This post is sponsored by Cook Smarts
I’m on my 5th week using Cook Smarts and can’t say enough good things about the site and service. While my relationship with the company began as a sponsored post to review the meal planning service + website, I have grown to be a regular user and customer. I bought a year subscription and have been using it on my own. Jess invited me to share another week behind the scenes with you in the form of a sponsored post, so I’m putting the spotlight back on why I think Cook Smarts is a great asset to your kitchen. Here are 5 reasons why this service has been life changing for our family:
1. Prep Sundays
For the first time in my life I have a real need to do a Sunday prep day. After a big haul to the grocery store, Matt and spend only about 30-45 minutes chopping all of the veggies for the week. This has saved SOOO much time on the weeknights!! I just love dirtying up everything once and washing it all in bulk. Matt is awesome at chopping veggies, and I work on the pestos/sauces and coordinating all the prep bowls. What makes Cook Smarts so cool is that there is a whole plan for a Sunday prep day that you can opt into if you want. So everything is detailed out for us. It’s so very helpful and saves time.
2. New Recipes + Flavors
You know how meals made by other people always taste better? This is that effect! Because someone else is telling me the what, when and how to cook, I’m finding that everything tastes better than if I had made it on my own. Jess’s style includes a lot of fresh herbs and lemon/lime juice, and they add that extra layer of flavor that enhances everything in the recipe. Boy did we need some shaking up in the kitchen!
Here were our dinners from last week. This was my first Pot Pie and it turned out incredible!!! I can’t wait to make it again when my parents visit this weekend. Instead of a store-bought crust Matt made his standard pie crust and it was smashing.
3. Learning New Things
In addition to trying new recipes, I’ve learned a thing or two about cooking too. Number one – fresh herbs and lemon are totally worth it. But also there are technique videos. I loved watching the sweet potato fry video to compare methods, and this sweet kale video is great for anyone who has never cooked with one of my favorite veggies:
4. Easy Lunches
This is another life changer: I love having all the leftovers for lunch! I was getting to the point where I just didn’t want my usual salads with eggs/burgers on top and was craving hot foods. Enter our leftovers! Since the Cook Smarts recipes are for 4 servings, we always have a little extra (even if we accidentally eat 3 servings for dinner!) It’s been so nice to heat + eat.
5. Mazen Meals
And finally…many of the meals have been surprisingly Mazen friendly! I always though babies like bland foods – mac and cheese, PB&J, chicken fingers. But Mazen seems to like adult food most. The more gourmet the better. I couldn’t get him to touch some plain chickpeas the other day, but the next day he gobbled down a half cup of them in tomato sauce leftover from our Monday Cook Smarts dinner. The next day he shocked me by eating red curry cabbage and carrots. We have a little foodie on our hands, and he has enjoyed so many of the meals both the night of if we’re able to eat together and the next day for lunch.
A Discount For You!
If you’ve been wanting to sign up for Cook Smarts but just haven’t bitten the bullet, here’s another steal for you: a year of meal plans, recipes, prep instructions and cook smarts, all for $50. (That’s $22 the regular cost for a year, which I still think is a great deal!) The code is KERF2014 and expires in 2 weeks, on February 8.
Ready to get cookin’?
Enter below to win a $100 gift card to Whole Foods for some ingredients to get you cooking! 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!). Check out their Archives for all the possibilities! Giveaway will run through the weekend and end at midnight on Sunday.
This post was sponsored by Cook Smarts