Healthy oatmeal cottage cheese pancakes packed with 20g of protein to give you boost. The perfect after workout meal full of healthy carbs and protein! Taste like banana bread pancakes.

I recently caught up with one of my best friends from college; we hadn’t seen each other in over a year! How does time pass that quickly? I’m not sure, but life does happen and as I’m hurling my way through my twenties, it has increasingly become more difficult to maintain the relationships I once had.

I feel like this should be an article on Thought Catalog.


Anyway, Callie (pictured in the middle) and I lived together throughout college, which reminded me of our absurd obsession with oatmeal. WE LOVED IT. I can’t tell you how many times we ate it for both breakfast AND dinner; it was just SO filling, good-for-you, and comforting! Big bowls of cinnamon oatmeal bliss for dinner topped with anything we could find. I miss those days.

In fact, I MISS ALL OF MY FAVORITE COLLEGE GIRLS! Life slow down for just a minute please. At least so I can find the time to make some oatmeal.

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HAPPY FRIDAY. No seriously… TGIF!

I’ve added some photos of my vacation for you to look at. I’m a little bit depressed since there was a snowstorm yesterday in Minnesota; I thought it was April showers bring May flowers? Lies.

Okay, I’ll stop complaining. All I really want right now is to get back to sunshine. Why hasn’t anyone invented a teleporter? You know, Star Trek style.

Whatever it’s the weekend, so I’m pretty happy about that. In fact right now I feel like I could run a marathon; I’ve consumed wayyyy too much caffeine. Fridays require extreme happiness and excitement, and sometimes that requires 3 cups of coffee.

Ohhh but I’ve got some fun, delicious links that I’ve been dying to share with you! Here we go:




  • 38 things about Minnesota you never knew until now.


  • New favorite brown butter cookie!




  • Quite possibly the best vegan burger I’ve ever seen!



  • Weekend baking: Banana & zucchini muffins.




Have a lovely weekend! xoxo




Let me tell you why I blog: I do it because sharing food is my passion. I wake up for it! I LOVE  creating recipes and content (it’s my job) because every single day is riveting and different. Lastly, it has encouraged me to be more of an entrepreneur. And at the age of 24 that’s pretty scary, but it’s probably also the best thing that’s ever happened to me!

So let me just start off by saying thank you! YOU all have inspired me so much — and I mean that from the bottom of my heart! I read every single email and comment; they are very much appreciated. Whether it’s inspiring you to try something completely new, teaching a new skill, or encouraging you to eat a little better, this blog has grown into something I can truly be proud of! My goodness I’ve learned so much and have met incredible people along the way (including my internet friends). The opportunities have been endless.

Now I don’t mind sharing aspects about my life on here either, because like you, I’m learning something new about myself every single day. So today I’m encouraging you to step out of your comfort zone. What’s your passion? What do you want more than anything right now? I asked myself that same question and came up with a cross between french toast and caramel rolls with a hint of orange.

Okay enough with the sappy stuff, Brunch time is serious business!

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It’s another Friday and thank goodness for that because I’m sitting here with my Key Lime 100 Calorie Yoplait yogurt wishing it would somehow transform itself into actual frozen yogurt and still be low calorie. Maybe I should put it in the freezer? Forget it, I am too impatient to wait and it is magical enough by itself. I guess Fridays can be a little rough but that’s what happy hours are for, right?

Now the last time I had my weekly favorites I asked you if you’d like to see a weekly post about my healthy living tips, and a lot of you seemed interested. Therefore, I’ll work on gathering up some fun ideas! Feel free to pass any along that you’d like to see.

Hmmmm what else? Well I’m still in the midst of figuring out my blog design and had sort of put it aside while on vacation, but hopefully you’ll see a much cleaner version of Ambitious Kitchen within the next month or so! My goal is to bring you something much easier to navigate and less cluttered in general.

Okay, okay, okay! Let’s get on to my weekly favorites:




  • My favorite Food Processor (and yes, you really need one — it makes life easier).*


  • The most beautiful salad ever.



  • Make this pasta for your boyfriend.


  • Protein dark chocolate chunk cookies!



  • Ummm seriously this cake. I die!


  • Tortilla soup with a vegetarian twist.


  • Juice that will make you dream of summer.



Have an amazing weekend! Drink a margarita for me.



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I bet you’re hungry. I mean, it’s been a week since I’ve given you a recipe!

I’m not back from vacation just yet so I’m going to keep this short and sweet; I have to enjoy my last day in the sunshine!

Before I go, we must discuss these granola bars. They’re simple, delicious, and full of good-for-you ingredients and healthy fats to keep you satisfied. Plus they are incredibly easy to make!

First we toast the coconut, oats, and almonds in the oven.

Then simply mix honey, almond butter, a little coconut oil, vanilla and cinnamon in a saucepan to heat thoroughly. The wet ingredients are then added to the dry mixture and then tossed to combine. Easy!

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I’m leaving on a jet plane…  headed to incredibly sunny HOT weather to drink margaritas, eat cupcakes, mexican food, AND frozen yogurt. Maybe that’s not exactly how the song goes, but pretty close.

Okay seriously, I CAN’T FREAKING WAIT! I apologize if I’m making you jealous but I’m pretty sure my new favorite hummingbird cupcakes will provide you with a little happiness. I mean they are topped with a heavenly TOASTED COCONUT CREAM CHEESE FROSTING!

Again, sorry for the excitement and excessive exclamation marks. I had a giant iced coffee the size of my face this morning. WHOOOOOOOO!

Wow, this is the most outrageous post I’ve ever written so I should just stop right now and give you the recipe. Unfortunately, I still need to explain a few things about these spectacular cupcakes.

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Friday Favorite

OMG how is it almost the end of March? I swear the weeks are flying by faster and faster! This past week I made my famous turkey tomato meat sauce with basil, garlic, and major amounts of melty mozzarella. Mmmmm LOVE at first bite; plus it’s also secretly healthy!

Speaking of healthy things, I’ve been thinking about starting a new weekly post about healthy living, including my tips for eating right and any helpful advice I can offer. Let me know if you’d like to see that happen, and if you have any questions you’d like to see answered.

One last thing: I’m on season 2 of Felicity and absolutely fell in love with the series all over again. Thank you Netflix for causing me to stay up until 1am during the weeknights. I’ll probably watch Dawson’s Creek next and I’m not sorry about it (PACEY FOREVER!).

Alright now let’s get to some delicious links:

  • I need to bake these cupcakes and then ascend to heaven.



  • A giant breakfast COOKIE. You’re welcome.


  •  Currently one of my favorite songs.


  • Quick amusement. Okay, I’m lame and find it hilarious.




  • I’m all about healthy muffins!



  • Delicious jalapeno turkey burgers with guac for the weekend.


  • Replace regular M&Ms with the Easter colored ones and you’ve got yourself a delicious Spring cookie!


Have a wonderful weekend! xo


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Now that it’s the weekend, I give you full permission to indulge in frozen yogurt with a million toppings. It’s not like you needed my permission or anything; I’m just letting you know it’s a really good idea.

I have A LOT of things to do this weekend and I need to start now! I’m heading to Chicago Monday for a few days plus I’m really hoping to have the new blog design finished within the next month so I’ll be working away. Of course, I’ll be drinking a GREEN margarita at some point.

Anyway I’ll leave you with my favorites from the past week:


  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this Irish inspired bread.



  • Rice Krispie treats made with Lucky Charms!


  • Five people you’ll fall in love with.


  • Gorgeous carrot cake with one of my favorite frostings in the freaking world.


  • Check out what Whole Foods just announced about labeling foods.


  • Google Reader is dead as of July 1st; learn how to switch to BlogLovin’ here and then follow Ambitious Kitchen!



  • How do you top your bagel?


  • If you’re a fellow yogi, you’ll love these inversions (& get ready to pin away)!


  • 3-ingredient girl scout cookies for the weekend.


  • Dying to bake these cupcakes for my Godkids and then secretly lick the frosting bowl clean. Come on, you would too!


Have a lucky weekend! xo





Finally my review is here! If you’ve been following me along on Facebook or Instagram, you’re probably aware that I recently did a juice cleanse. I wanted to share my experience with all of you, so here it goes:

Why I did a cleanse: I had  been seeing juice cleanses all over the internet and was dying to try one. I work out nearly every day, but my eating habits certainly aren’t perfect and I had been feeling sort of off; I thought a a juice cleanse might help balance my system and get back to normal. I chose Urban Remedy and did their Signature Cleanse which consists of drinking 6 organic vegan/GF juices per day.

Preparing for the cleanse: A few days before the cleanse you’re supposed to pretty much be vegan and caffeine-free. I stopped drinking coffee and ate a lot of fresh organic veggies, salads, fruit, and squash. I will admit that I had one of my blueberry muffins and eggs too. Oops! I couldn’t help it.


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This past weekend was tough! I was in the midst of a juice cleanse and could not stop thinking about how much I wanted a salad the size of my face. Or grilled fish with a glass of wine followed by some Fro Yo with major amounts of sprinkles and pink-frosted animal crackers.

Then to make matters worse, I watched The Food Network again. They were playing Red Lobster commercials which nearly caused me to drool on myself. I guess you could say my cravings were pretty ridiculous; then again it was probably my own fault for watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.

There is good news though: I truly feel incredible and since I enjoy sharing my discoveries with you, I journaled  my experience with the cleanse. I plan on posting it sometime this week. Perhaps it will inspire you, too!

Healthy Blueberry Oat Applesauce Muffins with Struesel

Okay enough chatting, can we get to the muffins?

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