(DISCLOSURE: this post is part of a compensated project I’m doing with Cook Smarts. I was provided a subscription to the website and compensated for this review, but the opinions shared here are 100% honest and absolutely my own. PLEASE SEE MY DISCLOSURE POLICY FOR MORE.)
I am not a food blogger. I am not a food maker, even in secret. I have about three go-to recipes that I know I can’t screw up and other than that, I either:
a) hope that my husband gets to the kitchen before I do (he’s a very good cook)
b) make egg-salad sandwiches
Seriously, you guys. Try as I might, I’m just kind of a kitchen nightmare. I recently ruined a really beautiful pot because I steamed vegetables without enough water and scorched the bottom AND also screwed up a batch of cornbread when I used baking soda instead of powder and dumped in a tablespoon of cayenne instead of the recommended teaspoon.
So when Jess and Carly from CookSmarts.com asked if I’d be interested in working with them on a review, I originally tried to talk them out of it because I didn’t know if even their website could save me from myself. But the more we chatted and the more I explored the site, the more I wanted to give it a shot.
- the plans can all be customized to fit vegetarian, paleo and gluten-free diets
- all of the recipes are simple and take less than 30 minutes to make
- the website sends you a customized shopping list, all broken down by grocery store category
- most of the techniques (chopping vegetables; sauteeing) come with video tutorials
- if you like to do prep all at once, the system can give you a list of all of the steps ahead of time
***SPOILER ALERT: I loved the website so much that after just a couple of days, I bought gift subscriptions for most of my friends. (Guess they won’t be surprised now when they get them…oops!)***
There was so much I loved about the CookSmarts.com experience that it’s hard to list them all. I appreciated that some of the leftovers from one meal were used in another. I thought it was so cool that the website made everything vegetarian for me, even updating the steps and ingredient list, so I wasn’t trying to remember to substitute them myself. The customized shopping list was a game-changer AND perhaps most importantly? The meals were delicious.
Not totally screwup-free, I’m afraid. I made a dressing for a salad that probably would have been delicious…had I not forgotten that it was for four servings and used ALL of it on just two plates-full. Overpowering much? But overall, Lucas and I were really surprised at how good everything was, and how quick to prepare.
Even Audrey loved the meals — she’s my little quinoa freak.
Now to the fun stuff:
- If you buy a subscription between now and December 31st, you can get 20% off by using the promo code KATYW2013 (go here for subscriptions and here to buy a gift for someone else)
- ONE of you lucky readers will get a $50 Whole Foods gift card from Cook Smarts — no purchase necessary! To enter, just leave me a comment letting me know whether you’re a good cook or not and what your favorite go-to recipe is. I’ll pick a random winner after December 18th at 5pm ET.