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TheSmartCook

I am obsessed with all things culinary, and I like to have a "smart" approach to cooking, which I define as healthy, economical, creative, and realistic. In The Smart Kitchen you will get to see the healthy recipes I create, those I test and/or adapt, as well as the choices I make when... Full Bio
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Orange Ginger Coconut Sauce by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking TJ Maxx can be a source of endless inspiration. And impulse buys…if you aren’t careful. Of course, in the end, it probably would have cost me less per ounce ... Read on »
Ginger Grapefruit [Vegan] Creamy Kale by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking The Whole Foods impulse buy*… *AKA everything you ever buy at Whole Foods …meets the manager’s special Target basket addition.. …in a sweet, sour, and s ... Read on »
What I Ate (Meeting the Parents) by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking “Are you nervous?” the Professor asked, over the dinner of veggie burgers and sweet potatoes I forced encouraged him to eat last week. “About if you like my veg ... Read on »
Chocolate Cherry Chia Nut-Free Granola [Recipe Redux] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking As soon as I saw the theme for this month’s Recipe Redux,  I knew I had only two choices: Break out the ‘oatmeal pot’ that I stole inherited from Mama Smart a ... Read on »
Jamaican Black Bean & Rice ‘Burgers’ by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking The Professor has trust issues. With veggie burgers. Of course, when he said he “didn’t trust them,” I didn’t know what he really meant was, “I’ve never had ... Read on »
Mr. Goodballs by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Mr. Big Stuff Good Ball Who do you think you are? Mr. Good Ball You’re never  quickly gonna get my love… “Why, I’m Mr. Good Bar’s a ... Read on »
(Currently) Doing a Happy Dance by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking So, I finally decided it was time to expand my SiriusXM horizons and every now and then have begun switching over to the pop stations, and just today (Yesterday? When ... Read on »
WIAW: A Few of My Favorite Things by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking A morning run along the river: one of my favorite ways to start the day. My favorite breakfast was carried to stats, where I’m sure everyone was jealous of my kef ... Read on »
Peanut ‘Butter’ Monkey Balls by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking It must have been the assorted balls consumed on my trip to Atlanta . (Or, perhaps more logically, the Costco sized tub of pitted dates I purchased before I left for Sp ... Read on »
My Freezer is Famous. by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Y’all know I love blogging about  my freezer   meals . What  didn’t realize was that my freezer has developed quite a reputation. So I guess it’s time to em ... Read on »
Sprint 2 Atlanta: Spring Break Edition by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I’m still not fully recovered from my “Six States. Two Weeks.” 2014 world East Coast tour, but I best go ahead and document it digitally* because, well, the best ... Read on »
On Smart Family Time… by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Back aboard a train, and onward to Pennsylvania. Mama Smart greeted me and we kicked off the next part of my Spring Break with dinner at a new (to me) Asian fus ... Read on »
“Homecoming” Weekend in Charlottesville by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking All aboard the snack train! No, literally, I was snacking on a train.* *Would you? Could you? On a train? That visit to the Baltimore Whole Foods provi ... Read on »
Good Morning, Baltimore! by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I guess, technically, we arrived in the late afternoon, but you can’t take me anywhere without some sort of musical allusion trailing behind.  Of course, the th ... Read on »
Chocolate Caramel Day Giveaway! (Balance Bars) by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking So, when I was teaching elementary school, I became “famous” (the way one does) for these caramelized brownies I often made that sometimes started from scratch and so ... Read on »
Smooth(ie) Operator by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I think I have made more smoothies in the past two weeks than in the past two years combined. (I also think I may have used this blog post title before.) Pe ... Read on »
Last-Minute Peanut Flour Brownies by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking  This was a bit of a debacle. And the final rose themed Coconut French Yogurt Cake almost was too, when I remembered at the last minute that one of my guests–th ... Read on »
Coconut Oat French Yogurt Cake by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I must admit, the creamy Southwestern hominy ‘grits’ I made for the California Dairy Recipe Redux Challenge wasn’t the original yogurt-inspired creation I made. W ... Read on »
Southwestern Shrimp ‘n’ Hominy Grits [California Dairy Recipe Redux Challenge] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Y’all know that of all the Food Network princes,* Tyler Florence is the one who I’d want to wake me up from a poison-induced deep sleep in the forest, but we all have t ... Read on »