Oct
10

Enchilada turkey meatloaf stuffed with sharp cheddar cheese and jalapenos to make this a deliciously spicy and FUN dinner idea!

As I was photographing this meatloaf, I thought to myself how difficult it was to actually make meatloaf look delicious. Then again I thought, maybe a saucy photos are the way to do it. Saucy photos are popular on Pinterest so I’ve concluded that people must love them.

Or at least that’s what I told myself when I photographed this recipe anyway. Heh.

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Oct
09

Freezer friendly healthy pumpkin waffles with cozy spices + a touch of maple syrup. These fluffy waffles will be your go-to fall breakfast. 

How the heck are you? Was your weekend filled with relaxation and good food? Yesterday I made a big bowl of vegetarian soup filled with chickpeas and spices. It was luxuriously cozy and felt like everything I needed on a Sunday night coupled with catching up on the latest episode of This is Us & watching one of my favorite Halloween movies: Hocus Pocus.

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Oct
08

Sunday is here and you know what that means…Round Up Sunday! Should we make a hashtag for this? Like #AKRoundUpSunday? Probably. Anyways, I hope you guys have had the chance to visit your local apple orchard this fall because I rounded up 14 healthy apple recipes that you’re going to LOVE.

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Oct
06

Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins made a little bit healthier. You’ll love these satisfying muffins for a snack — freezer friendly and great for kids. 

Hello hello! Coming to you with a recipe for pumpkin muffins + weekend favorites and a few wedding updates in between.

I just got back in Chicago after picking up my beautiful wedding dress at A&Be bridal in chilly Minneapolis. Every time I’m in Minnesota, I’m reminded of home, where I grew up near the lakes, and the niceness of the people. Oddly this time, I felt myself missing the beautiful trees and admiring the cozy neighborhoods lined with green grass. It’s always a good feeling to be home every now and then.

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Oct
04

Guysssss. Can you believe that there’s only about 6 weeks to go ’til my wedding?

I have to admit that planning our wedding has been a weight of anxiety, excitement and anticipation hanging over my head the past 6 months. While I’m certainly looking forward to our day, I’m most looking forward to just being married. You know or whatever married people do. Netflix and chill? Travel the world? Slurp noodles like in Lady and the Tramp?

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Oct
01

We’re BACK with another epic Round Up Sunday! This week I went through pretty much every recipe on my site (no joke) to round up alllll of the vegetarian meals that I have. For all you vegetarians, flexitarians, or just general pro-veggie peeps, this round up is for you. Welcome to the 52 healthy vegetarian recipes on Ambitious Kitchen!

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Sep
28

Slow cooker apple butter with no added sugar — just sweet juicy SweeTango apples and spices! Great for using extra apples up. This apple butter is amazing when used in baked goods or just spread on toast. This post is in partnership with SweeTango apples.

Growing up in Minnesota meant that every fall you’d head to the apple orchard.

The orchards weren’t just a place for picking apples; there was also pies (!!!), donuts, hayrides, apple cider, hot chocolate and those caramel apple suckers. If you were lucky enough, you’d also get to pick out a pumpkin or two, then go home and carve it on the table with the family.

Each time we’d get home from the orchard, our bags would be full of pounds and pounds of apples. I don’t know about you, but one can only snack on so many apples. After that, it’s time to BAKE.

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Sep
25

I’m just getting back to Chicago and settling into my routine after a weekend trip to Boulder, Colorado for our first ever Healthy Glow Co. retreat, which was absolutely AMAZING. Fourteen girls from across the country to celebrate the amazing community we’ve built for the past year and enjoy a day of self care including facials, hiking, cooking together, family style meals and SO MUCH MORE.

Anddddd that’s not all! This weekend we also celebrated some big news: our HGG STRONG fitness plan is finally live!

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Sep
24

Happy weekend, and round up Sunday! I’m writing you from Colorado where we just had our first-ever, in-person Healthy Glow Co. retreat. I got to spend the weekend with the HGC team and 14 amazing members that make our collective possible. Feeling inspired, refreshed, and SO excited about the community we’ve built. I’ll be sure to share more details of our trip soon, but first let’s talk about these incredible paleo dessert recipes that I rounded up for you guys!

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Sep
22

Hello hello and welcome to Weekend Favorites, #abrassalad edition! As you’ve probably noticed via social media, we’ve had quite the busy past few weeks over here at AK HQ. With fall and winter recipe testing in full-swing, a fun video project coming soon (did someone say DIY self-care tips?), an exciting surprise on Healthy Glow Co. releasing this weekend, AND a trip to Boulder, Monique has more than just pumpkin-flavored recipes on her plate. On top of that…Ambitious Wedding is only 8 weeks away!

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