As I continued researching ways to declutter my road to living bare, I came across Minimalist Baker, a blog devoted to eating simply. The blogging duo behind the site, Dana and John, are incorporate simplified living into the practice of cooking, all recipes requiring 10 ingredients or less, a single pot or bowl, or less than 30 minutes to prepare. And the wildest part? Despite the standard minimalist stereotype, Dana and John aren’t vegan. Plenty of minimalist eating for every diet type!
Being a self proclaimed foodie, as most human beings with tastebuds are, it’s easy to forget that simple food can be just as delicious as the bells and whistles of a fancy entree. It’s also easy to fall into the misconception that eating healthy can be delicious as well, especially when you only have 10 ingredients (or less!) to make healthy taste good. Minimalist Baker defies these fears.
For the breakfast junkie
Avocado toast is one of my go to meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although Dana and John aren’t vegan, many of their recipes-like this avocado toast!- are vegan so as to cater to all readers. If you’re not living the vegan lifestyle, feel free to add a poached egg to create an open breakfast sammie with extra protein. This recipe takes 4 ingredients: 2 slices of bread (toasted), 1/2 ripe avocado, 2 tbs parmesan or nutritional yeast (Vegan parmesan), and red pepper flake.
For the snacker
Cauliflower “wings” have become the latest addition to my simple eating diet. Not only are they easy to make for even the most novice of chefs, but they are are a quick way to add veggies to your simple eating plan. The recipe is made with Cauliflower (duh), flour, seasonings, milk (dairy or non-dairy), curry paste, coconut oil, maple syrup, and salt to taste!
For the entrée enthusiast
The Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Harvest Bowl is for the Minimalist newbie who wants a simple meal that’s both filling and quick to make. “Bowl” meals are the epitome of minimalist eating, as it minimizes dishes used (and dishes that have to be cleaned!) I own two oversized soup bowls that act as my primary dishes. This bowl technically uses a little more than 10 ingredients, but only takes 5 minutes to prep and 25 minutes to cook.
For the healthy sweet tooth
In honor of St. Patty’s season, behold the healthy cousin to the famous Micky D’s Shamrock Shake. The mint matcha shamrock shake is vegan friendly, free of refined-sugar, and only takes 6 ingredients! The matcha powder is optional for the green color, and can also be subbed for spinach. The base is made with coconut milk, mint and peppermint extract, almond milk, vanilla, stevia or maple syrup, and coconut cream.
The Minimalist Baker proves that a minimalist diet doesn’t have to be tasteless, but there are other reasons to consider committing to a simple eating plan! The Blog Minimal Student discusses these reasons, stating that eating simply is cost effective, healthier, and more environmentally conscious. It could be a less painful swap in your minimalist journey for maximum benefits.