Welcome to Ambitious Kitchen, I’m Monique. I’m incredibly happy you’re here!

The goal of this blog is to provide you with inspiration, whether it’s in your kitchen or in your life. 

My passion for cooking and baking came at an early age while assisting my Puerto Rican Mother in the kitchen, and my Father, a man who made his own pies, pancakes and an incredible yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Thus on this blog you will be sure to find sweet treats, Spanish inspired cuisine and of course, my flair for healthy eating.


How did you start your blog?

During my college years I happily studied cookbooks, baked everyone I met a cake, and developed my own famous enchilada recipe. I could think of no other way to share my love for healthy food and baking then to start a blog. At the end of 2011 I launched Ambitious Kitchen. It has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

I’m sure my Dad would be proud of me.

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What’s happened since then?

I won Nordic Ware’s Bundts Across America recipe contest, Fage’s recipe contest, appeared in a cook-off in Washington D.C., hung alongside Bobby Flay, shared my recipes on the Food Network’s HealthyEats.com and have been featured on numerous cooking sites such as the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Today.com and Cup of Jo. In less than 3 years, I was able to quit my full time corporate job to work on Ambitious Kitchen full time.

Most importantly blogging has led me to meet incredible friends along the way; plus I’ve learned so much about myself and the passion I have for food, photography and writing.

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What will I find on this blog?

Everything! Most of the food I create is geared towards those with active, healthy lifestyles. You’ll find plenty of good-for-you meals to share with your family, friends, and recipes your boyfriend will adore. I like to get creative, using unique ingredients and pairing different flavor combinations. Sometimes I play around with gluten-free and vegan recipes. Most of my recipes are focused around clean eating and nutrition. I have to admit that I am an avid baker so I’ll probably throw a few crazy desserts at you, too!

If you’re new here, start with these meatballs. And then finish with a truly life-changing cookie.


Wanna know more?

I recently moved to Chicago from Minneapolis and I absolutely adore it.

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do and I’m always up for an adventure. I briefly lived in Australia where I learned to surf at some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. I also drank a lot of wine. It was unforgettable. You can read more about my travel adventures in my travel section.

I shoot all of my own food photos and use a Canon DSLR and sometimes my iPhone. I practice yoga frequently and try to work out almost everyday. Pumpkin pie is my favorite dessert and I can never get enough peanut butter. I’m obsessed with Mariah Carey but I mostly listen to what most people call ‘hipster’ music.

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Above all I believe in passion. Find something you love and do it! That’s what I’m doing here.

If you are interested in working with me or pitching a product for review, please contact meMedia kits are available upon request.

Otherwise if you have a question about a recipe or if you’d just like to say hello, feel free to contact me! You can find me via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google or email! I’d love to hear from you. And I really mean that!



Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog?

Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All recipes and photography on this website are my own unless otherwise specified, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission.

Will you review my product/book/site?

I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email at ambitiouskitchen {at} gmail.com.