Sweet Potato Barley Stew

Sweet Potato Barley Stew | @naturallyella

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While I hate the idea of ‘resolutions’, the start of the new year is a good time to start change, no matter how small. This change can come with cooking at least one dinner a week, adding more vegetables to your meals, or experimenting with ingredients you may have never tried. This barley stew can knock out (potentially) all three. It’s easy to prep, just a bit of chopping, then everything goes into the Crock-pot® slow cooker. Start it in the morning on low and by dinner you have a delicious homemade meal that is full of sweet potato goodness. Plus, if you’ve never tried barley- this is about as easy as it gets!

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Starting a Food Blog – A Free Email Course!

Hi friends! We’re excited to announce a FREE email course with tips and tutorials on how to start a food blog! Why? Because we love what we do and want to pass on our knowledge to aspiring bloggers.

We frequently share tutorials on our Blogger Resources page, but wanted to create something that was easier to follow for someone starting a blog for the first time.

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Sesame Brussels Sprout Soba Bowl

Brussels Sprout Soba Bowl | @naturallyella

In our house, my husband eats all the grains I prepare without complaint even though they are not his favorite. In particular, he isn’t a big rice fan. Noodle bowls are my bowl compromise. Sure, noodles aren’t as nutritious as grains but they still allow me to load the bowl up with lots of vegetables and flavors. It’s a perfect way for us to meet in the middle. This soba bowl recipe is great this time of year. It’s simple enough on ingredients but makes for the perfect lunch or light dinner.

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Pear & Cranberry Champagne Cocktails

Pear & Cranberry Champagne Cocktails

Friends, I don’t know how we got here so quickly, but we did.

2016 is nearly finished. Can we all agree it was a doozy? Let’s raise a glass to reining in the new year with a million possibilities ahead.

I have the perfect drink for such an occasion.

This cocktail is inspired by a mimosa served at one of our favorite brunch spots in Portland – Besaw’s.

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Sesame Delicata Squash Kale Salad

Sesame Delicata Squash Kale Salad with Black Lentils | @naturallyella

It’s easy to overwhelm yourself with sweets and rich foods during the winter months, especially during the holiday season. And so, I like to offer a few solid lunch options that can help bring balance. I don’t eat a lot of kale salads but with the sesame delicata squash and the spicy dressing, it lends a nice texture to the overall salad. Of course, if you don’t want to use kale, spinach or baby lettuce would also be great. Read more and see the recipe.

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5-Minute Detox Salad with No-Mix Dressing!

5-Minute Detox Salad with No-Mix Dressing!

Whew. I don’t know about you, but we ate like kings this weekend, and now I’m in need of a healthy reset.

Solution? This salad.

This may appear to be just another salad, but don’t be fooled.

It requires just 5 minutes and 1 bowl to make, and the dressing doesn’t require mixing! Oh yeah.

It’s literally a lazy cook’s dream: Dump a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and call it a meal.

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Roasted Broccoli Pasta with Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese Sauce

Roasted Broccoli Pasta with Roasted Garlic Goat Cheese Sauce | @naturallyella

As I start to balance our evening meals between what we would normally eat, versus what I should feed a toddler, I’ve started to find an intersection. This roasted broccoli pasta is one of those landing spots (minus the nuts for him). You may look at me crazy about my toddler eating goat cheese (he does) but I love that I can easily minimize the salt in this recipe but still have good flavor, thanks to the roasted garlic. I roast a head of garlic weekly and store it in a bit of olive oil to use throughout the week. Beyond this pasta sauce, the roasted garlic is great on pizza, in other sauces, or added to hummus. Read more and see the recipe.

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20 Vegan Holiday Dessert Recipes

20 Vegan Holiday Dessert Recipes

They’re here! They’re here! Dessert things! My favorite.

We’ve covered breakfast, sides, and entrées so far, and now, it’s onto sweeter territory. I’ve whittled down all the festive dessert recipes on the site to my top 20 favorites. Believe me – it was a task. But it’s a hard job and somebody’s got to do it. (That somebody is luckily me – also the taste tester).

We hope you’re celebrating the holidays with people you love and lots of delicious food.

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Ten Ingredient Alkalizing Green Soup

This is my anti-dote to the holidays with all their sweets, drinks, and, cold, short days. You put ten ingredients in a blender, puree, and then decide if you’d like to enjoy the soup hot or cold. In winter, I like the gently heated option, but keep in mind, this this is also a fantastic summer soup when served chilled. It’s a potent jolt of alkalizing vegetables and herbs, with some staying power thanks to the fat in the silky coconut cream, and the protein-rich split green peas. Serve topped with whatever herbs, sprouts, or nuts you might have on hand, or simply straight and green.

A few considerations – in winter, heat the soup gently. Just shy of a simmer. And just before serving. This will help maintain the beneficial qualities of the miso, and more of the alkalizing power of the greens.

Ten Ingredient Alkalizing Green Soup

Ten Ingredient Alkalizing Green Soup

Happy holidays everyone. I’ll post some more clean eating favorites to the front page in the coming days & weeks for new year inspiration.

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20 Vegan Holiday Entrée Recipes

20 Vegan Holiday Entrée Recipes

It’s entrée time!

I’ve picked my top 20 mains to ensure that your holiday festivities are delicious and plant-based. I find entrées to be the most difficult things to “vegan-ize” when entertaining a mixed crowd, but you can never go wrong with comfort food! Think pasta, pot pies, and risotto. Mmmm, yeah.

If you try any of these recipes in the coming week, let us know! Be sure to tag all of your holiday gathering photos #minimalistbaker on Instagram so we can see.

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