Welcome, I'm Monique! I'm a healthy food blogger, fitness enthusiast, world traveler and a romantic. Ambitious Kitchen is a healthy food blog devoted to sweet treats + healthy eats, inspiration and all of my life ambitions. Read more about me.
It’s getting cold outside you guys! And I’m kind of excited about it because it means I get to wear all of my comfy clothes, fall boots and of course, bake my heart out. I actually can’t wait to head to the apple orchard this year to pick fresh juicy apples. Tony just got done with baseball and will be staying with me for the next week or so. Hopefully we’ll have time to head to the orchard.
My favorite apples to snack on are usually Honeycrisp and Braeburn because of their sweet, crispy crunch. However nothing beats a granny smith when it comes to baking. They’re perfectly tart yet still offer some sweetness. I can’t wait to bake up famous apple crisp this year (make it!).
For some reason I’ve never been a huge mac and cheese lover. That’s weird, right? I know that some people consider it to be the best comfort food in the world but I err on the breakfast side of things. As a kid, I preferred cereal or my Dad’s pancakes more than any dinner type food.
But let me tell you something… things straight up changed after I created this recipe. I was actually quite shocked that macaroni and cheese could be this good. Incredible, actually. The best thing is that it’s better for you, lactose free and SO easy to make – all you need is a pot, a strainer and a few delicious ingredients.
I’ve been super lazy about packing my lunches lately. Probably because they have a Chipotle type line at the work where I basically get a chicken taco salad every single day. ALRIGHT FINE, I’ll admit that I totally get the salad because it comes with crunchy, salty tortilla chips and loads of guac.
Hope your weekend was lovely! I spent mine in Chicago with my good friend Meagan; it was her 26th birthday and I couldn’t think of a better way to help her ring it in then with a girl’s weekend. By the way, thank you for all of the wonderful restaurant and bakery recommendations – you guys are the best!
I might have had little too much fun in Chicago. Basically I’m in need of a MAJOR detox. I chowed down on churros, a bottle of wine, and probably an entire platter of chips and guac. HELP.
Why are burgers so freakin’ delicious? I’m serious. Turkey burgers, chicken burgers, bites of Tony’s heart-attack double bacon burgers. Oh and isn’t it just convenient that they are constantly paired with the other most addictive food in the world… aka french fries?!
My willpower around juicy burgers and hot, crispy french fries = zero.
So, what’s a girl who is trying to eat healthy but has a massive craving for a burger to do?
I’ve been getting back into vinyassa yoga lately. Most of the time I do yoga sculpt classes with weights, but recently I’ve needed some deep stretching and some major stress relief. The mind-body connection that yoga brings me is often times my favorite part of the class; I’m more self-aware, compassionate, and thoughtful with each class. I’ve also noticed that my anxiety diminishes.
The other day my instructor was talking about how you have to be brave in order to become your true self. How you have to go beyond what you think you’re capable of if you want to make something happen. Take a chance on something or someone.
Little conversations like those push me to be better. I’m happy to have the ability to to make choices, change my future and create opportunities that I would have never thought possible. Thus on my journey to having a clear mind with less stress, I’m also focusing on having a healthy body. Eating clean, preparing my meals, and taking care of myself is so important.
This past weekend I made a big batch of this summery salad (with fall flavors?) My mom came over to help taste test, and she absolutely loved it. We enjoyed it cold served with some greek yogurt.
This salad was inspired by my favorite little meal at Whole Foods made with couscous. Every time I’m there I search for it.
Mother’s day is right around the corner. Each and every day I thank God how lucky I am to have a Mother who is kind, selfless, caring, and encouraging.
My mom lifts me up when I’m down, encourages me to always be the best person I can be, and absolutely loves me unconditionally. After my father passed away several years ago, my mom and I became inseparable. I’ve learned to keep the people you love close, let the little things go, and be appreciative of what you have.
Giving back to Mothers is such a hard thing to do. How can you give someone something who has given you everything? You really can’t. But making her pancakes is pretty close. They’re made with love after all.
These pancakes are incredibly fluffy, moist, and absolutely melt in your mouth. And there’s actually TWO secret ingredients that keep them light, fluffy and tender:
Buttermilk: The tang and richness it brings to baked goods is undeniable. I promise you’ll notice the difference. It’s slightly acidic and so when mixed with baking powder, it will allow the pancakes to rise and keep them from breaking down. The result is a tender fluffy pancake that will leave you speechless – promise.
Greek Yogurt: Adding greek yogurt to pancakes makes them the holy grail of breakfasts, I swear. It helps to thicken up the batter, but still leaves you with the lightest pancake. Pretty magical.
Healthy breakfast burritos stuffed with sweet potatoes, black beans, egg whites, and avocado. You’re going to love this protein-packed breakfast!
When I was younger, my mom used to make me the best burritos. All she did was place refried beans, cheese, and hot sauce inside of a wheat tortilla. She’d warm them up until the cheese was perfectly melted, warm and gooey. The creamy texture of the refried beans with the melty cheese was always my favorite kind of comfort food; so simple, yet so dang good. We’d happily enjoy our giant burritos together on the couch while watching movies.
I remember noticing she would always eat her burritos with avocado slices that were sprinkled with salt and pepper. Sure enough, it didn’t take me long to get hooked on that. The creaminess of the avocado mixed with cheese and beans? Well, it was perfection.
Those memories came back to me, and I decided to make these. A simple, healthy twist on an old favorite made especially for the mornings. They’re packed with protein, super delicious, and will certainly keep you energized through the morning.
These burritos happen to include most of my favorite things:
Sweet potatoes. I eat them almost everyday so here’s another way to get their deliciously sweet flavor in.
Black beans. Name a better bean. Oh wait, you probably can’t.
Avocados! Creamy. Full of healthy fats. Just heavenly.
Eggs. Gotta get that protein in. I used egg whites in this recipe but you do your thing!
Enchilada sauce. Drizzle it on baby.
Cheese. Just a little bit of ooey-gooeyness. We need the melt, yo.
Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortillas. I always use La Tortilla Factory but regular whole wheat tortillas will also work great.