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.
While I enjoy all fruit, I never purchase cherries too often because I always have felt limited as to what I could do with them. Usually the only thing I made was a basic fresh cherry pie or an apple cherry crisp.
But then I realized that I ain’t no basic chick and made this bright salad with all of the good things in life. Hells yes.
I’m in the midst of looking for a new apartment in Chicago, mostly because I’d like to have an office instead of working in my dining room on a daily basis.
Personally I find that moving is one of the most unenjoyable things. I mean, I still haven’t completely unpacked my suitcase from three weeks ago. I KNOW I’m totally that type of person. How annoying. I should really just go in there and unpack RIGHT NOW… but then I remember I’m traveling for the rest of the week and all of my problems are solved.
Today, I’m giving you a recipe for cookies made with real, simple, natural HEALTHY ingredients. SO many basic adjectives, so much cookie goodness.
This is for all of my nutella lovers; I know who you are. Well not exactly, but I do know what it’s like to have a nut butter obsession. The kind that makes it difficult to buy a jar because you can’t stop at one spoonful, or two, or even four. I need a NBSG (nut butter support group).
Happy Wellness Wednesday. I know my WW posts have been a little scattered this Summer but I figured since my last post on Trader Joe’s was such a hit, I’d do it again! Mostly though, because I’m obsessed with Trader J. Like really, really obsessed. I could live there.
Truth: I walk 1.5 miles to get there and carry all my groceries back on an every other day basis. That’s TJ’s dedication if you ask me. It’s also because I live in the city and refuse to move my car unless absolutely necessary.
Anyway I’m here to share my (mostly) healthy list. Things without tons of preservatives and that I find myself buying frequently. I always leave the fruit and veggies out, because those are sort of just obvious. I’d love to hear your TJ favorites too! Here are mine:
Let me introduce you to a new NUT butter. Because technically coconut is a nut, right? Well technically it’s considered to be a drupe. I googled it for you.
Have you ever heard of coconut butter? Well if you haven’t, it’s just a ‘butter’ made from ground coconut shreds! There are a few brands that currently sell it in Whole Foods, but overall it can be fairly difficult to find in most grocery stores. Plus, coconut butter tends to be pretty expensive (over $10!). So I thought I’d teach you how you can make it at home.
My mom used to grow zucchini in her garden in Minnesota. She was the type of nonchalant gardener who allowed the zucchini to grow large enough to become the size of your arm. I actually never minded when the zucchini got that big because then I could stuff it with goodness and make batches upon batches of baked goodies.
Sadly I’m no longer as close to my mom since she lives in Minnesota (soon Utah!). This year I wasn’t expecting to get any free zucchini and figured I’d have to pick some up at the local’s farmer’s market. Turns out that Tony’s mom grew zucchini in her garden and so she kindly has been supplying me with all the zucchini I could ever dream of. I still have three left and have already baked three batches of muffins and two loaves of bread. Perhaps it’s time for a little something savory? Oh la la.
Well, we’re finally here! CONGRATS on making it to Week 6 of the #SummerSWEATseries. Can I just say how incredible proud we are of you? All of your Instas, posts in our Facebook group and encouragement through the series has really made it above and beyond of what we’d ever thought it’d be.
When Lee and I first had this little idea, we never EVEN IMAGINED that we’d have over 2,000 people join our Facebook group, make the meals, participate in the workouts AND inspire others. You blew us away; and for that, we thank you.
Above all, we hope that you’ve felt inspired and motivation to move your body and eat a little cleaner. Making your health and happiness a priority is hard work, but I know you can do it. You’ve come this far, so don’t turn back now!
Hopefully I’m not too late in posting this round-up of strawberry recipes.
I’ve been falling head over heels in love with that red little berry this summer and can never find enough ways to use them. Actually that’s probably because I buy about 5 pounds at a time. I can’t help it though, they’ve been super cheap and extraordinarily juicy.
A few ways I’ve been using up my strawberries this season: dip them in melted dark or white chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt for a sweet treat. Or in the mornings I’ll usually make an english muffin with peanut/almond butter and top it with bananas, strawberries and chia seeds. Truly the BEST BREAKFAST EVER.
As I mentioned previously, I’m taking a bit of time off this Summer from blogging. It’s not that I don’t want to because I basically have a million ideas, it’s more that I want to make sure I’m being fulfilled personally and professionally.
So really all I’ve been trying to do is figure out what’s next for myself and AK.
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a little bit of a baking hiatus. It’s not that I haven’t baking, because Instagram knows I have.
It’s just that ever since I made a commitment to follow the #SummerSWEATseries workouts and some of the meal plans, I’ve made a conscious effort about the amount of sugar and sweet treats I’ve been putting into my body. When I do indulge it’s usually a spoonful or two of vanilla almond butter or some dessert chia protein bars that I’ve been making (coming soon!). But lately brownies have been on my mind; you all know that usually I’m obsessed with cookies but I’ve been craving chocolate like no other.
So who is ready for a serious detox after the 4th of July? I know I am!
I’ve been in Alabama for nearly two weeks with Tony because we’re in love and can’t get enough of eachother. Just being honest haha. In all seriousness, one of the best parts about my job is that I can work from anywhere and so this Summer I’ve been taking full advantage of that.
Of course I always make sure there is a gym nearby so I can either use my Classpass or workout on my own. Typically I’m a HUGE fan of group fitness classes because I love the competitiveness and fun atmosphere, however the #SummerSWEATseries has really changed how I workout. I don’t know about you all, but I’ve been LOVING the program we put together and look forward going to the gym every single day to work out on my own. It’s actually FUN and is starting to become a habit in my daily routine.