Best of 2017

Best of 2017

138 recipes.

358 Instagram posts.

3 new products.

2 new eBooks.

Needless to say, 2017 was a full and busy year for Minimalist Baker. Because of that, it felt like the year flew by. Literally. Before we cheers to a new year, let’s pour a drink and recap the highlights of 2017, shall we?

First of all, we couldn’t have done it without you – our readers.

Best of 2017 from Minimalist Baker →

Dietitian Spotlight: Sylvia Klinger

1. Tell us a bit about yourself? Hey there! I am the founder of Hispanic Food Communications, a nutrition communications and culinary consulting company. I’m a Hispanic native who is a leading expert in cross-cultural Hispanic nutrition and health issues. I enjoy using in-depth culinary and cultural expertise to introduce new strategies for wellness to an […]

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Roasted Sunchoke Salad

Roasted Sunchoke Salad | Naturally Ella

Between all the holidays, I find myself gravitating towards lighter meals. Bring on all the greens and vegetables. This is especially helpful when visiting the Sunday market- everything looks good. It’s around this time of year I grab extra sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes). These cousins of the sunflower have a nice, warm flavor that’s not overpowering.

The raw texture is a bit akin to potato and the roasted sunchoke has an extra lovely nutty flavor (like in this sunchoke salad). I also love this salad because it blatantly plays on the sunflower relationship (with the help toasted sunflower seeds!) Also, if you need a bit more inspiration about what to do with these delightful vegetables, this article has some amazing ideas!

Read more and see the recipe.

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18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

It’s increasingly difficult to get consensus on what makes the most healthful diet, but I think we can all agree that eating more nutrient-dense plants after an overly-indulgent holiday season is a positive thing. Putting a handful of new, veg-centric recipes into rotation this time of year can help move the needle in the right direction. Hopefully this will provide a bit of inspiration! Many of the recipes are easily adaptable, and weeknight friendly. Enjoy!

1. Garlic Lime Lettuce WrapsI love these! Ginger and garlic tempeh rice, folded into lime-spiked lettuce wraps with lots of herbs, cucumber, and carrots. A one-pan meal that comes together in no time! Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

2. Quick Vegan Enchiladas with Sweet Potato SauceThese are knock-out delicious, in the oven in less that ten minutes, and a healthful alternative to all the heavy cheese versions out there. With black beans, sweet potatoes, and a stealthy turmeric boost.Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

3. Spicy Tahini Noodles with Roasted VegetablesA weeknight winner! Make a simple, thinned-out tahini sauce, roast some vegetables while your pasta water is coming to a boil, toss and serve on one platter. If you like those old-school Chinese restaurant spicy peanut noodles, these are sort-of their tahini slathered distant cousinsGet the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

4. California Tom Yum SoupThe perfect antidote to holiday over-indulgence. This version is a distant relative of the vibrant, brothy tom yum soup you likely know and love. Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

5. Last Minute Red Lasagna A true weeknight lasagna. No pre-cooking sauces, no pre-cooking noodles. You, literally, stir the first five ingredients together into a vibrant crushed tomato sauce, and start layering. Also, it isn’t a cheese bomb.Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

6. Ten Ingredient Alkalizing Green Soup Ten ingredients in a blender and you’ve got a potent, alkalizing green soup – spinach, herbs, garlic, with silky coconut cream, and some green split peas for staying power. Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

7. Chickpea Cauliflower Korma A riff on the Chickpea Cauliflower Korma recipe in Jennifer Iserloh’s The Healing Slow Cooker – chickpeas, cauliflower, combined with a not-shy simmer sauce. (conventional / Instantpot versions) Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

8. Vibrant, Vegan Double Broccoli Buddha Bowl Made with seven ingredients on green overdrive. You double up on broccoli through a coconut green curry pesto and florets, then toss with a quinoa base. Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

9. Immunity Soup A soup built on a monster white pepper broth. White pepper with jolts of ginger, and stabs of garlic – clear and strong topped with tofu, mushrooms, watermelon radish, and lots of green onions. Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

10. Orange Pan-glazed Tempeh The best tempeh recipe I’ve highlighted to date – it features a simple ginger and garlic-spiked orange glaze that plays of the nutty earthiness of the pan-fried tempeh beautifully. Get the recipe here.

I18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

11. Chia Breakfast Bowl So easy, so good! Soak the chia seeds in your favorite nut milk, top with smashed berries, fresh passionfruit juice, pepitas, and big flakes of toasted coconut. A bit of bee pollen adds a boost and some pretty. Get the recipe here.

Instant Pot Chickpea Cauliflower Korma

12. Sriracha Rainbow Noodle Salad A radiant, color-flecked tangle of noodles, cabbage, shredded carrots, pickled sushi ginger, and an abundance of cilantro, basil, and scallions. It has tofu and peanuts, coconut, ginger, avocado, and hemp seeds. Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

13. Mung Yoga Bowl The kind of bowl that keeps you strong – herb-packed yogurt dolloped over a hearty bowl of mung beans and quinoa, finished with toasted nuts and a simple paprika oil. Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

14. Vegetable Noodle Soup This vegetable noodle soup is as simple, direct, and delicious as it gets. Vegetarian and vegans looking for an alternative to chicken noodle soup, try this! Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

15. Anna’s California Miso Avocado Salad So good! A California-inspired Miso, Avocado, & Bean Salad from A Modern Way to Eat, by Anna Jones. Seasonal greens and beans are tossed with an assertive, creamy miso dressing. There are crunchy seeds, and broccoli, and avocado – it all comes together into a brilliant, beautiful, feel-good salad.Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

16. Rainbow Cauliflower Rice Lightly cooked cauliflower is chopped, then tossed, with turmeric, cumin, cayenne, and a touch of ghee – add sliced avocado, hard-boiled eggs, toasted seeds, rainbow chard stems, lettuces. Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

17. Mushroom Stroganoff This fantastic vegan mushroom stroganoff is a total crowd-pleaser. You can make it in an Instant Pot, or stovetop. Made with caraway-spiked vodka, and a hearty mushroom base, you get all of what you love about mushroom stroganoff, without the all the butter and cream. Get the recipe here.

18 Recipes to Kick off your Post-Holiday Reset

18. Winter Green Miso Paste Keep this on hand for flash-quick, healthy meals. A herbaceous, green miso paste with some garlic bite, rounded out with lots of scallions, cilantro, ginger, and some rosemary. Plus ten simple ways to use it. Get the recipe here.

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Roasted Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes w/ Homemade Ranch

We don’t know about you, but potatoes are one of our favorite foods! I picked up these fingerling beauties at the farmers market, and had to whip up a recipe for you all. These Roasted Rosemary Fingerling Potatoes w/ Homemade Ranch are the perfect addition to your next meal. Paired with some protein and leafy greens, […]

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40 Essential Instant Pot Links

Because I’ve been experimenting with the Instant Pot quite a bit lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions. Many times my answer is a link. A link to a video, or a link to a recipe, or technique. So! I thought I’d compile all those helpful links into one list. It’s (hopefully) a list that will help answer many of your initial questions. There’s a video that will walk you through your initial water test, a handful of helpful accessories, favorite recipe links, etc. I’ll update and add to it over time. Enjoy!

1. Instant Pot Water Test
2. Instant Pot Quick Start Guide
3. Pressure Luck’s Top Ten Instant Pot Tips
4. Instant Pot Mushroom Stroganoff Video
5. How to Clean your Instant Pot Liner


6. The official Instant Pot site
7. The official Instant Pot FAQ
8. The official Instant Pot recipe database.
9. The official (high-volume) Facebook community
10. The official Instant Pot Cookbook: The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook
11. The official Instant pot user manual
12. This is the Instant Pot I use.


13. Instant Pot Mushroom Stroganoff with Vodka (most popular!)
14. Instant Pot Chickpea Cauliflower Korma
15.Instant Pot Fiasco Beans
16. Instant Pot Indian-spiced Simmer Sauce
17. Instant Pot Minestrone Soup
18. Instant Pot Brown Rice Bowl with Chickpeas (PIP)
19. 10 Minute Instant Pot Mushroom Broth


20. How To Use an Instant Pot: A Guide by Melissa Clark (NY Times)
21. This is How to Become an Instant Pot Whisperer (101 Cookbooks)
22. Pressure Cooking Time Chart – a good range. (HIP Cooking)
23. Rancho Gordo Heirloom Beans & Pressure Cooking Guide (PDF)
24. How to Clean an Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
25. Instant Pot Starter Guide for Me & You (101 Cookbooks)


26. Why Do Cooks Love the Instant Pot? I Bought One to Find Out (NY Times)
27. The Instant Pot Cult is Real (TASTE)

28. The Instant Pot Is a Phenomenon–and Indian Cooks Are Using It in the Most Creative Ways (Mother Jones)

29. Inside the Home of Instant Pot, the Kitchen Gadget That Spawned a Religion (NY Times)

30. Send Help: I’m (Kind Of) Falling in Love With the Instant Pot (Food52)
31. The Instant Pot’s Master Plan to Invade all of our Kitchens (Bon Appétit)
32. I Tried The $99 Kitchen Gadget That Everyone’s Obsessed With (Buzzfeed)

33. After Cooking All My Meals in an Instant Pot for a Week, I Get What All the Hype Is About (Self)

34. So you Got an Instant Pot, Now What? (Wire Cutter)


35. Most Popular Instant Pot Recipes from 2017 (The Kitchn)

(I’ll add more here over time!)

36. A glass lid: A lot of people buy this to use when slow cooking in the IP, I just use a lid I already have for now.

37. Extra sealing rings: The rings tend to pick up the scent of whatever you’re cooking. Keep an extra ring on hand so your cakes don’t end up smelling like chili 😉

38. Wire racks: For eggs, veggies, or for lifting containers off of the floor of the pot when doing pot-in-pot cooking.
39. A nice sized steamer basket.
40. For cakes, and other things you would normally bake.

Instant Pot Starter Guide

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Plant-Based Monday: Fingerling Potatoes

This week we’re talking fingerling potatoes! These cuties are perfect as a side dish or base for your meals. Fingerling potatoes come in an array of colors. Their versatility and flexibility make them adaptable to so many delicious recipes! Fingerling potatoes are easily recognized by their yellow, purple, white, and red varieties. They look like […]

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