How to Eat Like a Minimalist

Have you been following the minimalism trend?

The minimalist lifestyle is a refreshing shift from the ‘never-enough’ mentality that manifests itself in our closets, cupboards, and kitchens too. Minimalism asks us to reframe the ‘more is better’ mentality and instead choose to only keep what we use and love. A minimalist cook turns a few high-quality workhorse ingredients into uncomplicated, wholesome dishes. We know, this sounds like a recipe for bland, repetitive meals, but minimalist recipes don’t have to be boring at all. They will challenge your creativity and allow the ingredients you do choose to shine.

Here, we’re sharing a few recipes to let you see how it works. You’ll notice there are no specific measurements in these recipes – they’re more guidelines to show you how combining simply-prepared ingredients can yield tasty results.

TOAST 2.0

This recipe combines the best of both worlds – avocado toast and eggs on toast. It’s a perfectly well-balanced meal that can come together in 15 minutes. Be sure to use fresh kale, a nicely ripened avocado, farm-fresh eggs when possible, and of course, high-quality extra virgin olive oil.

YOU’LL NEED

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • avocado
  • lacinato kale, stems removed
  • eggs
  • salt & pepper

WHAT TO DO

  1. Start by mashing your avocado with the back of a fork. Add a pinch of sea salt and set aside.
  2. Slice the kale into thin strips. Cover the bottom of a skillet in extra virgin olive oil, heat, and sauté kale until it’s tender and bright green, 3-4 minutes, stirring a few times. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Put the toast in the toaster, and meanwhile, cook the eggs.
  4. Heat a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil in the same skillet until it sizzles with a drop of water. Crack the eggs into the pan and cover. Depending on how runny you like your yolks, cook for 5-8 minutes until the whites are firm and edges are a deep golden brown.
  5. Assemble your toast! Start with a smear of the avocado mash, then add sautéed kale and a fried egg. Add additional salt & pepper to taste.

SIMPLE SPAGHETTI

Fresh pasta is great for this dish, but packaged will work too in a pinch. This is a great base for creativity too – use any seasonal vegetables or fresh herbs you have on hand.

YOU’LL NEED

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • garlic, minced
  • cauliflower (or vegetable of choice), chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • spaghetti
  • parmesan cheese
  • fresh parsley (or fresh herb of choice)
  • salt & pepper
  • red pepper flakes

WHAT TO DO

  1. Start the pasta, following the cooking directions on the packaging.
  2. Meanwhile, heat some extra virgin olive oil in a sauté pan. When hot, add the garlic and chopped cauliflower. Cook until the cauliflower is tender and golden brown in spots, stirring occasionally.
  3. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add to the sauté pan. Toss with vegetables, adding more extra virgin olive oil as needed to coat the pasta and salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Top with fresh grated parmesan cheese, chopped parsley, and red pepper flakes as desired.

Stay tuned for more minimalism tips! Want even more? Learn from the best of the best, Melissa Coleman, in her new book out in April!