Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hoff's Asian Greens Soup

Hoff's Asian Greens Soup
Yields: 4 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free


Ingredients:
  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 bunch Rice Noodles (broken into smaller pieces)
  • 1 head Napa Cabbage (chopped)
  • 2 Baby Bok Choy (chopped)
  • 1 bunch Broccolini (chopped)
  • 1 bunch Scallions (trimmed, but left whole)
  • 1 Lime
  • 4 tbsp. Braggs
  • 2 tsp. Frozen Ginger
  • 2 tsp. Frozen Garlic

Directions:
  1. In a large pot, add Broth, Water, Scallions, Braggs, Ginger & Garlic & bring to a boil
  2. Remove Scallions
  3. Drop in Rice Noodles, top with Veggies, cover & cook for 4-5 minutes (go by Rice Noodle directions)
  4. Remove from heat
  5. To finish squeeze juice from Lime over soup, stir & chow down!

Hoff Thoughts: It's important to use Napa Cabbage because it's more delicate than traditional cabbage and will cook quicker.  The goal is to infuse the broth with the Scallion flavor, hence leaving them whole and then removing.



Monday, October 20, 2014

The Next Best Thing To Fresh Herbs

Have you looked in your freezer section for fresh herbs lately?  Well, you should, because using fresh herbs just got easier!

I present you blended herbs frozen into 1 tsp. "ice cube" block servings.  Just pop & cook!  So simple, so genius - love it!  This totally would have been an Oprah's Favorite Thing!!!

Use for soups, stews, stir-fries, the possibilities are endless. When juicing, I like to use the Ginger.

So far, I have found Garlic, Ginger, Basil and  Cilantro.  I suspect if these take off, there will be more to come. 

I was able to find these at my local grocery store under the Dorot brand and Walmart under the Pop & Cook brand.

Alas, nothing is perfect and some of these herbs contain oil, soybean oil no less and it's not organic either.  Sigh...

Check it out!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hoff's Pumpkin Head Peppers

Hoff's Pumpkin Head Peppers
Serves: 4
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free

Ingredients:
  • 4 Orange Peppers
  • 1 box of Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • 1 15 oz. can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 24 oz. jar Prego Light Smart Traditional Spaghetti Sauce
  • 1 Zucchini (shredded)
  • 2 Veggie Burgers (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder

Directions:
  1. Bring a large stock pot of water to boil
  2. Meanwhile cut the top of the Pepper off, like you would a pumpkin & de-seed
  3. Cut jack o lantern faces into each Pepper
  4. Add Peppers to boiling water & cook for 5 minutes, remove Peppers
  5. Add Spaghetti & cook according to the box (al dente)
  6. Meanwhile in a medium stock pot, warm Tomato Sauce & Spaghetti Sauce, adding Zucchini, Veggie Burgers & Spices
  7. Combine Spaghetti with Sauce, stuff each Pepper with Spaghetti, allowing to ooze from the top of the "head"
  8. Happy Halloween!!!

Hoff Thoughts: Not into processed Veggie Burgers?  I don't blame you, substitute a can of Black Beans instead.