Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hoff's Hashbrown Scramble

Hoff's Hashbrown Scramble
Yields: 4-5 servings 
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 1 box Hashbrowns
  • 1 small Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Red Pepper (chopped)
  • 1 Zucchini (shredded)
  • 1 cartoon Mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1 2.25 oz. can sliced Black Olives (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 tbsp. Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Cumin
  • 2 tsp. The Vegg
  • 1/2 cup Water

  1. Re-hydrate Hashbrowns
  2. Meanwhile, prepare The Vegg, by blending with Water in a mini food processor or NutriBullet for 15 seconds; set aside
  3. In a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat, sautee Onions, Red Peppers & Mushrooms until browned & softened
  4. Add the Olives & Seasonings, stir to combine
  5. Add Hashbrowns, mix in and then spread out and flatten and allow to sit untouched for about 5 minutes in order to brown
  6. Stir in Vegg
  7. Toss everything together until thoroughly combined

Hoff Thoughts: While this is your traditional breakfast fare, I rather fancy it for dinner.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Doc: Bethany's Story

http://www.sanaview.com/bethanys-story.aspx Bethany was a 13-year-old girl who had become paralyzed by a bad reaction to medication and was told she would never walk again.  Refusing to accept that, she set out on her own to research a cure.  That lead her to try a vegan, raw food diet and  after a few months Bethany completely recovered from her paralysis and got out of her wheelchair.  This doc takes an anecdotal look at the power of food as medicine and the inspiration that is Bethany. 
Dr. Greger makes a surprise appearance in this doc.  Nice to see his face while he's talking.  ;)  Barnard makes an appearance too among other whole-food advocates.

Check it out!

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Best Chaga?

Oh Chaga, how I love thee...

I introduced you to one of my favorite healthy foods in Do You Chaga?  As I learn more and more of all the health benefits behind this magical mushroom, I am becoming more and more obsessed with including it in my daily routine. Yes, even on a 90-degree day, I Chaga!

Sadly, my daily routine was rudely interrupted when my dealer supplier up and changed their recipe!  I used to love the mellow flavor of Four Sigma Food's Chaga, but now I can't stand the taste of it.  I do still travel with it because the convenience of the instant powder & travelability of the single serve packets can't be beat, but it's not as enjoyable.  That being said, it's a little on the pricey side, so maybe this was the Universe's way of telling me to keep searching...

So search I did...

http://www.myberryorganics.com/purchase/product/maine-chaga-tea-chunks-4-ozAnd that lead me to Siberian Chaga Mushroom Loose Tea Exclusive blend of raw and extract powder.  I adore the flavor of this brewable tea, sadly it does not play well with Mr. Manatea; some, OK a lot of the particles are so fine that they slip through the holes of Mr Manatea, making for a not so pleasurable end game.

The search continued...

Which brings me to my new love...Maine Chaga Tea Chunks.  Sure, the thought of brewing what looks like a piece of wood may seem a little odd at first, but you get over it fast. The yummy taste, the no mess/no fuss brewing and economics of indulging Chaga this way will have you stocking up. $22 bucks for a 4-ounce bag or $5.50 an ounce seems like a steep price tag until you factor in that each delectable Chaga chunk can be brewed up to 4 times! That means one bag can brew up to 30 - 40 cups of tea! How cool is that?!?! And the brewing could not be simpler; all you do is drop one chunk into mugful of boiling water and steep up to 15 minutes or leave it in for a stronger brew like I do - add a little coconut sugar and it's Zen time. Then just let the Chaga chunk air dry between uses and it's good to go for another round. Bye, bye strainers, ta-ta tea bags...

Check it out!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hoff's Sweet Potato Soup

Hoff's Sweet Potato Soup
Serves: 2
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 1 15 oz. can Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 cups Veggie Broth
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Plain Plant Milk
  • 2 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp. frozen Ginger
  • 1 tsp. minced/frozen Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix & blend on high for 6 minutes
  2. Serve!

Healthy Hoff: Find frozen spice cubes in the freezer section, likely near the vegetables.