About Me

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Heather! I’m a 26 year old single gal living in Clarksville, TN with my cat Tiger. I’m a CAT scan technologist at the local hospital by day (well, unless I’m on night shifts) and a self-proclaimed home chef by night!

I just recently got to a point in my life where I don’t have a million and one things going on at once. I finally sat down one day and decided it was time to see what I enjoy in life and do more of it. It didn’t take me long after stumbling across my first food/healthy living blog to see that food is definitely my passion. I started trying out a couple of recipes I found on the blogs and the next thing I knew wheels were turning and I had all these incredible food creations. I wanted to start a blog to be able to log these creations and share them with others.

I think of myself as a clean-eating cook. I like to use fresh ingredients and try to stay away from over-processed foods, refined sugars, and salt. It really is amazing how well food can taste with the right spice combinations…you don’t even think to add salt (or sugar depending on the dish). I’m definitely not a picky eater which makes experimenting in the kitchen even more of an adventure. I will try anything once!

I don’t really believe in labeling yourself by the food that you eat. I really don’t eat a lot of meat, but I also don’t intentionally leave it out of my diet. Some weeks I eat mostly veggies and grains and some weeks I eat chicken…just because I can! ;)

I hope to help inspire people to prepare fresh and healthy meals. I strongly believe in the adage “you are what you eat.” Hope you like what you see and well, if you don’t…you can kiss my broccoli! ;)

121 Responses to About Me

  1. janetha says:

    welcome to bloggin’! i love clean eating so i cant wait to see what you cook up and post :)

  2. lindsay says:

    great perspective! I love the way your enjoy clean healthy eating.
    Cheers,
    LC

  3. Priyanka says:

    Hey, Heather small world, I live in Knoxville. Hello fellow Tennesseean! Nice blog, looking forward to reading more!

    • Hello! So glad you found me! Funny, I actually had some family living in Knoxville till last summer when they moved closer to us. I love it there tho…and so close to the mountains!

  4. Anastasia says:

    I found your blog through bloglovin and really enjoy it! I’m from Knoxville too :] Small world!

    I’m really bad at cooking/coming up with recipe ideas so I look forward to using some of your recipes in the future! I also try to stay away from processed foods and am trying to cut out sugars.

  5. haha I love you motto girl!

  6. SweetLikeTea says:

    Hey!
    Thanks for the comment on my blog!
    Wordpress may cause me to pull out my hair; but hopefully we can figure it out together!
    your blog looks great
    Micah

  7. Just found your blog. Love the name! :) Welcome to the blogworld!

  8. I totally agree — you are what you eat. I too strive to eat “clean.” It is SO cool to “meet” others out there with the same goals!!

  9. Kristina says:

    LOVE your blog! Glad I found it!!!

  10. That is a funny motto! I’m with ya and know how stressful hospitals can be!

  11. Jenny says:

    Found your blog. Great to “meet” you :D Will definitely be subscribing

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  13. Hi! Just found your blog! I too believe that with the right spices, you can create a beautiful and nutritious dish. :) Love your pictures as well!

    • Thank you so much Parita! It really is all about creativity and trusting yourself in the kitchen, isn’t it? Eating nutritiously is not as hard as people make it out to be!

  14. Jennifer Neu says:

    My name is Jennifer I’m the lucky individual who got the opportunity to share the Arbonne Essentials with Carrie and her blog. I send products to individuals regularly to allow them to see if they are right for them. I’d love the opportunity to share them with you! Looking forward to hearing from you!

  15. CH says:

    Discovered your blog through HEAB and excited to read more. :)

  16. Mama Pea says:

    Just wanted to say hi! :)

  17. Kelsey says:

    I’m addicted to your blog, I find myself on here more often than i’d like to admit lol. Now that i will have more time I have to plan on making some of your recipes. So happy you made this blog, thank you thank you thank you. XOXOXO <3

    • Girl, you’re gonna make my face start hurting from smiling so big! And no, thank you! My little bloggy would be nothing if it wasn’t for you and all my other faithful readers! Love ya!

  18. ooh great blog concept/title! Love it! I love your new home too- kick asss kitchen!

  19. Lindsay says:

    very cute blog. I just spent some time browsing some of your recipes. Love it! :)

  20. I used to live in Clarksville, TN (well, technically Ft. Campbell, KY), but everything I did was in Clarksville.
    I just found your blog and I’m glad I did. I can’t wait to read more of your posts. :-)

  21. luceen says:

    i like ur blog i wiah u have facebook

  22. Lexi Chambers says:

    Hey Heather – so I’m kinda new to this blogging thing, in fact, this is my first time! I too live in TN. I’ve always loved eating good food. There is nothing quite like the way really exquisite food can make you close your eyes and forget where you are for a moment!! I’m 27 and recently divorced. I was too depressed for a long time to cook for myself. (anything other than fishsticks or peanut butter and jelly!) But my heart is on the mend, and my appetite (for food and life!) is SLLOOOOWLY returning! haha. So I wanted to say thank you for your blog! I can’t wait to read more!!

    • Thank you so much for popping in and saying hello Lexi! It’s amazing how similar our stories sound. My love of the kitchen (and enjoying food in general) was the first thing to go when depression reared its ugly head during my divorce. It took me a long time before I was able to find joy in anything again. I remember that time when I started to come around and “see the light at the end of the tunnel” if you will. Stick with it girl, I promise it DOES get better!

      If you ever need to talk about anything, I’ve always been a good listener. I know one of the biggest problems I had going through my divorce was finding someone just to listen (and not bash my ex). I’m just an email away!

  23. Hi Heather! I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself because we have mutual blog “friends” :-) I’ve only been blogging for a few months and I just started reading your blog shortly after that. I have been truly LOVING it. And I just thought it was about time that I comment and let you know that I think you’re awesome and I absolutely love your blog :) Thanks so much!

  24. Hi Heather!

    Thank you so, so much for your help! I’m happy I’ve found your blog now! :D :D :D

    I’m very sorry that I needed so long for a proper response and thank you, especially given your support! These days, I have a little technical trouble (my laptop died last weekend), so I’m not as present in the blog sphere as I’d like to be. I’ll be back to your blog with a vengeance as soon as I have a new laptop, hopefully by the end of the week.

    Have a happy day!
    Kath

    • You’re very welcome Kath! I hope you are getting enough feedback to help with your thesis. It’s a very interesting topic! Good luck with getting the new laptop!

      • It’s going quite well, thank you for asking! :) And I’ve borrowed a notebook from a friend, so I’m back in the net now and about to hop over to your homepage.

        Love your food philosophy, btw! The “You are what you eat”, and freeing yourself from labels. :)

  25. Alexandra says:

    I just found your blog through Pumped for Pumpkin and I LOVE IT! AHH your foods are delicious and droolworthy and I just love your broccoli-kissin awesomeness. Can’t wait to read more! :)

  26. Cute blog name, makes me smile.

    You take really good pictures. I just read the post about protein pancake. I have protein pancake recipes and then there are days where I want shortcut and just add protein powder to Kodiak pancake mix and call it breakfast. It satisfies me the same.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you Lea! I just took a quick look at your blog and I can’t wait to see more! You have some pretty stunning photographs as well!

  27. Hey girl, nice to meet ya!! Thanks for following me on twitter because it lead me to your blog and I love it! I love your blog title too :-) lol and I love your food philosophy too. I hate the feeling of being labeled when it comes to food. Sometimes I won’t eat meet for a while, and other times I’ll eat a ton of chicken and turkey! Whatever makes me feel good!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you Lisa! And thanks for stopping by! I don’t think we should ever live our lives according to our food. Eat what you love for yourself and no one else! <3

  28. Jenn says:

    Oh I am SOOO excited I just came across your blog! You are right up my alley – I love to cook and eat clean and agree that the right spices make things so yummy. Plus, how much better do you feel for including all those clean, nutritious foods in your diet? Since I started eating clean, I noticed so many benefits and feel amazing. Very happy to add your blog to my google reader… I’d been searching for another healthy, fun blog recently!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Welcome Jenn! I’m so glad you found me too! Thanks for taking the time to say hey! So true how much better you feel once weed out all the processed junk and include more “clean” foods…no more feeling “bogged down” like I did when I ate all the preservative laden stuff! Hope to see more comments from you in the future! And happy new year!

  29. Lisa says:

    Hey girl! I just found your blog and I love it! I read your “about me” and I am a CT tech, too! I work nights doing both CT’s and x-rays. I bet we could share some very interesting stories! I added you to my Google Reader since I usually read blogs from my phone.

  30. betty says:

    glad to have found you on instagram! cant wait to read more!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I just want you to know that I actually squealed when I saw your comment on here the other day…I just didn’t have the time to respond. So so glad we found each other on Instagram! I swear I never really gave Bassets a second look until I saw all your cute little pup pics! Ahhh, those ears!!!!

  31. hmmmm… what happened to your broccoli button? Did I break it? I overdid my bandwith AGAIN b/c i have too many photos and photobucket hates me so lmk if you still wanted it and i’ll tell you how to set it up on your own account so it wont crash and vanish like my shizz does ;) if you just didnt want it anymore no worries! love you mucho!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Actually, when Jay (my computer guy) and I were trying to figure out what was going on with my high CPU usage, we had to delete a few things to see if it helped. I’m not even sure if it did anything so I may try to put it back on sometime this week. I think I still have the email with the attachment saved, but I’ll let you know if I need another copy! :)

  32. Holly says:

    I just discovered your little corner of the Web here, and I’m loving it already! Thanks for sharing your blog with us. :)

  33. Michelle says:

    Hey,
    Did you think about putting an opt-in form of some sort to capture the emails of all the people who’ve been to your blog? It looks like you have a ton and there’s nothing wrong with putting together an ebook of recipes that you put together and selling it for a few measly bucks that could make you a real decent living….i’m just sayin….

  34. Hey girlie! Question, where do you host your blog?

  35. Zeniram says:

    I saw your coconut pancake recipe. It looks delicious! However, my husband is allergic to all sorts of nuts. What can I substitute for almond milk?

  36. Hi Heather, I just recently found you through Instagram however, this is my first visit to your blog…just wanted to let you know I’m loving it! Hope you’re having a great 4th!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Yay! Thanks so much for popping in to say hello! I am totally loving how many new blogs I’m discovering from Instagram lately…and NOW, I’m off to check out yours! :)

  37. Hi Heather! I just stumbled across your blog and wanted to say keep up the good work :) You have some good recipes I can’t wait to try!

  38. Lee Anne says:

    Hi Heather..I just happened on to your blog..You have some yummy looking stuff here! I just had to drop a line cuz both of my daughters live in Clarksville, TN also. That’s a LONG way from Washington State! I will be trying some of your recipes soon!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh wow! Small world, huh? Very nice to “meet” you Lee Anne! Thank you so much for taking the time to say hello! I LOVE hearing from new readers!

  39. Sue says:

    Hi Heather!

    My name is Sue, and found your blog today thru mouthwateringfoods.blogspot.com
    – it captured my interest! I’m from SlimKicker (a healthy living/fitness app), and was wondering if we can do a giveaway for your blog readers?

    Our site basically turns people’s health/fitness goals into a level up game with challenges such as quitting soda for a week. We’re looking for new challenge ideas, so was thinking of holding a contest where your readers leave a comment on a health challenge idea, and we’ll pick our favorite challenge idea, use it on our site, and give the winner either a free digital health scale, slow cooker, or digital heart monitor.

    Let me know if you’re interested by email: sue (at) slimkicker.com

    PS. You can choose not to publish this comment since it’s not really a comment, I just couldn’t find your email address =)

    Best,
    Sue

  40. Alan Drucker says:

    Love your recipes, not sure where to buy the ingredients any help is appreciated…ex

    1 Teaspoon xanthan gum
    1 Tablespoon chia seeds
    20 Drops Orange NuStevia

    Thanks Again

  41. Hi Heather.. Love the blog! Just wondering how you edit your pictures so they are collaged like side by side or a few pictures. thanks :)

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you Caroline! I started out using Picasa from Google, but recently switched to Pic Monkey since it allows for more manipulation within the collage. But the best part? They’re both FREE programs! :D

  42. Denis says:

    I’m a kissmybroccoli virgin, and I have to say, wow! Great stuff. I love cooking. I do most of it for my family. You have plenty of great recipes here and all kinds of goodness. Tough to pick just one fav. What’s on the horizon for you? Do you have any appetizers in the works? My wife and I throw a party every Christmas and we prep and prep and prep (Okay, I prep and prep and prep.) for a week to get ready for this and I’m always looking for ideas. Hit me with your best shot!

  43. Denis says:

    I meant to add, you should have your own Food Network program. Have you ever thought about going on the Next Food Network Star? You’d be great.

  44. Hi,

    I’m working on a pancake story for The Huffington Post Kitchen Daily. We are highlighting the 10-15 best pancake recipes on the web and I came across your blog post. I would love to include your recipe and photo in my piece. I couldn’t find an email address to reach out to you about it. I’d appreciate it if you could get back to me about it.
    Thanks!

    http://kissmybroccoliblog.com/2011/10/09/banana-smores-pancakes/

  45. fitfoodiele says:

    i’m just getting started with your site and i LOOOOVE what i see so far! i’m gonna be here for a while LOL. great stuff:)
    le

  46. Love your cooking style, very similar to mine! I like to get away from all the processed junk and see what I can make with FRESH ingredients as much as possible!!

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  50. Kloe says:

    Hey there,

    Just wanted to say that I love your blog! you’ve got such fab recipes, can’t wait to try them out, and a great sense of humour that had me in stitches.

    it’s so wonderful to find other bloggers who are as passionate about fitness, health and nutrition as I am:)

    keep up the fabulous work!

    Kloe xx

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thank you SO much Kloe! You seriously just made my day! :D

      Let me know if you try any of the recipes! I’d love to hear what you think!

  51. Tiffany says:

    How did I not creep on you anywhere besides IG?? Lol well now I’m following you here and on fb. Thank you for sharing your blog with the world. You definitely inspire me in the kitchen!

  52. Fast Eddie says:

    Heather,

    Just wanted to say thank you – sometimes it is easy to forget to make time for simple pleasures. I have been down lately and every once in a while I remember your website and it makes me smile every time I visit.

    It is easy to see that you are a good egg.

    Thanks for sharing your world and helping make mine a little better.

    Eddie

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, Eddie! You seriously just MADE MY DAY! That is one of the very reasons that I blog…if I hear that I’ve brightened anyone’s day even just a little, it warms my heart so much! I’m sorry to hear about you’ve been feeling down (the winter weather has been getting to me lately so I can definitely relate) but I’m SO glad I was able to be a part of lifting your spirits!

      Thank you so so much for leaving this comment!

      -Heather

      • Fast Eddie says:

        Heather,
        Doggonnit! I am sorry to read that you have been in the hurt locker of late. Sending you fast healing karma in copious quantities.

        I had a birthday on St Patty’s Day and what I really wanted for my meal that day was pancakes. Everywhere I went was pack with lines out the door, alas I never had the pancakes. Then today I remembered you are lover of grilled batter too. :) I came to get some inspiration and found your recent knee notes. As with seemingly everything, you have a way of turning it on its head and making a positive out of the situation. You are a blessing and an inspiration Heather. Hope you are healed up real soon!

        Eddie

        • kissmybroccoli says:

          Seriously hon, I didn’t think I could feel more love than I did from your last comment, but now…as I sit here with my hand to my heart, I have been proven wrong! Thank you SO much for the well wishes and ALL your kind words! I sure hope that by now, you’ve managed to indulge in a bit of cake for breakfast…I mean, it’s only fitting with a birthday and all! ;) And happy belated!!

          • Fast Eddie says:

            Wow…..I am in utter and total shock. I feel a numb sense of dread and sadness. Say it isn’t so, no more pancakes?!? Please don’t consider this “hater mail” or criticism as I am not interested in giving you grief of any kind dear lady. It is just that pancakes, poor innocent harmless dear sweet pancakes should never be a source of stress, much less dread or confessions of deep dark confessions. :) So let me assure you that regardless, I am still confessed you are a good egg, moreover I am certain that you have touched many people’s hearts along the way with your words and efforts. I appreciate that about you more than any flapjack flare ups.

            Be kind to yourself…..but someday, hopefully you will come to want to reacquaint yourself with the power and love of “skillet bread”.

            Best wishes for your continued healing with the leg and may your summer be full of love and joy from those you are around.

            Eddie

          • kissmybroccoli says:

            Oh Eddie! Thank you so so much for your kind words on my healing (getting better every day!) AND my decision to take a break! Rest assured the pancakes will eventually make they’re faithful return…my love of “skillet bread” runs TOO deep within me to deny it for long! ;)

  53. I just found your blog and I am so glad I did! I have loved going through your old posts and recipes. There are lots of gems in there I want to try! :)

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thank you so much Alaine! I always love “meeting” new readers! Please, pull up a cushy pillow and stay awhile! ;)

  54. Hi! Just found your blog and I can’t wait to try out some of your recipes! Also, I’m excited to have found a fellow Clarksville blogger! Yay!

  55. Just found your blog! Looks like you have some amazing recipes. I’m particularly excited to try some of those samoas pancakes! I’m a little pancake crazy myself!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thank you Stephanie! Seriously, the Samoas are one of my absolute favorites…those and the Ginger Pear ones totally rocked my socks! Let me know what you think if you try them! I love getting feedback! :)

  56. Hi Heather! I’ve been on a search this week to find some new food and fitness blogs to add to my reading list. Love your site and food photography! Can’t wait to start following :)

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Aww, thank you so much Kelly!! So nice to “meet” you!! Let me know if you ever have any questions! :D

  57. As simple as looking for a Chia Flour recipe for Pancakes……brought me right here. Just started “The Aztec Diet- By Dr. Bob Arnot” and found you by way of Chia seeds and what you can do with them. But, In general, you follow all the things suggested in his book, and I want to get better at cooking and buying what I will use to keep myself healthy and slimmer! Thank you for your blog Heather! Thank you very much!

    (oh, BTW, I like my broccoli with either lemon or lime juice….raw.

  58. Hi Heather! I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say hello. I’m an ultrasound technologist with a healthy living blog- yay for radiology! ;)
    I love the name of your blog too; it’s so cute!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Well hey there, Sarah! So nice to “meet” you! Oh my gosh, I’ll have to check out your blog…I think we non-nurses need to stick together! ;)

  59. Anna says:

    I happened to stumble upon your blog and have been reading your old posts and love it! You’re quite the funny one and have some great looking recipes! I’ll definitely be following you on feedly :)

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  61. lauralea Suess says:

    Love your gumption and energy! While I usually don’t trust/believe thin folks who promote and love food, I’d give you a try:)!

    How do I get on your blog?

    How do you try all those great recipes and stay thin? Do you work out like ALL the time you aren’t working or creating recipes?

    How would you compare the Incredible Greens you were saying were delicious with Green Vibrance? Is one healthier than the other? Hard to believe that Incredible Greens actually tastes good…..love the idea of paying the amount you can….wild.

    Lastly, in one of your recipes, the nutrition information stated 12 grams = # calories. OK, how in the world do grams and tablespoons coexist?

    Just tried to contact you at kissmybrocoli@gmail.com twice and it came back to me.

    that’s it!!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Hey there Lauralea! Thank you so much for your sweet comments! First off, I’m so sorry, but I just realized something happened to my email subscription plugin! I’m gonna have to do some Googling (since I know absolutely SQUAT about computers) and see what I can do to fix it! As far as your other questions go…I feel I’m pretty average when it comes to working out (3-5 days a week), but lately, since I’ve been having trouble with my knee (I had surgery back in March), I haven’t been doing much at all. Most of my recipes are fairly light and healthy, but I do indulge every once in a while…the key is moderation! ;) I’ve not heard of the Green Vibrance so I’m afraid I can’t be much help in comparing it with Incredible Greens, but I will say that out of all the superfood powders I HAVE tried, IG is by far the best tasting! Which recipe were you looking into? I know occasionally give the gram weight of protein powders (because scoop size tends to vary from brand to brand), but it could be a typo.

      And as far as the email goes…you were simply missing a “c”…happens all the time! ;)

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  63. Hey Heather! I found your blog last week and I love it! I just happened upon your recipe page and almost died when I saw your blueberry grilled cheese. We also seem to have a similar sense of humor. I look forward to reading more! Thanks for being awesome!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Awww, thank you so much! So happy you found me…always happy to hear of someone who appreciates my sometimes odd sense of humor! And for the record, I just about died when I was EATING that blueberry grilled cheese! Haha!

  64. I can’t believe I just found your blog!! I made my way here from Amy @ The Little Honey Bee.

    Great stuff! I can’t wait to read more and try some recipes :)

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Awww, yay! I LOVE hearing from new readers! Thank you so much, Deryn! I only recently discovered Amy myself! So glad you found me! :)

  65. Kath says:

    Hi Heather,

    Good Day!

    I am Kath Lynn from Iron Health Foundation. I sent an email last time but I haven’t received a reply from you. So I guess my email got lost in your inbox. We are a brand new company promoting longevity and high health condition. In our first eBook that we will launch soon, we explained the practical guidance regarding vegetarianism/veganism. We also explained the benefits of avoiding animal products.

    We are contacting people who would like to receive additional income by becoming an affiliate to our products, and since your website is receiving high amounts of traffic, you can have the opportunity to earn lots of commissioned sales with our product by promoting it in your website.

    The company will be providing everything you will need for you to get started immediately. Please reply with a Yes if you are interested.

    If you reply YES I will send you more details about my e-book but if you reply NO I will stop to email you again. So please reply just YES or NO… I really hope that we can build a strategic alliance and work together in the future.

    To our success!

    Best Regards

    Kath Lynn
    kath@ironhealthfoundation.com
    Iron Health Foundation

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh I’m sorry, I don’t recall seeing an email from you. Thank you so much for reaching out to me with this opportunity, but I’m afraid I’ll have to decline. I wish you the best of luck with your new ebook though!

  66. Dianne says:

    Love how you have branded yourself! Making the Blueberry Ice Cream today and excited! It is true you are what you eat, you need protein and a good balance and you truly show how food can be fun and fit it! Bravo — looking forward to trying more from you! ♥ DIanne

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh wow! Thank you so so much Diane! You just made my day! I hope you enjoyed the blueberry ice cream…definitely one of my favorite summertime snacks! :)

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