Why did you start this blog?

I had gained an insane amount of weight with my first pregnancy (60+ pounds). It seems I lost my sense of portion control somewhere between the hormones, organic cheese puffs, naps and dark chocolate covered pretzels.

Knowing I couldn’t continue on the path I was on, I headed to Weight Watchers with my head down and feeling pretty horrible. I was hopeful to institute some changes and knew that the program worked for others. I was pretty excited about the Points Plus program but found myself quickly deflated about the food and recipes.

I wasn’t willing to compromise eating clean food just to lose weight. It seemed that so many diet recipes and Weight Watchers sponsored food was not only processed but had way too much sodium, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives for me.

I knew I couldn’t be the only one out there who was following the Weight Watchers program but shopped at Farmer’s Market’s and natural food stores. Everyday Maven was created to share my recipes with like-mined home cooks.

I’ve since moved away from the Weight Watchers diet plan to a Real Foods based lifestyle. To read more on that, head over to my About page!

What kind of recipes do you post?

Homemade, real food recipes for the everyday family!

I want to eat healthy food that is easy to make and for the whole family. I want my food to be free of additives, preservatives, artificial flavors and colors. I want my food to support me in staying trim and healthy.

And I want it to be freaking delicious!

If you want the same, stick around and I’ll keep supplying you with awesome recipes, funny anecdotes from my life and kitchen and the occasional ramble.

Are you a trained chef?

Nope, I’m a home cook. I am an avid reader of all things food and while I do take the occasional cooking class, I’m self-taught.  My mom went to Culinary School when I was a child and is a classically trained chef, so I guess it’s fair to say that I grew up in an household always cooking and learning about food. It was a lot of fun and thankfully, it clearly rubbed off on me in a good way!

Can I use one of your recipes or photos?

No, you cannot use an entire recipe. But, you can use the recipe title, one photo, a short description (not copied from my site) and a link back to the recipe where it lives on my site.

To read more about proper recipe attribution — click here. To use one of my photos, please contact me for permission.

Do you write sponsored posts?

Occasionally, but only with brands that I love and buy for my kitchen and home. I do also use affiliate links to Amazon (and other affiliate programs) when I recommend a product. This doesn’t influence my opinion in any way and any funds generated are used to support the cost of maintaining this site.

Are you affiliated with Weight Watchers?

No, not in any way. I provide the Weight Watchers Points Plus for each of my recipes as a courtesy to my readers who follow the program.

How do you calculate the Points Plus of your recipes?

I use the most current Weight Watchers eTools Recipe Builder . I add in all of the ingredients for each recipe and calculate the appropriate serving sizes . I do all calculations using the exact methods the Weight Watchers Points Plus Program currently recommends.

I would love to see one of my favorite/family recipes get a healthy makeover!

Please submit it to me through my contact form and I will let you know if I will tackle the recipe and when to expect to see it on the site!