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


Aug
28

Homemade roasted tomato basil soup with garlic, olive oil and caramelized onions. Delicious, flavorful and the best way to use up garden tomatoes! You’ll never want to go back to the canned stuff after you try this.

When I was younger, I despised tomato soup. The flavors never seemed to call for me, nor did I ever crave grilled cheese. My favorite was Mom’s chunky beef stew that simmered and bubbled on the stovetop for hours in our small yellow duplex kitchen back in Minneapolis. It wasn’t until high school that I began to crave the comfort of creamy tomato soup after Mom started buying Progresso’s hearty tomato.

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Aug
22

Thai Green Beans made on the stovetop with a delicious easy peanut sauce. These will be your new favorite way to eat green beans!

Look we all need to get our veggies in. It’s important for the bones, ya’ll.

I used to be really good about eating veggies at every meal but sometimes eggs and avocado toast call my name and then I eat chocolate for dessert and call it a day.

I’m only human.

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Aug
21

Fluffy and delicious chocolate chip banana oatmeal muffins made with wholesome ingredients like Coach’s Oats, Greek yogurt and flaxseed meal. They’re perfect for a quick breakfast or snack on-the-go!

Hello, hello. Welcome to Muffin Monday. It’s been awhile, but I’m back with an outrageously delicious new recipe ready to power you through the week. But first, how was your weekend?

Tony and I watched the Chicago Air & Water show from our rooftop, cleaned our house (necessary and a little therapeutic), went to a BBQ with some friends, ate donuts and walked at least 12,000 steps each day. Oh and of course, watched a little Game of Thrones. Sunday traditions are my favorite. What are yours?

Now that we’re onto a new week, I want to chat about why YOU need to make these muffins. JUST LOOK AT HOW GLORIOUS THEY ARE.

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Aug
18

Hi guys! Happy weekend. Grab your cup of coffee, it’s going to be a long one!

This past week: Oh my goodness it has been a WEEK. I just got back from a trip to Maine to learn more about wild blueberries. Unfortunately during my time there, I somehow came into contact with a terrible case of food poisoning from food at a restaurant. On Tuesday, I was stuck in my hotel room all day and night feeling like death. This was the first time I’ve ever had food poisoning, but can 100% say I never want to have it again. Such a bummer when that happens, especially while traveling!

The good news is I’m finally feeling better and ready to actually enjoy food again aka ready to bake my heart out, swing my cart around Trader Joe’s like a maniac, and crush kombucha like it’s my job. You know how I do.

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Aug
17

These four easy, protein-packed bento boxes are perfect for a quick lunch or post workout snack on-the-go. Made with wholesome ingredients like Just BARE Chicken, fresh fruits, veggies and grains! PLUS a bonus post-workout dinner for your busy week.  

Happy Thursday, everyone! I just got back from Maine where I soaked up every ounce of beautiful weather, lobstahhhh and blueberry farms galore. I was there on a press trip discovering all things blueberries, which include blueberry picking on actual blueberry farms. Have you ever been to Maine?! If not, start planning a trip because it’s incredible there.

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Aug
14

The BEST cauliflower pizza crust — so flavorful and surprisingly easy to make. Low carb, nutritious, fiber & protein packed. Topped the crust with whatever your heart desires. You’re going to be making this again and again!

Remember when cauliflower came onto the food scene a few years back? Now it’s become so popular that it’s hard to find a restaurant that doesn’t have roasted cauliflower on their menu. It’s even mainstream enough that Trader Joe’s makes cauliflower rice AND cauliflower pizza crust (have you tried it?).

Abra, AK brand manager & the veggie loving queen she is, even likes to put frozen cauliflower in her morning smoothies. YOU CRAZY ‘BRA (that’s her nickname.)

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Aug
11

We’re skipping weekend favorites because guess what today is? My six year blog anniversary! Truly I cannot believe it’s been six years since I wrote this post and then two days later hit publish. I had no idea what I was doing, all I had was a genuine feeling of excitement to be able to finally share recipes with anyone who who read them.

I knew I was doing what I loved from that moment on. Discovering baking, talking with you about my dreams, sharing my goals, going through a health journey and inspiring you has been all apart of this six years. And you’ve inspired me too. You’ve helped me grow and become the woman I am today. SO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE! I LOVE YOU GUYS! xoxo

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Aug
10

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas with a slight tang from Colman’s Dry Mustard and a kick from cayenne pepper. You’re going to love this protein-packed on-the-go snack.

You know what’s extremely essential for everyday life? SNACKS. There’s absolutely nothing that makes me happier than a 3pm nourishing snack that kicks hunger’s booty goodbye.

I love wandering into the kitchen for cup of coffee with a little almond milk, and a favorite snack. Most of the time I’m a sweet girl, but give me something a little crunchy, salty and crispy and I will bow down to the snack gods.

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