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My Favorite Recipes from 2016 + what I’m looking forward to!

My favorite recipes from 2016 and what I’m looking forward to in 2017! Check out the best breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and plenty of treats from the year.

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There’s beauty in not know what the future may hold for you. Don’t you think? It kind of builds this crazy sense of excitement in planning and anticipating what will come next.

For me, I’ve been so thrilled to see Ambitious Kitchen grow and flourish over the years.

Right now I find myself anticipating what could be next, and for some reason, I have this crazy feeling that 2017 might just be the best year I’ve ever had. I have so many things planned: launching, a site change, finishing up my cookbook proposal, traveling, decorating my home, and of course, starting my rug shop! 

That’s a hefty list and I actually think I might be a little delirious, BUT why not go big? Follow your dreams and find a way to make things happen. You’ll never know if something will be successful, if you don’t try your best to make it a reality. Take a leap of faith and jump into an adventure. There have been so many ups and downs since starting this site, but mostly, it’s made me into who I am today and I’m so grateful I decided to start a blog and share stories + recipes with you.

Because of all my dreams and passions, I’ve found myself more busy than I’ve ever been (and for good reason!) but I also recognize that I need to come back and give AK the love it deserves in writing, vulnerability and amazing healthy recipes. So look for more of that in 2017! Oh and weekend favorites will soon make a comeback… YES!

In other news, this past year was a seriously delicious one. For the most part I stayed on healthier side when it came to treats and meals. Some of you mentioned missing my more indulgent treats so I brought those back every now and then and will continue to do so because I love baking more than any 70 year old I know. Trust me, I know how fun it can be to bring a treat to a party or show up with a cookie that blows people’s minds. 

Anyway here we are: MY personal favorite recipes from 2016. The ones that are tested, tried and absolutely tasty AF. You know I wouldn’t lie to you, so put these on your meal plans ASAP and let’s get cookin’!

P.S. These are in no particular order, just random favorites I’ve made again and again over the past year.

Golden Turmeric Chicken Soup in two bowls

1. Golden Turmeric Chickpea Chicken Soup

Soft paleo ginger molasses cookies in a stack

2. Paleo Ginger Molasses Cookies

almond flour sugar cookies

3. Almond Flour Sugar Cookies

thai peanut chicken in two bowls

4. Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken with Purple Sticky Rice

slow cooker black bean pumpkin turkey chili in a bowl

5. Slow Cooker Black Bean Pumpkin Turkey Chili

butternut squash and kale salad in a bowl

6. Butternut Squash and Kale Salad with Pomegranate and Goat Cheese

nut free granola bars in a stack

7. Quinoa, Dried Fig & Dark Chocolate Granola Bars

Healthy gingerbread muffins in a muffin tin

8. Healthy Gingerbread Muffins

baked jalapeno poppers on a baking sheet

9. Tortilla Chip Crusted Baked Jalapeno Poppers

pesto chickpea salad on three plates

10. Mediterranean Pesto Chickpea Salad

almond flour brownies with raspberries

12. Small Batch Almond Flour Brownies

chicken tamale pie in a skillet

13. Whole Wheat Honey Jalapeno Cornbread Chicken Tamale Pie

salmon tacos

14. Blackened Salmon Tacos with Mango Guacamole & Forbidden Rice

gluten free carrot cake on a cake stand

15. Gluten Free Carrot Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Paleo Chocolate Chunk Cookies

16. Best Paleo Chocolate Chunk Cookies

chocolate zucchini bread

17. Allergy Friendly Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

paleo zucchini banana muffins with cups of coffee

18. Paleo Zucchini Banana Muffins

reese's egg on a marble board

19. Healthy Reese’s Eggs

Healthy Breakfast Toasts  graphic with text overlay

20. 4 Healthy Breakfast Toasts


What would you like to see more of in 2017? Recipes, stories, inspiration? Tell me below!

Don’t forget to check out the Top 10 reader favorite recipes from 2016 here!

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