Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Hoff's Toasted Hummus Sandwich

Hoff's Toasted Hummus Sandwich
Yields: 4 sandwiches
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free


  • 8 slices Whole Grain Loaf Bread
  • 2 cups oil-free Hummus (store bought/homemade)
  • 1 Tomato (sliced)

  1. Apply Hummus to one side of each piece of bread
  2. Layer on 1-2 Tomato slices
  3. In a non-stick skillet or griddle pan over medium-high heat, brown one side of the sandwich, by using something flat & heavy to apply pressure (I use a medium size pot) - this takes about 3 minutes
  4. Flip & repeat

Hoff Thoughts: This is my take on the traditional grilled cheese.  No, a hummus sandwich doesn't hold a candle to the classic masterpiece, but paired with a Tomato Soup and a cold wintery day...

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Hoff's Cabbage Soup (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Cabbage Soup (Instant Pot)
Yields: 10 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free

  • 1/2 Cabbage (chopped)
  • 1 small Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 1 15oz. can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 15oz. can diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15oz. can White Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 cup frozen Carrots
  • 1 tbsp. Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • Season with Sea Salt & Pepper

  1. Sautée Onions on the Sautée setting in the IP while chopping the Cabbage
  2. Turn IP off to shut off Sautée setting
  3. Add remaining ingredients & stir to combine
  4. Close & lock lid
  5. Set pressure valve to close
  6. Set Manual setting at High Pressure for 3 minutes
  7. Quick release steam
  8. Stir & serve

Monday, December 21, 2015

P.O.C. Pierogies of Cleveland Market


I know pierogies are more of a traditional Slavic (Polish, Russian, Slovak, Ukrainian) food, but this little German girl just loves a good stuffed dumpling.

So when the P.O.C. started rolling out handcrafted, gourmet pierogies in their new Middleburg Heights location, I just had to check it out and see if they were offering anything vegan.

And they are!

Four standard vegan flavors are offered everyday of the year - potato, onion & chives, cabbage, mushrooms and mushroom & sauerkraut.  You get six very plump pierogies at $6-$8 a pack.  All pierogies come frozen and have no artificial flavors/sweeteners, no chemical preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup, no partially hydrogenated oils and no bleached/bromated flour.  They are also GMO-free!  You can tell whoever is in charge of grandma's approved recipe, knows what time it is!

There's a few other vegan goodies available, so you know there's some earnest consideration being given to us fellow plant eaters.  I also appreciate that everything is clearly labeled and ingredients listed - no accidental vegan food here, it's by design.

Now if they could only come up with a vegan Kolaczki...a girl can dream.

Welcome to the neighborhood P.O.C. this vegan girl is certainly glad you're here and by the line of customers it looks like I'm not alone.

Check it out!

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Hoff's Dump Mashed Potatoes (IP)

Hoff's Dump Mashed Potatoes (IP)
Yields: 4-5 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

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

  1. Dump the Potatoes into the IP
  2. Add Garlic & Water
  3. Close the lid, set pressure valve to sealing
  4. Select Manual setting on High Pressure for 15 minutes
  5. Quick release steam
  6. Add Nutritional Yeast, Dried Onion, Sea Salt & splash of Milk
  7. Using a handheld immersion blender, blend everything until desired texture is reached
  8. Add additional "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. Top this with Hoff's Instant Mushroom Gravy (IP).

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Soy Curls

http://www.butlerfoods.com/soycurls.htmlI recently got my hands on some Soy Curls a new meat substitute from Butler Foods.

What sold me was their versatility and minimal ingredients: certified non-GMO, whole soybeans (Soy), grown without chemical pesticides.

Despite the unusual appearance, Soy Curls are very easy to work with.  Simply soak for 10 minutes in warm water. Drain. Season to taste in a skillet, sauté & serve.  That's it!
To test them out, I went basic - rehydrated and then heated through via a non-stick skillet with some BBQ sauce. Paired with a whole wheat bun and a can of baked beans and dinner was served!  One 8 oz. package makes a lot!  So, I had leftovers, which I threw over some mashed potatoes and gravy for another meal.  Both meals got the thumbs up from my boyfriend & I.

I wouldn't say the texture would fool any meat eater, but for this vegan chick, this easy to use meat alternative has big potential - stroganoff, stew, chili, tacos...  I feel some new recipes coming on!

Check it out!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Hoff's Bulk 5 to 1 Dressing

Hoff's Bulk 1 to 5 Dressing
Yields: About 3 cups
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar (flavored optional)
  • 1/2 cup Braggs 
  • 1/2 cup Honey Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp. Tahini

  1. In a mason jar, dump all ingredients, screw on lid and shake, shake, shake
  2. Store in the fridge

Friday, December 11, 2015

Hoff's Garlic Broccoli & Rice

Hoff's Garlic Broccoli & Rice
Yields: 4 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 4 bunches Broccoli (chopped)
  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Veggie Broth
  • 4 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 4 tbsp. Braggs 
  • 2 tbsp. Arrowroot 
  • 1 tbsp. Mirin

  1. In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, sautee Broccoli, for about 4 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together Broth, Garlic, Braggs, Mirin & Arrowroot
  3. Pour in Sauce & bring to a  boil
  4. Reduce to a simmer and cook until Sauce thickens
  5. Serve over Rice

Monday, December 7, 2015

Hoff's Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup

Hoff's Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup 
Serves: 2
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 1 14.5 oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Roasted Red Pepper (jarred)
  • 3 cups Veggie Broth
  • 1 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix & blend on high for 6 minutes
  2. Serve!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Hoff's Cabbage & Noodles (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Cabbage & Noodles (Instant Pot)
Yields: 8-9 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free

  • 1 Cabbage (chopped)
  • 12 oz. dry Pasta
  • 4 Apple Sage Field Roast Sausages (chopped)
  • 1 Sweet Onion (half moon slices)
  • 1 cup Sauerkraut
  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • Water
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • German Mustard & Yellow Mustard (optional)

Directions (Instant Pot):
  1. Place Pasta in IP
  2. Add Broth
  3. Add enough Water to just cover Pasta
  4. Top with Cabbage, Onions, Kraut, Sausage & Garlic
  5. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  6. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for half the time as the box states (Example: Pasta cooks in 10-15 minutes, pressure cook for 5 minutes, 12-16 minutes, pressure cook for 6 minutes
  7. Quick release pressure
  8. Stir in Mustards & serve

Hoff Thoughts: You can only pressure cook Pasta that originally needs more than 7 minutes to cook anything less than that won't work.  Adding too much Broth/Water will result in soggy Pasta.  Kick this up a few notches by adding chopped Carrots & Potatoes (keep the timing the same)!