May
31

I’m so excited to finally share the Ambitious Kitchen wellness series with you in partnership with Under Armour Women.

Even if you’ve only been following AK for the last few months, you know that I’m an advocate for women finding their own definition of health and wellness. I’ve shared stories on this blog about my struggles with finding balance, perfectionism, stress, losing my father, food addiction, ditching the scale and so much more.

I think of where this journey had led me. Where I’ve been because of blogging and how it’s shaped the person I am today.

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May
30

Roasted sweet potato arugula salad is a perfect lunch or appetizer. Topped with a light honey mustard yogurt dressing with a hint of gorgeous turmeric color.

How are we all feeling after the long weekend? Relaxed and rejuvenated?

Ready for another 3 day weekend? *me too*

Yesterday I went on a 3 mile run because I woke up with a massive wine hangover and needed some oxygen pumped to my brain. What? Just being honest over here… the best way to cure a hangover is a little bit of exercise.

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May
26

Ay ay, welcome to the freakin’ weekend — baby we about to have some FUN.

Seriously I haven’t been this excited about Memorial Day weekend in quite sometime. And the best part? We have NOTHING crazy planned. Maybe that’s why I’m looking forward to it so much. We’re going to hang around Chicago, enjoy some patio season weather, grill out, work on wedding stuff and just chill (with a lil Netflix of course).

Okay and I know this show isn’t on Netflix, but I desperately want to watch the Handmaid’s Tale. Oh and the new season of House of Cards come out on the 30th.

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May
25

No bake cheesecake layered with bites of grain-free brownie. Use any brownie you’d like, or just enjoy the cheesecakes on their own!

Truth be told I’ve never considered myself to be a cheesecake lovah. I’m more into pies, cookies, or basically anything else that’s sweet.

But when my friend Gina sent me her Skinnytaste Fast and Slow Cookbook a few months ago, I knew I wanted to share these easy, mini no bake cheesecakes with you. In Gina’s cookbook, she calls them shooters and serves them in adorable shot glasses.

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May
24

Happy Wednesday, everyone! I hope you’ve had a fabulous week so far. Despite the confusing Chicago weather all I can think about is the start of SUMMER. I’m so excited for the upcoming holiday weekend. Tony and I will be grillin’, chillin’, and (hopefully) enjoying some sunshine on the patio with friends. Read more.


May
23

Juicy grilled jerk chicken drumsticks with a delicious Caribbean Rice & sweet mango salsa. The perfect healthy grilling recipe for summertime!

When I was a wee little nugget aka a little lady, my favorite kind of chicken was chicken drumsticks. My mom grilled and baked them all the time for us, usually slightly coated or sometimes in zippy Puerto Rican spices with creamy beans and Spanish rice on the side. The chicken was incredibly juicy, so much more so than regular chicken breasts.

Now I wonder why I don’t eat it more often.

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May
22

Looking for a beautiful grain free dessert to make for summer? Try this gorgeous almond flour strawberry shortcake cake made with a mix of almond & coconut flour and Almond Breeze almondmilk!

My Godparents have a wonderful red quaint little cabin overlooking a huge lake in northern Minnesota. There’s a tiny plot of sand in the back and two docks that extend to look out to where people go boating and jet-skiing. Many of my favorite memories as a child were there, including most of the summertime holidays like Memorial Day and 4th of July.

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May
19

Did you know that I’m originally from Minnesota? Born and raised! That’s right I haven’t always lived in the Windy City. I grew up trudging through the long Minneapolis winters and wearing shorts as soon as it’s 40 degrees. I grew up eating Dairy Queen dilly bars, swimming in one of the many 10,000 lakes and eating plenty of casseroles.

I’ve been back in Minnesota for the past week and it’s more than nostalgic, especially during the summer months when the weather isn’t 0 degrees F. Abra and I flew in Tuesday for a new video series (after I did an amazing wine tasting in Chicago). We began filming with Just Bare Chicken on Wednesday and it was SO much fun. As I’ve mentioned before getting more into video has been one of my biggest blog goals for 2017. For me, it’s very fun to be on camera and challenges me in new, exciting ways. This blog has given me some of the most incredible experiences, and I am forever grateful for this journey as it continues to grow and change me.

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May
16

The best brownies I’ve ever eaten: tahini brownies. No butter, flour, oil or refined sugar. These paleo, gluten free and grain free brownies are simply incredible with REAL, wholesome ingredients!

While I was in Israel last November, I consumed the most tahini I had ever had in my life. The hummus (or often pronounced WHOOO-MUH-S) was one of the best things I’d ever eaten. Granted I have never been to Greece but this stuff was creamy, rich, and with a slight bitter tang from the freshly ground tahini.

After eating tahini for over a week with various dishes like roasted pumpkin, bread, meatballs and more, I became addicted. And even more so when I found out that Trader Joe’s sold tahini (aka sesame seed butter) for less than $5.

*places all TJ’s tahini in cart and runs*

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May
15

Beautiful ready to grill tofu kabobs made with extra firm Nasoya Tofu, a soy ginger turmeric marinade and fresh pineapple cubes. Delicious and perfect for the vegetarians in your life!

I’m sitting here going over our wedding playlist, wondering what the big day will be like when it actually comes. Will I be anxious? Nervous? Stressed? Carefree? Deliriously happy? All that I know is that I’m looking forward the day we say I do, but for reasons other than just having the wedding.

To me, it’s not about the big day — that’s for everyone else in our lives. What will come on our wedding day for us, is that we acknowledge that we’re finally in it together, forever. That we’ve sealed our souls as best friends, lovers and partners in life. That we close one eye to our faults, we promise to never give up and to always say I love you, even when life gets hard — which it will. Life is funny that way sometimes, wouldn’t you agree?

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