Meet Ali

Ali Maffucci of Inspiralized

[Photo by Unique Lapin Photography]

First off, everyone calls me Ali (but Alissandra is my real name) True to my Italian American background, I love everything food – cooking, eating, reading food blogs, dining out, sharing my food pictures and entertaining friends. I’m definitely that obnoxious person at the table next to you Instagramming their meal before digging in. To me, nothing is better than having an unforgettable meal at a newly discovered restaurant…. especially when you live near one of the greatest culinary cities in the world: NEW YORK CITY.

Read this post and find out how I discovered the spiralizer in March of 2013 and how it completely changed my life.

When I’m not in the kitchen cooking for Inspiralized, you can find me traveling, reading cooking magazines, dreaming at a coffee shop, walking around NYC with my DSLR, exercising so that I can eat chocolate later, and spending time with my family in New Jersey. You can follow my personal journey over at @alissandramaffucci.

I have a passion for healthy eating and exercise and share my fitness journey through my healthy fit Instagram @GetInspiralized, where you can follow along to my weight loss story. Also, read this post about how I lost 25 pounds by eating Inspiralized and exercising! Through eating Inspiralized, consistent exercise and a balance, I truly believe that I am the healthiest version of myself and hope to inspire others to feel their best, always.

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[Photo credit: Unique Lapin Photography]

What are my hopes and dreams? To become a culinary star, of course! I want to bring spiralizing to the masses and show everyone that eating healthy is fun and doesn’t have to be boring or predictable. One day, I’d love to become involved with promoting nutritional education in schools through cooking and teaching.

On June 20, 2015, I married the love of my life, Lu (which I reference a lot on this blog!) You can check out a recap of our wedding here. Many of my recipes are designed for one or two to encourage couples to cook healthy meals together! Men do like vegetables…. especially when you trick them into eating them!

Our Wedding, Part 1: Getting Ready & The First Look

Oh, I almost forgot the most important part: On June 25, 2013, I quit my job in corporate America. That evening, I bought the Inspiralized.com domain and on the morning of June 26, 2013, I walked into a local Starbucks and started blogging! I’m taking a stab at pursuing my dreams. Thanks for taking part in my journey….

I would love to hear from you. I’m always available at ali(at)inspiralized(dot)com. Currently, I live in Jersey City, NJ.

As my mother has always told me, treat others as you would like to be treated.

Can’t wait to hear from you! 

Comments

  1. Made the apple pecan spinach salad tonight, one of my favorites to date and I usually make my own dressing too. The t shirt is adorable , but doubt ‘the girls” will fit heehee! I began following Lu for no particular reason other than I like your adventures and recipes, but I hope he’s not freaked out by strangers. I can delete if so, when I figure that one out. Keep doing what you do, and I keep cooking too on this end. Be well.

  2. Ali, your such a lovely gal. You must get the white “meet ali” box off your face (or at least the line off your nose :-)

  3. Hi Ali,
    I am the grandma of a wonderful 7 year old with type 1 Diabetes. Since she is not the greatest eater in the world and isn’t particularly fond of vegetables, a brainstorm (maybe only a little drizzle) hit me. Let’s do the Spiralizing thing. So without further ado, I will be ordering one. The only problem I have is which one do you suggest. I have watched all your videos and have perused your web site. I understand there are a dozen Spiralizing machines out there at all different price levels. I have read reviews on Amazon and mostly everyone is in awe with the machine. Do I get the 3 blade or the 4 blade? And is the 4 blade available. Which of the two would you suggest?

  4. My hepatologist recently suggested that I try gluten free to help deal with my autoimmune disease. I love to cook, and was so excited when I came across your book today at Barnes and Noble. I had tried using a smaller version of a spiralizer and have used with zucchini, which I have enjoyed. I am very much looking forward to trying your delicious recipes. I have also ordered the spiralizer that you have on your website, can’t wait until it arrives.

  5. Ali,
    I’ve really enjoyed reading about your inspiralzied journey…it’s helped me decide to make some changes in my life too. I’m getting incredibly anxious for my inspiralizer to come in the mail, and my boyfriend and I have joined a CSA for the summer so we will have plenty of veggies on hand to try out all your recipes. I haven’t dug too deep into the blog but I was wondering if you have anything about weekly meal prep. I find it easier to eat better if I can prep my lunches on Sunday night and just grab them each morning (I’m currently on a ‘mason jar salad’ kick). I look forward to keeping up with everything you are doing to help improve yourself and the lives of your followers :)

  6. Paula Robinson :

    Do you use organic and non GMO Products in your cookbook?

  7. My mouth is watering at all the wonderful recipes. But I have not received my Inspiralizer yet :( Ordered the four blade version from your site in March, not sure of the date but I do believe it was before March 19. I am sad. When can I expect it?

  8. I love that your recipes are mainly for 2 people. We’ve had a hard time adjusting to not cooking for kids anymore. I Loooove your recipes, I’ve never seen my husband eat so many veggies and like them too. Thanks for all the work you put into this it really can be life changing. :)

  9. I think you are a very lovely lady.

  10. Ali, I bought your cookbook four times already with spiralizers to give as gifts. I, too, fell in love with the spiralizer about 2 years ago, and use it probably 3-4 times per week. My brother just sent me a copy of your cookbook that was signed by you and addressed to me! What a great wedding present from a brother that knows me so well. :) I hope your wedding/honeymoon were everything you wanted them to be!

  11. Hello,

    I love your blog a lot. I just ordered my spiralizer yesterday and I can’t wait to use it. Just like you, I am trying to live a much healthier life. I actually joined Weight Watcher’s back in April of this year. I am on a good start. I have lost from 300 pounds down to 260. Sure, I still have a ways to go, but I am working on it and making it happen. Just like you I love to cook and eat out. I feel that I am in a hot spot of great cooking here in Austin, Texas. I don’t think that many people think of Texas as being a hot spot for fine cuisine, but if you come to Texas I would love to show you that we have great food here as well. Your wedding picture is beautiful. I actually just married my partner of 9 years. I just wanted to leave you a post and thank you for all the wonderful recipes that you share with us. I can’t wait to try some of them for myself.

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  14. I just bought a spiralizer and love it! I found this post because I saw you liked my picture on instagram, and now I am your newest blog subscriber :) My husband loves the recipes too. Do you have a kids related cookbook? I work with children throughout the country on obesity prevention and nutrition education and your recipes would be perfect for them!

    Would you be open to us distributing some of your recipes or cookbook to kids/schools/parents/teachers?

  15. Hello Ali…very new to spiralizing..bought your book…really impressed…love cooking …a new adventure for me x

  16. Hi Ali, I just received my spiralizer and your cookbook.. I quickly looked at recipes and they all look amazing. I am excited to start changing my eating/cooking habits with gorgeous healthy foods. I’m Celiac and wondered if the recipes in your cook book (Inspiraized) are gluten free. Thank you, barb

  17. Hi Ali Maffucci,
    I purchased my spiralizer and the salesperson told me to check out your blog for recipes, that is when I saw your name and I became even more excited to begin spiralizing, I figured it was destined to be!
    In the past month I have spiralized almost every meal many shared with family and friends. I have inspired my two daughters to buy spiralizers and and my Italian father is now asking me for zucchini noodles, and my college aged son thinks he needs a spiralizer ( he never ate veggies before I spiralized them).
    I wanted to write and say thanks for the great recipes I purchased your first cookbook, and I am looking forward to your second cookbook.
    from a fellow Maffucci, and Italian cook, thank you!

  18. I love the part in your bio about quitting your corporate job. I’ve been trying to muster up the courage to do that for years upon years. Everyone says its irresponsible to quit a job without having another lined up, and even when I assure them that I have money saved up, everyone still points out that money can go really fast when you’re not bringing any income in and that hiring managers don’t like seeing gaps in a resume and that explaining that I just wanted to take a risk and not work for awhile is not an acceptable answer. These are all logical objections, but it’s terrifying to think that if I don’t take the chance that 5 years could go by and I could still be in the exact same place. And its really hard to get in the mindset of doing something totally different when you are still in the day to day grind of your current job/life/stresses. Anyways, I commend you for taking that leap! Glad to see it all panned out for you! And I think the spirilizer may be my new favorite thing, although I just purchased one and its still sitting in the box, can’t wait to try it with sweet potatoes!

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