Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Event: A Night Of Hope & Inspiration

A Night of Hope and Inspiration
Heavy Vegan Hors D'oeuvres 5:30pm
Special Presentation 6:30pm
Vegan Desserts

When: Saturday, March 22, 2014
Where: Todaro's Party Center: 1820 Akron Peninsula Rd, Akron, OH 44313
Time: 5:00pm - Late
Cost: $55 per person
Tickets: Buy Now!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hoff's Quick & Easy Lentil Soup

Hoff's Quick & Easy Lentil Soup
Yields: About 10 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cup Jasmine Rice
  • 1 can Lentils (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 can sliced Carrots (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 can diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Arrowroot
  • 1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder

  1. In a large stock pot over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients (except Arrowroot)
  2. Bring to a boil
  3. Remove about 1 cup of liquid and stir in Arrowroot until well dissolved; add back to soup
  4. Reduce to simmer & cover
  5. Cook for 15 minutes

Hoff Thoughts: Arrowroot is used as a thickener, like Kuzu Root or Cornstarch.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hoff's Get Up & Go Smoothie

Hoff's Get Up & Go Smoothie
Yields: 5 cups
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1  1/2 cups Water
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 handful Spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen Blueberries
  • 1  1/2 cups frozen Strawberries
  • 3 pitted Dates

  1. Soak the Oatmeal in the 1 cup Water overnight in the fridge
  2. In the morning, dump the Oatmeal into a high speed blender (Vitamix)
  3. Break up Banana & add
  4. Add remaining ingredients
  5. Blend on high for about 30-60 seconds
  6. Start the day!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Ask The Hoff: Kiwi Skin Edible?

Hey Healthy Hoff!

Can I eat that furry skin on a kiwi? It's such a pain to peel those things.

Kiwi Lover

What's up Kiwi Lover!

Yes, that furry brown skin IS edible.  Just cut off the nubby ends and either slice or eat like you would an apple.  Be sure to wash first. 

While the skin is full of fiber and nutrients, that skin creeps me out (I have texture issues)!  So for me, I cut one end off, place the kiwi on that end then use the other nubby end to steady the fruit as I slice the skin off in downward sawing motion with a paring knife - then slice of chump.  No slipping, no fur!

Keep It Healthy!

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Stretch that Maple Syrup!

Real Maple Syrup = Yummy!
Fake Maple Syrup = Yucky!
Real Maple Syrup = $$$
Stretched Real Maple Syrup = Awesome!

I don't know about you, but in my house, maple syrup flows like water!  Even in Ohio, where we make our own; getting your hands on the good stuff can put a dent in your wallet.

Instead of hoarding your stash like the Grinch, stretch that glorious gift from nature, while cutting down the calories and infusing some extra nutrients...

Here's how:

Mix 1/2 cup Maple Syrup with 1/2 cup unsweetened Apple Sauce

That's it, now share.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cheddar Kale Chips

Cheddar Kale Chips
Yields: 1 bunch of Kale
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 1 bunch of Kale (must be dry)
  • 1 Red Pepper (rough chopped)
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1/2 cup Cashews
  • 1/3 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbsp. Braggs
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Blend all ingredients (minus the Kale) in a high speed blender (ahem, Vitamix)
  3. De-stem Kale and tear or cut into chip size pieces
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together Kale & "Cheddar" Sauce (just get your hands in there)
  5. Spread Kale onto parchment paper lined baking sheet
  6. Bake for 10-20 minutes or until crispy, halfway through mix-up the Kale

Hoff Thoughts: How to handle leftovers?  There won't be any. Ok, ok, these don't look so great, but we're going for taste here, not a beauty contest.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Event: Cleveland's 2nd Annual VegGala!

          A Taste of Cleveland’s Green, Lean, Compassionate Scene

This unique evening will feature the best of Cleveland’s local, independent, vegan-friendly food scene. Indulge in an evening of delicious revelry as local chefs feature a sampling of Cleveland's finest vegan cuisine, serving up abundant hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and desserts amidst live music and divinely cruelty-free silent auction items and raffles.

When: Sunday, March 9, 2014
Where: Brennan's Party Center13000 Triskett Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44111
Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost: $50 in advance & $60 at the door