Author Archives: Adrienne Asher // Blackberry Season

Vegan Baked Apples

It was a dark and stormy night…so she made baked apples. I actually use my local bakery’s no-fat cinnamon-sunflower seed granola for the stuffing, adding some nut butter (sometimes) and maple syrup, but here’s an approximate breakdown of their ingredients.

Vegan Baked Apples
Makes 4 large servings or 8 smaller servings (half-apples)

4 large firm baking apples, cored
2 cups Read more

Tofu-Ricotta Chile Rellenos

Chile rellenos are a labor of love—I suggest making this recipe as a two-person project.

Tofu-Ricotta Chile Rellenos
Yield: 2 cups, enough to stuff 4 chilies (which equals 2 servings)

4 fresh poblano chiles (alternative: canned whole green chilies)


6 ounces firm tofu drained and pressed for about 10 minutes *
1 tablespoon chia seeds + 3 … Read more

Easy Vegan Lasagne

It’s officially winter in the Pacific Northwest. Golden trees are punctuating the evergreens and we even got a little snow last week. This weather calls for warming foods, and for me that means lasagne. Luckily, one of my favorite Facebook groups posted this recipe and I suspect it will be on heavy rotation for potlucks, holidays, and guest dinners!

I’ve … Read more

Black Bean Noodles with Mushrooms and Green Beans

Black bean garlic sauce is a Chinese paste used heavily in Szechuan cooking. It’s savory and intense…and very salty. Use sparingly!

Black Bean Noodles with Mushrooms and Green Beans

12 ounces whole wheat udon noodles
8 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms
8 ounces green beans, cut into1″ lengths and parboiled
4 green onions, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 red pepper … Read more

Breakfast Smoothies

I like for one of my meals—usually breakfast—to be a smoothie made with veggies and fruit. I also add one superfood powder: 1 ounce of one of the following–spirulina powder, unsweetened cocoa powder, wheatgrass powder, or a vegan protein powder.

First, choose 4—6 ounces of some good dense, fibrous ingredients—

  • Leafy greens of any kind
  • Roots/Tubers of any kind

Add … Read more

Lazy Girl’s Guide To Losing Weight.

After years of stressing about diets and weight, I’ve stopped all the fad diets and weird food limitations. When I find my weight creeping up, I practice the following Lazy Girl’s Guide To Losing Weight.

Losing weight can actually be simple—eliminate 500 calories a day from your caloric maintenance level and you’ll lose a safe 1-2 pounds per week, Read more