Friday, November 29, 2019

Hoff's Portobello Stew (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Portobello Stew (Instant Pot)
Yields: 6-8 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free

  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 2 cartons Portobello Mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1-2 cups Baby Potatoes (quartered)
  • 3-4 Carrots (chopped)
  • 1 15 oz. can Green Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 medium Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Braggs
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 tbsp. Tomato Paste 
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)

  1. Stir ingredients together in the IP, Bay Leaves on top
  2. Close & lock lid
  3. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  4. Select Manual setting, High Pressure & set for 15 minutes
  5. Manually release pressure
  6. Remove Bay Leaves 
  7. Serve alone or over Rice, Wide Noodles or Mashed Potatoes

Hoff Thoughts: You want just enough liquid to cover the ingredients, if you don't have enough, just add some Water.  Another variation of this recipe is to add Jakefruit.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Hoff's Orange Risotto Rice (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Orange Risotto Rice (Instant Pot)
Yields: 4-6 Servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free


  • 2 cups Orange Juice
  • 2 cups Veggie Broth
  • 2 cups Risotto Rice
  • 1 15 oz. can Mandarin Oranges in light syrup
  • 5 oz. Spinach (optional greens add)
  • 3 tbsp. chopped Cashews (optional)
  • Sea Salt to taste
  1. Mix Juice & Rice together in IP
  2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  3. Press "Manual" button & reduce time to 5 minutes
  4. When done, use quick release method
  5. Stir in Spinach until wilted, Mandarin Oranges with Juice & Cashew pieces
  6. Season with Sea Salt

Hoff Thoughts: I don't actually chop my Cashews, I just throw them in a sandwich bag and bash them a bit with a heavy object, ah...Zen.  I also don't buy whole Cashews, too pricey!  Instead, I opt for their cheaper, yet still tasty alternative - Cashew pieces.  As I typically blend them to make sauces or break them into tiny pieces for a hit of crunch in dishes such as this, the cost effective pieces work out perfectly!

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.