Friday, October 20, 2017

Hoff's Pumpkin Pudding II

Hoff's Pumpkin Pudding II
Yields: About 3 cups
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 1 15 oz. can 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 cup soaked Cashews 
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup plant-based Milk (I use Almond or Cashew Milk)
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Spice
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt

  1. Blend all ingredients together using a high speed blender
  2. Allow to chill in frig
  3. Get your pumpkin on!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Hoff's Low Fuss Burritos (IP)

Hoff's Low Fuss Burritos (IP)
Yields: 6 Burritos
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 6 Whole Wheat Lavash Wraps/Tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Jasmine Rice
  • 1 15 oz. can Black Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 2.5 oz. can sliced Black Olives (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 cup organic Corn
  • 1 medium Sweet Onion (half moon slices)
  • 1 Red Pepper (sliced)
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Taco Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Chipotle
  • 1 tsp. Cumin

  1. Using the Sautée setting, sautée Onions & Peppers
  2. Turn off IP to stop Sautée feature
  3. Add Water, Rice, Beans, Olives, Corn & Seasonings, stir to combine
  4. Close & lock lid
  5. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  6. Select Manual setting & reduce timer to 3 minutes
  7. Natural release pressure
  8. Fluff Rice with a fork
  9. Add Lime Juice and stir to combine
  10. After assembling, I like to "panini press" the wraps using my Cuisinart Griddler, purely optional

Friday, September 22, 2017

Hoff's Tex Mex Mac & Cheese

Hoff's Tex Mex Mac & Cheese
Yields: 6-8 serving
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free


  • 16 oz. Gluten-free Pasta
  • 1 14 oz. bag frozen Cauliflower (defrosted)
  • 1 cup Salsa
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain Plant Milk


  1. Cook Pasta according to directions
  2. Meanwhile put remaining ingredients into Vitamix & blend until smooth
  3. Drain Pasta, return to pot, mix in "Cheese Sauce"
  4. Return to stove-top to heat dish
  5. Enjoy!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Hoff's Avocado Toast

Hoff's Avocado Toast
Serves: 1-2
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 4 slices of oil-free Bread
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • Sea Salt

  1. Toast Bread
  2. Spread Avocado onto Toast
  3. Sprinkle with Sea Salt

Hoff Thoughts:  To save the Avocado for the next day and reduce browning, leave the Avocado pit in and wrap in a plastic bag, refrigerating until needed.  I am partial to either a multi-grain, sourdough or Italian bread that I get at my grocer's bakery.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Doc: What The Health The Health, this doc is another game changer.  Just as Forks Over Knives tapped into the mainstream consciousness, so too is this film. 

From the guys who brought us Cowspiracy, comes in my opinion, a better doc on the reasons to go not only vegan, but plant-based.

This film dives head on into the hush, hush relationship between our government and big business.  If you thought the government had your best interests in mind, think again – you being sick is big business.  If you thought Susan G. Komen, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society were on the side of helping sick people, you’re in for a rude awakening.

If cancer, heart disease, diabetes or auto immune diseases are a concern or are already your reality, you need to watch this documentary – NOW!  This doc will uncover the “secret” to preventing and reversing these chronic illnesses that plague the majority of the population and spoiler alert, it ain’t drugs & surgeries.

The typical big players make an appearance, as well as some new faces.

WHAT THE HEALTH from AUM Films & Media on Vimeo.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017

Doc: I AM’s wrong with our world?

What can we do to make it better?

Filmmaker and director Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty, etc.) contemplated these very questions after an accident almost took his life.  I AM is a documentary that brings together philosophers, scientists and others to help answer those questions.

Well worth the watch!

Check out the trailer:

Friday, August 4, 2017

Hoff's Asian Rice (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Asian Rice (Instant Pot)
Yields: 5 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free


  • 2 cups Brown Rice
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • 1/3 cup Braggs
  • 1 cup Peas
  • 2 tsp. Ginger

  1. Add Rice, Water, Braggs & Ginger to Instant Pot and stir to combine
  2. Set Manual setting at High Pressure for 22 minutes
  3. Set vent to sealing 
  4. When done, turn off IP, natural release for 10 minutes, then quick release
  5. Stir in Peas

Friday, July 21, 2017

Not Going Anywhere Without My Rothy's!
I’m in love!

I know, I know, I say that a lot.  But, I fall hard for things that make me happy, happy and this time, I’m crushing hard for Rothy’s!  

What are Rothy’s you ask?  

Allow me to introduce the new love of your life…

Rothy’s is a vegan, comfort, stylish shoe line hailing from San Francisco.

The more I learn about this brand, this company, the more I fall in love!
  1. Vegan - what’s not to love?
  2. Comfortable – 3-D knit technology means no seams, no rubbing, no blisters – just happy feet!
  3. Stylish! Two styles are available the classic ballet flat & the pointy toe flat - each amazing!
  4. Vibrant & colorful – they are constantly introducing new, fun colors & patterns
  5. Recycled! These shoes are seriously made from recycled plastic water bottles and when they’ve given their all, you can return them back to the company to be recycled!  Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
  6. Machine washable – personally, I have never felt the need to wash a pair of shoes, except for the odd tennis shoe, but after reading horror stories of people spilling coffee or landing in a stray puddle, I’m relieved these babies can be brought back to life on the gentle cycle.
  7. Free Shipping/Free Returns – quite possible my four favorite words after vegan…

If I haven’t convinced you that these babies NEED to be in your fashionable wardrobe, maybe this will.

I jumped for the classic black pointy with white racing stripe (well that's what I call it) & "the look at me" hot pink ballet flat.  I love them both and I'm itching for more!  I feel a sassy red in my future...

I did feel the need to size up a half size with the pointy style, whereas the ballet fit true to size - this is not the norm for me with other brands.  I do however, like to add an additional sole insert, which was causing some cramping, but again, no issues doing that with the rounded toe.

Yes, they are pricey coming in at $125 - $145, but they hand assembled, resulting in high quality & durability.  You are helping to get over 500,000 stray water bottles off the streets!  These shoes have serious, sophisticated style while feeling like you're wearing slippers - slippers!  And, well, they are 100% vegan - vegans know you have to shell out a little extra coin to support companies who are doing the right thing.

Are you dying for your first pair?  Get $20 off now!

Tell them the Hoff sent you (not really, they have no idea who I am)

Keep it healthy & stylish!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hoff's Quick Beans & Rice (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Quick Beans & Rice (Instant Pot)
Yields: 3-4 Servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 2 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 15 oz. can Red Kidney Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz. can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Dried Onion Flake
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Cumin

  1. Mix Rice & Water in the IP 
  2. Top with Kidney Beans &Tomato Sauce do not mix together (very important!)
  3. Press "Manual" button & reduce time to 3 minutes
  4. When done, use manual release method
  5. Add Seasonings and stir to combine

Friday, July 7, 2017

Quinoa Pizza Dough

Quinoa Pizza Dough
Yields: 8 pieces
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 1 cup Quinoa
  • 1 cup Water + 1/2 cup Water (reserved)
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • *Seasonings (optional)
  1. Rinse Quinoa, then soak in 1 cup Water for 15 minutes
  2. Add 1/2 cup reserved Water, Salt & Seasonings (optional) to soaked Quinoa
  3. Blend using a high speed blender or Nutribullet until smooth
  4. Pour batter into a Cuisinart Griddler
  5. Level using a spatula
  6. Bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees
  7. Carefully remove with a spatula (at this point, the dough is fully cooked)
  8. Dress your pizza and cook in the oven at 400 degrees for another 10 - 15 minutes or until the toppings are warm

Hoff Thoughts: I soaked right in the Nutribullet container - easier clean-up.  The bread itself is pretty bland.  Seasoning ideas: Nutritional Yeast, Rosemary, Dried Onion Flake, Garlic Powder, etc.  I did attempt to make this dough in the oven with not much success.  If using an oven be sure to spread the dough out to avoid it still being raw in the middle and use parchment paper.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Hoff's Potato Salad (IP)

Hoff's Potato Salad (Instant Pot)
Yields: about 4-5 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 1 small bag Baby Yukon Gold Potatoes (cut into bite size pieces)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 8 oz. oil-free Hummus
  • 1 small Onion (diced)
  • 2 tbsp. Pickle Relish
  • 2 tbsp. Yellow Mustard
  • Paprika

  1. Place Potatoes & Water in IP
  2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  3. Press "Manual" button & reduce time to 4 minutes
  4. When done, use quick release method
  5. Place Potatoes in fridge to cool, at least 20 minutes
  6. Gently fold together Potatoes, Hummus, Onions, Pickle Relish & Mustard
  7. Sprinkle with Paprika
  8. Allow flavors to blend in the fridge a few hours before serving

Hoff Thoughts: You observant few will notice little orange specs in this salad - it's shredded Carrot.  Not a typically Potato Salad ingredient, but I had leftover so I added with good results.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Basil Avocado Pasta

Basil Avocado Pasta
Yields: 5-6 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 16 oz. Pasta of choice
  • 2 bunches of fresh Basil
  • 2 Avocados 
  • 1 15oz. can diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 Zucchini (shredded)
  • Juice from 1 Lemon 
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • Season with Sea Salt

  1. Bring large pot of Water to boil, season with 2 tbsp. Sea Salt
  2. Cook Pasta
  3. Meanwhile blend together Basil, Avocados, Potatoes, Lemon Juice, Garlic Cloves & Seasonings
  4. Combine Pasta with Sauce & Zucchini
  5. Bon appetit!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Baby Japanese Sweet Potatoes

Between 2-3 pm, I require a snacky snack.  Instead of hitting the vending machine, I prefer to make my own snacks.  Most recently, I have been delighting over baked, baby Japanese sweet potatoes to satisfy this period of hunger.

If you are unaware of the gloriousness of these gems, check out my post dedicated to them.

How did I find baby Japanese sweet potatoes?

Simple.  I asked the produce manager of my local grocer to start carrying them (it never hurts to ask).  But, instead of stocking the regular size, which I am used to gorging on for dinner, they stocked the baby ones.  At first, I was like, is this a joke?  What the hell am I supposed to do with these little things?  Then the light bulb went off - a couple of these would make the perfect snacky snack.

So, I grabbed three packs, which gave me roughly 20 potatoes.  Once home, I scrubbed them up, forked each one a few times and baked right on the rack at 400 degrees for about 30 - 40 minutes.  The long, thin potatoes require less time than the short, stocky fellows.  What resulted was pure bliss - the skins caramelized just so and their small stature make them the perfect finger food.  Off to work I went with my four potatoes a day allotment; the jealousy dripping from my co-workers faces. These taste just a good cold as they do warm.

You know you want to try them...

Keep it healthy!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hoff's Cheesy Rice (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Cheesy Rice (Instant Pot)
Yields: 4-5 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 2 cups Arborio Rice
  • 1 cup unsweetened, plain plant Milk
  • 3/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • Season with Sea Salt

Directions (Instant Pot):
  1. Stir Rice & Nutritional Yeast together
  2. Add Broth and thoroughly combine
  3. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  4. Press "Manual" button
  5. Decrease cooking time to 5 minutes
  6. When done, use quick release method, watch for liquid splatter
  7. Stir Rice, Rice will absorb excess liquid
  8. Stir in Milk
  9. Season with Sea Salt

Hoff Thoughts: Kick this up a notch by adding steamed Broccoli.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse
Servings: 4
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 28 oz. Organic Silken Tofu
  • 1 12 oz. bag Vegan Chocolate Chips
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  1. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees
  2. Spread Chocolate Chips onto a small baking pan & place in oven for about 3-4 minutes or until melted
  3. Using a high speed blender, blend Tofu, Melted Chocolate Chips, Vanilla & Salt until smooth
  4. Pour mixture into individual serving bowls/cups (I use pretty, cobalt wine glasses)
  5. Allow a minimum of 20 minutes to set-up in the fridge
  6. Serve chilled

Hoff Thoughts: So good, no one will know it's vegan!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Healthy Hoff Broccoli Mac & No Cheese

Recipe adapted from Plant-Fueled Trucker

Healthy Hoff Broccoli Mac & No Cheese
Yields: 6-8 serving
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

  • 12 oz. Whole Wheat Pasta
  • 1 15 oz. can Cannellini Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 2 cups plain unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • 1 Roasted Red Pepper (jar)
  • 3/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • 2 tbsp. Arrowroot
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Paprika

  1. Cook Pasta according to directions
  2. Meanwhile put remaining ingredients into Vitamix & blend until smooth
  3. Drain Pasta, return to pot, mix in "Cheese Sauce"
  4. Heat & stir until sauce thickens; about 1 minute
  5. Enjoy!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tarte Pearly Girl Vegan Teeth Whitening Pen

For the past month or so, I’ve been using Tarte’s new Pearly Girl Vegan Teeth Whitening Pen and I have to say, not bad. :)

I’ve been applying it daily and I can’t say I’ve seen dramatic results, but my teeth have definitely lightened or rather my stains have decreased. I wasn’t expecting dramatic results (although that would have been awesome) because frankly this whitening pen doesn’t have all the chemical crap that traditional teeth whiteners have. That being said, I’m also not experiencing any of the sensitivity that is common with traditional whiteners, so I say that’s a win!

That lack of sensitivity is probably due to the fact that this pen is bleach-free and doesn’t contain parabens, mineral oil, phthalates or sodium lauryl sulfates. It also doesn’t have triclosan, soy or a synthetic fragrance. Bonus, it’s gluten-free and completely vegan!

This is what it does contain: water, glycerin, PEG-400, hydrogen peroxide, sodium hydroxide, disodium EDTA, potassium nitrate, mentha pulegium and sodium saccharin. I will say that I am not happy about the sodium saccharin as I avoid all artificial sweeteners, so after this pen runs out, I won’t be buying again.  I am keeping my eye on this in hopes that Tarte sees the error of their ways and reformulates - fingers crossed.

Despite that, whitening pen is super easy to use, simply:

  • Twist at the base of the pen to dispense whitening gel onto the brush-on applicator. You may need to twist it multiple times with the first use for gel to appear.
  • Smile and brush onto front of all teeth and wait 30 seconds before closing your mouth.
  • Allow gel to penetrate for 15 minutes before eating or drinking.
  • Apply up to four times a day for best results.
  • Run brush under warm water to remove trace gel after each use.

Honestly, I don’t apply four times daily, I only do it once, right before bed. So maybe with more use, you’d get dramatic results.

Check it out!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Holistic Holiday At Sea

I just got back from a 7-day vacation in which I never stressed once about what I was eating!  That in and of itself is a real testimonial, considering all of my vacations start with a mandatory visit to to find vegan or vegan friendly restaurants as well as a trip to the grocery store to stock up on, “just in case” food.  I’m exhausted before I ever start my trip!

Dr. Michael Greger,
But Holistic Holiday At Sea changed all that this year.  HHS is a vegan cruise, to be more specific an oil-free (optional), gluten-free (optional) vacation paradise!  

And it gets better! 

The whole week is jammed pack with speakers, most notably Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Neil Barnard and Dr. Michael Greger.  As well as additional speakers covering such topics as animal welfare, laughter as medicine and how to eat vegan.  In addition to the daily talks there are cooking demonstrations by well-known chefs in the plant-based movement like Christina Pirello from Christina Cooks (PBS) and exercise/meditation classes.   No matter where your interests lie, health, animal rights, fitness, cooking or mind, body & soul – there is something for everyone. 

Me in Jamaica!
The cruise still offers ports of call and the speaker schedule does slow down so you can get off the ship without feeling you are missing anything.  Now for the islands, I did hit to do some recon before I left and I’m so happy I did, because once on shore, I found that I had no cell service and the locals weren’t very familiar with the few vegan restaurants that were available.  Another option is to book vegan excursions through HHS, but don’t drag your feet, they book up fast.  However, I did find most of the people in our group stayed aboard and took advantage of the spa, salon, gym and pools while most of the ship debarked.  I think we were all exhausted from learning so much and just wanted to hang out and relax.

Did I mention that I lost 3 pounds!!!  Can’t say that with many vacations, let alone a cruise.  The food was good, I wouldn’t say amazing, but I was able to get oil-free and gluten-free at every meal without any hassle.  And every dish had the ingredients listed in case of  food allergies – many took a photo with their phone of the menus for easy reference.  Surprisingly, I was never hungry, each meal had four-courses, breakfast, lunch and dinner – 4 courses!  I never had to break into my emergency food stash while on board.  Oh, and you still get to have fun, there were pizza and ice cream socials almost every night.

This year there were 1,700 participants, we didn’t quite take over the 4,000 person cruise ship, but if things keep expanded like they are, a 100% cruise could be in our future!  It was so refreshing to meet so many like minded people, I made a ton of new friends.  Every meal I was meeting someone new and learning about their own unique vegan story as well as their life - people from all over the world and of all ages!

For those of you who like to mix business with pleasure, CME/CE credits are available for most classes. 

Next year is going to be a big year for HHS; it’s their 15th anniversary and as such they are extending the cruise to 10 days!  By moving it up to February 15-25, 2018, they are taking advantage of President’s Day, which many get the day off from work.  They already have the speakers lined up and it looks to be another fantastic offering and learning experience.  And check out these ports of call - Martinique; St. Kitts and Nevis; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Freeport, Bahamas!

If you have trouble traveling vegan or as a healthy whole-food, plant-based, oil-free vegan, check out Holistic Holiday At Sea, this cruise will keep you on track and is the opportunity of a lifetime!

Keep it healthy!