Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hoff Hit: Say No To Green Peppers

There so many peppers to choose from - green, yellow, orange and red.  Which to choose, which to choose.  Well, I can tell you which not to choose, the green one.  Why?  Well, technically, it's unripe.  Yep, those yellow, orange and red peppers were once green peppers, but they were allowed to mature.  The problem with the green is that due to their unripeness, they are harder on the digestive system.  Don't be hard on your digestive system.

Personally, I go for the red ones - sweeter and packed full of Vitamin C!


Friday, November 28, 2014

Hoff's Seitan Stew (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Seitan Stew (Instant Pot)
Yields: 6-8 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free

Ingredients:
  • 32 oz. Veggie Broth
  • 16 oz. Seitan (cubed)
  • 5-6 Baby Potatoes (quartered)
  • 3 large Carrots (chopped)
  • 1 15 oz. can Green Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz. can Organic Corn (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 medium Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. Arrowroot
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tbsp. Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Dried Onion
  • 1 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 1 tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Pepper (to taste)

Directions:
  1. Dissolve Arrowroot in a few tablespoons of Water, set aside
  2. Add all ingredients, including dissolved Arrowroot to the pot & stir to combine
  3. Close & lock lid
  4. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  5. Select Manual setting, High Pressure & set for 10 minutes
  6. Manually release pressure
  7. Remove Bay Leaves

Hoff Thoughts: You want just enough liquid to cover the ingredients, if you don't have enough, just add some Water.



    Momentary Musings


    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Soul :) Smile 12 Month Customizable Calendar

    http://www.cafepress.com/healthyhoff.1417427517

    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


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

    Directions:
    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. Drain Potatoes, return to pot
    6. Add Nutritional Yeast, Dried Onion, Sea Salt & splash of Milk
    7. 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

    Ingredients:
    • 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

    Directions:
    1. Prepare the Brussels by cutting off the end and quartering
    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 occasionally 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
     

    Ingredients:
    • 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

    Directions:
    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!!!

    http://instantpot.com/
    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, new pressure cookers are quite safe these days. Especially the Instant Pot which is pretty dummy proof, even for a newbie & sports 10 safety features just to ease one's mind.

    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 it out!


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


    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Hoff's Corn Soup

    Hoff's Corn Soup
    Serves: 2
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free


    Ingredients:
    • 1 15 oz. can Organic Corn (rinsed & drained) (1/3 cup reserved)
    • 1 15 oz. can diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained) (1/3 cup reserved)
    • 1 1/2 cups Veggie Broth
    • 1 clove Garlic
    • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
    • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

    Directions:
    1. Place all ingredients (minus reserved Corn & Potatoes) in a Vitamix and blend on high for 6 minutes
    2. If using a traditional blender, blend until smooth and then heat as usual
    3. Add reserved Corn & Potatoes and stir to combine
    4. May need to be heated additionally on the stove to warm the added Corn & Potatoes


    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Soul :) Smile 12 Month Customizable Calendar

    http://www.cafepress.com/healthyhoff.1417427517

    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!


    Wednesday, November 12, 2014

    Toasted Seed Salad Topper

    Toasted Seed Salad Topper
    Yields: About 3 cups
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free


    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup Sesame Seeds
    • 1 cup Sunflower Seeds
    • 1 cup Raisins
    • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
    • 2 tbsp.Onion Powder
    • 1 1/2 tbsp. Cumin
    • 1 tbsp. Chili Powder

    Directions:
    1. Bring a non-stick pan to medium-high heat
    2. Toast Sesame & Sunflower Seeds, stirring until Seeds become fragrant and begin to pop, turning a golden color
    3. Turn off heat
    4. Stir in Raisins & Seasonings until well combined
    5. Remove from heat and allow to cool


    Hoff Thoughts: This will keep well in an airtight container (like a mason jar) in the cupboard for a few months.  Can also be used to enhance rice dishes or anything that needs a little boost.



    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Hoff's Cranberry Orange Juice

    Hoff's Cranberry Orange Juice
    Yields: About 6 cups

    Ingredients:

    • 3 Seedless Oranges - peeled and sectioned
    • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen Cranberries
    • 6 Ice Cubes
    • 1 1/2 cups Water
    • 2 tbsp. Honey (sweeten to taste)
    • 3 tsp. Sugar (sweeten to taste)

    Directions:
    1. Add all ingredients to blender
    2. Blend for 1 minute for pulp-free (30 seconds for pulp)
    3. Serve immediately

    Hoff Thoughts:  A Vitamix was used for this recipe; results may vary with a traditional blender.  More or less sweeteners may be needed depending on the sweetness of the Oranges and tartness of the Cranberries.




    Sunday, November 9, 2014

    Hot Apple Cider Tea - Please & Thank You

    Autumn is upon us and I just discovered Republic of Tea's Hot Apple Cider Herbal Tea.  Let me tell you friends, it is beyond delightful.  This is not your typical, run-of-the-mill tea.

    This naturally-caffeine tea contains: apple pieces, cinnamon, orange peel, rose hips, berry leave, natural apple flavor, ginger root, cloves, natural lemon flavor, citric acid, cardamom seeds.

    Its aroma fills the room with the comforting scent of warm apples.  While good alone, I like to sweeten with a hit of sugar & honey.  It's not exactly cider, think of it as cider lite.

    Just one more way to savor all that autumn brings and chase off a chill.

    Or get a little creative in the kitchen; dump the contents of one tea bag into Hoff's Pumpkin Pancakes or Hoff's Ginger Molasses Cookies to take these recipes to the next level.

    But don't procrastinate, once the season passes, this tea blows away likes leaves in the wind.

    Check it out!

    Saturday, November 8, 2014

    Make The Most Of Brushing Your Teeth!


    Thanks to electric toothbrushes, we've all been trained to brush our teeth for 2 minutes - 30 seconds for each four zones of the mouth.  You could just stand there and stare at your face in the mirror or you could create killer calves. That's right, while I'm polishing my pearly whites, I'm also doing calf raises.

    Use your free hand to steady yourself using the counter and...

    First 30 seconds, feet facing forward











    Second 30 seconds, feet pointed slightly in













    Third 30 seconds, feet pointed slightly out










    Last 30 seconds, feet facing forward (and feel the burn)











    That's it!  Now spit, rinse & shake those calves out.

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Adopt a Turkey Today!

    The President isn't the only person who can pardon a turkey this Thanksgiving!
    Adopt a turkey or 2 today!!!
     
      https://secure2.convio.net/fsi/site/Donation2;jsessionid=E5473372391F7A8609955953F9F8C94F.app271a?df_id=12740&12740.donation=form1

    Thursday, November 6, 2014

    Hoff's Caramel Apple Smoothie

    Hoff's Caramel Apple Smoothie
    Yields: About 7 cups
    dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free
    RawTill4 Compliant

    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups pitted Dates
    • 3-4 Golden Delicious Apples
    • 2 frozen Bananas
    • 1 tbsp. Chia Seeds
    • 1 tsp. All Spice or Pumpkin Spice
    • Cold Water

    Directions:
    1. Place Dates in a high-speed blender (Vitamix)
    2. Add just enough Water to cover
    3. Let soak for about 20-30 minutes
    4. Rough chop Apples and add to blender
    5. Add Bananas
    6. Add Chia Seeds & Spice
    7. Fill with cold Water just until 1/2" of food is left exposed
    8. Blend until smooth & well combined




    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

    Hoff's 1 to 5 Dressing

    Hoff's 1 to 5 Dressing
    Yields: 2.5 oz. or enough for 4 handfuls of greens
    dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

    Ingredients:
    • 1 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar (flavored optional)
    • 1 tbsp. Braggs
    • 1 tbsp. Maple Syrup
    • 1 tbsp. Mustard (flavored optional)
    • 1 tbsp. Tahini


    Directions:
    1. In a small jar, dump all ingredients, screw on lid and shake, shake, shake
    2. Drizzle 2 tsp. of dressing over a handful of salad greens, pair 1 tbsp. nut of choice and 1 tbsp. dried fruit of choice

    Hoff Thoughts: Times this recipe by 5 (keep Tahini at 2 tbsp.) to get enough dressing to last 2 people for at least 5 days.



    Sunday, November 2, 2014

    Event: 2014 Happy Trails Compassionate Thanksgiving Dinner

    http://www.happytrailsfarm.org/2014-compassionate-thanksgiving/


     an animal-friendly (vegan) event


    Proceeds to support the rescue and outreach programs of Happy Trails!



    When: Saturday - November 8, 2014
    Where: Todaro's Party Center: 1820 Akron-Peninsula Rd. Akron, OH
    Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Cost: $55 (advance purchase required) VIP Upgrade $95 (includes 4pm-5pm Cocktail hour)