Friday, March 16, 2018

Hoff's Crisps

Hoff's Crisps
Yields: 2-3 serving
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 4-6 medium Yukon Gold Potatoes
  • Braggs Liquid Aminos
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Slice the Potatoes into fry-like wedges
  3. Spread out wedges onto a baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicon mat
  4. Spray with Braggs
  5. Sprinkle with Seasonings
  6. Toss to evenly coat
  7. Bake for 45 minutes

Hoff Thoughts: Yeah, I know technically these are Potato Wedges or large fries, but I've been watching a lot of Australian YouTube lately and they call them Crisps and I like that!  The Smoked Paprika is what really makes these Potatoes special.

Friday, March 9, 2018

DIY Conditioning Dandruff Hair Treatment

DIY Conditioning Dandruff Hair Treatment
Treatments: Numerous, depends on hair length

  • 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Avocado Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Jojoba Oil
  • 1 tbsp. Hemp Seed Oil
  • 5 drops Tea Tree Oil

  1. Pour all ingredients into a small plastic container
  2. Shake to combine
  3. Scoop out some treatment and apply to hair scalp to ends
  4. Let sit for at least 20 minutes
  5. Wash out

Hoff Thoughts: I like to use this hair treatment once a week.  I apply it in the morning, put my hair up in a top knot and go about my day - mind you on a day that I'm not leaving the house.  The Tea Tree Oil makes this a nice treatment for those with dandruff.  If that's not a concern for you (lucky duck), leave out or replace with your fav essential oil.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Hoff's Vegan Loaf (IP)

Hoff's Vegan Loaf (IP/Oven)
Yields: 1 Loaf
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free*, gluten-free*

Loaf Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Brown Rice
  • 1 cup Water 
  • 1 carton Mushrooms
  • 1 15 oz. can vegan, oil-free refried Beans
  • 1 1/2 cup of Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped Onions
  • 1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tbsp. Coconut Aminos
  • 1 tbsp. vegan Worcestershire Sauce*
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
Glaze Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. Honey Mustard

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Meanwhile, combine Rice & Water in IP
  3. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  4. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 22 minutes
  5. Natural release pressure for 10 minutes, then Quick release
  6. Using a high speed blender, chop Mushrooms into tiny pieces
  7. Add remaining Loaf ingredients & Mushrooms to IP & mix together
  8. Press mixture into a glass/silicone loaf dish
  9. Bake for 30 minutes
  10. Meanwhile, mix Ketchup & Mustard together to form a Glaze
  11. Remove Loaf from oven, apply Glaze
  12. Bake for another 15 minutes
  13. Remove from oven & rest for 10 minutes before serving

Hoff Thoughts: *Omit the Worcestershire Sauce to make soy & gluten-free.  You don't need to use an Instant Pot to make the Rice, I just find it easier.  Serve with Hoff's Instant Mushroom Gravy.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie
Yields: 1 Pie
dairy-free, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 1 15oz. can Chickpeas (with liquid)
  • 2/3 cup King Arthur Gluten-free Flour
  • 1/3 cup Almond Butter
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 tbsp. Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Chocolate Chips

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender, except Chocolate Chips
  3. Once blended, turn to low, add Chocolate Chips and blend a few seconds to incorporate 
  4. Pour batter into glass/silicone pie dish
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until pie is set and lightly browned 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hoff's Personal Portabella Pizza

Hoff's Portabella Pizza
Serves: 2
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 4 large Portabellas
  • 1/2 cup Pizza/Spaghetti/Marinara Sauce
  • 1/3 cup Black Olives (rinsed & drained)
  • 1/3 cup Onion (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup Red Pepper (chopped)
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Vegan Cheese (optional)

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Remove stem & gills from Portabellas
  3. Spoon Sauce into cleaned-out Portabella
  4. Sprinkle Nutritional Yeast over Sauce
  5. Divide remaining ingredients among each Portabella
  6. Place "Pizza" on baking sheet
  7. Cook for 15 minutes
  8. Let rest for 15 minutes
  9. Cut in half & serve

Hoff Thoughts: I use frozen Onions & Peppers for this, much easier than chopping & dealing with the leftovers. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Hoff's Cauliflower Alfredo

Hoff's Cauliflower Alfredo
Yields: 5-6 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 12 oz. Gluten-free Pasta
  • 12 oz. frozen Cauliflower (thawed or steamed)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened plain Plant-Milk
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 3 tbsp. Hemp Seeds
  • 2 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tsp. minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • Pepper (to taste)

  1. Cook Pasta according to directions
  2. If Cauliflower is not thawed beforehand, steam in microwave for 4 minutes
  3. Place Cauliflower, Milk, Lemon Juice, Hemp Seeds, Yeast, Garlic, & Seasonings into a high speed blender
  4. Blend until smooth
  5. Combine Pasta with Sauce

Doc: May I Be Frank? I Be Frank?  Please don't.

This doc started out on a good note...Frank Ferrante wonders into San Francisco, Café Gratitude, a raw, organic and vegan café.  After befriending some of the staff and confiding that he is a drug addict, is morbidly obese, is pre-diabetic, and is fighting Hepatitis C the boys decide to take Frank under their wing for 42 days and coach him physically, emotionally and spiritually.  Frank goes on to eat only raw food, practices gratitude, visits local holistic practitioners, and gets a weekly colonic.

That all sounded great, but the doc failed to deliver on any inspirational level and it wasn't even clear if Frank gained anything from his experience as he ended up with a drug overdose sometime after.  In fact, towards the middle, the doc took a very dark tone and never quite recovered.

Frankly, I wouldn't recommend this film to anyone.

Check out the trailer:

Friday, February 2, 2018

Hoff's Chana Masala (IP)

Hoff's Chana Masala (IP)
Servings: 4
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free

  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 2 15 oz. cans Chickpeas (rinsed & drained)
  • 15 oz. can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 Roasted Red Pepper (jarred)
  • 5 oz. frozen chopped Onions (half a bag)
  • 1 tsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. frozen Ginger
  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

  1. Place Rice & 2 cups Water in IP
  2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  3. Press "Manual" button
  4. Decrease cooking time to 3 minutes
  5. When done, use Natural Release method for 5 minutes, then Quick Release
  6. Remove Rice
  7. Meanwhile, using a high speed blender, blend Tomatoes, Red Pepper, Onions & Seasoning
  8. Place mixture & Chickpeas into the IP
  9. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  10. Press "Manual" button
  11. Decrease cooking time to 5 minutes
  12. Use Quick Release method
  13. Plate by topping Rice with Sauce

Hoff Thoughts: This recipe is just one reason why I have two Instant Pots.  I find myself cooking with both IP's at the same time for several meals.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Hoff's Easy Quesadillas

Hoff's Easy Quesadillas
Servings: 12 Quesadillas
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 16 oz. can fat-free vegetarian Re-fried Beans
  • 24 Corn Tortillas
  • Nutritional Yeast
  1. Spread Beans onto Corn Tortilla
  2. Sprinkle with Nutritional Yeast
  3. Place another Corn Tortilla on top
  4. Heat through using a non-stick pan over medium-high heat, flipping once one side is browned
  5. Serve with Salsa

Hoff Thoughts: Personally, I use a Cuisinart Griddler for this, it's quicker and I love the little grill marks.  I also don't consumer 12 of these at a time, it's a bit much; but that's how much one can of Beans provides.  I'd say 4-6 Quesadillas per person gets the job done for one sitting and refrigerate the rest of the Beans for another meal.

    Friday, January 19, 2018

    Hoff's Raw "Alfredo" Sauce

    Hoff's Raw "Alfredo" Sauce
    Yields: About 3 Cups
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

    • 2 cups Cauliflower Rice
    • 1 cup Water
    • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
    • 1 clove of Garlic
    • 2 tbsp. Hemp Seed
    • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
    • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
    • Pinch of Nutmeg
    • Pepper to taste

    1. Using a Vitamix, blend all ingredients together 3-4 minutes to heat through
    2. Serve over pasta, veggies, etc. 

    Hoff Thoughts: When eating raw, food should not exceed 118 degrees.  A Vitamix should raise the temperature of food 10 degrees every minute it is run. However, my Vitamix runs hotter; it's a good practice to use a meat thermometer to test how hot this sauce gets based on how long you run your machine.  Three minutes for me = 115 degrees.

    Friday, January 12, 2018

    Hoff's Baked Bean Soup

    Hoff's Baked Bean Soup
    Serves: 2
    meat-free, dairy-free, oil-free, soy-free

    • 4 cups Veggie Broth
    • 1 16oz. can vegetarian Baked Beans
    • 1 15oz. can diced Potatoes
    • 3 tbsp. Ketchup 
    • 1 tbsp. Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

    1. Dump all ingredients into a medium pot
    2. Heat through over medium-high heat
    3. Serve!

    Friday, January 5, 2018

    Hoff's Chipotle Burrito Bowl (IP)

    Hoff's Chipotle Burrito Bowl (IP)
    Servings: 2
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

    • 1 1/2 cups Water
    • 1 cup Jasmine Rice
    • 1 14 oz. bag frozen Latino Blend (Corn, Black Beans, Onion, Red & Green Pepper)
    • 1 15 oz. can Fire Roasted Tomatoes
    • Juice from 1 Lime
    • 1 tsp. Taco Seasoning

    1. Stir all ingredients together in the IP
    2. Close & lock lid
    3. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
    4. Select Manual setting & reduce timer to 3 minutes
    5. Natural Release pressure for 5 minutes, then Quick Release
    6. Fluff Rice with a fork
    7. Add Lime Juice and stir to combine

    Hoff Thoughts: I enjoy this with Organic Corn Chips!