01/03
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Cozy Snow Day

Snowy days like today ( thanks Winter Storm Hercules) make me want to hunker down, stay indoors and eat warm comforting food. It is freezing cold outside and with a baby at home there is really no where worth trekking to. I got my workout in this morning and plan on spending the rest of the day cuddling my small person and cooking food for the weekend. These days I try and prepare recipes that all of us can enjoy. Hermione has started eating lunch everyday and loves to experiment with a variety of vegetables. So far her favorites include root vegetable “fries”, green smoothies and kale pesto. She really is my daughter!

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Alignyo’s Plant-tastic Holiday Dinner Menu

I can’t believe Christmas is next week! Our tree is up and decorated, my shopping is done, Hermione’s first Christmas presents are all wrapped. Seriously, where did 2013 go?

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I am all about beauty foods that make you both feel and look good! Last winter, I was thrilled to be asked to appear on Nikita Chopra’s new show, Naturally Beautiful on Veria Living and share some of my favorite beautifying recipes. I was quite pregnant at the time and vividly remember scrambling to find a dress that both fit over my belly AND was TV worthy!

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World Vegan Day

Happy World Vegan Day! I can’t think of a better day to come after Halloween. Whether you overindulged in candy or not, today is a great day to reset and get back to healthier, cleaner eating habits! As I am always saying, being healthy does not have to be hard work. You do not have to go on a 30 day juice cleanse in order to take good care of your body. If you focus your everyday diet around plant based foods you will find that you will be out of the “detox to retox” cycle. So get rid of all that candy ( here are some places to donate it ) and move on with your life. I promise, once it is gone you won’t miss those bite size bars of sugary poison!

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02/04
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Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai

I love Thai food. In college there was a Thai restaurant near my school that my friends and I would frequent for birthdays, girl’s nights and various other special occasions. If you ever lived in Boston I am sure you know about Brown Sugar! Being a very busy college student going out to restaurants was not something that happened that frequently, but when it did we almost always went out for Thai. Sadly I have yet to find a Thai restaurant in NYC that satisfies my cravings. There are the not so scenic take out and delivery spots, and some very high end ones but I have yet to find a Thai restaurant I would actually want to sit down and eat in!

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Sweet Potato Noodles With Creamy Butternut Sage Sauce

Somehow the lovely, almost spring like weather we were experiencing this weekend morphed into frigid cold overnight. Thank goodness I finally bit the bullet and bought a super warm maternity parka over the weekend. Zipping my current coat over anything more than a tank top has started to become difficult! Everyone keeps promising me I will turn into a furnace and be nice and toasty while pregnant but so far I am just as cold as always! With a trip to Colorado coming up in February and several months of NYC winter ahead I could no longer scrape by without buying something specifically made for my growing belly. The funny thing I discovered in my search for maternity outerwear is that there are not a lot of super warm options. Tons of capes, pea coats and trenches but surprisingly few garments designed to actually endure winter! Guess every other pregnant lady on the planet besides me becomes naturally warm and toasty? Read more

01/16
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Asian Comfort Food

Comfort food. Everyone has their own version. Some people love a big, hot bowl of pasta. Some crave soup. Some can only feel comforted by the cinnamon toast their mom made them as a child. For me, comfort food is anything warm with an Asian flavor profile. Growing up in Manhattan on Chinese food I have fond memories of my family gathered around white takeout containers of sesame noodles, moo shoo something or other, and various other greasy, heavy foods. Despite being an incredibly clean eater now, sometimes I still crave the comfort food of my youth.

 

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12/03
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Cauliflower Purée

Are their certain movies you could watch over and over? Some guilty pleasure you have to pause on every time it’s on cable? While I tend to like movies and shows I have not seen before, Doug has several movies that he has watched thousands of times. If Knocked Up, I Love You Man or The Preacher’s Wife is on he just can’t look away. Maybe it’s a male female thing? Maybe I just bore easily?

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11/15
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Roasted Sunchokes

Is it just me or does the holiday season come faster and faster each year? I always thought that the holidays started with Thanksgiving, but recently as soon as Halloween is over I see gift guides and holiday menu ideas everywhere I turn! Every morning my inbox is full of websites promising me they have the perfect gift for everyone on my list.

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10/22
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Parsnip Steak

As October starts to wrap up (crazy!) I find myself deep into the fall food zone. I am sipping Pumpkin Pie Smoothies, perfecting my Pumpkin Spice Granola (available soon- stay tuned!), and starting to think about Thanksgiving dishes. We may end up spending Thanksgiving at a restaurant this year (for various reasons) but that doesn’t mean I’m not working on an artillery of fall dishes for the surrounding weeks!

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