What is Minimalist Cooking?

I am a minimalist in every aspect of my life; so it was only natural that the minimalist style of cooking appealed to me. But what is minimalist cooking?

Minimalist cooking is a style of cooking that allows you to simplify your meals. Simplifying your meals will save you a ton of time, money, and effort in the kitchen. This means you will not need a lot of fancy ingredients or expensive equipment to make an amazing meal! You will not find any complicated recipes here! 

One of the main core values of minimalist cooking is that good food is most often simple food.  

Here are a few tips that you can practice as a minimalist cook:

#1: Change up leftovers. This will especially apply to anyone cooking just for themselves for for a couple. How many times have you run across a recipe that serves 4, or 8, or even 12? Select recipes where you can use the leftovers in different ways. For example, our Mexican Black Bean recipe goes great in Huevos Rancheros for breakfast. Keep the Mexican theme going and use the leftover beans as a side with Carnitas for lunch later or the next day. Using your leftovers in different ways will allow you to waste less and save money without having to eat the exact same meal over and over again (unless you want to, of course).

#2: Select simple recipes. Remember that line? Good food is most often simple food. Most of our recipes have fewer than 10 ingredients and less than 5 steps. These recipes are ideal for everyday meals especially because they often take 30 minutes or less. We do add in some recipes that are a little more complicated but only because we found that the extra time and effort is really worth the outcome. We suggest saving those recipes for special occasions or weekends.

#3: Use hands-off cooking methods. We love recipes that include baking, roasting, boiling, or using a slow cooker. All you have to do is throw some food together, set the timer, and wait. Barely any effort needed! Choosing to fry or stir-fry meals is much more hands on since you are required to actively cook the food the entire time.

#4: Quit using recipes. Once you practice and get used to making a recipe you love, you really don't need to follow the recipe for it anymore. For example, you practice and learn how to make the best roast ever! If you want to change it up and try something new, you already know how to make a roast with no recipe! You can experiment with different ingredients, really get creative, and come up with a new favorite dish. No recipe needed.

#5: Keep your kitchen minimal. Keeping your kitchen minimal helps keep your kitchen organized and clean. It can also prevent you from making a huge mess. I have one spatula. Do you know what would happen if I had 4 spatulas? I'd find a reason to make every one of them dirty every time I cook. More equipment = more mess. Keep it simple and clean!

#6: Speaking of keeping your kitchen minimal... Only buy kitchen equipment that you love and must have. It's no secret that I am not a fan of expensive, one-time use pieces of kitchen equipment. My blender is amazing! It doesn't just blend up awesome smoothies, it also mixes cookie dough, whips up homemade whipped cream, blends up dips, chops veggies for salsa, you get the idea... My blender is so nice and did so much that I didn't have a real need for a mixer until recently. My kitchen is pretty basic and includes common equipment that I assume most people also have.

By using these tips you'll be whipping up amazing meals without spending all day in the kitchen in no time!