The 20 Reasons Why We Love Minimalist Baker's 10-Ingredient or Less Recipes

The Minimalist Baker is a master at whipping up insanely delectable recipes in 10 ingredients or less. Focusing on a healthy plant-based diet and gluten-free options, practically all the recipes are vegan. The blog, run by Dana and her husband John, is dedicated to creating delicious recipes with simple cooking. Through their methods, not only can anyone make these vegan recipes, but everyone can enjoy them.

No matter your level of cooking expertise, with 10-ingredients or less you can whip up a meal in a snap. That means when you get home from work exhausted or are running low on kitchen staples, you can hop on over to their blog and cook up something healthy and satisfying.

From the Peanut Butter Açaí bowls to the BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich, here are our top 20 10-ingredient recipes we love from the Minimalist Baker.

1. Garlicky Sweet Potato Noodle Pasta

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Making pasta at home is a snap, if you spiralize it that is. With Garlicky Alfredo Sweet Potato Noodle Pasta, you not only get an easy-to-make homemade pasta dish, but you also get a healthy one. Subbing nutritious spiralized sweet potatoes for regular fettuccine pasta, and almond milk and cashews for butter and cream, you get a comforting vegan bowl of Alfredo pasta.

Did I mention the sauce also has a whole head of roasted garlic, raw garlic, and cheesy flavored nutritional yeast? Seriously, this stuff is the real deal. If you're counting carbs, you can ditch the sweet potato and sub in zucchini for a "pasta-free" dish.

2. Eggplant Lasagna Roll Ups

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Another excellent way to get the flavors of your pasta without all the carbs is this Eggplant Lasagna Roll Up recipe. Using ten ingredients, this recipe subs pasta for slices of eggplant and stuffs it with a filling of protein rich tofu, herbs, nutritional yeast, a touch of lemon, and vegan parmesan cheese.

Gluten-free, vegan, and packed full of veggie goodness, this eggplant lasagna roll up will easily become a comforting dinner staple.

3. Garlic Mac n' Cheese

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I know what you're thinking, vegan mac n' cheese? Oh, if only you knew. Replacing dairy with nutty almond milk and cheesy nutritional yeast, this Garlic Mac n' Cheese is just as creamy and comforting as the dairy version, only better.

Thanks to a double dose of fresh and roasted garlic along with a crunchy panko breadcrumb topping sprinkled with parmesan cheese, this vegan version leaves you wanting seconds. Gluten-free? Sub out regular macaroni pasta for your favorite gluten-free brand.

4. Vegan Pizza

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When it comes to pizza, skip the grease and go homemade with this simple Vegan Pizza. Taking the hassle out of kneading, top Trader Joe's dough with homemade tomato sauce, vegan parmesan cheese, and a mess of sautéed veggies, like red onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms.

By sautéing beforehand, the veggies will be fully cooked, meaning you won't burn your crust.

5. Sweet Potato and Avocado Green Salad

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I'm always in search of a new way to dress up my greens. Like this Sweet Potato and Avocado Green Salad for instance. Creamy avocado, nutrient packed sweet potatoes, and amino acid rich hemp seeds are loaded onto a bed of organic greens and topped with a lemon-tahini dressing. Now that's how to dress up your greens.

6. Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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If you're going to stuff a sweet potato, do it right with these Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Made for dinner, these bad boys are stuffed with a filling of our favorite powerhouse grain quinoa and tasty salsa, then topped with a fresh creamy avocado-cilantro sauce along with your favorite toppings of choice.

While your extra toppings technically make this more than 10 ingredients if you so choose, with a recipe like this, we're not counting.

7. Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers

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If you're looking for a new fun way to stuff your bell peppers other than with the classic mixture, then you'll want to try this 10-ingredient Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers recipe. Cauliflower is a versatile vegetable that can take on many forms, like rice for instance.

In this recipe, cauliflower is shredded into a rice-like consistency, then mixed with hearty black beans, salsa, lime juice, and smoky spices for a vegan Mexican twist. As a bonus, you can turn this meal into a fiesta with this Prickly Pear Margarita.

8. Vegan Stuffed Poblano Pepper

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You are only 9-ingredients away from these satiating Vegan Stuffed Poblano Peppers. With a stuffing of brown rice, pinto beans, sautéed onions, cumin, and salsa, you won't miss the chorizo. In fact, you won't miss the meat or dairy at all.

9. BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with Avocado Slaw

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Ever wonder what on earth to do with a jackfruit? Minimalist Baker has you covered. Her BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches with Avocado Slaw are not only a creative use of the fruit, but they are incredibly tasty. Mixing young, green jackfruit with barbecue sauce and seasoning, the jackfruit takes on the flavor and texture of pulled pork.

It's then topped with a crunchy, creamy avocado slaw and cashews for a mouthwatering sandwich that even meat eaters can't resist. If you can't find jackfruit at your local store, check the Asian market. And be sure it's in water only, otherwise the flavors and consistency won't turn out quite the same.

10. Smoky Black Bean Beet Burger

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Veggie burgers are simply better homemade. If you're looking to try a new recipe, you'll want to go with this 10-ingredient Smoky Black Bean Beet Burger. Hearty black beans, earthy beets, raw walnuts, quinoa, and a handle full of spices form a dense patty that's just waiting to be sandwiched in between a grilled hamburger bun and topped with your favorite fixings - like this avocado hummus.

11. Banh Mí Spring Rolls

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Banh Mi Spring Rolls, yes please! Taking a classic Vietnamese sandwich and stuffing it inside a rice wrapper vegan-style, these 10-ingredient spring rolls are healthy, fresh, and totally satisfying. While pickling may require a waiting period, a quick pickle of radish, daikon, and carrot in rice vinegar achieves the same flavor. The quick pickled veggies along with fresh cilantro tastes like banh mí in a roll.

Word of advice when making these spring rolls, be sure to fully wet the rice paper. I usually brush each side with water until the paper is soft. If you have hard spots, the rice paper will be hard to work with. Oh, and don't forget the Sriracha!

12. Tom Kha Gai Butternut Squash

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Tom Kha Gai is a classic Thai coconut milk chicken soup. And like all good classics, a slight twist can result in a memorable dish like this Tom Kha Gai Butternut Squash Soup. Leaving out the chicken and adding butternut squash to keep it vegan makes this soup extra creamy. The flavors of the squash meld beautifully with the mushrooms, ginger, lemongrass, Thai chili, and coconut milk in a way that make you wonder why you don't cook Thai food more often.

While the vegan version is super tasty, if you want to take it up a notch, add in a dash of fish sauce like the Thai do. It adds a salty, umami flavor that enhances this savor soup.

13. Creamy Fall Soup in Acorn Squash Bowls

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Acorn squash is not only good stuffed with grains, but it's the perfect serving vessel for your squash soup. This Creamy Fall Soup in Acorn Squash Bowls recipe is sure to steal the show both in presentation and flavor. It's a veggie packed, creamy bowl full of the comforting flavors of fall.

Using 10-ingredients, the base of roasted acorn squash and hint of sage shine, while the red lentils give it an earthy, protein boost. Healthy yet satisfying, this is the only way to eat your acorn squash soup this fall.

14. Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Pesto

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Potatoes in any form are hard to resist, especially smashed. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, smashed potatoes are a carb lover's dream. Taking that dream to the next level, the Minimalist Baker has come up with the perfect sauce to pair with it, a garlic pesto.

In this 9-ingredient Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Pesto recipe, chopped garlic, fresh basil, pine nuts, lemon juice, and nutritional yeast are blended into a creamy garlic pesto, then drizzled over buttery, golden brown smashed potatoes. Whether you're serving these as an appetizer, side, or gorging on spuds for dinner, they're a guaranteed smash! Sorry, couldn't help myself.

15. Spicy Red Curry Cauliflower Wings

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These are truly addicting. You may be skeptical at first because cauliflower is kind of a bland cruciferous vegetable, but after one bite you'll agree that Spicy Red Curry Cauliflower Wings are where it's at. Using only 9-ingredients, cauliflower is coated in chickpea flower for a breaded type texture and glazed with a spicy curry mixture.

The result is a tender, flavorful gluten-free vegan wing that tastes only that much better smothered in the optional green chutney. While it may be optional, it really is a must for the full flavorful effect.

16. Traditional White Sangria

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Cheers to all these scrumptious recipes with a glass of Traditional White Sangria. Requiring only eight ingredients and fifteen minutes, this pitcher is easy to whip up if you're having a party or simply want to enjoy a warm afternoon.

In a pitcher, pour in some Spanish table white wine, apple brandy, and fruit of the season - think strawberries, peaches, citrus fruit, and anything else you like. To add a touch of sweetness, add in organic cane sugar or some agave and stir. Simple, fruity, and totally refreshing, this easy sangria is perfect for a Spanish flavored dinner pairing.

17. Cold Brew Caramel Frappuccino

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Frappuccinos may be tasty, but they can be a caloric sugar bomb. That's why you should try these Cold Brew Caramel Frappuccinos instead. They're naturally sweetened with dates and have a bolder coffee flavor thanks to the homemade cold brew. And they only require three ingredients - almond milk, cold brew, and date caramel.

The night before making these sweet coffee treats, freeze your almond milk in ice cube trays. This will enhance the creaminess and cut down on the watery factor. Also, prep your cold brew. Come morning, make your date caramel and then toss all three ingredients in the blender. After about five minutes, you'll be ready to enjoy these caramel-infused coffee treats.

18. Peanut Butter and Jelly Acai Bowls

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These Peanut Butter and Jelly Açaí Bowls take the classic flavor combination of peanut butter and jelly and turn it into a refreshing, healthy treat. Requiring only four ingredients, banana is blended with frozen açaí to sweeten and thicken the bowl, then peanut butter powder along with non-dairy milk is tossed in the mix. Topped with sunflower seeds, more banana, and peanut butter, this creamy bowl tastes so good you'll forget how healthy it is for you.

19. Coconut Cream Pie French Toast

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Come Sunday, it's time to indulge in a decadent brunch with recipes like this 10-ingredient Coconut Cream Pie French Toast. Coating slices of thick bread - like Texas toast - with a 6-ingredient gluten-free batter of consisting of coconut milk and nut milk, the bread slices are fried and then topped with all your favorite coconut pie toppings.

We're talking coconut whipped cream, sweet maple syrup, and dried flakes of coconut. Is it the weekend yet?

20. Vegan Chai Ice Cream

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And to top it all off? How about a cone of Vegan Chai Ice Cream. You don't need dairy to enjoy a creamy, sweet ice cream cone. Subbing coconut milk for heavy cream, this ice cream is loaded with the spice-filled flavor of chai. The secret comes down to using chai spices in addition to steeped chai tea.

When making this spicy, sweet ice cream, soak your cashews overnight and chill the ice cream maker before using. This will ensure that everything blends together nicely, perfecting the consistency of your ice cream. Now, will it be one scoop or two?

If you want more from Minimalist Baker, check out the blog or cookbooks Minimalist Baker's Cooking Everyday and 31 Meals E-Book for more recipes.

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