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Creamy meatless wonton noodles to soothe the soul

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  Friends recently invited me over for a wonton wrapping party. Which is how it should be done since wrapping those little packets can get tedious without friends and laughter to distract you. But since I don’t eat meat, I used a tofu-based mixture to fill my wontons. The water chestnuts and ginger in the filling — roughly following the recipe below — was crunchy and spicy and a great complement to…

Plant-based cabbage rolls

Chestnut and quinoa stuffed cabbage rolls

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Cooler days call for warm, baked comfort foods. That doesn’t have to mean unhealthy, though. On my last trip to the farmers market I found huge, gorgeous heads of cabbage — perfect for stuffing. Paired with fresh chestnuts, this farro and quinoa stuffing is my plant-based take on an old favorite. Chestnut and grain-stuffed cabbage rolls Serves 4-6 Ingredients: Cabbage rolls: 6-7 whole chestnuts (or 1 cup chestnuts purchased in a…

Plant-based version of Jamie Oliver's Incredible Nut Roast

Guilt-free incredibly plant-based nut loaf

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Eating a plant-based diet is certainly not all beans and greens. With a little flexibility, many recipes can be easily adapted to a no-oil, all-plant meal. I was especially excited to see Jamie Oliver’s Incredible Nut Roast come across my Instagram feed recently. His vegetarian recipe looked, well, incredible. So I thought I’d give it a try with some plant-based modifications. This was easier said than done — but, surprisingly,…

Apple season calls for a trip to Placer County’s Apple Hill

Apple season calls for a trip to Placer County’s Apple Hill

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For many Northern Californians, the first whiff of fall in the air signals it’s time to visit Apple Hill for their annual fruit fix. The outing isn’t just for apple lovers — dozens of vineyards and tree farms line the rural roads along with the orchards east of Placerville in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It’s the 50th year that Apple Hill growers have welcomed families to enjoy a day at…