Best of April 2016!

April has come to an end. Here’s a roundup of everything I did & made last month including delicious recipes, the best donuts in Chicago, and more!

Ambitious Kitchen's Best of April 2016 collage

Here we are again! Another month has passed us by. Isn’t it crazy how fast 2016 seems to be going?

This month has been crazy work wise, and I’m fairly certain the next is going to be the same thing. That’s alright though, I’m looking forward to a few fun travel trips and warm weather. Anyway, this month was full of delicious things. Rose and I started on the Chicago Series and we spent time hitting up wayy too many doughnut places around the city. The guide should hit the blog on Monday and I’m SO dang excited about it. Every few weeks I’ll release a new guide! But donuts and pizza are definitely first.

New Ambitious Kitchen recipes from April:

Anyway, here are some of the recipes that went up on the blog this month…

Chickpea Flour Banana Bread GF

White Bean, Spinach & Turkey Stuffed Bell Peppers with Burrata GF

Dark Chocolate, Almond & Sea Salt Banana Baked Oatmeal GF

Whole Wheat Honey-Jalapeno Cornbread Chicken Tamale Pie

Broccoli White Cheddar Quinoa Mac and Cheese GF

Everything Green Spring Salad with Basil Lemon Vinaigrette V, GF

DIY Chicken Burrito Bowls GF

The donut and pizza are just extra things I’ve experienced this month and have absolutely LOVED. The donuts will be on the blog this next week. They’re baked instead of fried! And the pizza will be in the Chicago Series.

The most popular posts this month from across the entire site was my skinny banana chocolate chip muffins, oatmeal blueberry yogurt pancakes and my thai quinoa salad. Apparently you guys will never stop loving my banana muffins and neither will I.

scoop of quinoa mac and cheese

My personal favorite recipes from this month are probably the baked oatmeal, chicken tamale pie and quinoa mac and cheese! The mac and cheese is seriously so incredible and creamy. The chickpea banana bread has also been getting RAVE reviews! (All links are above.)

Recipe videos + I’m on YouTube

Speaking of my thai quinoa salad, I recently made a quick 1 minute recipe video for it. You can check it out below. I LOVE making recipe videos and doing video editing in general, I just wish I was a little bit better at it. Work in progress!

 

Travel updates!

Sarah and I talk about our everlasting desire to travel ALL THE TIME. I haven’t been anywhere since March and it’s kind of making me go a little insane. This week I am doing a mini trip to go see Lee in Minnesota aka the homeland. After that we’ll see what happens. I really want to go see my Grandma in New Mexico and possibly hit up Santa Fe for a travel guide. How fun would that be to explore?!

Oh and thank you very much for all of your Glacier recommendations! We’ve decided to postpone our trip until July. Apparently the weather is much better that time of year!

milkshakes next to a pool

In case you missed it, here were two travel guides I put out last month:

AK Travel Guide to Scottsdale, Arizona

Wellness Travel to Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico

Things I’m loving lately

monique with a donut

Taking the time to explore Chicago more.

cat in a bed

Snuggling with Milly for a little bit each morning.

sweet potato noodles on a plate next to hot sauce

Anything spiralized. These were spiralized carrot noodles from Hungryroot.

chocolate almond butter in a jar

Making my own nut butters and putting them on sprouted toast (or anything in sight).

donuts on a wire rack

What I’m craving:

Obviously this month was heavy on the meals, now I’m craving anything with fruit or chocolate. Also, I’ve been in love with all things peanut butter again, so expect some healthier treats in May!

As always, thanks for being here and making my recipes. It means the world to me! xoxo.

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