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.
Omg omg! Could this bread be any more delicious? I know it seems silly but I could seriously write you paragraphs about how much I love this bread. How moist, flavorful and surprisingly healthy it is. And yessss! it’s gluten free and paleo (if you leave out the chocolate chips).
Hi! Sorry I’ve been away for a few days. I’m on my way back to Chicago today after an absolutely wonderful vacation to Mexico with Tony. I’ll be bombarding you with pictures and updates on life lately, and yes Wellness Wednesdays are coming back. I’ve already got next week’s started and it’s gonna be a good one!
I freaking love chili. How about you? To me, it’s just always so comforting, warm, filling and hearty. YUMMMMMM.
Lately I’ve been on a real chili making binge. Can’t stop, won’t stop. I cooked up two batches last week and froze one for evenings when I don’t feel like cooking or simply don’t have the time. Sometimes I work out in the evenings and by the time I get back home my desire to start chopping vegetables and doing dishes is negative 1 million.
Do you love sugar cookies? I do. Except I’m more of a fan of the soft version from the store. You know the kind that’s loaded with thick frosting and simply melts in your mouth when you take a bite? Gahhh, must resist.
Since I have a few friends and family members who are gluten free, I started thinking about what kind of cookies they’d be enjoying this holiday season. I feel like there aren’t too many festive recipes out there and that’s a real bummer. I know many of my readers are gluten free or love to bake for their GF family/friends, so I thought I’d introduce a gluten free product that I’m loving.
Are Christmas cookies taking over your life? They aren’t for me just yet but I’m right around the corner from a MEGA bake-a-thon and quite honestly, I’m a little frightened by how many I may consume. You know the peanut butter blossoms? MY FAVVVVV. So classic, so peanut-buttery… just give me a few and a big glass of chocolate almond milk. Or hot chocolate with whipped cream. Why must the holiday season be so tempting?
Of course, I’ve really been trying to not go overboard with the sweets. I think I say that almost every Christmas; certainly this year will be better (I hope!).
I’m back in Minnesota this week enjoying some time with my Mom. She’s making me pour over coffee right now. Outside the trees are bare, the wind is cold and well, basically it’s freezing. But alas, this is where I grew up and I’m happy to be spending time with her.
As I mentioned before, the reason for my visit was based on the fact that my body has been super crazy lately; we’ll be visiting a few doctors and a chiropractor to get things figure out. I was able to go for a 2 mile run on Saturday, but I’m eager to start running longer distances and doing yoga again (I may try today!). Fingers crossed!
Hi there friends. Sorry for my short disappearance from the blog; my mom came to Chicago over Thanksgiving and decided not to blog and rather spend quality time with her. I’ve also been having some weird medical issues lately which have been incredibly frustrating! So I’m planning on flying back to Minnesota for a few weeks to get it all figured out.
In the meantime, I wanted to share a few pictures of the past weekend activities.
Oh hey, it’s me. And apparently I’m the only blogger around who hasn’t made an extensive list of EVERYTHING you need to make for Thanksgiving. Perhaps it’s because I’ve never been that into the traditional Thanksgiving meal up until a few years ago; before that my Thanksgiving consisted of Mom’s stacked enchiladas, posole, spanish rice and empanadas.
The only thing traditional we had was pumpkin pie (because I requested it of course). And who could get sick of those kind of leftovers? Not me.
Have you baked something yet this holiday season? Something fantastically sweet, warm and ooey-gooey? If not, I encourage you to take the time out. There’s something spectacular about having a giant baking day with your friends and family; and of course, I’m here to set you up for baking success.
It’s actually quite ridiculous how many cookie recipes I have on this blog. Gluten free ones, double chocolate, lots of brown butter, and some hearty oatmeal bites too! So of course, when Caribou Coffee asked to partner with me to help celebrate their new Gingersnap Cookie Mocha, I was delighted to bake a cookie that would pair perfectly with their new creation. Or of course if you aren’t a fan of mochas or lattes, you could try dipping this scrumptious cookie in a hot cup of coffee (their holiday Reindeer Blend is absolutely fabulous).
There’s a part of me that says Thanksgiving isn’t really Thanksgiving unless we’re serving pumpkin pie for dessert. You may feel the same. A few years ago, I started incorporating other desserts into our menu; for both my creative pleasure and because I got the sense that not everyone is as outrageously nuts over pumpkin pie as I am. To those people: LIKE WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU DON’T EAT IT FOR BREAKFAST THE NEXT DAY?
All I pretty much want to do today is tell you about how intoxicating and delicious this casserole is. But first I need to tell you about the long journey to Chicago and my new apartment.
I honestly can’t tell you how much I despise moving. It actually could be one of the worst things ever. Thank goodness for my boyfriend because I wouldn’t have been able to get through the move without him. I kid you not, I would have given up on packing, curled up into a ball and probably just cried in my bedroom corner. I’m the worst at it. I get distracted way too easily and end up going through old photos, digging through my closet and who knows what else. I have moving ADD. For reals.