Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Shaved Asparagus and Shrimp

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Shaved Asparagus and Shrimp

I keep getting asked by people, “So, what are you going to do about maternity leave?”

“Maternity leave” is a funny and complicated concept when you run your own business.

While I haven’t decided on how much time I’m going to take off or how I’m going to work once the baby boy (!!) comes, I have thought about the content on this blog. I have some interesting twists I’m going to be adding in the future, but most importantly, I’m going to start re-photographing and sprucing up older posts to repurpose them/give them some love.

Let me explain why that’s a good thing!

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Spiralized Potato Breakfast Frittata with Sausage and Peas

Spiralized Potato Breakfast Frittata with Sausage and Peas

What better way to start your Sunday off than with a filling, healthy frittata?

I’ll never get bored of making frittatas with spiralized veggies. There are so many different flavor combinations, and veggie noodles are such a great way of sneaking veggies into your day, first-thing in the morning!

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What is the difference between the Inspiralizer and the Spiralizer?

What is the difference between the Inspiralizer and the Spiralizer?

After perhaps the 1,000-th time I’ve received an e-mail from a frustrated “customer” chewing me out for not being able to replace their “lost spiralizer blades” or not delivering upon the promise of a free julienne peeler I “promised to send upon purchase,” I couldn’t take it anymore and had to address it on this blog. So, I apologize for those who were expecting a #livinginspiralized post today, I’ll resume next week!

I’m just so tired of getting nasty e-mails from “customers” telling me that “Inspiralized sells junk” or that we have “horrible customer service” and that we “never pick up our help line listed on the sheet included with the spiralizer.”

Why am I tired of this?

Well, because all of these e-mails are from confused spiralizer users who purchased a cheap spiralizer on Amazon and figured I had something to do with it because of my name “Inspiralized” or unfortunately, they thought they were ordering the Inspiralizer.

We don’t have losable blades because they’re all contained within the Inspiralizer, we don’t promise to send any julienne peelers (we don’t do gimmicks), and we don’t even have a help line nor do we have a sheet included, just a thorough 12 page manual. And, we pride ourselves in our customer service, it’s what we focus on all day!

Today, once and for all, I’m clarifying – what the Inspiralizer is and what a “spiralizer” is. And giving away an Inspiralizer!

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Turkey Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles

Turkey Bolognese with Zucchini Noodles

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I eat my “Bikini Bolognese” every other week, at the very least.

It’s what Lu requests for dinner most nights, and since I try to eat primarily plant-based, I like to keep it to every other week, but I must admit, my body does crave it too!

So what’s the difference between my Bikini Bolognese (found in my first cookbook) and this recipe?

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Chicken Meatball Parmigiana and Sweet Potato Noodle Bake

Chicken Meatball Parmigiana and Sweet Potato Noodle Bake

Chicken Parmigiana, meet Spaghetti and Meatballs.

Spaghetti and Meatballs, meet the sweet potato and the Inspiralizer.

Today’s recipe has two major comfort food dishes in one, made healthier, thanks to the Inspiralizer.

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Spiralized Beets with Hummus and Arugula

Spiralized Beets with Hummus and Arugula

Happy Easter, to all of those who celebrate!

I got very much in the spirit this year and bought the cutest little Easter-themed decorations, serving wear, and of course: pastel colored candies!

Today, I’m bringing you an easy dish to make to serve to guests at a gathering, like Easter! And heck, if you’re running behind and need an extra idea for your Easter table: try this recipe!

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Healthy Diet and Fitness Q&A

Healthy Diet & Fitness Q&A

When thinking of today’s theme for my #livinginspiralized series, there were so many questions I was receiving and I felt bad not answering more by answering a single question/topic.

Therefore, today’s post is more of a “Q&A” where I am answering a bunch of your submitted questions!

You may see your question here and if you don’t, leave your question in the comments and I’ll be answering them as best I can. Or, you can always email me your questions so I have them and can save them for future Q&A series, if this proves popular!
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Chicken and Leek Soup with Carrot Noodles

Chicken and Leek Soup with Carrot Noodles

Remember that time I teased on Instagram after filming with Katie Couric and her husband for an episode of Sur La Table‘s web series, Full Plate?

Well, now the episode is live!

Watch me teach Katie Couric (I know, crazy, right?!) how to spiralize with the Inspiralizer and make a delicious cold-blasting soup, perfect for those spring sniffles!

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Spiralized Butternut Squash Leek Risotto

Spiralized Butternut Squash Leek Risotto

After taking off four days from the gym (which I haven’t done in over a year), it has felt so great to get my blood flowing the past couple of days with workouts.

This morning, I woke up at 6:15am to make it to the gym by 6:30am for my workout, and I feel so ready to conquer this Monday and this week!

There’s nothing like a good sweat to start your day or week off right. Hello, endorphins!

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Thai Zucchini Noodles

Thai Zucchini Noodles

What a whirlwind of a past couple of weeks it has been!

I have been doing a lot of traveling lately and last night, I said, “I’m going to let my body wake up whenever it wakes itself up.”

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Overcoming Exercise Guilt + Finding a Healthy Balance

Overcoming Exercise Guilt

I’m on a flight on my way to San Francisco right now to spend the week with the Facebook team, learning about how Facebook and Instagram can help grow your small business!

I’m so excited to be part of this select group of business owners, and I can’t wait to see the Facebook HQ!

Since I had some extra time on the flight, I wanted to really dive deep into today’s #livinginspiralized feature. I’m talking about exercise guilt.
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Spiralized Zucchini Fritters

Spiralized Zucchini Fritters

Before I get into today’s recipe, I want to thank you all one last time for all your kind, sweet, loving messages after my big announcement.

Lu and I are so thrilled to be pregnant, and we were overwhelmed by all the outpouring of love we felt from all of you. I know this is a food blog and many of you come here for the recipes, so I was so humbled by all the amazing support.

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I’m 30 and have some very, very special news

Yesterday, I turned the big 3-0. I’m officially in my 30s! If you asked me how I’d be spending my 30th birthday four months ago, I would’ve told you, “At a club with my friends, sippin’ champagne!”

So what changed? What happened these past four months? Well, I’m certainly not drinking alcohol. Heck, I’m not even drinking coffee!

Have you guessed it yet? My very, very special news?

EEK!

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My Bedroom Makeover + Giveaway

Last year, after living in our apartment for almost two full years, I felt it was time to make it our own (Lu and I, that is). As a couple, we’ve developed our own personal style together – a vibe we like, colors we like, ambiance we like.

When we first moved in together, it was all his furniture from his old apartment, since I didn’t have any of my own that was worth keeping. His furniture and decor was dark and just too masculine.

Today, I’m sharing with you another area of our home I redecorated: our bedroom, our most private, cozy space! If you want to see the full before and after, you can see that today on alissandrab.

I’m also giving away gift cards to Minted, for those of you looking to spruce up your place with some artwork – or heck, need some stationary (they’re the best!)
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Farro, Roasted Cauliflower Salad and Pear Noodle with Parmesan-Lemon Dressing

Farro, Roasted Cauliflower Salad and Pear Noodle with Parmesan-Lemon Dressing

My favorite way to eat farro is with loads of veggies, nuts, and a hint of sweetness, either from dried fruit or like here, with fresh spiralized pears.

Farro is a hearty grain that was a huge part of the diets of the ancient Romans. Now, considering the ancient Romans built masterpieces like the Colosseum, I’d say they were properly fueled.

Today, I’m sharing a group-friendly spiralized meal that’s great for potlucks, having friends over for dinner, meal prepping, or for holidays, such as this upcoming Easter, if you celebrate!

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Zucchini Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce, Peas and Roasted Artichokes

Zucchini Fettuccine with Tomato Cream Sauce, Peas and Roasted Artichokes

Yesterday night, I got home from a weekend trip to Winston-Salem, NC for an alumni event at my alma mater, Wake Forest University.

It was a great weekend full of nostalgia, good eats, exploring, and showing my husband this part of my life he never knew about. We even drove to Chapel Hill, NC, one of my favorite college towns, to grab lunch and walk around.

When we got back to our apartment around 10:30pm last night, I crashed!

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