Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Hoff's Simple Side Salad

Hoff's Simple Side Salad
Serves: 1
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free


  1. In a 4 cup Pyrex bowl add Salad Dressing
  2. Top with Chickpeas
  3. Place the Lettuce on top
  4. Seal with the lid
  5. Shake until everything is well coated

Hoff's Thoughts: I have this salad everyday - once for lunch and again for dinner.  I prefer to shake my salad - it may not be pretty, but I really like how everything gets equally coated in dressing. 

The reason I make this salad in the order that I do is because I make my lunch salad the night before so as I'm running out the door for work, it's ready to go.  The Chickpeas in the middle act as a moisture barrier between the Dressing & Lettuce. 

As I make this salad daily, I prep the ingredients in bulk.  I chop six Romaine Hearts at a time, drying in salad spinner and storing in a ziplock bag with a paper towel to collect any residual moisture.  I rinse and drain two 15 oz. cans of Chickpeas and store in a Pyrex dish.  I also make the Hoff's 1 to 5 Dressing in bulk - increasing the Vinegar, Braggs & Mustard to 1/2 cup each and the Maple Syrup & Tahini to 1/4 cup each.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Simple Sides Make A Mighty Feast

I decided to keep dinner simple tonight.

Recruiting my trusty Instant Pot, I steamed the corn & zucchini together (whole) for 3 minutes.  A little chopping action and I topped the zucchini with Hoff's 1 to 5 Salad Dressing (I'm putting this stuff on all kinds of veggies!).

Meanwhile on the stove top, I had whole wheat couscous steaming with a variety of spices and some chopped dried tomato.

Next to that in the toaster oven, I had asparagus spears baking that I rinsed and then rolled in garlic powder & onion powder.

To kick-off this feast, I had a simple side salad of chopped romaine and chickpeas topped got it, Hoff's 1 to 5 Salad Dressing.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Hoff's "Dump Fried Rice" (Instant Pot)

Hoff's "Dump Fried Rice" (Instant Pot)
Serves: 4-5
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 2 1/2 cups Veggie Broth
  • 2 cups Brown Rice
  • 1 cup frozen Peas
  • 1 cup frozen Organic Corn
  • 1 cup frozen Lima Beans
  • 1/3 cup Braggs
  • 1 tsp. frozen Basil
  • 1 tsp. frozen Garlic
  • 1 tsp. frozen Ginger

Directions (Instant Pot):
  1. Combine all ingredients in the IP
  2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  3. Press "Manual" button & lower time to 22 minutes
  4. When done, use quick release method

Hoff Thoughts: Find frozen spice cubes in the freezer section likely near the vegetables.  A "dump" recipe is a recipe that requires minimal preparation and one that you walk away from until it's ready to eat.  It doesn't get much easier than this one!  This is one of my go-to meals when I'm tired and don't feel like cooking.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Hoff's Mushroom Stroganoff II

Hoff's Mushroom Stroganoff II
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 1 lb. Pasta
  • 16 oz. Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Aminos or Braggs
  • 1 Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 12 oz. silken Tofu
  • 1 cup Almond/Cashew Milk
  • 1/2 cup Cashews
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 2 tbsp. Arrowroot
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • Season with Sea Salt

  1. Cook Pasta to al dente according to directions
  2. Meanwhile in a large non-stick frying pan, sautee Mushrooms & Onions in Aminos until caramelized
  3. Meanwhile in a Vitamix, blend remaining ingredients for 6 minutes
  4. Combine Pasta, Sauce, Mushrooms & Onions