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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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#WhataGrillWants are OXO BBQ Tongs [Guest Post/Review by "The Professor"] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking When I received the collection of OXO grill tools as part of the company ‘s #WhataGrillWants campaign I thought about two things: 1. Amanda Bynes 2. Christina ... Read on »
Sue’s Chickens Lay Some Really Good Eggs. by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking When I first met Sue at the farmer’s market, she told me that her eggs were the best…that “everyone says so.” I smiled and–being a northerner raised to conduct ... Read on »
Help Fill the Gap In Gluten-Free Diet Research (Whether You Are GF or Not) by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking As many of you know, I am working on a PhD in Health Education and Promotion at the University of Alabama. My readings in nutritional literacy and personal experience ... Read on »
Love You? Yes, I (Golden) Honeydew. by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Here one day, and gone (literally) the next–my sweet, golden honeydew, you were a impulse buy that went oh, so right. And although I immediately returned to the ... Read on »
White Bean, Spinach, & Sun Dried Tomato Pasta by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Perhaps the only time I can’t underthink my food choices lately is when I am cooking for others. I (probably always will) have a tendency to place little pressure on ... Read on »
Underthinking It by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking For someone who used to spend hours (literally) a day thinking about food– What will I have for breakfast? What will I have for breakfast tomorrow? Wh ... Read on »
Eggs Baked In Bell Peppers by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking By now we know you can bake an egg in a squash …but did you know you can bake an egg in a bell pepper? You may or may not have known this, but I thought it was ... Read on »
Spicy Pineapple Thai Curry with Eggplant by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I had been dying to get my hands (mouth?) on the Pineapple Curry from Simply Thai in Louisville ever since the first time I remember seeing Brittany blog about it –mo ... Read on »
Eggless Summer Vegetable Quiche with Nut-Free Herb Cracker Crust by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking When it was my turn to once again cook dinner for The Bachelorette night… …I knew that the fresh produce at the farmer’s market would be my inspiration. I a ... Read on »
Botched Blanching & Ginger Lime Broccoli by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Well, I botched my first attempt at actually blanching a green vegetable. Of course, I didn’t do it 100% the way one is suppose to, as plunging into an ice bath ... Read on »
Cilantro & Chili Lime Almond Creamy Pesto by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking I get a lot of weird ideas. Like, “What if I solved the age old question of what to do with the massive amount of leftover cilantro in the fridge (minus the three ... Read on »
My Old Kentucky Home (Away From Home) by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking The old delightful Kentucky home of Miss Brittany truly has become a home away from home for me… …and last weekend I was able to spend some much needed time ... Read on »
Butternut & Bean Enchiladas by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking During the last season of The Bachelor, my friends Andrea and Brian hosted a small group every Monday and–unless we forced snacks or drinks upon entry into their home, ... Read on »
Strawberry Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Plagued by multiple days of stomach troubles–and seeking something to blame–I have begun questioning my tolerance of fresh pineapple. However, much as I will eat yo ... Read on »
Green Tea Edamame Yogurt Dip [Recipe Redux] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking When I saw the theme of this month’s Recipe Redux , I thought, “Well that’s just perfectly timed, now isn’t it?” After all, I still had a bunch of the Green Tea M ... Read on »
National Strawberry Picking Day by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking A few weeks ago, I blogged about my belief that I have never been strawberry picking –although that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying all things strawberry, from Strawb ... Read on »
Chilly Cheribundi [Smoothie Packs Review] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Apparently the good folks at Cheribundi received some sort of sign about my unceasing  smoothie obsession. Maybe they were just so excited about my Christmasti ... Read on »
Apple Butter BBQ Sauce by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Sometimes I hoard food I’m scared I’ll never be able to find again. Which doesn’t make a lot of sense, when you think about it….because you might not even WANT to e ... Read on »
Flip, Flop, Flapjacked [Protein Pancakes] by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Flip… FLOP Flap! (Jacked) Unlike Ricky Bobby’s kids , however, these pancakes are NOT all jacked up on Mountain Dew, but instead the protein pow ... Read on »
Green Tea Almond Butter by TheSmartCook Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Cooking Every now and then I make a nut butter that is an unflattering shade of poo olive. This happens when you use green nuts, or seeds… …or matcha powder. ... Read on »