Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Soul :) Smile 12 Month Customizable Calendar


The ever popular Soul :) Smile series comes to life with this stunning 12 month wall calendar.  
Just in time for the holidays!

Featuring 12 high gloss, full-color photos capturing the essence of animals that will make your soul smile month after month.

  • Customizable: choose start month & year
  • Full-size: pages measure 11" x 8.5"; calendar measures 11" x 17" when hung on wall
  • High quality: 100 lb cover weight high gloss paper, wire-o bound
  • Full-color printing

Pick one up for yourself and the special people in your life!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Hoff's Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Mashed Potatoes (Instant Pot)
Yields: 4-5 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 1 small bag Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes (about 1.5 pounds)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/3 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbsp. Dried Onion
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • Plain unsweetened Almond Milk 

  1. Cut Potatoes in half or quarters depending on size
  2. Place in Instant Pot, add Garlic & Water
  3. Set Manual setting at High Pressure for 10 minutes
  4. Manually release steam
  5. Add Nutritional Yeast, Dried Onion, Sea Salt & splash of Milk
  6. Using a Potato Masher, mash Potatoes & Garlic right in the pot, adding additional Almond Milk until desired consistency is reached

Hoff Thoughts: I use Baby Yellow Potatoes because they naturally have a rich, buttery flavor and therefore additional fake butter is not needed. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Hoff's Balsamic Brussels

Hoff's Balsamic Brussels
Serves: 2
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 1 lb. Brussels Sprouts
  • 1/2 cup Water or Broth
  • 2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp. Stone Ground Mustard
  • Sea Salt

  1. Prepare the Brussels by cutting off the end and slice in half
  2. In a medium pot, place Brussels, Water/Broth & a pinch of Sea Salt, cover and cook on high for 8 minutes
  3. Transfer Brussels to a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat
  4. Coat with Balsamic, Maple Syrup & Mustard, cover and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until desired consistency is reached, stirring occassionally as the Sauce caramelizes
  5. Finish dish with Sea Salt

Hoff Thoughts: Did you know that Brussels Sprouts got their name from, well, Brussels where they were cultivated in Belgium as early as the 16th century.  These mini cabbage-like guys are said to improve digestive health.  And if you're fortunate enough to find these little ones still stuck to their stalk, stick the end in some water to prolong their life - they also tend to be cheaper this way.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hoff's Dump Minestrone Soup

Hoff's Dump Minestrone Soup
Yields: 5-6 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • Water
  • 1 15 oz. can diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz.can sliced Carrots (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz.can Corn (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz.can Bean of choice (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15oz can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 15oz can Diced Tomatoes (seasoned)
  • 2 cups small Whole Wheat Pasta
  • 1-2 small Onions (chopped)
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 2-3 tsp. Sea Salt

  1. In a large stock pot on medium-high heat, soften Onions, add Garlic & stir for 30 seconds to prevent burning
  2. Add Veggie Broth & Tomato Sauce & all ingredients except Water & Pasta
  3. Add just enough Water to cover all the veggies, may need no Wate
  4. Bring to a boil
  5. Add Pasta, cook according to package directions
  6. Serve!

Hoff Thoughts: This recipes comes together quickly because it's considered a Dump recipe, meaning, no measuring, little cutting - just dump the ingredients in & go!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I Got A New Toy: The Instant Pot!!!

I have a new crush!  This time it's on my brand new Instant Pot!!!

Like all new relationships, I was pretty nervous at first.  Frankly, pressure cookers scare the hell out of me.  Like they just explode for no reason right?  Not so much, pressure cookers are quite safe these days. Especially the Instant Pot which is pretty dummy proof, even for a newbie.

So, what is an Instant Pot?  Well, it's like a pressure cooker on steroids. This is not your grandma's relic from the dark ages, this baby's got skills!

Check this out.

The new 2014 3rd Generation model is 7 cookers in 1!  It has a Bean/Chili setting, Rice setting, Yogurt setting, Soup Setting, Grain setting, Meat/Stew and Poultry setting (if you're into that sort of thing).  It can also be used as a Slow Cooker, to Steam or to Sauté/Brown.  So basically this one machine just replaced your bean cooker, rice cooker, steamer, crock pot and frying pan.  That's a lot of cabinet space.  The Keep Warm setting, well keeps things warm.  There's even a Timer that allows you to preset the cooker to start and stop so a hot meal is waiting for you once you arrive home.  Basically, you can cook an entire meal in one pot; I love that!

But what sealed the deal for me was the stainless steel pot - no non-stick chemicals!

I'm just getting started with this baby, but I do have a few recipes cooking which will be featured under Recipes: Instant Pot.

Some great resources that have really helped me get my bearings with pressure cooking have been:

If you're looking for Christmas ideas either for yourself or someone else...this one's a winner!

Check out!

Check out this video to learn more about this talented machine.