Welcome, I'm Monique! Ambitious Kitchen is a blog devoted to clean eating, healthier baked treats, plus my passion for fitness and nutrition. Bottom line, I love to inspire others in and out of the kitchen! Read more.
It’s a little surprising that it’s been over a year since I’ve made you a kick ass stir fry.
What’s even more surprising is how I actually LICKED my plate clean after eating a serving of this. That’s how you know it’s good, right? At least that’s how I judge my recipe development these days… plate licking.
Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! What are your plans? Eating some good BBQ food? Indulging in a little ice cream?
I have nothing major going on other than to buckle down, work on projects and get prepared for another week of travel. Also, Tony and I are having a Skype date tonight that I wouldn’t miss for the world. We’re going to be booking our Christmas trips and chatting about our travel plans for this fall. I know it seems early, but I like to be prepared.
Oh my gosh, did I mention that I saw Age of Adaline last weekend? It was the cutest movie ever. I think that’s mostly because I’m obsessed with all things Blake Lively. But seriously, if you’re looking for a good chick flick, I’d recommend watching it. Made my heart melt.
Yesterday Lee and I finished up a photoshoot for our NEW exciting health & fitness program coming this June. Honestly, we’ve both been working round the clock coordinating the launch, writing for our own sites, plus quite a bit of traveling. I’m potentially on the verge of exhaustion but also really, really excited for you to see what we’ve planned!
Good news is that I’m ready for some Memorial Day BBQ food and a margarita pitcher all to myself. Heh.
So today I wanted to bring up a topic that seems to be everywhere: clean eating! I thought I would share with you my clean eating journey, how I stay balanced and what clean eating means to me these days.
To me, Ambitious Kitchen is a clean-eating focused food blog. Although I do have many baked goodies, many of them are healthy, better for you versions of my favorite treats. Some favorites include these banana chocolate chip muffins, the dark chocolate raspberry oatmeal cookies and even these ridiculously delicious chickpea blondies. Over the past few years, I’ve started baking with more unrefined sweeteners and focusing more on the actual nutritional value of the recipe, versus just the calories. This helped Ambitious Kitchen be what it is today and above all, I hope it inspires you to eat better, learn a little about food, get creative and have a balanced, healthy relationship with food.
On Saturday I met up with Tony’s family and attended his Grandmother’s 95th birthday party. You guys, she’s amazing! She still lives on her own, cooks for herself and is in great health. Over the past year, I’ve gotten fairly close with her; probably because I bring her all the treats I make and she just so happens to love cookies as much as I do. This makes me happy, of course. I actually baked the nutella-stuffed chocolate chip beauties for her party; it always blows my mind how much people truly love those cookies.
So excited for it to finally be here. Actually to be honest this week flew by faster than I could have imagined; probably because I’m been working a little too much. I think I tested 3 recipes yesterday.
Anyway what are your weekend plans? I’m heading to a party and somehow I agreed to bake 4 dozen cookies. I haven’t decided on which kinds yet other then the famous nutella-stuffed ones (the best cookies ever). I’ll also be flying to Minnesota on Sunday for a bridal shower and do some some work with Lee. Yay!
How are you on your smoothie game? Lately there’s been a fruit overload happening in my fridge. They literally just keep climbing into my grocery basket; I’ve had no other choice than to make a smoothie nearly every day.
No regrets, of course. Although I do admit that I need so many more healthy smoothie recipes on AK. I’ll get to that right away.
I figured since I’ve been loving smoothies so much, you might enjoy them too. It’s a great way to use up farmer’s market fruit, plus they’re a healthy breakfast or snack option to provide you with energy and important nutrients.
Hi! It’s been sometime since we’ve had a heart to heart. Life’s been crazy lately and I’m so sorry I haven’t been able to keep up with Wellness Wednesdays as often as I’d like. Truth be told, sometimes it’s hard for me to come up with topics or ideas that I think will appeal to you. Often times, I forget that writing from the heart is something I love; something that just comes easy and natural.
Another reason why I haven’t been able to contribute as much is that I’m working on a HUGE wellness project that’s taken up most of my evenings. I can’t wait to tell you more about it soon! In the meantime I wanted to just have a simple, honest check-in with you about where I am in my own personal wellness.
Some people can’t control themselves when it comes to chocolate but my problem happens to lie with nut butters. Every time I make them or buy a jar I down that creamy goodness in about 5 days. FOR REALS.
I usually just spoon it right out of the jar and into my mouth. Seriously cannot help it. I’ve actually thought about starting my own nut butter company. You never know.
Hi there. It’s the weekend (finally!). Unfortunately it’s supposed to rain in Chicago through Sunday so it looks like I’ll be getting my fair share of work done.
I realize that my Friday Favorites posts are few and far between, but this week I had a little time to put together my favorites and wanted to share them with you. If you aren’t on Bloglovin’ already, it’s a wonderful place to save blog links you love and browse what’s popular in the blogosphere. You can follow me for updates here!
This weekend I’m planning on baking a batch of summery muffins for you, a seasonal salad and hopefully work on some more personal Wellness Wednesday posts for you (I know, I’ve been slacking.)
It’s been entirely too long since I’ve done my last Stitch Fix post. No seriously, close to a year. Whhhhatttttt. Did you know I’m actually on fix #26? I just suck at doing reviews.
Anyway I’ve decided to get back to sharing my favorite pieces and what I decided to send back to the Stitch Fix HQ. The best part? If you see something you like you can request it in your next fix, just pin the image and it should have the name of the clothing article!
Also, just to be clear. I have no idea what I’m doing in these pictures. Don’t mind me looking like a complete idiot. I’m not a fashion blogger for a reason ha!