Friday Foodie – Alyssa of Everyday Maven

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It’s Friday! Besides being a really awesome day, it’s also when we get to meet a new food blogger. Today we have Alyssa of Everyday Maven. She is one of the amazing, truly inspiring food bloggers who you can totally relate to. At least I do! I have put on a lot of weight recently and I could blame a lot of things, but ultimately it is me and my choices.

Alyssa has struggled with this and masters how to pick yourself up and make the necessary food choices that still taste great, but are better for me (and you), that and portion control! Her recipes and a few others are going to get me back under control!

Let’s meet Alyssa!

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[1] Have you always been a foodie, or is that something you grew into?

My mom is a classically trained French Chef so I grew up learning how to cook and to appreciate food. Playing with ingredients and recipes was just part of what we did!.

[2] How and why did you begin your blog?

I started Everyday Maven in 2011 after I had my first son. I had a ton of baby weight to lose and decided to go to Weight Watchers. The program made sense to me but the food that was encouraged did not (low fat, artificial ingredients, preservatives, etc.). So, I began creating my own whole food, Weight Watchers friendly recipe to share with other like-minded people.

As my personal eating has evolved, so has Everyday Maven. While the recipes I share still have the Weight Watchers Points Plus listed as a service to some of my readers, I no longer follow the program or subscribe to it. I have found that a real food diet, low in refined carbs and sugars is best for my body. Many of my recipes are naturally Paleo, Primal, Low Carb and Low Glycemic. They are mostly gluten free, grain free and dairy free.

[3] What’s your favorite thing to make/cook?

Soup! Some of my favorites are Chicken Sausage Soup with Vegetables (kind of like my kitchen sink soup), Punjabi Style Chicken Soup with Cabbage, Vegetarian Hot & Sour Soup, Creamy Parsnip Soup with Sausage and Greens and of course almost any kind of chili – right now it’s this Steak Chili.

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Pumpkin Carrot Soup with Curried Pumpkin Seeds from Olive and Herb (recipe here).

[4] What is your favorite thing to eat?

Probably anything Asian.

[5] What is your comfort food?

Asian food, soup, baked potato skin, cheese, and something salty and crunchy.

Asian-Food

[6] Describe your perfect food day?

Great question! I am sitting here a little over 5 months pregnant as I answer this so my current tastes are very clearly influencing this question.

A simple breakfast at home of scrambled eggs with truffle salt, fresh avocado and some type of vegetable paired with a mug of hot tea.

Lunch would have to be a Chinese feast. There is a healthy Chinese restaurant in Philadelphia, PA (my hometown) that I am thinking of. Hot and Sour Soup, Chicken Soong (chopped chicken and vegetables you wrap in crisp lettuce leaves), Steamed Chicken Wonton’s, Spicy Beef and Broccoli and some type of interesting Shrimp dish. Served with some steamed white rice and hot chili oil.

Dinner would have to be Indian, Thai or Mexican. Something hot and spicy with layers and layers of flavor.

Fran's Caramels
Image courtesy of Fran’s

I am not a huge dessert person but love a little something sweet like Salted Dark Chocolate Caramels from Fran’s Chocolates after a good meal. My other favorite snack is organic popcorn popped in butter or olive oil with more melted butter on it and nutritional yeast.

[7] What are three other blogs that inspire you?

Gourmande in The Kitchen

Chew Town

Food To Glow

[8] Do you have advice for bloggers just starting out?

Don’t try to master everything at once. Get your own domain. Make sure you have a queue of finished posts not only posted (4 to 5 posted) but ready to be published so you can begin posting on a somewhat dependable schedule.

Trust yourself and don’t try to be like everyone else. Your voice and style are what will make you stand out!

Thanks Alyssa!

Keep up with Alyssa’s tasty tidbits on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and of course by visiting Everyday Maven.

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13 Comments

  1. Nuresha Perera
    September 19, 2014

    looks perfect

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  2. Dorothy Boucher
    September 19, 2014

    these are all so yummy and my favorite would have to be salads because like soups you can add anything to a salad.. thanks for sharing and love that smile 🙂

    Reply
    1. Andi Fisher
      September 19, 2014

      @Dorothy, it’s so true, these days salads are so original, gone are the iceberg lettuce, thousand island and carrot days!

      Reply
  3. Alyssa (Everyday Maven)
    September 20, 2014

    Thanks so much for featuring me Andi! I hope you have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    Reply
  4. Shannon
    September 20, 2014

    I also love spicy food. Spicy food is the best to me.

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 20, 2014

      @Shannon, me too! What’s your favorite kind?

      Reply
  5. Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    September 20, 2014

    I met Alyssa at IFBC and she is so real and genuine! I bonded with her immediately – and I can tell you why everyone loves her – because she writes beautifully and you can totally relate to her and her story! So glad to see her featured here, and I’m blessed to know her!

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 21, 2014

      @Kristi, I have met some amazing bloggers at conferences who have become lifelong friends. Alyssa has been so gracious over email. I was supposed to be at IFBC, sad that I missed the opportunity to meet her.

      Reply
  6. Nuresha Perera
    September 22, 2014

    i love spicy food

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    1. Andi Fisher
      September 22, 2014

      @Nuresha, me too!

      Reply
  7. Linda Manns Linneman
    October 16, 2014

    I love Asian food also. I just am not that great of a cook. It has to be simple and using the things that I have heard of. Some of the recipes out there call for things I wouldn’t even know where to get let alone know what it is. Thank you for sharing

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    1. Andi Fisher
      October 16, 2014

      @Linda, I hear you! Sometimes it is easier to just go to restaurant for some food from other cultures as they are going to make it far better than I am!

      Reply
  8. Amy Green
    October 3, 2016

    I checked out her website. Thanks for the link! It is always a fun challenge to find food that is both good for you and still tastes delicious. This will really come in handy.

    Reply

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