Sep
19

Fall-inspired vegan pumpkin oatmeal scones with hints of maple, pecan and pumpkin spice in every bite! Made with hearty Coach’s Oats for a wholesome, filling snack to pair with your cup of coffee.

Many apologies over here because I haven’t made you a scone recipe since 2014. Another apology is due to the fact that we’re already mid-way through September and this just happens to be my first pumpkin recipe of the season. SAYYYY WHAAAA?

Usually I start posting pumpkin recipes in late August or early September, but over the past few years pumpkin craze has been a little insane in the grocery store so I decided to hold off. Sorry, but I do not want pumpkin pringles, pumpkin frosting, pumpkin coffee creamer or pumpkin spice infused hair products.

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Sep
17

We’re back with another Round Up Sunday! I hope you guys have had an amazing weekend, and that this roundup is a day-brightener for any “Sunday Scaries.” I’ve found that the best way to cure the scaries are to get a workout in – even if it’s just a nice walk outside – practice some self-care (hello relaxing bath + calming playlist), and of course, make delicious food like these healthy slow cooker recipes.

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Sep
14

Healthy chai banana bread that will have your house smelling cozy and delicious. Topped with a simple cashew butter vanilla glaze! 

Life has gotten incredibly busy lately, so I must apologize for being few and far between when it comes to posting on the blog. The wedding is about two months away and we’ve still got SO much to do (ummm I haven’t gotten Tony’s ring yet). Also it doesn’t help that all I want to do is BAKE and cook all the cozy wonderful things like soup, pumpkin bread, apple butter and cookies. Food distracts me.

HELP.

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Sep
11

AMAZING skillet brownies made without grains, gluten or dairy. These super fudgy walnut brownies taste just like the ones from your childhood. Bonus: They pack plenty of good for you omega 3s thanks to walnut butter & chia seeds.

It’s about to be a happy monday (I hope) because I’ve got some pretty AMAZING brownies for you.

First though, how was your weekend?

I feel like I can’t start this blog post without saying that my heart goes out to those in Florida and the Caribbean islands who were hit by Hurricane Irma. I sincerely hope that this recipe brings you a little joy to your day, even if it’s just a little smile. Most of all, I’m thankful that you’re okay.

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Sep
10

Happy round up Sunday! Didn’t know it was a thing?

Every Sunday I’m going to be rounding up some amazing AK recipes with different themes just for you. Why? Because sometimes you don’t know you want something until it’s right in front of you. Like these incredible homemade nut butters.

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Sep
06

As you guys know I’ve been representing Under Armour Women this year as one of their 7 ambassadors. It has been an incredible journey, and I’m so lucky to be part of this awesome group of women. UA Women are all about inspiring each other, including the next generation of all the ladies out there.

Today I’m taking you inside… my UA shoe closet. I’ve accumulated some awesome gear from them, but the shoes have to be some of my FAVORITES. Most of you know that I run, do yoga, cycle, lift, dance and pretty everything in between that keeps me active, so I need shoes that will work no matter what I’m doing.

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Sep
04

Mom’s authentic Puerto Rican Rice and Beans with savory homemade sofrito and sazon! You’ll love this incredibly flavorful, comforting homemade meal that will fill your home with unbelievably delicious smells. The perfect recipe to serve a crowd or just savor leftovers for a few days!

OHHHH hi! I’ve been teasing this beautiful recipe for a while now on Instagram stories and I couldn’t be more excited to finally share one of my favorite comfort foods in the entire world: my mom’s Puerto Rican Rice and Beans.

As many of you know, my mom is full Puerto Rican, as are my grandparents. My childhood dinner’s were often full of hispanic cuisine — often empanadas, rice and beans, tostones, pazole and ALL THE GOOD THINGS IN LIFE. More recently, I’ve connected with recipes that are from my heritage and started cooking from the soul again. Personally, it feels incredibly rewarding when Puerto Rican soul food fills my home with it’s intoxicating, aromatic spices.

And even if you aren’t Puerto Rican, why not try something new?! We could all use a good dose of global inspired creativity and cooking in our lives. These rice and beans are the perfect way to start.

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Sep
01

I’m sitting here early morning drinking my morning coffee and relaxing to the music of Oh Wonder. I love how the sun is just starting to peek out over the trees and that yes, it’s feeling like Fall might just be in the air. In fact, the crisp air took my breath away when I opened our patio door this morning; I was a little shocked by how chilly it got overnight. I suppose it’s finally time to turn off the AC, open all the windows and soak up the last few weeks of summer.

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Aug
31

I put together 3 fun ways to celebrate Labor Day with products you can get on AmazonFresh! From a beach picnic to a taco bar – bring on the weekend!

HI GUYS. How do we feel about it being the last day of August? Are you ready for fall and all the pumpkin related items Starbucks try and make you buy, or are you still soaking up the sunshine with a marg in your hand?

Not gonna lie, I feel a little guilty for even mentioning the word pumpkin, but ya girl loves pumpkin and I can’t hide it. PUMPKIN LOVAH FOREVER.

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Aug
30

Hi guys! We’re back with the last episode of the wellness series in partnership with Under Armour Women.

I spent last weekend at a retreat in Santa Barbara working on personal and business goals at the Big Soul Retreat that Under Armour so graciously sponsored me for. I had been wanting to go on a soul searching type of retreat for quite sometime and so when this one popped up on my radar, I knew it was time to do it. And it’s perfect because today we are talking about what’s next for Ambitious Kitchen.

Wellness Series Episode 4: What's next for Ambitious Kitchen

First off, the retreat offered me exactly what I needed: a chance to explore my fears and wants, yoga daily, plant based meals, and a destination away from the chaos that is often my daily life.

Because the truth is, over the past year and a half or so, I’ve been overwhelmed with the level of stress in my life. It’s not something I talk about often, but it frequents my days and weeks like you wouldn’t believe. Where does the stress come, you might ask? Buying a house, getting married and running two businesses and the pressure I put on myself to always being DOING.

However the truth is, I should be less hard on myself. I really do have my dream job. I have a life that I’m really proud of. And more than anything I’m so incredibly grateful to have a community of people who make my recipes on a regular basis. I wish I could give you all a big hug.

Sometimes when you’re always on the go, you forget to say thank you to yourself for all the hard work you’ve put in along the way. You forget to tell yourself how proud you are and acknowledge what it took to get where you are. We’ve all got our own unique journeys and I’m SO incredibly blessed to be on mine.

While I really don’t know what’s next for Ambitious Kitchen, I’d like to think that a cookbook is on the radar and potentially going back to school for nutrition. We’ll see. All I know is that I can’t thank you enough for being here.

Watch the wellness episode here:

If you missed the other episodes, you can catch them here:

Episode 1: Behind the Blog

Episode 2: From an Eating Disorder to Finding Balance

Episode 3: My Fitness Journey & Relationship with Exercise

 

I hope you enjoyed this mini series! xo

 
 
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