Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hoff's Veggie Lasagna

Hoff's Veggie Lasagna
Yields: About 8 large servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free
  • 1 box Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles (no boil)
  • 1 jar Spaghetti Sauce (Prego Light)
  • 1 15 oz. can of Tomato Sauce
  • 2 cups Fresh Spinach 
  • 1 Zucchini (shredded, water pressed out)
  • 1 Yellow Squash (shredded, water pressed out)
  • 12oz. of organic Firm Tofu
  • 1 can Black Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 2 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tbsp. Italian Herbs
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

  1. In a 9x13 dish, soak Noodles in hot water until pliable, about 30 minutes
  2. Drain water and set aside
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  4. Blend Tofu, Black Beans, Nutritional Yeast, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Italian Herbs & Salt until creamy
  5. In a 9x13 baking dish, create the following layers
  6. First Layer: coat bottom of dish with Spaghetti Sauce, 1 layer of Noodles & Tofu Ricotta
  7. Second Layer: 1 layer of Noodles, Spaghetti Sauce & Zucchini
  8. Third Layer: 1 layer of Noodles, Spaghetti Sauce & Spinach
  9. Fourth Layer: 1 layer of Noodles, top with can of Tomato Sauce
  10. Cover with parchment lined tin foil & bake for 1 hour
  11. Remove from oven, uncover and allow to sit for 20 minutes so the Pasta reabsorbs the liquid

Friday, January 29, 2016

Unfried Fries

Unfried Fries
Serves: 2 people
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free

  • 2 large Russet Potatoes
  • 2 tbsp. Water
  • 4 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

  1. Slice Potatoes into consistent sized pieces
  2. In a large bowl toss with Water to coat
  3. Add Yeast & Salt, toss to coat
  4. Spread evenly in Airfryer basket
  5. Bake at 360 degrees for 13 minutes
  6. Using a spatula, toss to expose uncooked Fries
  7. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, periodically checking for doneness

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Doc: Globesity: Fat's New Frontier doc examines how obesity is spreading around the world - penetrating Third world countries where obesity was rare only a decade before.  It's predicted that by 2030, 1 billion people will be obese. 

Globesity examines the key factor contributing to this epidemic, the Standard American Diet & all our of our wonderful processed food bullies.  It's really quite disgusting how companies like Coke and Nestle are destroying communities through their stomachs and economic strapped wallets. 

Just goes to show how vital proper nutrition education is.

While this doc exposes what the problem is and the reason behind it, it offers no solutions.  But, knowing the issue at hand is half the battle.

Check it out for yourself:

Friday, January 22, 2016

Hoff's Spiral Oil-Free Fries

Hoff's Spiral Oil-Free Fries
Serves: 2
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 2 Russet Potatoes
  • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

  1. Using a Spiralizer, cut the Potatoes
  2. In a large bowl, toss Potatoes with Yeast & Salt
  3. Place Potatoes into an Airfryer
  4. Set to 360 degrees for 13 minutes
  5. Periodically remove basket, and using tongs, toss Potatoes around
  6. Return basket & cook until done, periodically checking for doneness

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

New Toy - The Portable Personal Crock Pot! Hoff Peeps, I just can't help myself - I got another toy!

My philosophy is that like information, when a helpful tool presents itself, it's for a reason and if one ignores said tool, it will keep smacking you in the face until you wake up and do something about it.

So that brings me to my latest toy, the Crock-Pot® Lunch Crock® Food Warmer, Deluxe Edition!   

Why you ask?

Because I prefer my work lunches to be hot!  I'm not a big fan of the community microwave, so I needed a personal heating solution and this little pot hooks me up!  Note that this little guy is for heating only, not cooking.  That being said, the food gets hot - so hot that I need to shut it down 30 minutes prior to lunchtime so the food is cool enough for consumption.

I was concerned at the smallness of this device, a mere 24 oz. but that turned out to be more than enough to facilitate a filling meal.  To give you some perspective, I easily fit a 19 oz. Progresso can of soup, plus a cup of rice.

Aside from the fun colors (I went with purple), I appreciate the built in handle, easy on/off switch and the removable inner stainless steel container with airtight lid.  I also like the cordless design that allows you to leave the heating element at work and take the container home although I just take the inner container back and forth.  If you're concerned about smell, don't be, the double lid design prevents aromas from escaping until you're ready to eat.  The price is not bad either, $39.99, but check the site, because they run really good sales - right now it's $29.99!

Check it out!