Nov
08

Healthy turkey chili made with lean ground turkey, kidney beans and corn. This version is simply the BEST! Can be made on the stovetop or in your slow cooker.

I normally don’t declare recipes the best for just any reason. In fact, if I’m saying something is the BEST, then it’s for a very good reason. Most often because I had multiple people try out a recipe and tell me it’s the best thing they’ve ever tasted; this happens most frequently when I bake cookies.

Little did I expect this turkey chili to surprise me with it’s thick texture and addicting flavor. But my goodness, it is wonderful. And I do have to admit that I’ve made it four times in the past month. It’s one of those recipes you can tuck in your recipe box or bookmark on your phone. Honestly, I’m just obsessed.

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Nov
02

I’m back from Denver and not ready to come down from that vacation high. I realized after typing that last sentence that it was a fantastic pun. Hah.

In all seriousness, our trip to Utah and Denver was a raging success. Besides one near-death experience hiking and getting stuck at 10,000 feet in a outrageous ice/snow storm, things were incredibly awesome. There were so many places that I wanted to stop and eat at, or mountains I wanted to hike; I wish I was able to get all of it in. I do want to give a huge thanks for all of your fabulous recommendations over on Instagram. I’ll be definitely doing an AK guide to Denver SOON!

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Oct
23

So it’s a bit obvious that I’m on a pumpkin kick. Oh wait, that’s everyday of my life. To be honest with you, this just might be my most favorite round up I’ve ever created. I would seriously make and eat every single one of these recipes. And if you’re a pumpkin lover like me, then you’ll enjoy these incredible HEALTHY ones.

The only REAL question is… which will you make first?!

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Oct
08

It’s getting chilly here in Chicago. Surprisingly the leaves haven’t started changing to a yellow-orange hue, but I expect them to soon enough.

Fortunately, I haven’t been forced to turn the heat on quite yet but have definitely been tempted. Especially since my entire apartment is made up of hardwood floors that turn ice cold during the evenings. The only solution? Cranking up the oven to 350 degrees F and filling the apartment with the aroma of all things sweet and spice (and everything nice?).

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Sep
16

Are you ready for some pumpkin?! I’ve been waiting for it like a kid on Christmas morning. And I guess you really don’t have a choice because here I am shoving this recipe in your face. There’s no turning back now: Pumpkin season has officially started on Ambitious Kitchen.

In fact, did you know that my love for pumpkin is right up top with my love for all things nut butter? I’ve always said that if I could choose my last meal on earth, it would be pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Does that make me a basic bitch?

Don’t answer that one.

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Sep
14

I’m a little late to the fig lovin’ game. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it was because I never grew up eating them or maybe it was because their season peaked during the time when berries were still gorgeously cheap and apple season was just on the horizon.

Either way I’m here now, eating their beauty in my morning oatmeal and on breakfast toast. I’ve had them on pizza paired with blue cheese, bacon, and a heaping pile of that zesty arugula. Seriously, figs are just too damn addicting.

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Sep
07

Happy Labor Day, friends! I hope that your enjoying your day off — whatever that means for you. I really don’t have any special plans. Maybe a Mariah Carey jam sesh and cookie baking, but nothing extraordinary.

But I’m super excited for tomorrow because Tony is officially done with baseball and I’m looking forward to having him back home. Even though our Fall months are going to be jam-packed with moving, redecorating, painting, concerts and trips; I can’t wait to do it all with him. All the romantic, mushy feels are happening.

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Aug
20

HEALTHY LOW CARB Turkey Zucchini Meat Loaf stuffed with pepper jack and topped with the most delicious sauce EVER!

Zucchini, zucchini, ZUCCHINI. It’s taking over my life. I’m not sure I mind so much, but I can tell you that I’m getting sick of shredding the zucchini. I have a few more to use up but after that I don’t think you’ll see another zucchini recipe from me in quite sometime. My right arm physically hurts from zucchini shredding syndrome. Yes, it’s officially a syndrome (in the AK book anyway).

I realize I’ve been doing various baked goods with zucchini so this time I wanted to bring you something a little savory like this turkey zucchini meatloaf. I decided that adding some zucchini to a turkey meatloaf would not only be a great way to get my veggies in, but also to add moisture (since I use lean turkey).

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Feb
12

Healthy carrot cake muffins for breakfast thanks to this nutritious recipe packed with whole grains and healthy fats.

Healthy muffins! That taste like carrot cake! Oh, I think this might just be a dream come true.

Truth be told, carrot cake gets me every single time. I fell in love with it a few years ago and my craving for cake has quadrupled since then. I can’t get over the spices, flavor, and that thick-n-creamy cream cheese frosting that pairs so wonderfully with the cake. I’m not sure it gets better.

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