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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Sunchoke Latkes with Poached Egg

Sunchoke Latkes with Poached Eggs | Naturally Ella

In the past year or so, my breakfast tastes have changed. I was on an oatmeal kick for years- I couldn’t get enough in the mornings. However, I’ve started to move back to a more salty/savory breakfast with two trusted old favorites: potatoes and eggs. These sunchoke latkes are one of my favorite ways to play with the potato/egg combination.

If you’ve never had sunchokes before, they are crisp with a slight flavor that may taste vaguely like artichokes (even though they are not related). This root vegetable is the perfect compliment to winter and fall cooking and is great in soups, in hashes, and in these sunchoke latkes.

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20 Vegan Holiday Side Dishes

20 Vegan Holiday Side Dishes

Let’s be honest: I’m really here for the sides.

Entrées are good and all, and breakfast is a given. But sides are where it’s at. (OK, and desserts, but that’s coming, too. Stay tuned.)

Without further ado, my top 20 vegan sides that would make the perfect addition to your holiday spread!

1. Kumquat Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing // 2. Cheesy Cauliflower Rice & Broccoli Bake // 3.

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Hasselback Potatoes with Kale & Pesto

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I posted a photo of some thinly sliced Hasselback potatoes on instagram a while back, mentioning that we would roast them, add kale, beans, onion and cherry tomatoes, slather with pesto and call it dinner. The response was unusually loud for such a humble dinner that we decided to recreate and share this simple recipe here.

I’m sure you have seen this potato technique before – slicing them thinly but not all the way through, drizzling with fat and baking them until the edges are crispy and the middle is creamy and soft. Hasselback potatoes were apparently invented at a restaurant here in Stockholm in the 1950’s, as a method to shorten the baking time. It was an extremely popular dish when I was around Elsa’s age (almost 30 years ago!). My mom made Hasselback potatoes almost as often as she did her famous baked sausage stuffed with pineapple and cheese. And it has seen a revival in the past years now being popular all over the world.

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We like to stuff the herbs into the slices to give it more flavor and also helping the fat to find its way inside the potato. The original version uses butter and breadcrumbs but we’re simply using oil. I’m sure some almond flour could be tossed on top towards the end of the baking, if you like it with a little crust. A good trick is to place the potato in a large wooden spoon when you cut it to prevent from cutting it all the way through. Or placing it between two chopsticks. On the photo above, Luise uses a metal spoon which both makes it more difficult to slice because the potato isn’t flat and it can be bad for the knife. So not the best example. What can I tell you, she’s Danish and she doesn’t like to follow my instructions, so I’ll publicly shame her here instead.

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With only a few days left to Christmas, I should mention that this also makes an awesome side dish on the Christmas table. It looks really nice on a bed of kale and beans and the pesto makes it extra yummy. We compiled a list of a few other great Christmas related recipes from the archives:

Christmas Spiced Parsnip Cake
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Christmas Salad
Mushroom, Rice & Hazelnut Loaf
Pomegranate, Raspberry & Thyme Jam
Saffron Falafels
Quinoa, Kale & Apple Salad
Homemade Nutella

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We have also updated our Green Kitchen app with 6 Christmas recipes. Apart from this Hasselback Potato recipe and some favorites from last year, you’ll also find these simple Sesame & Gingerbread Truffles and this delicious Saffron Overnight Oats recipe. Enjoy!

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Hasselback Potatoes with Kale, Beans & Pesto

The baking time can vary depending on the potato size and variety. Smaller potatoes will need a little less time.

Hasselback potatoes
2 kg / 4 lbs (roughly 12) large baking potatoes
80 ml / 1/3 cup olive oil
sea salt
black pepper
1 bunch fresh thyme, leaves picked

To serve
3 large handfuls kale, thick stalks removed and leaves roughly chopped
1 small red onion
170 g / 1 cup cooked black beans (1/2 can), rinsed
12 cherry tomatoes
100 g / 1/2 cup pesto (if you are vegan, choose a pesto without cheese)

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F.
2. Wash and scrub the potatoes.
3. Slice each potato thinly. Let each slice cut about two-thirds into the potato, leaving the bottom intact. This is easiest done by placing the potatoes inside a large spoon, the edges of the spoon will then stop the knife from cutting too deep.
4. Tuck some thyme leaves sporadically between the slices of each potato and place them on a baking tray.
5. Use a brush to drizzle the potatoes with about half of the oil and then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
6. Bake for 30 minutes and then brush the potatoes with the remaining olive oil. The potatoes should have started to fan out slightly which will make it easier to get some of the oil down in-between the slices as well. If the slices are still stuck together, you can let them roast a while longer before adding the last oil.
7. Bake for 30 minutes more. Meanwhile, cut the onion in thin slices and place it in a bowl along with the kale, beans and tomatoes. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and toss to combine.
8. When the potatoes have been in the oven for about 1 hour in total, arrange the onion, kale, beans and tomatoes on the tray, around the potatoes and bake for 15 minutes more, or until the potato edges are crispy and the centre feels soft when pierced with a toothpick.
9. Drizzle pesto over the potatoes and kale and serve immediately, while still hot.

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Finally, can we just say a massive Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah or whatever you are celebrating! This has been an intense year for us with books, babies and everything. We haven’t been posting recipes as often as we intended but we want to thank you for your constant support and cheering comments. We have lots more planned in the near future so stay tuned. BIG LOVE!
/David, Luise, Elsa, Isac and baby Gabriel

20 Vegan Holiday Breakfast Recipes

20 Vegan Holiday Breakfast Recipes

It’s Christmas week! And that means it’s time for my gift to you: Food.

I love sharing recipe round-ups this time of year, but because we have SO many recipes, I’ve decided to break them into categories instead of doing one giant post like I normally do. Hopefully this makes it more manageable for you and gives you more organized lists to choose from.

I’m starting with breakfast, which I’ve narrowed down to my 20 favorite, most festive recipes.

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Baked Barley Risotto with Carrots

Baked Barley Risotto with Carrots | @naturalyella

One of the things I try to rally against is that certain types of recipes have to be hard. If you have ever watched almost any cooking show on television, a risotto dish almost always happens. And most likely, it’s hard to nail and they paint it as a tricky dish. This is the reason it took me years to make risotto at home.

However, I believe that there are ways you can make these “trickier” dishes at home with stellar results. This baked barley risotto is a perfect example. The barley lends a chewy quality while roasted carrots are pureed with mascarpone cheese for the creamy aspect. My favorite part? Most of the time involved in this recipe is hands-off, oven time.

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