Friday, August 26, 2016

Doc: When The Iron Bird Flies the Iron Bird Flies is a doc that explores the history and
migration of Tibetan Buddhism into western culture. 

This doc also explores the fine line between what is the practice of Buddhism and what is more cultural and tradition.  As someone ingrained in the western culture and struggling to learn and practice Buddhism I found this particular aspect very helpful and eye opening.

This is a well done documentary that is well worth the watch!

Check out the trailer!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hoff's Basil Fried Rice (Instant Pot)

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

  • 2 1/2 cups Veggie Broth
  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 1 cup frozen Peas
  • 1 cup frozen Organic Corn
  • 1/2 cup Braggs
  • 4 tsp. frozen Basil
  • 2 tsp. frozen Garlic
  • 2 tsp. frozen Ginger

Directions (Instant Pot):
  1. Combine all ingredients in the IP
  2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  3. Press "Manual" button
  4. Decrease cooking time to 3 minutes
  5. When done, use manual release method

Hoff Thoughts: Find frozen spice cubes in the freezer section likely near the vegetables. When in season, garnish with a little fresh Basil!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Almond Yogurt & Berries

I'm really digging this new non-dairy, almond yogurt by Almond Dream!  For a light breakfast this morning I enhanced the vanilla yogurt with a handful of chopped blackberries, strawberries and topped with a little Uncle Sam cereal for crunch!

My mouth was happy!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Doc: Decoding Deepak

In Decoding Deepak, Deepak Chopra's son, Gotham, spends a year traveling with his father in an attempt to resolve the spiritual icon he is to the world with the man known to his family.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this doc at first - I guess I wanted to gain a greater understanding of the man that I personally have looked up to for years.  OK, maybe I thought understanding Deepak would give me insight into the greater meaning of life.  None of that was happening and I spent most of the film wondering what the point of it was and was I wasting my time.

Then it all became clear in the final scenes of the film - I had that "ah ha" moment.  I won't spoil it for you.  It's something you need to realize for yourself or the lesson is lost.  That being said, I still give this doc a "might be worth watching" rating, but not a must see.

Even if you miss the life lesson, you at least get a closer look at the life of Deepak Chopra.

Check out the trailer.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Doc: PlantPure Nation Nation is a documentary film created by Nelson Campbell, son of T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, one of the most comprehensive studies in nutrition to date. 

The film chronicles the Campbell's struggle to get the health benefits of a plant-based diet out to the masses utilizing government legislature.  After that fails, Nelson goes on to pilot the program on his own with great success that spurs a grassroots movement that not even the government can stop.

Aside from the inspiring story, this film highlights the utter dysfunctional nature of our governmental legislatures - people put into office by the people, to represent said people and paid for by the people and yet corporate greed wins out - totally disgusting.

The film is available on Netflix, but can also be downloaded or streamed right from the PlantPure Nation website.

Check out the trailer!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Almond Yogurt Snacky Snack

Since going vegan, I have been missing yogurt.

Luckily there has been a mass flood of plant-based yogurts hitting the market.

Which brings me to my latest snack obsession - Almond Dream Yogurt topped with Uncle Sam's Cereal.

It delivers the perfect combination of sweet, creamy goodness with a hint of crunch.

The perfect mid-morning snack, 3pm pick-me-up or after dinner dessert.