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East Asian Inspired Recipes

Close up side view of Soy Glazed Eggplant in the skillet, topped with peanuts and green onion

Soy Glazed Eggplant

I love taking advantage of all the fresh produce in summer and all the color and texture it brings to my plate! This week I played around with eggplant, which has a unique almost...

Close up of a bowl of cucumber mango salad with chopsticks picking up a piece of mango

Cucumber Mango Salad

I’m not sure there is anything more summery than this Cucumber Mango Salad. It perfectly marries sweet, sour, and spicy flavors with that whoosh of cucumber freshness, for a light and refreshing summer side...

Cold Peanut Noodle Salad divided between meal prep containers, dressing being poured.

Cold Peanut Noodle Salad

This Cold Peanut Noodle Salad is the perfect meal prep for summer! No need to reheat, it’s light but filling, and the flavors are oh so fresh. It’s topped off with a homemade tangy,...

A spoon lifting some peanut lime dressing out of a bow, squeezed lime and cilantro on the side.

Peanut Lime Dressing

If you want to change up your salad game, the easiest way is to use a new salad dressing. This Peanut Lime Salad dressing is sweet, savory, tangy, and creamy all in one! And...

Close up of One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice in the skillet.

One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a “one pot” recipe, but I’m really excited about this one. This One Pot Teriyaki Chicken and Rice is incredibly easy, requires very little chopping, and is one...

An upgraded bowl of instant ramen, viewed from above, being eaten with chopsticks

6 Ways to Upgrade Instant Ramen

Confession time: sometimes I actually like instant ramen. You know, those cheap little packets of salty noodles that only cost 30¢? I don’t eat them often, maybe once per year, but when I get...

Front view of chopsticks picking up a slice of mushroom out of a Gochujang Mushroom Bowl.

Gochujang Mushroom Bowls

Move over sriracha, gochujang is having a moment in the American food scene, and I’m really happy about it. These Gochujang Mushroom bowls feature sweet and spicy gochujang marinated mushrooms, quick pickled cucumbers, crunchy...

Three rectangular glass meal prep containers with Ground Turkey Stir Fry and Brown Rice

Ground Turkey Stir Fry

I seriously never get tired of super easy stir fry dinners! I mean, what’s not to love? Only a few ingredients, you can work in a TON of vegetables, and they’re super fast! Using...

Sesame Tempeh Bowls being eaten with chopsticks

Sesame Tempeh Bowls

It’s only been two days since the Vegetarian Challenge ended, but my stomach is already like, “Whoa girl, take it easy. I thought I told you before not to change things up so suddenly!”...

A bowl of Spicy Coconut Vegetable Stir Fry ready to be eaten.

Spicy Coconut Vegetable Stir Fry

I found myself with a handful of leftover vegetables in my fridge this week, so you know what that means—STIR FRY TIME! I went extra tropical this time, to escape these winter blues, with...

Eating a large plate of Salad Bar Vegetable Lo Mein

15-Minute Salad Bar Vegetable Lo Mein

Are you ready for the easiest of easy stir fry dinners? This Salad Bar Vegetable Lo Mein is the perfect no-brainer dinner for when you can’t be bothered to even think about cooking, or...

Three bowls of Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry

Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry Bowls

If I could only say one thing to people who read my blog, it’s that dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. These Sweet Chili Chicken Stir Fry Bowls are the perfect example. It’s really...

Easy Sweet Chili Sauce close up on a spoon

Easy Sweet Chili Sauce

How many half-used bottles of condiments would you say you have in your refrigerator at this very moment. Five? Ten? Twenty? I don’t know how many I have but I know it’s too many. So...

By adding a few extra ingredients to your rice cooker, you can cook an entire meal at once. This Teriyaki Shrimp and Rice is an easy and healthy alternative to take out. Budgetbytes.com

Rice Cooker Teriyaki Shrimp and Rice

Rice cookers are a convenient and inexpensive way to cook food for those confined to small spaces or without access to conventional kitchens, so I’m going to develop a few recipes specifically for rice...

Skip the meat and make these light and fresh Hoisin Tofu Lettuce Cups, for a fast and easy weeknight dinner. Budgetbytes.com

Hoisin Tofu Lettuce Cups

Pan frying chopped tofu and drenching it in a yummy sauce is my new favorite tofu technique. It’s so easy and as I think about the sauce options, the variations are totally endless! Today...

This quick and easy egg drop soup is warm and southing on cold days or when you're feeling under the weather. BudgetBytes.com

Easy Homemade Egg Drop Soup

There’s nothing quite like a hot soothing soup when you’re feeling under the weather. This fast and easy homemade egg drop soup comes together in just a few minutes and has a ginger infused...

This incredibly Easy Sesame Chicken is faster and tastier than take out. You control the ingredients, you control the flavor. Budgetbytes.com

Easy Sesame Chicken

This Easy Sesame Chicken is seriously so easy that you’ll be tempted to toss those take-out menus. The delicious sauce takes only a few ingredients, all of which you can keep on hand indefinitely...

This Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce (or marinade) takes only a few minutes and five simple ingredients that can be kept on hand at all times. Perfect for last minute weeknight dinners! Budgetbytes.com

Easy Homemade Teriyaki Sauce or Marinade

Having an arsenal of quick-to-assemble sauces made out of pantry staples can absolutely save you on those nights when you forgot to plan ahead. Simple sauces are the key to transforming refrigerator leftovers or...