Christmas Recipe Roundup

Minimalist Baker Christmas Round Up

Hey hey, it’s Christmas week! I can’t believe it’s already here. This month (this year) has flown by and I want it all to slow down. Isn’t that something parents say? Maybe this blog is my baby (weird realization).

I usually try to hold onto Christmas day like it will never end, and then treat the 26th like the saddest day ever. Part of my childish self still does that, but I’m getting better at savoring it for what it is and then letting it go. Besides, next week we have New Year’s to look forward to and a whole new year to live out! Look out 2015 – we’re comin’.

Onto the food, because you need to eat this week. You need to eat really, really well. This list isn’t as extensive as our 63 Simple Thanksgiving Recipe roundup, so refer back to that for even more recipe inspiration. But I’ve grabbed everything holiday-related for your enjoyment.

With that, let’s dig in! And know that we’re super thankful for you all and your support, and we hope your week is filled with lots of delicious eats and time with friends and family. Cheers!

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AMAZING Green Bean Casserole! #Vegan, 30 minutes and 10 ingredients! Creamy, flavorful, DELICIOUS

Vegan Green Bean Casserole

Friends, it's that time of year to make something cozy and nostalgic and eat one too many servings. For me, that's green bean casserole - a dish my mom used to make all the time for my sister and me growing up. It's simple, creamy, savory and healthy because there's veggies, right? I suspect this was one of those dishes that my mom used to sneak more greens into our diets, despite our suspicion ... Read More →

THE BEST Peanut Butter Copycat Larabars! #vegan #glutenfree #healthy

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Granola Bars

When I was in college I was the queen of snacks. I was away from home or my dorm 90% of the time, so I had to rely on quick meals to get me through the day, granola bars being one of my favorites. Granola bars were granola bars, as far as I was concerned. That was, until I discovered the Larabar. Simple ingredients, naturally sweetened, amazing flavors - I was hooked after one bite of the apple ... Read More →

AMAZING Creamy Kale and Spinach Dip - completely dairy- and gluten-free and SO cheesy and delicious! #vegan #GF

Creamy Kale and Spinach Dip

It's about that time for holiday parties galore, and for that, you need a dip! If I'm invited to your gathering, this is definitely the one I'm bringing. I take my appetizers seriously. ... Read More →

AMAZING Apple Gingerbread Cake with Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting! 1 bowl, easy and SO tasty! #vegan #gingerbread

1 Bowl Apple Gingerbread Cake

Did you ever think a cake made with whole wheat flour, flax seed and grated apples could taste so amazing you'd want three slices? Well, that's exactly what's happening here. Let's do this! ... Read More →

PERFECT 1 Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies! Cut out or scoop into circles! Easy, delicious, PERFECT #vegan #dessert #cookies

1 Bowl Vegan Sugar Cookies

I'm not a negative person, but I do often expect the worst in order to safeguard myself from less than ideal outcomes. For example, say we're planning to hang out with friends. I think, "This may go terribly wrong. I'll say something stupid. I'll spill wine on their couch. There will be lots of awkward silence. They'll never invite us over again." That way, if the evening goes at all OK, it ... Read More →

AMAZING 10-ingredient Tofu Quiche with roasted veggies and a HASH BROWN CRUST! #vegan #glutenfree You won't miss the eggs one bit!!

Simple Tofu Quiche

The first time I tried tofu my friend baked a block for me, slathered in BBQ sauce and called it dinner. I'm a champ so I stomached it, but I pretty much vowed to never eat the stuff again. Obviously, my opinions have since changed. ... Read More →

AMAZING 7 ingredient Vegan Chocolate PB Mousse pie! Thick, creamy, super chocolatey and SERIOUSLY delicious! #vegan

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Pie

How is December treating you all thus far? Well I hope. We're settled into our new place in Portland (I'll be sure to post pictures on Instagram soon!), and getting back into our groove. It's always amazing to me how much a move can disrupt life. A two-week break becomes a month and before I realize it, I haven't properly exercised in weeks, reach for takeout at every turn, and my email is ... Read More →

CRUNCHY, spicy, sweet Gingerbread Granola, perfect for the holidays and winter months! #vegan #glutenfree

Gingerbread Granola

It's about that time again; time for all-things gingerbread and peppermint and my beloved Indie Holidays station. I simply love this time of year, especially the baking and aromas that come with it. Gingerbread is certainly one of my favorite holiday cookies, so when a reader requested my take on gingerbread granola, I couldn't resist. ... Read More →

Nutrient-Packed Sweet Potato Smoothie with turmeric, cinnamon and rich sweet potato puree #vegan

Immune Booster Orange Smoothie

Welcome to December. Kind of crazy isn't it? 2014 is almost over. I still haven't quite grappled with it all. But nonetheless, here we are smack dab in the middle of the holiday season and I'm feeling kind of cozy. Though I normally crave warmer things in colder months, this smoothie makes a shining exception with its rich orange hue, creamy texture and warm, spicy notes. I think I've ... Read More →