Saturday, March 31, 2012

Event: National Medication Disposal Day: April 28, 2012

Do you have unwanted or expired medications sitting around cluttering your space?  It's time to kick them to the curb!

If you take them to your pharmacy, they will charge a fee to dispose of them.  If you flush them down your toilet, you will contaminate the public water supply.  If you throw them away, that's a safety hazard.  If you leave them lying around, someone who shouldn't (kids) could get into them.

Instead, take advantage of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day sponsored by The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  

When: April 28, 2012
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Where: Find a collection site near you
Cost: FREE!

This program is anonymous and no questions will be asked as to what you are dropping off.

Need more info? Call 1-800-882-9539

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Event: Plant-Based Cooking Class

Learn how to create plant-based meals that are fat free and delicious! The West Shore Veg Group is sponsoring a cooking lesson with Chef Robin Blair.

  • Grilled Asparagus Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Orange Vinaigrette
  • Portabella Mushroom Marsala Pasta (Mushrom marsala sauce served with whole grain pasta)
  • Berry Compote (Mixed Berries can be served over vegan ice cream)

When: Friday, April 20, 2012
Where: West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church: 20401 Hilliard Blvd. Rocky River, Ohio 44116
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Cost: $35 per person
Registration: Limited to 15 people

For more information & to register go to: Cooking With C.A.R.E

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Join The KLUTCHclub!

We all like getting stuff in the mail - the UPS man has become Santa Claus and delivery day is like Christmas!   Try to pretend you don't count down those estimated delivery dates and memorize your tracking numbers.  I know who you are - I'm on a first name basis with my delivery guy!

How awesome would it be to kick that excitement up a notch by getting a surprise goodie box every month chocked full of health & wellness products?  A dream come true if you ask me!

KLUTCHclub has done just that!  For $18 bucks a month, you get a customized box of health & wellness products valued at $50!!!  Not bad, eh?

Here's what you can expect for the month of April:
  • A detoxifying Yoga workout from MTV Power Yoga star, Kristin McGee
  • A brand new energizing drink product to kick-start your workout
  • Post workout coconut water hydration to replenish electrolytes
  • Soothing teas with plant based anti-oxidants to improve your skin
  • A cleansing organic deep-pore facial wash
  • Organic omega 3, flax and fish oil supplements in new flavors
  • Satisfying healthy snacks and nutritious treats
  • A gift from an organic yoga clothing company
Plus, you'll be eligible for special members only promotions & just for providing your opinion (like we all don't have one), you can score a free box!

Hungry for more info?  Check out KLUTCHclub for yourself!

Not ready to commit?  Sign-up for KLUTCHnews, their newsletter so you can check out each monthly preview to see if this is for you!

Keep It Healthy!
The Hoff

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cream of ... Soup

Cream of Broccoli
A super quick prep, cook and clean-up meal. The beauty of this soup is that it can be whatever you want it to be!

Cream of ... Soup
Serves: 2
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free

  • 1 can Potatoes or Hominy (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 can Vegetables (rinsed & drained) or 2 cups Vegetables
  • 1 1/2 cups Veggie Broth
  • 1 tsp Italian Herbs
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Bragg Liquid Aminos

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix and blend for 6 minutes
  2. If using a traditional blender, blend until smooth and then heat as usual
  3. Serve!

My2Cents: The potatoes or hominy gives this soup its creaminess.  If using frozen vegetables, run under cold water in a colander to thaw.  Try this soup with a variety of vegetable such as carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, squash, etc...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy Birthday Healthy Hoff!!!

Thanks Everybody for making the 1st year of The Healthy Hoff a most excellent year!!!

Here's to many more to come and lot and lots of info shared!

Keep It Healthy!
The Hoff

Check out my birthday video!

Make your own slide show at Animoto.

Event: Make Yourself Heart Attack Proof

"Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr., has been a surgeon, researcher, and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic for more
than 35 years and is the first recipient of the Benjamin Spock Award for Compassion in Medicine. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association in 2009. Dr. Esselstyn, who summarized his pioneering research in his best-selling book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, has written for more than 150 scientific publications, and has recently been featured in the film Forks Over Knives.  He and his wife, Ann Esselstyn, have followed a plant-based diet for more than 26 years. Dr. Esselstyn currently directs the Cardiovascular Prevention and Reversal Program at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

When: Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Where: West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church: 20401 Hilliard Blvd. Rocky River, Ohio 44116
Time: 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Deadline to Register: No advance registration is required

Seating is limited to 350 people & doors will open at 6:15 pm.

More info, call: 440-333-2255

I have seen Esselstyn speak and he is phenomenal!  This guy is the real deal!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Washing & Storing Greens

I'm on the greens bandwagon because of the mega wattage of micronutrients they provide and those are really, really important. But a pain point is getting them prepped for use.  The key is to do it all at once as soon as or close to when you bring them in the door.

So, this is what I do to prep my greens:
  1. Soak cut or shredded greens in a cold water bath in your kitchen sink for 20 minutes (any dirt and debris will sink to the bottom), I like to add ground sea salt or baking soda to the water to aid in the cleaning
  2. Spin dry greens in a salad spinner
  3. Lay out a line of paper towels to accommodate the amount of greens
  4. Spread greens out for additional drying time (timing will vary)
  5. Gently roll up paper towels like a giant sushi roll, keep it lose
  6. Put "sushi roll" into a plastic zip lock bag, push out all the air and seal
  7. Place in the frig
This should give you at least 7 days with your greens - ready to go when you are!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Hoff's Black Bean Wrap

Hoff's Black Bean Wrap
Serves: 1
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 1 Whole Wheat Wrap
  • Hummus
  • Red Onion (sliced or diced)
  • Black Beans
  • Corn
  • Greens (romaine, spring mix, spinach, etc.)
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Mustard or Salsa

  1. Spread Hummus on Wrap
  2. Layer on Black Beans, Corn, Onion, Cilantro & Greens
  3. Add Mustard or Salsa to flavor
  4. Roll & Eat!

My2Cents: I combine one can of Black Beans & one can of Corn and store in the fridge for up to a week to have ready for these wraps.  Think of the Hummus as glue for the Black Beans & Corn to prevent their escape during rolling.  The Cilantro adds a little kick & a little extra greens to this wrap!  Um yeah, if you taste "soap," you don't like Cilantro - skip it!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Easy Trick to Drink More Water

Struggling to chug down those 64oz of water we all need daily?

Try a straw!

Drinking with a straw naturally causes you to consume more water. Partly because you can continue to breathe, allowing you to suck it up for as long as you want!  Partly because you can suck more water, than you can sip.

I put this theory to the test at work.  I always bring two glass jars full of water - about 20oz each. Typically, I only finish one, far from my goal.  When I used a straw, both waters plus my daily smoothie were polished off by the time lunch was finished!

Suck It!
The Hoff

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cooking Without Oil - Yes It Can Be Done!

Can't cook without oil?  Think again. 

One tablespoon (do you really use just one tablespoon, be honest) of oil contains 120 calories and 100% of those calories come from fat!

Contrary to popular belief, oil, even olive oil, has little nutritional value and is not an essential part of a healthy diet.  You can get all the oil your body needs from the trace amounts found in whole foods and you don't need nearly the amount you think you do.

To learn more, check out this quick video from The Plant-Based Dietician(Julieanna Hever MS, RD) & Chef AJ on making Saucy Glazed Mushrooms, featuring sauteing onions without oil (it's easier than you think).

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Tonight's dinner consisted of a two pot meal.

Main Contender: Mini Whole Wheat Gnocchi (cooks in about 2 minutes!) paired with a jar of Light Ragu Original Spaghetti Sauce (oil-free) that was seasoned with 3 cloves minced Garlic, Kelp (or Sea Salt) and Italian Seasoning.  To the sauce I also added one shredded zucchini and one cup of Lima Beans.

Side Helper: Toasted Sourdough with Garlic Hummus.

Hoff's Chinese Lettuce Wraps

This is a great side dish to Hoff's Chinese Broccoli Noodles!

Hoff's Chinese Lettuce Wraps
Serves: 2 (about 6 leaves total)
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free

  • 10 oz Firm Tofu
  • 1 Romaine Lettuce Heart
  • 2-3 Green Onion (diced)
  • 1 Garlic Clove (diced)
  • 2 tbsp. Bragg Liquid Amino (soy sauce alternative)
  • 2 tbsp. Pine Nuts (crushed)
  • 1 8oz. can Water Chestnuts (rinsed drained, chopped)
  • 1 tsp. Ginger
  • Juice of 1 Lime

  1. Remove water from Tofu, by pressing blocks between paper towels & heavy plates (about 20 minutes)
  2. Crumble Tofu and allow to marinate in Braggs & Lime Juice for a at least 20 minutes
  3. Toast Pine Nuts in small frying pan until golden & fragrant, remove & set aside
  4. Saute Shallots & Garlic until brown
  5. Add Tofu, Ginger, Water Chestnuts & heat through
  6. Mix in Pine Nuts
  7. Serve by allowing guests to scoop mixture into individual leaves

Hoff Thoughts: It is not imperative that you marinate the Tofu, it will just enhance the flavor.  The Pine Nuts & Water Chestnuts are just to give a little crunch and texture variation - use both, use neither - go with what you like!

Monday, March 19, 2012

DIY: Avocado Face Mask

If you're like me, avocados tend to get away from you & turn before you get a chance to eat them - infuriating & gut wrenching!

But it doesn't have to end that way.  Instead, give your avocado a second chance in life as a moisturizing face mask!

Courtesy of Mother Nature, avocados are a natural moisturizer.  The oil of an avocado is rich in vitamins A, D and E, all of which help maintain healthy skin.

Applying avocado to the skin is not a new concept, people have been doing it for years.  Some even rub it onto their scalp to stimulate hair grow - apply for five minutes and then rinse.

Simply separate the avocado from it's skin & mash, apply for 10-15 minutes & wash off - that's it!

This can be especially soothing if you spent a little too much time in the sun without your sunscreen.

Eat it, wear it, either way - enjoy it!
The Hoff

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hoff's Awesome Chocolate Ice Cream!

This recipe is AWESOME because it's so healthy & a total fake out! Don't tell, but each serving is an entire serving of fruit, because frozen bananas are the base of this recipe.  Added bonus, this comes together in under a minute!  I have not been able to stop making this "ice cream" - totally addicted!

Hoff's Awesome Chocolate Ice Cream!
Serves: 2
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free


  1. Combine all ingredients in a Vitamix
  2. Using the tamper, push the bananas into the blades
  3. Blend until smooth about 10-15 seconds
  4. Serve immediately for soft serve or freeze for hard serve

Blend-in Ideas (add at the very last few seconds of blending):
  • 1/2 cup Mint Leaves
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Fruit
  • 1/4 cup Junior Mints
  • 1 tbsp Chocolate Chips

My2Cents: I am AMAZED how well the frozen bananas mimic the creamy consistency of regular ice cream!  I HATE bananas, but if you pretend just a little, you can block out the banana taste and embrace the chocolate!  This may work in a regular blender, but I don't have any experience with them, so I can't say for sure - try it!  As I only use mint for this recipe, I freeze the mint in a ziplock freezer bag - works like a charm!  This dessert is so decadent, you won't even realize you just consumed a serving of fruit -crazy good!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patty's Day!!!

Hoff's Chinese Broccoli Noodles

Hoff's Chinese Broccoli Noodles
Serves: 2
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free

  • 2 Bundles of Soba Noodles
  • 1 Head of Broccoli (chopped)
  • 1/2 Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (minced or chopped)
  • Ginger (minced or chopped)
  • Juice of 1 Clementine/Orange
  • Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1 tbsp Corn Starch/Kuzu Root
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • Marinated Tofu (optional)

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil & cook Broccoli for 5 minutes
  2. Add Noodles & cook for additional 2-3 minutes or according to package
  3. Meanwhile, sautee Onions, Garlic & Ginger
  4. In a small jar combine Corn Starch & Water, shake to combine
  5. Add Juice & Aminos, shake to combine
  6. Drain Pasta and return to pot, add Onions, Garlic, Ginger & Sauce and stir until sauce thickens

My2Cents: Do not walk away from the pasta after adding the sauce, it takes maybe 2 minutes before it starts to thicken.  If you don't have a Clementine, any citrus juice will do - try Lime!  Add seasonings per your taste.  If adding the Tofu, use one brick and press out the water using a paper towel & something heavy placed on top.  Crumble Tofu and allow to marinate in Bragg Liquid Amino for about 5 minutes, saute with Onions, Garlic & Ginger.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Event: Free Online Viewing of "Hungry For Change"

Don't miss out on the World Premiere Free showing of Hungry For Change!

As this film is from the creators of Foods Matters, I predict this doc is going to rock just as much as that one did!

When: March 21-31, 2012
Time: Your time
Where: Your PC
Cost: Free

You'll discover:
  • How to navigate your supermarket - what to buy and what to avoid
  • The real truth behind "DIET", "SUGAR-FREE" and "FAT-FREE" products
  • How to overcome food addictions and cravings
  • Why fad diets don't work
  • What food additives to avoid and how to read labels
  • What is fat and cellulite and how do we get rid of it for good
  • The most effective detox and cleansing strategies, and
  • How to eat for clear eyes, glowing skin and healthy hair
"Featuring interviews with best selling health authors and leading medical experts plus real life transformational stories from those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight."

Knowledge is power - don't miss out!

Click here to register now!

"Your health is in your hands."

Check out the official trailer!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Hoff's Chickzo

This makes a quick, simple side dish!

Hoff's Chickzo
Serves: 2
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free

  • 1 cup Orzo
  • 15oz can of Chick Peas (rinsed & drained)
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • Mustard

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil
  2. Add Orzo & cook for 8-9 minutes
  3. Meanwhile, in a small jar combine Aminos & Mustard
  4. Drain & return to pot
  5. Add Chick Peas, Sauce, sprinkle with Nutritional Yeast
  6. Warm through & serve!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Event: Cleveland Earth Day Coalition's 2012 EarthFest

Hey Cleveland Peeps!

Forget about the snow and start thinking Spring! EarthFest 2012 is almost here!!!

When: Sunday, April 22, 2012
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland, OH 44109

This year's theme is "Celebrating the Year of Local and Sustainable Food!"  

Sustainable practice exhibit areas will include local and sustainable food, green home improvement, clean transportation, environmental science, health and fitness, family activities, non-profit organizations and all day entertainment.

14 stages will fill the day with music from an eclectic selection of genres, including local favorites such as Brent Kirby and Honeybucket. In keeping with Earth Day Coalition’s educational focus, all stages were booked, managed and will be produced by Undercurrents students.

Go Mother Earth!!!
The Hoff

Monday, March 12, 2012

Vegan Easter Basket!

Easter is almost here!  April 8th to be exact.

And do you know what to get the special vegan in your life?

A Vegan Easter Basket of course!

Allison's Gourmet can you hook you up with that!

The $85 price tag is rather pricey, so if that doesn't suit your budget, go à la Carte and put your own basket together!

Don't procrastinate, Easter chocolates are beginning to ship now & they tend to sell out!

Happy Bunny Day!
The Hoff

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dara Dubinet: Live, Love, Raw!

Despite being bogged down today with packing for an upcoming 10-day trip, prepping food for the week, exercising & finishing up class number two towards my certification in Plant-Based Nutrition - I was compelled to get my ass outside and soak up some Vitamin D courtesy of Mr. Sun!


Well not because of the unusual 60 degree March day in Ohio!

It was because of Dara Dubinet!

I can't recall how I stumbled upon Dara, but I am so happy I did!  I am addicted to her nearly daily and sometimes multiple YouTube videos, in which she simply whips something up in the kitchen or goes to the farmer's market and sometimes waxes philosophic (I love when she goes to the beach to do that - she lives in Cali!)

Dara, is a self-proclaimed raw food vegan, professional chef & healthy muse.  While, not my thing, her shining positivity & outlook on life has inspired me in many, many ways.  Watch one video & you shall be inspired too: to eat more raw foods, to hit up a farmer's market, to go outside and just be!  If a day goes by without a Dara video fix, things just aren't right! Her words linger with me and her optimism for a healthy life is infectious!

While it appears that Dara's website: Live, Love Raw is just getting off the ground, this is sure to be a great resource to have as well!

Check Dara out!
The Hoff

One of my fav videos!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Keep Calm & Carry On

By now you've probably seen this iconic image and words of inspiration either in it's original form or as a parody; check out the history behind it!

Not allowing stress to get to you is key to a healthy life.

Carry on!
The Hoff

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Hoff's Lasagna

Hoff's Lasagna
Yields: About 8 large servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 1 box Whole Wheat Lasagna Noodles (no boil)
  • 1 jar Spaghetti Sauce (Prego Light)
  • 1 - 15 oz can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 pound Mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1 Onion (diced)
  • 1 Zucchini (shredded)
  • Fresh Spinach (or frozen)
  • 2 blocks of Firm Tofu
  • 1 can Black Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2-3 cloves of Garlic
  • 4 tbsp Italian Herbs
  • Wheat Germ (optional)

  1. Caramelize Onions, then add Mushrooms, cook until softened, add Garlic last to avoid burning
  2. Blend Tofu, Black Beans, Nutritional Yeast & Italian Herbs until creamy
  3. In a 9x13 baking dish, create the following layers
  4. First Layer: coat bottom of dish with Spaghetti Sauce, 1 layer of Noodles, Tofu blend & Zucchini
  5. Second Layer: 1 layer of Noodles, Onion mixture & Spinach
  6. Third Layer: 1 layer of Noodles, Spaghetti Sauce, another layer of Noodles, top with can of Tomato Sauce & sprinkle with Wheat Germ
  7. In a 350 degree oven, cover & bake for 1 hour

My2Cents: I like to use Prego Light Smart Spaghetti Sauce because there is no oil in it - saves you unnecessary fat and calories.  If you are using No-boil noodles, be generous with the sauce as they will absorb the excess liquid.  Optional: top with chopped black olives or chopped pine nuts (added with 5 minutes to go, so they brown and don't burn)!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Hoff's Guac

This recipe is super quick, because it's a dump recipe, in other words, no measuring!

Hoff's Guac
Yields: About 1 cup
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 1 Avocado
  • Cilantro (dried or fresh)
  • Juice of 1 Lime
  • Sea Salt

  1. Prepare the avocado by sliced around the pit, extracting the pit with the blade of your knife and squeezing it out of the skin and into a small bowl (or use a spoon if you must)
  2. Add juice of 1 Lime
  3. Add Cilantro & Sea Salt to taste
  4. Mash with potato masher (or bottom of drinking glass)
  5. Serve immediately

My2Cents: I have no idea what's in real guacamole or even what it tastes like, because outside of my recipe, I've never had it.  Frankly, I was a little afraid of the avocado and always banished it from any restaurant dish before it even got to me.  Now, I love it!  It's rich, creaminess adds depth to a dish and goes perfectly with Hoff's Black Bean TacosHoff's Quesadillas & Hoff's Taco Salad!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Incredible Disappearing Veggie!

I have been conducting a non-scientific, non-funded, non-biased experiment over the past year and I am happy to release my findings to all of you, right here, right now.


I have found that when I shred Zucchini or it's yellow cousin and add it to a vanishes!  I don't mean it is inhaled or evaporates, it just seems to morph into it's surroundings like camouflage.

What does this mean for you?

It means that you can add another vegetable to your meal and no one will even realize it's there to scoff or object!  You will even forget it's there, I have!  And since this lo cal veg, is rich in fiber (peel), folate, potassium, Vitamin A & C, that's an added bonus!

So, try this technique with spaghetti, lasagna, soup, stew, chili...basically anything with a sauce or liquid base, which are the environments that shredded Zuc tends to fade away into...spooky!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hoff Hit: Don't Stress, Your Hair Will Pay

A high period of stress can cause your hair to fall out!

It's not as bad as it sounds.

But, an isolated period of high pressure can cause you to shed 40% of your hair, compared to the 10% normally experienced.  This won't happen right away.  First those strands will stop growing, then go dormant and finally fall out three months later.


No worries, get your stress under control (meditation, yoga, music...) and your hair growth will return to normal within a few months.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Cutting Boards: Glass vs. Wood

My perfectly uniform cucumber chunks!
I am a germaphobe and I am not ashamed to admit that, in fact I proclaim it to all those around!

So it was never surprising to me that I had an extreme aversion to salmonella and other  bacteria leading to food borne illnesses. See, once upon a time, The Healthy Hoff did eat meat, well chicken, turkey, etc. to be exact.  And I took extreme precautions when bringing said items into my home - always double bagging at the store, never packing with other food at the check-out, dedicating a shelf in the refrigerator and always, always using a glass cutting board for preparation!

Aside from an aversion to wood (an issue for another time), I felt that wood cutting boards were a bacteria trap!  Just by nature, cutting results in cut marks in the wood, which inevitably turns your cutting board into a salmonella breeding ground!  So, I only used glass - no crevasses for meat juices to seep into and easy to clean.  In fact, I have five of them in various sizes.

One problem, I suffered from "dull knife syndrome" or so I thought...  I would cut my produce exactly as the Food TV people did and I never had the same results!  My food would slide around, eluding my knife, flying off the cutting board.  "Knife must be dull," I always thought.  Yet sharpening never solved the problem.

Then not too long ago, I asked a professional chef, Chef Robin of Cooking with C.A.R.E. what type of cutting board she preferred.  Her reply, "wood," because it provided the best knife control.  Knife control!  Never heard of that before, now I was intrigued.  So I hit the Walmart for a cheap wooden cutting board (because I still wasn't sold on the concept), which I found for around $13 bucks.

Guess what.  I never did suffer from "dull knife syndrome."  I had "faulty knife control" due to a poor cutting surface.  Now thanks to the right cutting board, I am emulating my Food TV idols!   I am cutting onions and potatoes and peppers with ease!  My cuts are precise and my food is uniform.  I can't tell you how fantastic it is to cook when you have the proper tools.  I now look forward to all my choppy chopping!

Why was I so easy to persuade into a wooden cutting board, now?  Well, now I'm vegan, no meat in this house and no more meat juices - less chance of salmonella poisoning!  I still thoroughly wash all veggies, even the tripled washed kinds, because you can never be too careful.

Choppy Choppy!
The Hoff

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Semi-Homemade Tortilla Chips

Semi-Homemade Tortilla Chips
Yields: As many as you want to make
oil-free, soy-free

  • Oil-free Corn Tortillas
  • 1 Lime
  • Sea Salt

  1. Spread out Tortillas & drizzle with Lime Juice
  2. Season Tortillas with Sea Salt
  3. Pile Tortillas into a stack
  4. Using a large knife or pizza cutter, cut Tortillas into 4 pieces to form triangles
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes
  6. Using a spatula, move chips around, flipping if necessary
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for 3 - 10 minutes, checking frequently to prevent burning

My2Cents: Experiment with your chip shapes, try long strips for salads, like Hoff's Taco Salad!  Experiment with seasonings, salt is the natural go to buy try cinnamon sugar for something sweet!  Don't like lime?  Use water instead.  Watch these guys, they can turn on your quickly, check often to prevent burning.  I bake on a cast iron sheet, which may accelerate my cooking time, if you're using a traditional baking sheet, you may need to flip your chips after 10 minutes and then continue cooking for another 10 minutes.