Spring is finally in the air! We are thrilled to finally be getting a taste of warmer weather (albeit sort of grey and gloomy). With the warmer months just around the corner, we’ll admit we’re trying to focus a little more on eating lots of leafy greens, fruits and vegetables so that we’re feeling our best over the summer. The Minimalist Baker Cookbook has been nothing short of amazing in helping us accomplish that feat, which is why we want to tell you all about it!
In the past few weeks we’ve delved into several of our favourite cookbooks. We’re telling you, this one ranks high among them. Trust us when we tell you this book is not all baking but it is all delicious. But, if you’re anything like us, you were already a huge fan of the blog and you already knew it wouldn’t be all baking.
The Minimalist Baker Cookbook focuses on recipes that don’t require too many ingredients, or can be prepared relatively quickly. For girls on the go, this is an absolute must! We know that squeezing in dinner between work and yoga can be tough, but this book really offers up tons of healthy, quick and easy options. They’re all plant based and from what we’ve tried, all delicious! You’ll be feeling like a top chef in no time. Hosting a dinner party? Your guests are sure to be impressed!
One of our current favourites in the book is the Vegan Cobb Salad. This salad incorporates tons of leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, toasted pecans, quinoa, red onion, chickpeas and avocado and is truly delicious! We used a red, black and white quinoa blend and topped with a vegan Caesar dressing. It was amazing and we can’t stop going back to it. Honestly. The quinoa keeps you feeling full and energized, the avocado provides tons of healthy fats, as do the pecans, and the tomatoes and onions provide the perfect flavour and crunch.
Another favourite is the kale Greek salad. This salad is SO easy to prepare and is delicious. Simply work some lemon juice into the kale to soften it, top with chickpeas, tomatoes, red onions and a phenomenal hummus dressing. That dressing. Combine hummus, lemon juice, and dill and you have a flavourful dressing that is sure to please!
And for those slow Saturday mornings? We strongly suggest the buckwheat pancakes. They are light and fluffy and you’d never even know they were vegan. Plus the blend of spices almost makes it like dessert! We added in a touch of nutmeg and thought they were the most perfectly spiced pancakes we have ever had. If you don’t try anything else, you have to try the pancakes because they are just that good.