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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Skinny Carrot Cake Muffins

Skinny Carrot Cake Muffins taste like an indulgent treat but are actually light and healthy and full of tons of nutritious ingredients.

Skinny Carrot Cake Muffins | ChezCateyLou.com

I don’t know about you, but I can barely remember my new year’s resolutions. Ok correction – I remember them, I just haven’t exactly been sticking to them. I think my good intentions lasted all of 7 days. I just can’t say no to these and these. So to try to get back on track, I tricked myself into thinking I was eating carrot cake with these Skinny Carrot Cake Muffins! They taste delicious and are so moist, and they are packed with healthy ingredients – carrots, Sunsweet diced plums, oats, and Greek yogurt! These muffins are the perfect light and healthy snack to give you energy and satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Toasted Almond Granola Bars

These crunchy Toasted Almond Granola Bars are fully of nutty, delicious flavor. These are my new favorite breakfast treat, and taste so much better than store bought!
Toasted Almond Granola Bars | ChezCateyLou.com

Today’s post is a very special one – some blog friends and I are throwing a virtual bridal shower for our friend Nora from A Clean Bake.  She is getting married in just a few short weeks! Meriem from Culinary Couture is the lovely host of this shower. If you scroll to the bottom of the post, you can see all of the amazing dishes that everyone made for the shower!

I made crunchy Toasted Almond Granola Bars. This is my first time making granola bars, and I am officially obsessed. The flavor of these granola bars is so nutty and delicious!
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Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

Oatmeal Sandwich Bread | chezcateylou.com

This is my first bread post of 2014!  I might seem overly excited about this, but it is because I love bread.  It doesn’t matter how many times I bake bread, I still get excited every time it turns out well.  And this loaf of oatmeal sandwich bread turned out so well.  TheBetterHalf actually said it was his favorite loaf yet, and that really shocked me because there is a whole cup of oatmeal in here!  He is not the biggest fan of oatmeal.  But you can’t actually tell there are oats in here – they kind of dissolve and the resulting bread has a soft but sturdy texture.  It is the perfect sandwich bread!

Just look at that PB&J – doesn’t that picture make you want one?   I might need to have that for lunch today.  … 

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Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes

Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes | ChezCateyLou.com

Happy Friday! To celebrate the weekend, how about some pancakes? But not just any ordinary pancakes (although there’s nothing wrong with plain ol’ buttermilk pancakes or whole wheat pancakes) – sweet potato pecan pancakes! I was thinking about making pumpkin pancakes, but I have been on pumpkin overload lately. So I figured why not try out the “other orange puree” – mashed sweet potato! Is that a thing people say, the other orange puree? Probably not, but they really should…. 

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