BBQ Chicken Tacos, and Sweet Potato Soup.
What has been your favorite meal so far?
Sarah G: Oh my… I have to choose ONE? I’d have to say the Mustard Roasted Haddock, but there are lots of close seconds.
Alice: I loved everything that had to do with the Spinach Artichoke Pesto. That was amazing!
Sarah S: We love love healthy Mexican food so I would have to say the Pulled BBQ Chicken Tacos and Fish Tacos.
Would you recommend Cook Smarts to other moms and why?
Sarah G: I recommend Cook Smarts all the time! To the point of harassment. It’s just really changed my life, and it kills me to see moms in the same old “I hate cooking/don’t know what to make” rut. Cooking dinner is a hard thing to do day after day if you don’t ENJOY it and Cook Smarts makes it enjoyable. And I love tasting every single creation. It’s fun!
Alice: I already have and will continue to do so. The meals are healthy, fresh, creative, fun, and easy. My husband loves them and the ability to have cooking be enjoyable coupled with the ability to spend more time with my kids and not taking forever to prep every meal every day is wonderful.
Sarah S: I DO recommend Cook Smarts to moms because its an easy way to make healthy meals for your family while staying on a budget.
Nutrition Facts News!
In other news, Jess has added a much-requested feature to the site: NUTRITION FACTS! I know many of you will be so happy.
The design is awesome – it has drop-down menus so you can see a breakdown of what ingredients are contributing to different nutrients. So helpful for recipe customization. And speaking of nutrition, yours truly wrote up a Nutrition FAQ for the Cook Smarts site recently that explains a bit more about how to use a nutrition facts label.
Nutrition facts will be available for all meals in 2014 and future meals in all upcoming plans. The default view is hidden, so if you could care less how many grams of protein are in your dinner, you don’t have to know : )
Giveaway + Coupon
Cook Smarts designed this awesome tote bag featuring their guide to cooking 100 different vegetables. This would be perfect for taking to the farmer’s market all summer long!
You can enter one of three ways (or all three for more entries!): Tweet (1 entry), by email (1 entry) or by signing up for a free Cook Smarts account and leaving a comment on this post with the meal you’d most like to make (worth 5 entries!). Giveaway will run through the weekend and end at midnight on Sunday.
And finally, Jess loves to have me share the love in coupon form. If you’ve put off giving Cook Smarts a try, KERFSPRING14 is good for $13 off annual subscription (= $59). Coupon expires Tuesday, May 6.
This post is sponsored by Cook Smarts.
Links are referral links so only click if you so choose. Many thanks!
Fish tacos, yumm.
I would love to make the mustard roasted fish! I studied abroad in France and absolutely fell in love with anything coated in mustard
I’d love to try the pesto portabella pizza from Cooksmart’s Instagram!! It looks soo good!
I want to make the Moroccan Spiced Chicken and Carrots
Kelsey @aslolife says
I’ve been checking Cook Smarts out ever since you first mentioned it and think I might try one of the sample weeks starting on Monday and see how it goes. I don’t have any kids, but having easy, healthy meals ready to go, especially when my brain is fried sounds pretty amazing to me. The panko crusted fish tacos have me drooling already!
Jessie Popelka says
I love all fish so any of the fish dishes would be great!
Just signed up for the test run. Im most curious to see how my little ones love it cause I already know I will!
I am always scared of making fish at home. Your pics and reviews of the fish recipes make me want to try again.
This service look so good. I want to try fish tacos!
Alexandra W says
I would love to make the Panko Crusted Fish Tacos!
This is a great post! I have a 13 year old daughter and 10 year old twins boys. I was home for 5 years and went back to work when my twins entered kindergarten. I had no choice but to plan meals for the week so I sort of taught myself the planning and Sunday meal prep. What I do love about the idea of Cooksmarts is the new recipes! I think I might sign up just to have new recipe ideas at my fingertips. Such a great idea!
Okay, you’ve basically sold me on Cook Smarts. About how much would you say is a reasonable amount to budget per week for the Cook Smarts meal plans? Something I love about meal plans is how they help save money, but I’m concerned that there are a lot of ingredients for all the different meal plans that will really add up.
Once you get a good pantry going there aren’t many weird ingredients at all. I had to buy a few things like fish sauce and red wine vinegar but now that we have them the most I need is a little bit of something from the spice bulk bins. I’d say about $100 a week is what I spend on groceries (excluding household items and bread). $150 might be more realistic for people with multiple kids or older teens.
I most want to try the sesame teriyaki salmon. I love starting the week with fish and veggies in case we get off track over the weekend! I have signed up and looked at the free recipes but I have yet to try it out. I really need to give a go and see if it will work for me!
I am thinking about trying CookSmarts, but I prefer to prep most of our food on Sunday and cook only once or twice a week (we both get home late most nights). I’m going to check it out to see if it still might work! 🙂
I’ve signed up for a free account and the turkey tacos this week look yummy. Sooner or later i’m going to break down and buy a membership.
I just signed up for three months! I’m tired of trying to figure out what to cook each week and throwing out food we don’t eat. Thought a trial run of 3 months would let me see if it works for our family! So excited!
Kari K says
Mmmmm I love me some soup!
I’m excited to try the sesame teriyaki salmon!
Apple fennel turkey burgers!
The apple fennel burgers look delicious!
I didn’t realize there was a vegetarian option; so excited to try it out!
Katie M says
Panko crusted fish tacos look delish!
Amy Friel says
I want to make any of the fish recipes. I need new ideas of how to prepare different kinds.
I had signed up for Cook Smarts and loved how everything was laid out. The Spinach Artichoke Pesto was delicious!
All the Cook Smarts recipes you’ve shown look soooo amazing!
I have what might be a dumb question though. Is Cook Smarts only for women/moms? I mean, obviously anyone can use it, but is it geared toward women?
My husband does all the meal planning/cooking in our house and I think he might like this but he would definitely be turned off if he felt like it was a ‘mom’ thing.
Not at all! Very gender neutral
Jess @ Cook Smarts says
Hi Carolyn, Jess from Cook Smarts here! We tend to have more moms use it but we also have quite a few dads and even twenty-something male bachelors (maybe they’re trying to pick up some skills to find a wife?). Here is a dad story you can pass onto your husband: http://www.cooksmarts.com/cs-blog/2014/04/merrill-hero-in-the-kitchen/
Becki @ Bites 'n Brews says
Moroccan spiced chicken for me!
Cassie F. says
I think the Apple Fennel Turkey burgers look great! I am going to make this next week. I always assumed cook smarts would be out of my budget, but it is very reasonable! I think I’m going to have to give it a try! I am horrible at meal planning, and all of these dishes look amazing!
I was going to say the sesame teriyaki salmon – but with all this talk about fish tacos, now I’m craving those 🙂
the panko crusted fish tacos look delicious!
Kath, You might have answered this in your grocery posts — but I was curious about how you much spend on groceries with Cook Smarts per week? I just signed up for Blue Apron, a food delivery service / meal plan, and I’m looking to compare! Thanks!
Blue Apron is really really cool but it’s super expensive per serving. I’d say you can easily get away with $100 a week with Cook Smarts if you get minimal stuff for other meals and rely on the leftovers for lunch. Maybe $150 at a higher end
Roasted veggies and chicken!
I think it would be nice if the service offered specialty menus…specifically vegan.
They do offer several specialty menus. .. vegetarian, paleo and gluten free
I signed up! I want the panko crusted fish tacos and that indian spiced veggie dish! Veg version of that apple fennel turkey burger looks good too.
the sesame-teriyaki salmon looks great!
I signed up. This service looks great!
Even though it’s 8:00 am, fish tacos sound amazing right now!
Ashleigh M. says
Fish tacos for sure!
I am thinking about signing up for this. The fish tacos look good!
Signed up – butternut squash curry
Allison Galassie says
BBQ pulled chicken tacos!
I’ve been using cook smarts for a few months and really love it. Thanks for the coupon code. I passed it along to family since I’ve been raving about the service so much.
I’m curious whether you participate in Cook Smarts’ facebook group or give feedback on the recipes on the site. I’ve found it to be really helpful and fun.
I have a little bit!
the mustard haddock sounds delish
Panko crusted fish tacos look delicious and are so pretty with the purple cabbage!
This week I look forward to trying the Mediterranean Chicken Packets with couscous and cucumber yogurt. A household with dual working parents and a busy 2 year old. Cook Smarts has made my life so much easier!
The haddock sounds so good.
Fish tacos…..my kids love fish lately and would go for these!
Bridget Black says
the mushroom spinach feta frittata looks great for a weekend morning!
I have wanted to try cook smarts but not sure if I will follow through with it for a whole year subscription….will keep thinking, but the discount definitely helps!
Pulled Pork Tacos!
Eggplant and zucchini sauté!
Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog says
I already have a Cook Smarts account – I’m looking forward to the taco salad this week!
Jennifer T says
I love Cook Smarts! I signed up after I heard about it on your blog and I am obsessed! I am a working mom of a 10 month old and it has totally changed my outlook on getting dinner on the table. I used to love to spend hours flipping through magazines & cookbooks for new recipes, but now I don’t have time. So I had really fallen into the trap of frozen convenience foods. Now with Cook Smarts I am enjoying cooking again and it’s all laid out for me right there! I’m a big fan as you can probably tell. I love the Butternut Squash Chili and the Fish Sandwiches, but every meal is so good. Hubby and baby approved as well.
So excited to see the nutrition facts – very important for my family! We are nuts about fish tacos so I’d love to try a healthy homemade version.
Emily S says
I must try this to recapture some hours back in my life!
Tracy Turner says
I signed up for Cook Smarts and am so excited to get started. Both my children have left the nest and my husband and I are always on the go but are also committed to healthy, adventurous eating and this will undoubtedly keep us on track!
Tracy Turner says
oh duh! I forgot to read the directions. Can’t wait to try the fish tacos. They’re a fave
I signed up! I am looking forward to the Moroccan Chicken and carrots!
I would love to make the green pepper and mushroom pizza….looks delish!!
the fish tacos or the panko chicken!
I have a free account – I’d love to try the miso butter salmon!
Helen F says
I signed up for a free account- I’ve been flipping through my cookbooks so fast lately, nothing seems convenient and easy. I really want to try those fish tacos!
Anna Lise says
I love Cooksmarts too, as a couple with no kids! Especially when the Mr. eats so much! We do the 4 people servings so he can have seconds and I have lung for the next day.
The pulled pork tacos sound amazing!
I’m going to try the Indian Spiced Roasted Vegetables first!
Claire Moloney says
I already have an account, but I would love that tote! Is that ok? I am most excited about the Mediterranean chicken packets this week 🙂 Yay cooksmarts! I really has made life so much easier with baby #2 at home now! whew! And I have gotten my mom hooked too, which is great since she is not usually into cooking!
Karli Tedeschi says
i can’t wait to try the indian spiced roasted veggies. curry & indian food is big on my craving list right now! as a busy single-mom, i’m excited to try cooks smart and experience feeling like i have more time and like i’m less overwhelmed. thanks for sharing!
Spinach and artichoke pesto?? That sounds life-changing!
Panko Crusted Fish Tacos!
Cook Smarts looks like a great option for meal planning, and I would love to try the chicken tacos! Just curious…what is a “Real Mom?”
Real mom as opposed to an actor paid to say they like it! As in “real life moms”
I would love to try Spinach Artichoke Pesto!!
I love fish tacos! I had been thinking about whether or not to join, but the inclusion of nutritional information really makes a difference.
The portabello pizza looks great! I am more intrigued now that I know there is nutritional information included, and that I can customize for a vegan and a seafood eater!
Christina C says
Bbq chicken tacos!
Hannah N. says
The chicken soba noodle dish that Kath made recently looks really good!
Was nice to see other point of views of cooksmarts! I’ve been thinking of trying it and this has definitely increased my chances!
I want to try this so bad! But I’m concerned about budget – I see you mentioned that 100$-150$ a week covers most of the plans, but I was wondering how much ‘leftovers’ do you really get, how many servings do you get per prepped meal? Basically how many meals (servings) do you end up having to cover without Cook Smarts’ help? (if that makes any sense…) 🙂
When I quoted $100ish a week, I mean for an average shopper who buys things like yogurt too – not just the Cook Smarts groceries alone. That’s a good question – how much are the groceries themselves. I really couldn’t say.
Carly from Cook Smarts here. Thanks for your comment! There are a couple dependencies (i.e. how many meals you’re making, what grocery store, additional items, etc.) but I spend about $60-$80 which covers two people for the week. We usually always have leftovers for lunch the next day. Hope that helps!
Angela B says
I hate to be negative…I love the idea of Cook Smarts (have a subscription for the rest of the year), but we haven’t been thrilled with the dishes we’ve made. My husband is picky, but I enjoy a variety of things (will try anything once!), so I was surprised that I haven’t found very much to my liking. I’m not sure if it’s my execution of the dishes on my part (doubtful since I cook plenty of other things well), or just the flavors don’t please my palate. I’m super bummed because I was really excited for it to work for me.
Really!? I have loved almost everything! That’s a bummer.
Same here. We’ve found many of the dishes to be blah. I had really hoped it would work for us, too! We have a year subscription, so maybe things will improve.
I will definitely have to give Cook Smarts a try!!
Deconstructed Shepherd’s Pie, and I know the hubs would love it too!
Love the idea of Cook Smarts- my family is all grown BUT I still get in a rut with meals- my husband and I are not picky eaters at all – checked out the Cook Smarts site – it is just so hard to pick just ONE meal I would like to try – all look so very good!
[email protected] says
With the food you’ve been having I’d love to try cooksmarts! Especially as meat and fish are all so new..my problem is there are too many things I want to try! Cooksmarts would reign me in! That is one mighty nutrition label for that meal…41g of protein and only 211 calories from the steak, is it right or just a dummy one out of interest?
That’s just the calories from the steak – it’s a drop down menu that shows you what contributed to the recipe. The total calories for the recipe were 559 which you can see in the red header. It’s clearer if you’re doing it yourself : )
Fish Tacos, yum!
I would absolutely make pulled BBQ chicken tacos! Perfect for eating outside on a warm summer evening.
I signed up for cook smart emails and plan to perphaps try it out for a few months in the near future! I am interested in a few different recipes, and even think this would be a great wedding present! I think I may gift a six month subscription to my cousin in the near future!
Everything looks so good but the Panko Crusted Fish Tacos are calling out to me… I have to give them a try! Excited to try out Cook Smarts!
Panko crusted fish tacos! But the Mac n cheese looks pretty tantalizing as well!
[email protected] says
My husband just got a job in town (he previously worked away for 2 weeks and was home for one week), this service will be perfect for us so that we can meal plan and prep together! I am looking forward to trying the Panko-Breaded Chicken “Nuggets”
Sesame teriyaki salmon?! Yes, please!!
I would love to try the Indian spiced roasted veggies!! Yum!
signed up for the free account and WILL be making the fish tacos or the apple fennel turkey burgers this weekend….thanks!
Jack O'Brien says
This all looks amazing for someone in med school who has no free time! holla at cha boy
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Seared Sesame Chicken Thighs!
Beef and broccoli stir-fry!!
Erin m. says
The Indian roasted veggies look good!
Cute bag! I would love to try any of her pestos – very creative. Also the beef and broccoli stir fry.
BBQ pulled pork tacos!
I signed up for the free trial! Looking forward to all the meals listed – salmon, beef and broccoli chicken nuggets, and Mac and cheese. I was impressed with the amount of veggies mixed in all week.
I would love to try the Avgolemono soup! Sounds interesting. So many of the recipes look awesome though, and I would love to try Cook Smarts!!
Ok…I think this pushed me over the ledge. I’m gonna have to jump on the Cook Smarts train after this semester is over (thank GOD the last two years of law school are nothing like the first so I will have time to cook from here on out)!
I love cooking/grocery shopping/meal prepping/planning but the part I absolutely despise is staring at my Pinterest/bookmarks for an hour and still having no idea what to put on the menu….. and this will solve that 😀
Just thought of something else! Have you tried any of the meal services like Blue Apron/Plated/etc?
I tried one of them (don’t even remember which one) once and I didn’t really like it. Way overpriced, plus I love the act of going to the grocery store and it weirded me out that this food was sitting in a cooler all day (despite it being on dry ice). I am also entirely too type A to let anyone pick out my produce. It takes me a solid 5 minutes just to choose my bunch of bananas…haha
I haven’t because of those reasons! I think they would be fun to do once in a while but not long term
Loving the fish tacos! 🙂
Megan D says
The Moroccan spiced chicken
This is great! I would love to have good meal all week without thinking them all up myself! I can’t pick a single recipe to make!
Spice Chicken says
Kath, just wanted to mention this week’s New York Times Dining section featured bread: cool bakers, artisanal flours, interesting loaves. I thought of you.
Debbie (accidently delish) says
i subscribed when you first starting talking about Cook Smarts! I think the Eggplant and Zucchini Saute looks amazing! I am also very interested in making the Spinach Artichoke Pesto!
I would really love to try this, I think I am in denial that meal planning would help me as I never know what I have a taste for, but I think that is just me being stubborn. With as busy as I am half the time I am having PB&Js and cereal for dinner! I really think this could help me get more nutritious meals made for dinner.
This is great feedback! I’ve been hesitant to try CookSmarts because I’m not sure if my kids will like the meals – but I’m thinking about giving it a try!
Moroccan spiced chicken looks great!
fish tacos look delish!
Rotisserie Chicken, Carrot, and Kale Curry + Brown Rice!
4 mamas can’t be wrong 🙂 looks amazing!!!!
The fish tacos look awesome
All of the recipes look so good I don’t know how I could choose just one! Right now the mac n cheese looks delicious!
Katy Robinson says
Fish tacos sound delicious. Would love to make them at home!
I am definitely going to make the Mustard Roasted Fish ASAP. I have been looking for lentil recipies to incorporate into my meals, and I love every ingredient in it!
I would love to try the Sesame Teryaki Salmon!
This site looks amazing!!!
I’m all about the sesame teriyaki salmon, but the fish tacos also look good!
I’ve really wanted to try this ever since you posted about it, but dont have a lot of kitchen equipment (not even a blender) . What percentage of the recipes call for food processors etc? Thanks Kath!
Mostly just the pestos. Could you get a mini chopper?
Good to know i will check it out! Thanks!
Can’t wait to make the Mustard Roasted Fish with Lentils, Peas, and Spinach.
[email protected] says
Ah very good I was thinking!
Fish tacos of course! I live in TEXAS, we’re crazy about tacos of all sorts
Signed up! The apple fennel turkey burgers look delish! I love a good turkey burger
I just used the coupon code and signed up for a year!!! Thanks Kath!
Panko crusted fish tacos look amazing!
[email protected] says
Stovetop mac ‘n cheese!
I’d like to try the Panko Crusted Fish Tacos! They look yummy!
Maggie Miller says
The meal I most want to make is cauliflower crust pizza!
Ann Paquette-Lukens says
I want to make the INDIAN-SPICED ROASTED VEGETABLES first, but they all look delicious!
I think the panko crusted fish tacos sound delicious, but I’d also love to make the apple fennel turkey burgers because I think my fiance would love them!
I’m dying to try the chicken thai basil stir fry!
The fish recipes look like a win to me. 🙂
Jessica Mumford says
I need help w/utilizing a bigger variety of vegetables!
Fish tacos sound great!
Fish tacos…I think that would be awesome for my family. I am 90% vegetarian with some fish and seafood thrown in and the rest of the family are meat eaters. Going to give it a try for a few weeks and see how it goes!
meatballs and marinara sauce or some kind of italian meal with tomato sauce and cheese
MMM Fish tacos sound delicious and healthy!
What is your favorite?
The coconut panko shrimp!
Any of the tacos sound awesome! I’m a sucker for Mexican food!
I signed up for a free trial! Fish tacos would be the first recipe I tried!
Signed up for the free trial and can’t wait to make the Moroccan Spiced Chicken.
I think I’d like to try the Butternut Squash Curry.
Janine M. says
I signed up for the free trial and would love to make the fish tacos!
Love, love, love the fish tacos!!!
I really want to make fish tacos at home. Not that it’s necessarily hard, but we eat them out so often, and are often unimpressed. I mean, fried? I don’t think so. Cute tote! Fun and informative post.
Definitely the butternut squash curry!
I would totally give this a try if the recipes weren’t for devout carnivores. We like to have vegetarian options that are a little more elaborate than replacing meat-based recipes with ”meat-alternatives” such as tofu, tempeh and seitan.
There is a vegetarian option and most of the vegetarian recipes are based on beans, lentils and vegetables!
I signed up and the sesame teriyaki salmon looks delish!
Carol B says
Those steak fajitas look amazing!
Jen W. says
The fish tacos look amazing!
Meagan Boyd says
Just signed up for a free trial. I am excited to try apple fennel turkey burgers.
Jen E says
BBQ pulled chicken tacos sound great!!!!
I can’t wait to try fish tacos
lori t says
Hi. I saw that there is a vegetarian option. I follow Eat To Live and so mostly eat oil free vegan food with limited starchy grains /vegetables. Do you think cook smart could easily be adapted by me?
I’m not sure how easily, but it could be. I think you’d be better off with your own meal plans for that specific diet since Cook Smarts does use cooking oil and the vegetarian recipes are not vegan.
can’t wait to try mustard roasted fish!
Shrimp and “grits” that is actually polenta!
I think the Moroccan spiced chicken and carrots looks great! I don’t really have a time issue with meal prep, but I’m tempted to try Cook Smarts just because they have so many awesome recipes!
I would love to try cook smarts and I agree with the above commenters in that it would be amazing if cook smarts would branch out to more specialty diets. I would love to see a kosher option – in fact, I would join immediately!! Maybe you could make some of these suggestions on behalf of your readers who have diets that are not represented yet? I know I would appreciate it!
I gave them a shot, using some of the vegetarian recipes that don’t use tofu, tempeh, etc. I tried the indian-spiced roasted vegetables, and the potatoes weren’t even close to cooked in the 20 minutes of roasting that the recipe calls for. It was also terribly dry and my partner and I unanimously disliked it. I also tried the teryaki salmon, which was much better, but overall I find the recipes are cryptic and really hard to follow. I can’t believe all of the good reviews. I’m so confused.