26 Immune Boosting Recipes (Plant-Based)

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Photos of our lemon ginger tonic, curried cauliflower soup, curried sheet pan meal, and kale pesto

During these times of increased focus on immune health, we’re hoping to do our part by sharing immune-boosting recipes. We’ve compiled our favorite beverages, dips, sides, and mains to help you feel healthy & nourished. (click the pictures or links below to find the recipes)

These recipes were selected keeping these immune-supportive guidelines in mind:

  • Veggies & fruits rich in vitamin C– such as bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, oranges, and pineapple.
  • Herbs & spices– such as basil, dill, garlic, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, and cloves.
  • Fermented foods– rich in probiotics.
  • Mushrooms– rich in B vitamins, zinc, & selenium, and known for their immune-enhancing properties.
  • Minimal added sugar as sugar suppresses the immune system.

Beverages

Pouring dairy-free milk into a saucepan of homemade Masala Chai
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Easy Masala Chai Recipe
A delicious and easy dairy-free chai recipe made with whole spices. It's spicy, comforting, naturally sweetened, and made in just 1 pot with 8 ingredients!
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Holding the handle of a mug of vegan Hot Chocolate made with adaptogens
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Adaptogenic Hot Chocolate (5 Minutes, Low Sugar)
Low caffeine, low sugar hot chocolate with raw cacao and adaptogens including reishi mushroom, maca, ashwagandha, and he shou wu. The perfect cozy beverage to replace coffee or matcha in the morning, or to wind down with in the evening.
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Two glass mugs of our Turmeric Tonic drink on a wood cutting board
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Healing 3-Ingredient Turmeric Tonic
A 5-minute, 3-ingredient, 1-pot healing tea tonic with ginger, lemon, turmeric, and cayenne. The perfect way to detox the body, recover from a cold, or relax before bed.
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Cutting board with mugs of our homemade Mushroom Latte recipe
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5-Minute Mushroom Latte (2 Ways!)
Creamy, hearty mushroom lattes ready in just 5 minutes (2 ways!). Mushroom powders blend with cacao or coffee to create the ultimate cozy hot beverage.
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Glasses of our Lemon Ginger Turmeric Wellness Shots on a cutting board with ingredients to make them
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Lemon Ginger Turmeric Wellness Shots
5-ingredient wellness shots with anti-inflammatory benefits, a mega-dose of vitamin C, and a delicate balance of flavors to create the ultimate juice to boost immunity!
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Cutting board with glasses of green juice and ingredients used to make it
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Easy Green Juice Recipe + Juicing Tips
Our favorite green juice recipe, just 7 ingredients required! Incredibly refreshing, nourishing, and delicious. Plus, juicing tips, go-to methods, and juicer recommendations.
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Tall glass of our Immune Booster Orange Smoothie recipe on a baking sheet with ingredients to make it
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Immune Booster Orange Smoothie
A simple sweet potato smoothie packed with nutrients and naturally creamy and sweet. Healthy, easy and so nutritious.
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Our Vegan Golden Milk Smoothie served in two glasses with straws
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Creamy Golden Milk Smoothie
All of the delicious taste and health perks of golden milk in smoothie form! Just 7 ingredients, 1 blender, and 5 minutes required. Creamy, naturally sweet, subtly spiced, and packed with turmeric!
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A mug of our creamy caffeine-free Moringa Latte for an antioxidant-rich drink
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3-Ingredient Moringa Latte (Caffeine-Free “Matcha!”)
If you love the flavor of matcha but don’t want the caffeine, this creamy, 3-ingredient moringa latte is for you! Loaded with minerals and antioxidants, no caffeine rush, pleasant flavor, and so easy to make!
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Jar and mugs of simple and delicious homemade golden milk
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Golden Milk Paste
Crave golden milk but short on time? Try this 10-minute golden milk paste that puts creamy golden milk at your fingertips in minutes! Naturally sweetened, anti-inflammatory, and SO delicious.
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Dips & Sauces

Bowl of Ginger Garlic Miso Tahini Dressing with a swirl of toasted sesame oil
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Quick Ginger Garlic Miso Tahini Dressing
Creamy, rich tahini dressing infused with fresh ginger, garlic, and miso paste. Perfect for topping salads, bowls, and more. Just 10 minutes and 8 ingredients required!
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Bowl of Golden Goddess Turmeric Hummus surrounded by carrot sticks
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Golden Goddess (Turmeric) Hummus
10-minute golden hummus infused with anti-inflammatory spices like ginger and turmeric! Creamy, flavorful, and protein-packed!
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Stirring a bowl of bright yellow sauce made from chickpeas, turmeric, nutritional yeast, and more
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5-Minute Liquid Gold Sauce (Oil-Free, Plant-Based)
A creamy, dreamy, vibrant sauce that looks like liquid gold. Made with simple ingredients like chickpeas, lemon, garlic, and nutritional yeast, it’s perfect for adding to bowl meals, salads, roasted vegetables, and more! Just 10 minutes and 1 blender required!
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HEALTHY Super Green Vegan Pesto! BIG flavor, 10 minutes, 1 bowl, SO delicious. #vegan #glutenfree #plantbased #sauce #pesto #greens #minimalistbaker #recipe
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Super-Green Vegan Kale Pesto
Easy vegan pesto with tons of fresh herbs, nutrient-rich kale, seeds, and nutritional yeast! The perfect 10-minute spread or sauce for Italian night and beyond! Vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free optional.
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Sides

Top down image of a jar of Apple Cabbage Sauerkraut beside fresh ginger and apples
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Gingery Apple Cabbage Sauerkraut
A gingery take on sauerkraut with apple, radish, and cabbage. The perfect addition to sandwiches, salads, bowls, and more! Just 6 ingredients and simple methods required.
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Using a serving spoon to scoop Garlic Mashed Cauliflower from a tray
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Vegan Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
Move over mashed potatoes – there’s a new side in town! Try our 6-ingredient, 30-minute whipped cauliflower that’s creamy, comforting, salty, garlicky, buttery, and SO easy to make! The perfect plant-based, gluten-free side!
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Mains

Big pot of vegan Curried Cauliflower Lentil Soup
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Creamy Curried Cauliflower Lentil Soup (1 Pot!)
Creamy, 1-pot curried cauliflower soup with carrots, ginger, and red lentils! Subtly spiced, quick and easy to make, and perfect for meal prep!
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Bowls of our Sweet Potato Sheet Pan Dinner recipe beside a bowl of tahini sauce
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Sheet Pan Meal: Curried Sweet Potato & Chickpeas
We love when dinner is made entirely on 1 pan! Enjoy this simple, curried sweet potato, chickpea, and cabbage dish! Serve with fresh or steamed greens, tahini, lemon, and sides of choice!
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Grabbing a spoonful of Vegan Tom Yum
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Lazy 1-Pot Vegan Tom Yum Soup
Easy, sweet and sour vegan Tom Yum Soup made entirely in 1 pot with ingredients you likely have on hand right now! Weeknight comfort with tons of flavor!
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Bowls and skillet of our Amazing Vegan Yellow Pumpkin Curry recipe
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1-Pot Pumpkin Yellow Curry
Easy, 1-pot Pumpkin Curry with yellow curry paste, coconut milk, fresh vegetables, and pumpkin. A simple yet satisfying plant-based, gluten-free dinner!
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Big pan of Cauliflower Dal Green Curry packed with fresh greens
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1-Pot Cauliflower Dal Green Curry
Green curry with coconut milk, moong dal, cauliflower, and loads of greens! A hearty, flavorful, 1-pot meal!
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Bowls of Coconut Curried Golden Lentils with cauliflower rice, cabbage, kale, cilantro, roasted sweet potato, lime and chimichurri
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Nourishing Curried Lentil & Sweet Potato Bowl
An amazingly nourishing, delicious bowl with roasted sweet potatoes, cauliflower rice, curried lentils, and cilantro chutney. Just 30 minutes and SO tasty!
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Big bowl of Vegan Chana Masala alongside a cutting board of serranos and cilantro
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Easy Chana Masala
30 minute, 1-pot chana masala with green chili, cilantro, and garam masala. Easy to make, extremely flavorful, and satisfying. A healthy, plant-based meal.
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Using chopsticks to pick up a bite of delicious Coconut Curry Ramen
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Coconut Curry Ramen
Savory vegan ramen infused with curry and coconut milk. Serve with sautéed portobello mushrooms and gluten-free noodles for the ultimate plant-based meal.
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Two bowls of Romesco Soup surrounded by ingredients used to make it
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Romesco Soup with Smashed Chickpeas
Delicious vegan soup inspired by romesco sauce with red peppers, tomatoes, vegetable broth, and almonds. A 10-ingredient plant-based side or entrée!
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Big plate filled with our Roasted Broccoli Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad
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Roasted Broccoli Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad
A satisfying, plant-rich entrée or side with roasted broccoli, sweet potato, and chickpeas. Topped with a creamy 4-ingredient garlic dill sauce.
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If you give any of these recipes a try, let us know! Leave a comment, or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram.

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Comments

  1. Alva says

    I made the romenesco soup today and it was delicious!!!!! The only thing I added was a green bell because it was at it’s peak and needed to be eaten. Thank you so much for sharing these and giving us hope in these hard times. Sending so much love your way. I give it the highest rating.

  2. Gayle says

    Thanks for putting together a collection of immune boosting, plant based recipes. I have tried some of your vegan recipes and they are all delicious. I am sending a link to this page to my daughter who, although not vegan, has had to self isolate for two weeks, after coming back from her holiday in Japan to Australia.

  3. Efrat says

    Hi. Just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sending the recipes. I do not have all the ingredients at home in most cases, but I love getting these emails with the beautiful photographs.
    Thank you!
    Keep safe and healthy

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