Mushroom Ginger Congee {Vegan, GF}

Mushroom Ginger Congee is a thick and hearty Asian soup that is made with oats! This vegan soup is easy to make, super healthy, and tastes delicious!

Mushroom Ginger Congee {Vegan} | ChezCateyLou.com

Do you ever get in little food routines? I have weeks where I end up eating the same thing pretty much every day. And last week, it was this Mushroom Ginger Congee for dinner every night! Sidenote – TheBetterHalf was working late that week…he would not approve of only soup for dinner.  Although let’s be serious, I didn’t only have soup…I followed the congee with dessert of course!  It is all about balance, right?

This soup  is so simple to make and is so warm and comforting. Plus, it doesn’t get much lighter – only 140 calories and 1.5 g of fat per serving, and it is very filling!  This is a great recipe to make when you aren’t feeling well, because the ginger and mushroom will both boost your immune system. Healthy comfort food that tastes amazing and helps you feel better – no wonder I ate this for dinner every night!… 

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Easy Fried Rice with Asian Vegetables

This Easy Fried Rice with Asian Vegetables is a quick and easy go-to vegetarian dinner solution that is so healthy and flavorful!

Easy Fried Rice with Asian Vegetables #EatSmartVeggies | ChezCateyLou.com

Does this situation sound familiar to you…you’ve had a long day at work.  You get home and are just so tired, yet you need to somehow get a healthy dinner on the table.  That sounds like pretty much every night for me!  So I am always on the lookout for new quick, easy, and healthy dinner ideas.  This Easy Fried Rice with Asian Vegetables is my new go-to!  It is packed with flavor and is so easy to make thanks to Eat Smart‘s Shanghai Blend Stir Fry Kit.  No washing and chopping veggies required here – just open the bag and you have 5 different nutritious superfood veggies ready to go for your dinner, plus the stir fry sauce!… 

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Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce {& a Giveaway!}

Soba noodles are mixed with fresh vegetables and tossed in a sweet and spicy Asian almond butter sauce. So easy to prepare and so full of flavor!

Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce | ChezCateyLou.com

Good morning!  Did you have a nice weekend?  I was in town for the first time in 4 weekends, and it was so nice to just relax with TheBetterHalf.  And cook – I made 6 recipes for the blog!  Including this soba noodle salad!

Today I have two ways to make your Monday better…a quick, easy and delicious dinner idea, and a GIVEAWAY!

These Soba Noodles with Spicy Almond Butter Sauce are so simple to prepare and sweet/spicy/savory Asian inspired sauce tastes incredible.  The recipe comes from an amazing cookbook, Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture, and you can win a copy!  In fact I have three copies to give away today.  Scroll to the bottom of the post and enter to win!

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Charleston (Husk and Xiao Bao Biscuit) – Friday Dinner Series

Charleston, South Carolina is a charming southern town full of amazing food. Here are two of our favorite meals in Charleston – Husk and Xiao Bao Biscuit.

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Friday Dinner Series is back with a look at two of our favorite spots in Charleston, South Carolina. A few weeks back, Cate and I escaped snowy New York City for a weekend trip to one of the South’s culinary hotbeds. As a Northerner you won’t hear me say this too often, but man, the South really knows how to eat. Biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, bacon everywhere – and tons of beer and bourbon to wash it down. If I wasn’t 90% sure all of those things were bad for you I’d never eat anything else.

Charleston certainly excels at traditional southern food, but there’s more to their food scene than just shrimp and grits. They have an incredible amount of great restaurants in a relatively small area. Today, a quick look at Husk (actually, the Bar at Husk) and Xiao Bao Biscuit.

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Butternut Squash Potstickers with Sriracha Ginger Dipping Sauce

Butternut Squash Potstickers | ChezCateyLou.com

I am a huge fan of butternut squash. I get so excited when I see it popping up all over markets and on restaurant menus in the fall.  I like to buy the packages of precut cubes.  It just seems much safer to me…every time I take the giant chef’s knife to a whole butternut squash I come perilously close to losing a finger.

Usually we just roast our butternut squash – toss it in some olive oil, salt and pepper and roast for 20 mins at 400 degrees.  Simple and delicious.  But I decided to branch out with my latest butternut squash purchase and make potstickers.  Wow.  Amazing.  New favorite recipe!  This was my first time making potstickers and I have to say, I was pretty darn proud of myself. Look at these beauties! I was pretty much dancing around the apartment when they were finished. … 

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