Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hoff's Personal Pizza

Hoff's Personal Pizza
Yields: 8 Pizzas
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 4 vegan English Muffins (Orlando)
  • 1 1/2 cups Oil-free Pizza Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Water
  • 1 Avocado (cubed)
  • 1 cup Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup Mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1 cup Red Pepper (chopped)

  1. Cut English Muffins in half, set aside
  2. In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, sautee Onions, Mushrooms & Red Pepper
  3. Mix Water with Pizza Sauce
  4. Spread Sauce onto each English Muffin
  5. Top with Onions, Mushrooms & Red Peppers
  6. Using a toaster oven, toast for 10 minutes or until heated through
  7. Top with Avocado

Hoff Thoughts: If you ever cooked as a kid, most likely you made these.  I think these were one of my first culinary exploits.  This recipe takes this meal from kiddie time to adult time!  Take the time to hunt through your bread isle for a vegan English Muffin (hint: Thomas ain't it, but they do exist).  If you can't find an oil-free Pizza Sauce, check out Prego Light Spaghetti Sauce, you can find this almost anywhere.  The Avocado is a stand-in for cheese, but if you're down for a little oil. splurge on the Daiya.  Adding the Water to the Pizza Sauce helps the sauce from drying out in the toaster oven.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hoff's Mushroom Tacos

Hoff's Mushroom Tacos
Yields: 6 small tacos
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 6 Corn Tortillas
  • 2 cartons Mushrooms (rough chopped)
  • 1 cup shredded Cabbage or shredded Lettuce
  • 1 Avocado (chopped)
  • 1 Lime
  • 1 tbsp. Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

  1. In a small bowel, combine Paprika, Sugar, Cumin, Onion & Garlic Powder and set aside
  2. In a medium bowl toss Mushrooms with Worcestershire Sauce to coat
  3. Add seasoning mix and toss to coat
  4. In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, cook the mushrooms long enough to make soft and tender in the inside and lightly seared on the outside (remove before they release their juices)
  5. Remove from heat and set aside
  6. Heat Tortillas directly on the burner, using metal tongs to flip until soft and pliable, wrap in a kitchen towel to keep warm
  7. Assemble Tacos by scooping in Mushrooms, layering with shredded Cabbage/Lettuce and topping with Avocado chunks and a squeeze of fresh Lime Juice

Hoff Thoughts: Any type of Mushrooms will work with this recipe, go for your favorite!  Make sure the Mushrooms are dry before assembling your taco, otherwise kiss your shell goodbye!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chiptotle: Free Burrito Monday!

Chipotle's first new product in over 10 years and it's VEGAN!  

Now is the time to breakout the Snoopy happy dance!

Longtime vegan-friendly Chipotle just upped their game with the introduction of the Sofritas - made from  Organic (non-GMO) Tofu (Soybeans ,Calcium Sulfate, Water), Roasted Tomatoes, Onions, Bell and Poblano Peppers, Chipotle Chile, Rice Bran Oil, Cumin, Garlic, Oregano, Black Pepper, Tomato Paste, Red Wine Vinegar, Salt.

Order an organic tofu Sofritas TODAY at any Chipotle in the US or Canada, then bring your receipt back on your next visit—from January 27th through February 28th, 2015—for a FREE burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos of your choice!!!

What are you waiting for?  Go, Go, Go!!!

5 Minute Guided Meditation for Stress Relief

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hoff's Fried Rice (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Fried Rice (Instant Pot)
Serves: 4-5
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 2 cups Veggie Broth
  • 1 small Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup Mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1 cup shredded Carrots (chopped)
  • 1 cup frozen Peas (thawed)
  • 1 cup frozen Organic Corn (thawed)
  • 1/3 cup Braggs
  • 2 tsp. frozen Garlic
  • 2 tsp. frozen Ginger

Directions (Instant Pot):
  1. Push "Saute" button on Instant Pot
  2. When the pot indicates Hot, saute Onions, Mushrooms & Carrots in the inner pot until Onions are translucent (adding a little Braggs or Water if necessary)
  3. Add Garlic & Ginger and sautee an additional 30 seconds stirring to prevent burning
  4. Meanwhile bring Broth to a slight boil using a microwave
  5. Add Rice, Peas, Corn, Broth & Braggs and stir to combine
  6. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  7. Press "Manual" button and adjust cooking time to 10 minutes
  8. When done, use quick release method

Directions (Skillet):
    1. Cook Rice according to package, increasing Broth to 3 cups
    2. Saute Onions until brown in a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat
    3. Stir in Garlic & Ginger for 30 seconds
    4. Add Carrots, Mushrooms, Peas & Corn
    5. Stir in Rice & Braggs

    Hoff Thoughts: I bring the Broth to a boil in order to speed up the Instant Pot in coming to temperature.  Because even though it cooks fast, I'm still impatient.  Thaw the Peas & Corn by placing in a wire sieve and running cold water over them.  Find frozen spice cubes in the freezer section likely near the vegetables.

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    Hoff Hit: Storing Mushrooms

    I love mushrooms, but what I don't love is how they get wet and slimy after only being in my fridge for a few days.  Rude!

    Turns out these little guys don't like being cooped up, surrounded by plastic.  They want to breathe!

    Toss the carton and store these little immune boosters in a plain brown lunch bag.

    Happy little mushrooms!