Roasted Umami Sprouts and Carrots plus Baked Apples

This week, at the grocery, I grabbed a bag of brussel sprouts on a whim, and got some baby carrots. So, last night making dinner, I decided to roast them up with a nice umami flavor. I had also gotten some apples that we weren’t really enjoying (picky apple eaters).

Umami Sprouts and Carrots

4 cups of brussel sprouts washed and trimmed
4 cups of mini carrots or carrots peeled and chopped
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup nutritional yeast
sea salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and toss or gently stir until the vegetables are coated. Place on a baking stone or sheet and cook at 425* until the carrots are done.

Baked Apples

4 apples sliced into wedges
¼ cup maple syrup
3 TBS cinnamon
3 TBS sugar

Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray if it is not a nonstick sheet, or cover in parchment paper. Arrange apples on the sheet with the inner side of each slice facing up. Drizzle with maple syrup, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 425* until apples are soft. Serve with non-dairy yogurt if desired.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Walnut Muffins

Shelter at home calls for baking – a lot of baking – many many carbs. So, today it was these easy muffins. The first batch I made, I grabbed the wrong canister and used cornstarch instead of baking powder. I cannot recommend that option!


1 cup soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 /3 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 /4 cup vegan chocolate chips (I like mini ones)
2 /3 cup chopped walnuts


Add vinegar to the cup of soy milk, stir and set aside to curdle.

Mix dry ingredients.

Add wet ingredients and mix gently.

Distribute between 12 muffin cups.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester inserted in the center of a muffin in the center of the pan comes out clean.

Donate and Feed Children

Coronavirus may be less severe for most children, but the virus doesn’t just impact them if they get it. Nationwide, children are going without enough food due to school closings. 

The problem is serious and widespread. For example, in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 2011-12, 90% of students qualified for reduced or no cost lunches. And, studies have indicated that this food is their primary food *for the day.* Through the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, children have also been provided with a backpack of food for the weekend, as studies indicated that some were not eating – or eating very little – between Friday afternoon and Monday. In Philadelphia, over 75,000 children experience food insecurity. 

Some communities – including Poughkeepsie and Philadelphia – have been able to work up a plan to continue their food programs, but not all of them. And, due to economic impacts of this pandemic, more families will need support than ever.

*If* you can, donate to your community programs that fight food insecurity, or go to and help feed children in communities that don’t have adequate resources to serve children.

In Philadelphia, one local program that is accepting donations to fight food insecurity is

For Camden Counter, Gloucester County, etc. in NJ, you could donate to

In New Paltz, donations at feed hungry children in the region

In NYC, go to

And, again, a national site is