Garlic Soba Noodles with Edamame

I have a couple life updates to throw out there. First of all, this morning I was back at my pre-pregnancy weight! I gained 31 pounds while I was pregnant, lost all but 7 within the first week or two, and then the weight loss pretty much completely stalled.

A few weeks ago I decided to count calories for a few days just to monitor what I was eating (since being at home makes it way to easy to just graze on crap all day), and since then I’ve just been mindful about only eating when I’m actually hungry. I’m guessing all the running and Bikram I’ve been doing probably helped a little bit, too.

Second, I’m back at work and it’s AWESOME. The kids this year are so amazing. I had them write paragraphs explaining the difference between mass and weight, and was completely impressed with how well they write. Also, about a dozen students from last year (who are now in high school) stopped by one afternoon to visit and it totally made my day. I love this job!

Meals like this are perfect for those busy days (like yesterday, which involved work, a dentist appointment, and a trip to Costco to get stuff for our work party this weekend) that require something super fast and healthy. I served the noodles with a quick slaw made with red cabbage, mint, rice vinegar, and sesame oil.

Garlic Soba Noodles with Edamame


  • 8 oz soba noodles
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 Thai chilis, chopped finely
  • 1 Tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp agave
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 3 whole green onions, thinly sliced
  • 12 oz shelled edamame, cooked according to package directions


  1. Cook the soba in a large pot of boiling water for the amount of time indicated on the package. Drain and rinse under running water.
  2. Heat the oil in a small skillet and add the garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until very fragrant.
  3. Transfer the garlic and oil to a large bowl and whisk in the chilies, ginger, agave, soy sauce, and vinegar.
  4. Add the noodles, edamame, and green onions and toss to combine.

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5 comments to Garlic Soba Noodles with Edamame

  • Congrats on the weightloss! I have to say, between you and my friend who had trouble with those last few pounds, you certainly couldn’t tell by looking at either you! My solution was the cheater way out – I didn’t gain much in the first place! So I’m the opposite. I lost all the weight in the first week, but I don’t look like it.

  • Krysten

    Congrats Cate!! So impressive…you are such an inspiration. Your success really gives me hope that I’ll be able to stay healthy and fit during pregnancy and that I’ll be able to recover and lose the weight soon after. Glad that being back at work is going so well also!!

  • Now that’s impressive! Only gaining 31 pounds (I know that’s average, but I am personally ahead of the curve…) and losing it all so quickly! WOW.

  • that is insane!!! please give me more tips! and i didn’t even have a baby…

  • Jen

    cate – congrats on being back to your pre-pregnancy weight. that is awesome! also happy to hear that being back at work is going well and that you’re enjoying your kids!

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