Welcome to Fooduzzi

Hi hi! Welcome to my plant-based and gluten free corner of the internet. I’m so so so excited you’re here!

I’m Alexa, the 20-something gal with a strong love of fruits, veggies, nuts, and whole grains, and I want to teach you that making healthy food decisions is easy and delicious.

What in the World is a Fooduzzi?

First of all, it’s pronounced Foo-do-zee. Over the 2+ years I’ve been blogging, I’ve heard quite a few guesses, my favorite being that Fooduzzi stood for Food Uzzi…like a food gun. What.

Surprisingly enough, the name “Fooduzzi” does not mean “food gun.” Instead, it’s a play on my last name, Peduzzi (Pe-do-zee). Some of my fondest food memories growing up were spent around the dinner table, in the kitchen with my parents, or traveling and eating. So Fooduzzi is an homage to my food journey, if you will.

Some Facts You Should Know About Me

  • I really love peanut butter. And chocolate. And cookies.
  • I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and I love love love it. It’s such a great time to be a Pittsburgher.
  • I live with my boyfriend and our cat, Maya. My boyfriend is just…amazing. I know that’s sappy and gushy and whatever, but it’s true. And Maya is the sassiest feline I ever did meet.
  • My whole life is food blogging. At least it feels that way sometimes. But I’m not complaining – I LOVE it. I work part-time for Food Blogger Pro, a food blogging membership site created by the totally awesome Bjork & Lindsay from Pinch of Yum. I also work part-time for fellow Pittsburgher Jessica from How Sweet It Is. And that’s on top of all of my work on Fooduzzi. Life is crazy, but I love it.
  • Starting Fooduzzi was the best thing I ever did.
  • You can read even more about me here on my About page if you so desire!

Readers’ Favorite Recipes

I started Fooduzzi in December 2014, so I have quite a few recipes under my belt. Over the past 2+ years, some have really resonated with my readers, including:

Broccoli & Quinoa Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing – The most popular recipe on my blog! It couldn’t be more easy, and it’s delicious warm, cold, or at room temp!

Roasted Broccoli Quinoa Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing: a quick and easy 30-minute meal that's loaded with healthy ingredients and delicious flavors! It's gluten free and vegetarian, with a simple swap to make it vegan! || fooduzzi.com recipe

The Easiest Way to Cut a Watermelon – This way of cutting a watermelon as truly changed my life in the summer. So easy, and the pieces are just so cute!

The Easiest Way to Cut a Watermelon || fooduzzi.com recipes

Thai Peanut Hummus – Hummus made with peanut butter, garlic, ginger, and Sriracha. Omg.

Thai Peanut Hummus: A simple homemade hummus recipe that's filled with Thai peanut sauce ingredients like Sriracha, garlic, and ginger! A healthy gluten free and vegan snack! || fooduzzi.com recipe

Healthy Buffalo Chickpea Dip – A vegetarian (or vegan) buffalo chicken dip! It’s just as creamy and spicy as the original. Pinky promise.

Healthy Buffalo Chickpea Dip: a healthy, vegetarian, and gluten free version of the classic buffalo chicken dip! Great for game day! Vegan option || fooduzzi.com recipes

My Favorite Recipes

I love each and every recipe on my site in its own special way, but, of course, I have my favorites. Here are the recipes that will always get a gold star in my book:

Lemon Chia Seed Granola – Quite possibly the best granola in the world.

Lemon Chia Seed Granola: super crunchy and full of addictive clusters! This granola is vegan, gluten free, and made from only 8 healthy ingredients! || fooduzzi.com recipe

The Big Vegan Rainbow Bowl – It’s topped with this maple almond butter dressing that I could seriously drink through a straw.

The Big Vegan Rainbow Bowl with Maple Almond Butter Dressing: featuring fruits, vegetables, and an addictive maple almond butter dressing! The perfect healthy, gluten free, and vegan summer salad! || fooduzzi.com recipe

Cheez-it Roasted Chickpeas – Roasted chickpeas…that taste like Cheez-its. Enough said.

Cheez-it Roasted Chickpeas: a healthy, homemade snack that's vegan, gluten free, and packed with protein! Requires only 6 ingredients! || fooduzzi.com recipe

Strawberry White Bean Caprese Salad with Honey Black Pepper Granola – Have you ever seen such a beautiful sight?! The honey black pepper granola croutons are so so perfect.

Strawberry White Bean Caprese Salad with Honey Black Pepper Granola: an incredibly simple vegan and gluten free caprese salad that's full of summer fruits, vegetables, and herbs! Topped with a crunchy sweet + savory granola crouton! || fooduzzi.com recipe

How to Use Fooduzzi

Honestly, that’s all up to you and what you need. You can use the toolbar at the top of my site to navigate through all of my recipes in a few different ways (just hover over Recipes on my top toolbar):

  • by title – All recipes are listed on my Recipe Index in text format. You can also check out my visual recipe index, which will show you pictures of each recipe.
  • by course
  • by dietary preference – Gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian

If you have any questions, or if you just wanna say hey, you can get in touch with me on social media (@fooduzzi) or email me at fooduzzi[at]gmail[dot]com.

Thank you so much for stopping by; you are wonderful. 😘

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