Cook Smarts Reviews

Cook Smarts
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TAGS:Meal Plan 
About Cook Smarts
Cook Smarts was founded by Jess Dang in 2012 and before she established the company, she was providing in-home cooking lessons to people in the Bay Area. She realized that most people lacked the basic knowledge of cooking such has how to prepare food efficiently or how to use a knife. 
 
The Cook Smarts team creates weekly meal plans, guides, and online lessons so their customers can have a strong cooking foundation that will enable them to make simple and real food. The lessons and meal plans are designed to educate, inspire, and nourish people. 

Products and Ingredients:

The website provides key information on how to organize the kitchen, healthy cooking, and the basics on how to prepare different types of food. 
 
Every meal has a gluten-free, Paleo, or vegetarian option so you’re getting 4 meal plans for the price of 1. In addition to the meal plans, the membership provides people with access to other features that can help adjust your budget and meet health goals including:
  • A smart nutrition label to enhance people's knowledge about nutrition
  • Videos on how to cook
  • Tools to monitor fitness and weight

Cost and Price Plans:

Try 3 free meal plans
Get fresh new plans every week for $6.00 to $8.00 a month
 
You can give people a gift subscription to the meal plans at the following prices:
  • One year: $72.00
  • Six months: $42.00
  • Three month: $21.00

Customer Service:

If you can't find answers to your common questions on their Knowledge Base (https://cooksmarts.groovehq.com/help_center), you can submit a question on the website (http://www.cooksmarts.com/contact/). 
 
People can sign up for the Cook Smarts newsletter and follow company updates on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.
 
People can cancel their meal plan subscription easily on their account page but will still have access to the plans through the remainder of the subscription cycle.

Online Customer Reviews/Complaints:

Bloggers generally give very positive reviews for Cook Smarts, particularly for the free information that is provided on the website, printer-friendly guides, and videos. Many say the price is very good value and the service is great for people who don't have time to plan meals every week. 
 
Some people recommend a mobile app with a shopping list and an option to add a previous meal to the current meal plan. Also, given the variety of food styles in the meal plans, some ingredients are not available in every grocery store so people need to improvise.

Competitors and Alternatives:

There are a variety of meal-planning services that provide options for Paleo diets including Paleo Plan, Paleo Meal Plans, and Real Plans.

Where to Buy?

If you have tried the Cook Smarts plans, please leave your review below. 
 
 
1 ‘Cook Smarts’ Review
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Mar
22
2016
Po
Southern CA
Mostly good and worthwhile

I've used this about 3 months. It's one of the few things I've actually stuck to which in itself means that I'm giving it 3 stars. My husband loves it because he knows exactly what to start for dinner and we've been eating healthier food and wasting less.

PROS:
Paleo, Gluten free, vegetarian options
Shopping list adjusts itself and lists only what you need
Videos (I don't really need them but nice to have)
Meals have been mostly tasty
Not overly difficult to make
Has prep for the weekend before
They are constantly tweaking it based on user feedback
You can swap out meals you don't like
Uses dependencies (duplicate item) for a couple of meals each week
Offers discounts every so often

CONS:
No pressure cooker meals
No ability to filter by how much time you have to cook
A lot of stuff my kids just won't eat
Sometimes leaves me with half jar of something that goes bad
A lot of Mexican type meals which aren't my favorite and cheap to buy pre-made as takeout (but they are usually easy to make)

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