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 Post subject: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:50 pm 
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Summer is finally upon (most) of us. Chances are you want to spend time in the lake, on a patio, or in the garden and NOT in the kitchen.

LET'S GET MINIMAL!




Their cookbook is out and I've seen lots of good reviews but I don't own it. There's a whole blog at our disposal too. This month will be a real challenge for me as I still don't cook from blogs much and I've only ever made one Minimalist baker recipe.

http://minimalistbaker.com/

Not feeling this challenge? That's cool too. Choose your own adventure, and let us know how it goes! And if you've not joined in on a challenge yet, feel free to jump in. Use the #ppkcooks2016 hashtag to share your doings!

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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 2:31 pm 
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This is excellent, because I was just feeling rather silly for buying that beautiful Minimalist Baker cookbook and only making, I think, one thing? from it! (I can't even remember what I made, but it must have been something...)


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Yay! I have the cookbook & this is one I'm really excited about.


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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
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Cool! I recently bought it and have made the sweet potato black bean corn avocado dip. Obvs not the actual name. It was good but a touch too sweet. I have all the ingredients ready for the spinach artichoke dip which is HUGE for me because I would normally never buy fake cream cheese. But I'm excited to try it. I also really want to make the lentil bolognese for a friend with anemia. This challenge will definitely encourage me. Thanks, Moon!


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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
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I ordered the book 5 minutes ago! I'm so in on this challenge!


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This will be an interesting one for me as well. I find myself pinning her recipes several times a week, but I've yet to try making one!

I look forward to seeing everyone's results from the book too.

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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
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Sheesh, I just realized how crazy this music video is! I was definitely going for the song name rhyme on this one - sorry everyone!

If anyone has any recipes from the blog to recommend, please share! I don't know where to start.

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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
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I'll try the chickpea bolognese with carrot noodles.

Just a note in case it's a concern for anyone: the blog is not vegan so you will come across recipes using chicken, eggs, etc. Most seem vegan though.

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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:07 pm 
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lavawitch wrote:
Just a note in case it's a concern for anyone: the blog is not vegan so you will come across recipes using chicken, eggs, etc. Most seem vegan though.


Thanks for this reminder! I forget it wasn't always a "plant based" blog.

Pages 1-55(ish) seem to be "plant based", anything older than that is risky if you don't want to see dairy or eggs or meat. I only saw about 4-5 recipes that had shrimp or chicken.

I just looked back at the recipes I bookmarked and basically all of them are pasta or tacos/wraps. So I guess I will have to have another run through.

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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
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I've made their blog recipe for something like world's easiest sticky buns. Warning: These *are* really easy to make and ridiculously easy to eat. In excess. At least that's what someone told me. (Sticks hands in pockets, looks up and starts whistling.)


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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
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I made these and topped with fresh strawberries. Ridiculously good.


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I made the, what I believe is a take on Red Lobster's biscuits, which I haven't had in a million years, but they are delicious. I had one with Gimme Lean sausage and FYH smoked Gouda.


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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 12:53 pm 
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Moon wrote:
If anyone has any recipes from the blog to recommend, please share! I don't know where to start.


What a great challenge this month. I"m going to really try and participate in this one. From the blog, I made the General Tso's Tofu and it was incredible. I have made it about four times now. I change up the veggies each time. Here is the link:

http://minimalistbaker.com/general-tsos-tofu/


I had the book from the library and made a couple recipes from it, but for the life of me, I can't remember what they were. I've ordered the book again so hopefully I remember when I see it.


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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 2:36 pm 
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Friday morning I made the strawberry rhubarb crumble bars - Canada day was upon us and I had a ton of strawberries in my CSA and rhubarb in the garden. I had just enough almonds for the crust and I subbed regular sugar, AP flour, and vegetable oil for the ingredients she calls for. They turned out great and were delicious the next day too.

https://instagram.com/p/BHU1Ymnh0Lq/
http://minimalistbaker.com/strawberry-r ... e-bars-gf/

Last night a friend was coming over for dinner and I went all out. The main thing was the blog's zucchini gratin recipe. This is DELICIOUS. I was really impressed because it is pretty basic as ingredients go. I didn't use the whole 3/4 cup of parmesan as recommended, it seemed like a lot and that some of the parm would have been wasted. I used about half that and as you can see, we got really good coverage. This is a for sure make again.

https://instagram.com/p/BHYLfNGhC4Z/
https://instagram.com/p/BHYLLgQh-gr/


http://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-zucchini-gratin/

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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
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I love the blog! So I am excited for this challenge. I still have all my Joni cookbooks out from the library and feel like I barely scratched the surface of them.

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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
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i dont have this cookbook but i have heard of the blog (though never cooked from it before) i printed out a few things from the blog to try

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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
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I have made a decent amount from the blog in the past:

pad thai spring rolls: http://minimalistbaker.com/pad-thai-spring-rolls/

thai tacos with ginger slaw and peanut sauce http://minimalistbaker.com/pad-thai-spring-rolls/
(warning: this recipe has shrimp in it - but I subbed soy curls and probably agave for the honey)

chocolate peanut butter mousse pie (SO easy) http://minimalistbaker.com/chocolate-pe ... ousse-pie/

1 hour vegan shepherds pie http://minimalistbaker.com/1-hour-vegan-shepherds-pie/

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My husband made the chana masala from the blog last night. He doubled the hot peppers and added spinach. It was a masterpiece! We enjoyed it last night with chapati and yellow fried cauliflower. We are very much looking forward to having the leftovers for dinner tonight with rice and my favorite Indian salad.


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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
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I made the Funfetti Cupcakes from the blog:

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Verdict? Eh. Not my favourite cupcake recipe. They sunk in the middle, which in hindsight I should have expected since even in her photos they're a bit sinky. The icing, well, the recipe makes it extra thick, but that of course means you can't get the sprinkles to stick on. Never made funfetti anything before but I think next time I will stick with my regular cake recipe (Lisa Fabry's) and just add sprinkles.

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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
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i made my first two recipes. the thai yellow coconut curry with mango and the gingery thai kale salad with cashew dressing

i had to make subs on both

the curry was good. it was too something that i cant put my finger on. i think it is the curry paste i used to blame for that. the grocery store had 4 mangoes and they were all suspect looking so i didnt add any mangoes. i was too cheap to buy cashews so i just omit them. overall it was very good and very easy. i would like to try making it again with a different brand of curry paste. i also used brown sugar instead of coconut sugar

the salad was really good. i think my husband really liked it because he got like 3 different helpings of it. i used the kale from our veggie garden. i subbed peanut butter for cashew butter because i am too cheap to buy cashew butter

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 Post subject: Re: July PPK Challenge: Let's Get Minimal!
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Oh my... I love Minimalist Baker. When I first started following her she was vegetarian friendly and now almost every new recipe she puts out is vegan. We have made so many of her recipes, and I have never been let down. Her falafel, sloppy joes, sticky buns (oh lawd take me now), baked peanut tofu, baked falafel burgers, perfect peach iced tea, chipotle tofu chilaquiles, green chili mac and cheese, garlic mac and cheese, world's easiest cinnamon rolls, creamy garlic pasta with roasted tomatoes, banana crumb muffins (YAS), pumpkin spice pancakes, gluten free pizza crust, to name a few. Lol

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I made the chickpea shawarma salad for dinner. It was really yummy. I was skeptical of the hummus based salad dressing, but I liked it. Hubby thought there was too much parsley in the salad, but to be fair, I didn't measure well and just threw some in, so that may have been my fault.

I make toasted chickpea salads all the time, and the spices on the chickpeas were enough to make this one stand out. Will definitely make again since these kinds of salads are a staple all summer.

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I made the Super Chunk Coconut granola and its awesome! I love granola but just don't make it enough. It was raining the other day and I didn't feel like doing much, so made this. It has few ingredients (everything I had on hand) and it came together so fast. Here is a pic:

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Here is a link to the recp:

http://minimalistbaker.com/super-chunky-coconut-granola/

I'll be making this one over and over and probably doubling the recipe. It makes a decent amount, but its so tasty it goes fast.


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i made the general tsos tofu from the blog. it was really easy and really good.
i dont think ive ever had the chicken version so i dont know what to compare it to but it was a good meal.
i didnt put the thai chilies in because i am a spice wuss and i was also hoping my 3 year old would eat it.

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I made the 7 ingredient raw cheesecake from the blog, but subbed proven banana and pineapple for the maple syrup and it was super yummy.

Crazy high calorie though oops.

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