Jun
28

 

I’m finally returning to blogging and couldn’t be happier about it! Long story short, sometimes launching a new site isn’t as easy as you’d thought it would be. However, IT IS totally worth it. I LOVE my new site – so a HUGE thanks to Wooden Spoons Kitchen for taking my ideas and crafting them into this beautiful design.

But hey guys, just because I haven’t been blogging doesn’t mean that I haven’t been baking up a storm. And sometimes the best kind of recipes just happen to be cookies; so as a thank you for your patience, I bring you the BEST cookies I’ve made in quite sometime.

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Jun
09

Welcome to Ambitious Kitchen

My goodness, I am SO happy you’re here! Welcome to the brand new redesign of Ambitious Kitchen.

For nearly three years, Ambitious Kitchen has been my true passion; a place where I come to write, get creative, share inspiration, ups and downs, and some really freaking delicious recipes. Thank you for being here. I SO appreciate your readership, comments, pins, shares, likes, and LOVE. You inspire me more than you know.

I hope you’ll find the new site inspiring, easier to navigate, and FUN.

Welcome to Ambitious Kitchen

So, what’s new on the site?

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May
27

Chewy flourless cookies made with homemade pecan butter, oatmeal and chocolate chips for a unique treat that tastes like a bite of pecan pie. No flour or butter used in this easy recipe!

Chewy Toasted Pecan Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - no flour or butter!

I spent Memorial Day weekend in New Mexico with my Grandparents. They live 20 minutes south of Albuquerque in Los Lunas and while there isn’t much to do, I cherish spending time with them. I’m planning on sharing a few special memories and details about my trip in a post soon. I think I gained a few pounds for eating all of my Grandma’s baked goodies and sopaipillas.

We’ll catch up on all that fried goodness later. Today, these cookies are calling your name. After all, it’s time to get back to work and you’re probably in need something a little sweet. I can feel it. I know you well by now.

Chewy Toasted Pecan Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies - no flour or butter!

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared a simple recipe for Homemade Pecan Nut Butter? It reminded me of a slice of cozy pecan pie and I absolutely could not stop digging my spoon into the jar. It’s smooth and ridiculous delish, plus only takes a few minutes to make in your food processor.

I’m actually going to make it for a friend’s wedding this weekend. She’s having a PB&J late-night bar and asked me to make some unique nut butters. CANNOT WAIT.

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May
21

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Oat Bars — easy to make and healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast! Ready in less than 25 minutes.

Healthy Chocolate Oatmeal Brownies

I just got back from a trip to Miami and North Carolina where I ate copious amounts of food and baked way too many cookies for Tony.

I’ll admit that I’m eager to get back into my workout and normal eating routine. Do you ever crave consistency after being away from home for a while? I know I do. My friend (and fellow blogger) Maegan and I ate nearly every sweet treat we could find in Miami; from coconut cake shakes (OMG) and coconut pecan chocolate chip cookies to crunchy brownie brittle and 2AM insomnia cookies. Hey, you only live once and you better do it right if you’re in Miami!

Every time I attend a food conference or travel in general, I know I’m going to be eating way too much so I pack my workout DVDs. This time I decided to bring my dumbbells. FYI: TSA doesn’t like when you bring dumbbells onto planes because they are considered ‘club like’. Oops. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do though, right?

I’m never embarrassed to whip out my weights and take a work out break when everyone else is out and about. I know what’s important to me and my well-being. I also pack bento lunch boxes for the plane when I’m traveling; this helps me to make sure I’m eating healthy since it can be difficult to find decent airport food.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread Oat BarsSpeaking of food and traveling, my next adventure will be to New Mexico over Memorial Day weekend. I’ll be visiting my adorable Grandparents who probably love food more than me. Gloria (my grandma) makes about four homemade scratch recipes per day. Seriously have you made her buttermilk waffles yet? Incredible.

I’m actually a little terrified as I have a feeling she’s going to to be 10x more eager to bake with me. We’re kind of two peas in a pod in that way though; always trying to come up with new ideas. I suppose it’s a good thing that I’ve already packed several Jillian Michael’s DVDs and of course, there’s ZUMBA. She’s kind of obsessed with it.

Healthy Double Chocolate Banana Bread Oat Bars - vegan & gluten free

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May
14

 A delicious smoothie made with wild blueberries, banana, almond milk and spinach for a nutritional boost. Finished with a sprinkle of chia seeds for a healthy dose of omega-3.

A blueberry power smoothie packed with wild blueberries, strawberries, banana, almond milk, spinach and chia seeds. The perfect pick me up or breakfast! Hello. Let me proceed to tell you about how weird I am.

Last night I had this out of control craving for broccoli after my workout. Just steamed broccoli with sea salt and pepper. Quite ridiculous really, but I absolutely had to have it. So off to Target I went. Except you know when you walk into Target, it’s not like you’re walking right out. Nope, you’re going to be there for at least an hour filling your cart with things you never knew you needed. Classic example: Vanilla Cupcake Goldfish. They basically taste like sweetened little animal cracker cookies. And if you’ve been here a while, you know how I LOVE animal crackers (especially frosted). Oh and also, coconut milk conditioner. YUM.

I finally managed to leave Target with two bags full. By the time I got home I WAS STARVING. Do you ever get to the point where you’re so hungry that you can’t even think? I thought about breaking open a jar of peanut butter in my car on the ride home, but knew that wouldn’t lead to anything good.

Once home, I basically destroyed an entire bag of steamed broccoli for dinner. Obviously that filled me up, but only for one episode of The Vampire Diaries, so of course I had to make something else. Since I’ve been really trying to clean up my diet (minus the goldfish), I opted for one of my favorite power smoothies.

 Wild Blueberry Banana Spinach Power Smoothie

Lately I’ve been really into blueberries in just about anything. WILD blueberries to be exact. I like the name and I like the flavor. In fact I kinda feel like Tarzan after eating them.

Really though, they’re SO much better then the conventional ones. I usually purchase mine from Trader Joe’s, but if you can’t find them there, opt for organic blueberries. I promise you’ll notice the flavor difference.

A power smoothie packed with wild blueberries, strawberries, banana, almond milk, spinach and chia seeds. The perfect pick me up or breakfast!

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May
12

The Good Bean Bar Giveaway

Happyyyyyy Monday. Who else is drinking a pot of coffee this morning?

I have a million things to do before I begin my next month full of trips. This weekend I’m headed to Miami to attend the BlogHer food conference, then I’ll be jetting off to see Tony in North Carolina for a few days. The next week I’m going to New Mexico for a family reunion hosted by my one and only zumba-lovin’ Grandma (she’s incredible).

Soooo of course there’s travel prep, and that means a giant to-do list which has me running around like crazy. Plus, I’ve also been working out like a mad woman so I’ve needed lots of snacks. No joke, there are chickpea snacks, trail mixes, oranges and bars in my car.

One of my favorite on-the-go snacks are these chickpea snacks from The Good Bean. They’re high-fiber, low-fat, and high protein. They recently started an online store, where you’re able to purchase all of their delicious flavors. If you’re wondering which flavor to try first, I say go for the Chocolate Berry Fruit & No-Nut Bar — SO GOOD.

The Good Bean Giveaway

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May
07

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing - light, lovely and so delicious!

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.

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing - light, lovely and so delicious!

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.

Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Salad with Honey-Orange Dressing - light, lovely and so delicious!

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