Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Teal Pumpkin Project
As a severe food allergy suffer myself, this project is near and dear to my heart. And frankly anything that makes Halloween an even more "awesomer" holiday for one and all is alright in my book!

This Halloween, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is encouraging communities to start a new tradition that will help make this holiday season less scary for children with food allergies: the Teal Pumpkin Project.

This campaign encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies by providing non-food treats for trick-or-treaters and painting a pumpkin teal - the color of food allergy awareness - to place in front of their house along with a free printable sign from FARE to indicate they have non-food treats available.

The Teal Pumpkin Project is designed to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies – and to keep Halloween a fun, positive experience for all.

Download FARE’s Non-Food Treats Halloween Poster to show your support

Download a flyer about the Teal Pumpkin Project and share it to spread the word
Questions and Answers About the Teal Pumpkin Project

Happy Halloween!!!

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

  • 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

  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

  • 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

  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.