Friday, November 15, 2019

Mushroom Alfredo

Mushroom Alfredo
Yields: 5-6 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free 


  • 1 lb. Gluten-free Pasta
  • 1 Sweet Onion (half moon slices)
  • 1 carton Mushrooms 
  • 1/2-1 cup Veggie Broth
  • 1 cup Cashews
  • 1 1/2 cup unsweetened plain Almond Milk
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 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. Meanwhile place Cashews, Milk, Garlic, Juice of Lemon & Seasonings into a Vitamix
  3. Blend until well combined (about 30 seconds)
  4. Meanwhile, in a large non-stick frying pan, sautee Onions until brown
  5. As Onions begin to stick, add a splash of Veggie Broth
  6. Add Mushrooms, adding Veggie Broth when needed
  7. When Pasta is done, use a slotted spoon to transfer Pasta to Sauce (the goal is to incoprporate some of the starchy water to create a thicker Sauce
  8. Stir & serve

Friday, November 8, 2019

Hoff's Quick Red Lentil Soup (IP)

Hoff's Quick & Easy Red Lentil Soup

Servings: 6
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 2 cups Red Lentils
  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 15 oz. can diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz. can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 15oz. Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 tsp. Dried Onions
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika 
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Sea Salt

  1. Stir everything together in the IP
  2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  3. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 2 minutes
  4. Natural release pressure for 15 minutes, then Quick release
  5. Season with Sea Salt

Hoff's Thoughts: Soup is even better the next day.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

This Time I Really Found An Aluminum-Free Deodorant That Works!

I know, I know - I've made this proclamation before when I exclaimed that Thai Deodorant Stone Crystal Deodorant Stone was the real deal.

I'm sorry, I was...wrong.

At first, the stone was the bomb, worked beautifully...for a few months, then things started going south and I switched back to my aluminum-laced deodorant that I had shoved to the back of the cabinet in case things didn't work out.  But after using that for a few months, I would freak out over the aluminum and switch back to the stone, which worked for a few months and then slowly stopped working.

In retrospect, this was a disturbingly good thing.  What it forced me to realize was that I was absorbing all the chemical crap from the aluminum deodorant and that it was taking two months to work itself out of my system - that's why the stone appeared to be working. DISTURBING!

More motivated than ever to find an effective aluminum-free deodorant I tried one natural deodorant after another, until I finally found what I was looking for. not to make the same misguided proclamation to all of you again, I used said product for over a year and I'm still in love with its effectiveness!

Despite searching the world, the answer turned out to be in my own backyard - made right here in Lakewood, Ohio - Stem Soaps has crafted the perfect aluminum-free deodorant!

While they have the cutest little shop that deserves a drop-in, don't despair non-Clevenlanders, all of their products including this coveted deodorant is available online!

Check it out!

Friday, November 1, 2019

Hoff's No Crust Pumpkin Pie

Hoff's No Crust Pumpkin Pie
Yields: 1 pie
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 2 15 oz. cans 100% Pure Puree Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 4 oz. Apple Sauce (that's one of those snack packs)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Arrowroot Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp. Salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place all ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth & ingredients are combined (this won't take long)
  3. Pour into a glass/silicon pie dish
  4. Bake for 55-65 minutes or until set
  5. Serve cold or warm

Hoff Thoughts: Kick this up a notch by sprinkling Brown Sugar on top of the Pie with 10 minutes to go on the cooking time.