Jan
07

Hello from snowy Chicago! Tony and I landed back in the States yesterday and wow it is COLD here. I won’t lie, the piles of laundry + insane jet-lag are making me miss being in paradise, but I’m definitely ready to get back to reality.

First things first: hitting up Whole Foods for aaalll of the groceries, and then I’m ready to meal-prep. This Sunday I rounded up my go-to healthy chicken recipes that I love to prep for easy, weekday meals. These recipes are flavorful, delicious, and perfect for feeding the family or enjoying for lunch the next day!

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Jan
03

It’s Christmas and I’m flying on a plane to Brisbane from Cairns. Tony and I are headed to Byron Bay for the final part of our time here in Australia.

I wanted to take time out to write this letter because frankly, I’ve had incredible nostalgia while being here, taking me back to a period in my life that while I’m not proud of, was most definitely a learning experience.

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Jan
02

Welcome to my most basic, yet most addicting and simple breakfast recipe: Healthy egg muffin cups. 😍

I wanted to share a recipe with you to only inspire you to eat healthier in the new year, but to also help you easily meal prep for breakfast. Also, I realized that many of my breakfast recipes are on the sweeter side, so this one is for all my savory lovers.

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Jan
01

Flavorful, protein-packed butternut squash green chile chicken soup. This comforting, cozy dish comes together in one pot and is perfect for a cold night. 

Happy New Year! Update on my end: I’m currently in Hawaii still celebrating our honeymoon ❤️🌸 it’s absolutely amazing here and I never, ever want to leave.

For those of you in colder weather (like back home in Chicago!) I’ve got a beautiful soup for you that was inspired by my Grandmother Gloria.

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Dec
31

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! Can you believe today is the last day of 2017? SO crazy. Maybe I say this a lot…but I seriously feel like we were grilling burgers in June last month, and that Thanksgiving was yesterday. Where does the time go?!

Tony and I are ringing in 2018 in beautiful Kauai, and I’m so excited to explore the island for the first time. We have one more week of our honeymoon adventure before heading back to the tundra that is Chicago. I’ll definitely be bummed leaving paradise, but I’m already looking forward to getting back to my routine. That means working on the Ambitious Kitchen website makeover (woot!), getting in some good workouts, and fueling up with these delicious post workout snacks.

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Dec
29

Hi guys! I hope you’ve had an amazing week spent with good food, good people, and the best times. Tony and I are spending just a couple more days in Australia before we head to Hawaii for New Year’s Eve. Do you have big NYE plans? Thinking of laying low?

Before you hit the town this weekend I wanted to share a post that I’ve been SO excited to show you guys. I’m featuring YOU! That’s right, I rounded up a bunch of amazing Ambitious Kitchen recipes that you’ve made this year. I stuck with AK recipes from 2017, and looked all over Instagram and our Ambitious Community Facebook group to see all of the goodness that you’ve been cooking up.

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Dec
26

Hi guys! Happy Tuesday post-holiday. I hope you’ve all had an amazing time with the people you love (and doing the things you love!) Tony and I celebrated Christmas here in Australia and had the best time together. I’ll admit it has been pretty strange seeing Christmas decorations when it’s 85 degrees outside, but I don’t think I miss the cold too much.

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Dec
22

Hello from down under and happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week and are ready for a fabulous weekend ahead. Tony and I have been hiking, exploring, and eating delicious food in gorgeous, summer weather. Basically all of the things I love most. This weekend we’re gearing up for our own Christmas celebration, and today we’re celebrating my birthday!

I get a lot of questions about what my personal favorite recipes are on the blog, and let me tell you…it is tough to pick even fewer than 50. BUT on this day it seemed only appropriate to share with you my absolute favorite recipes on the blog from 2017. Guess what? A lot of them are also favorites from the AK community!

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Dec
19

Grain free snowman pancakes made with Simple Mills Pancake & Waffles mix. A cute and festive breakfast during the holiday season and perfect to make with kids — this recipe is in partnership with Simple Mills.

One of my favorite ways to enjoy a snowy winter morning during the holidays is by sleeping in, wearing my PJs all day, watching the Grinch and Home Alone and of course, enjoying brunch. Bonus if hot chocolate is also included with lots of whipped cream, babyyyy. P.S. Whipped cream is my weakness.

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