Friday, April 17, 2015

Hoff's One Pot Pasta Wonder

Hoff's One Pot Pasta Wonder
Yields: 5-6 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free
 


Ingredients:
  • 12 oz. Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti
  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 head of Broccoli (chopped)
  • 1 bundle of Asparagus (chopped)
  • 1 cup Spinach (chopped)
  • 1 15 oz. can diced Seasoned Tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 15 oz. can Chick Peas (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 2.25 oz. can sliced Black Olives (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 Sweet Onion (cut in half moons)
  • 4 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. Break Pasta into bite size pieces
  2. Place Pasta, Broccoli, Asparagus, Spinach, Tomatoes, Chick Peas, Black Olives, Onion, Nutritional Yeast, Garlic & Seasonings in a large stock pot
  3. Pour in Vegetable Broth & Water
  4. Cover and bring to a boil
  5. Reduce to simmer and keep covered, cook for about 10 minutes or until most of the liquid has absorbed, stirring periodically

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hoff's Broccoli Cashew Carbonara

Hoff's Broccoli Cashew Carbonara
Yields: 4-6 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

Ingredients:
  • 12-16 oz. Whole Wheat Pasta
  • 1 head Broccoli (chopped) 
  • 8 oz. Smoked Tempeh (chopped) 
  • 2 tbsp. Sea Salt
Sauce
  • 1 cup Raw Cashews
  • 12 oz. Silken Organic Tofu
  • 1 cup plain unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • Pinch Nutmeg
  • Black Pepper (to taste)
Directions:
  1. Bring one large pot of water & 2 tbsp. Sea Salt to boil, cook Pasta till al dente according to directions
  2. With 3 minutes remaining, add Broccoli to Pasta cooking water
  3. Using a Vitamix/Nutribullet, blend Sauce ingredients until smooth
  4. Drain Pasta & Broccoli, combine with Sauce, Tempeh & heat through

 Hoff Thoughts: For a very smooth sauce, soak Cashews in water overnight or at least 4 hours; drain & rinse before using.


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hoff's Tofu Scramble II

Hoff's Tofu Scramble II
Yields: 4 servings 
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free


Ingredients:
  • 12 oz. block firm Tofu (rinsed)
  • 1 small Sweet/Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1 Red Pepper (chopped)
  • 1 cartoon Mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup sliced Black Olives (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 cartoon fresh Spinach
  • 4 oz. Smoked Tempeh (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. Braggs
  • 1 tbsp. Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Salt

Directions:
  1. In a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat, sautee Onions, Red Peppers & Mushrooms in Braggs until browned & softened
  2. Add Black Olives, Tempeh, Spinach & Seasonings
  3. Crumble in Tofu, add Mustard
  4. Toss everything together until thoroughly combined and heated through

Hoff Thoughts: The Black Salt will yield an eggy taste.  The Mustard will give the Tofu a yellow egg-like color.  Sub in Turmeric for the Mustard if you prefer.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hoff's Lentil Stew (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Lentil Stew (Instant Pot)
Yields: 5-6 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth 
  • 2 cups dried Lentils
  • 1 15oz. can diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
  • 2 cups Sauerkraut (rinsed & drained)
  • 2 Field Roast Sausages (chopped)
  • 1 Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 tbsp. Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. dried Mustard
  • Sea Salt to taste

Directions:
  1.  Push "Saute" button on Instant Pot
  2. When the pot indicates Hot, saute Onions in the inner pot until they are softened (adding a little Broth/Water to deglaze if necessary)
  3. Add Garlic & stir for 30 seconds to prevent burning
  4. Add everything else (except Salt) and stir to combine
  5. Set Manual setting at High Pressure for 15 minutes
  6. Manually release steam
  7. Remove Bay Leaf, Season with Salt

 Hoff Thoughts: The Internet world is torn on whether to add Salt at the beginning of cooking or end.  Some say the beginning to infuse the flavor, others claim that will prevent the lentils from getting soft.  I have added at the beginning and have had issues getting the lentils to cook, so I add at the end.  However, if you add the Salt while the Lentils are still warm they will absorb the flavor.