Friday, December 18, 2020

Hoff's GF "Biscuits" & Gravy

Hoff's GF "Biscuits" & Gravy
Yields: 4 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:


 Directions:
  1. Toast Bread
  2. Meanwhile, in a large non-stick skillet or medium stock pot over medium-high heat, "brown" Sausage
  3. Mix in Flour until Sausage is coated & Flour is dissolved
  4. Slowly stir in Milk, cook Gravy until thick & bubbly, stirring constantly
  5. Season
  6. Ladle Sausage Gravy over top split English Muffins

Hoff Thoughts: Currently, I can't find vegan, gluten-free biscuits, so I use Schar's Deli Style Sourdough bread.  Also, the only gluten-free sausage I can find is Beyond Meat's Sausage.  Both make a super yummy, super indulgent breakfast.  I typically only make this for Christmas breakfast, once year. Ho Ho Ho!



Friday, December 11, 2020

Hoff's Winter Veggie Sushi Bowl

Hoff's Winter Veggie Sushi Bowl
Yields: 2 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 tbsp. Rice Vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 Avocado (cubed)
  • 1 cup Shelled Edamame (thawed) 
  • 1 bunch Asparagus (chopped)
  • 1/2 Sweet/Red Onion (half moon slices)
  • Braggs to taste

Directions:
  1. Place Rice, Water & Edamame in an Instant Pot & cook on Manual for 3 minutes, Natural Release
  2. Stir in Vinegar & Sugar
  3. Meanwhile use an Airfryer set at 400 degrees for 10 minutes to cook the Asparagus & Onion
  4. Divide Rice evenly into two bowls
  5. Top with Avocado, Asparagus, Onion
  6. Season with Braggs

Friday, December 4, 2020

Indulgent Hot Cocoa

Indulgent Hot Cocoa
Serves: 2
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free 

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups plant-based Milk
  • 1/2 cup vegan Chocolate Chips
  • Vegan Whip Cream
  • Pinch of Nutmeg
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

Directions:
  1. Place Chips in high speed blender, followed by Milk, Nutmeg & Sea Salt
  2. Blend for 6 minutes
  3. Divide into two mugs, top with Whip Cream
  4. Ho Ho Ho!


Friday, November 27, 2020

Hoff's Jackfruit Stew (Instant Pot)

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


Ingredients:
  • 32 oz. Veggie Broth (1 cup reserved)
  • 20 oz. can Jackfruit (rinsed, drained & chopped)
  • 2 cartons Portobello Mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1-2 cups Baby Potatoes (quartered)
  • 1 15oz. can Carrots (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz. can Green Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz. can Tomato Sauce
  • 1 medium Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 2 Gravy Packets
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tbsp. Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Rosemary
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper (to taste)
  • Braggs
  • Liquid Smoke
Directions:
  1. Toss Jackfruit with Braggs & Liquid Smoke, spread in a thin layer on a silicon lined baking sheet and roast for 10 minutes at 400 degrees (this will create a meaty texture)
  2. Meanwhile, turn on Saute feature and brown the Onions, add Garlic for 30 seconds
  3. Add Mushrooms & cook down until they release their liquid
  4. Turn Sautee feature off
  5. Stir remaining ingredients together in the IP, including Jackfruit
  6. Close & lock lid
  7. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  8. Select Manual setting, High Pressure & set for 10 minutes
  9. Manually release pressure
Hoff Thoughts: Serve over Rice if desired

Friday, November 20, 2020

Hoff's Pot Pie Soup (IP)

Hoff's Pot Pie Soup (IP)
Yields: 10 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 2 cups Plant-based Milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 4 pre-cooked Yukon Gold Potatoes (chopped)
  • 4 pre-cooked Yukon Gold Potatoes (rough chopped & reserved)
  • 1 bag frozen Organic Peas, Carrot, Corn mix
  • 1 - 20 oz. can Jackfruit (rinsed, drained & chopped)
  • 1/3 cup Oats
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 2 tsp. Garlic Power
  • 2 tsp. Poultry Seasoning
  • Season with Sea Salt & Pepper

Directions:
  1. Stir together all ingredients in the IP (except reserved Potatoes, Milk, Oats & Water)
  2. Close & lock lid
  3. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  4. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 5 minutes
  5. Quick release pressure
  6. Meanwhile, using a high speed blender, blend reserved Potatoes, Water & Oats for 6 minutes
  7. Pour Milk & blended mixture into IP, turn on Sautee feature if soup needs to be heated through
  8. Turn off IP & serve with some nice crusty GF bread


Friday, November 13, 2020

Hoff's Polish Pickle Soup

Hoff's Polish Pickle Soup
Servings: 6-8
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 1/2 Cabbage (chopped)
  • 1 15 oz. can diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz. can sliced Carrots (rinsed & drained)
  • 2-4 Dill Pickles (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Kraut
  • 1/2 cup Dill Pickle Juice
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • Sea Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:
  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 5 minutes
  4. Quick release
  5. Season with Sea Salt & Pepper

Friday, November 6, 2020

Hoff's No Crust Sweet Potato Pie

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

Ingredients:
  • 2 - 15 oz. cans Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup Plant-based Milk
  • 4 oz. Apple Sauce (that's one of those snack packs)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Arrowroot Powder
  • 1 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. Ginger
  • 1 tsp.Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

Directions:
  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: You can substitute 2 large, baked Sweet Potatoes for the canned, but who has time for that?


Friday, October 23, 2020

Hoff's Acorn Squash Rice/Quinoa (IP)

Hoff's Acorn Squash Rice/Quinoa (IP)
Yields: 4-6 Servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:
  • 1 Acorn Squash
  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice (white)
  • 1 1/2 cups Quinoa (rinsed)
  • 4 cups Broth
  • 1 carton Cremini Mushroom (sliced)
  • 12 oz. frozen Edamame
  • 1/2 Red Onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. Minced Garlic
  • Sea Salt to taste

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Pierce Squash 5-6 times, bake whole for 45-50 minutes
  3. Carefully cut Squash in half and de-seed (it's HOT)
  4. Using a fork shred the Squash into a bowl & set aside
  5. Meanwhile, mix remaining ingredients together in IP
  6. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  7. Press "Manual" button & reduce time to 4 minutes
  8. When done, use quick release method
  9. Mix in Squash
  10. Season with Sea Salt


    Friday, October 9, 2020

    Hoff’s Mashed Potato Soup

    Hoff’s Mashed Potato Soup
    Yields: 4-5 servings
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free


    Ingredients:
    • 12-14 medium Yukon Potatoes
    • 1 cup Water
    • 1 Sweet Onion (chopped)
    • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
    • 4 cups Veggie Broth
    • 1-2 cups Plain unsweetened Plant-based Milk (as needed) 
    • 1 15oz. can of diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
    • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
    • Sea Salt & Pepper to tastes 
    • Instant Mashed Potatoes*

    Directions:
    1. Turn on sautés setting on IP & cook Onions & Garlic until softened; turn off sauté feature
    2. Place Potatoes into the IP on top of Onions & Garlic
    3. Add Water
    4. Close the lid, set pressure valve to sealing
    5. Select Steam setting on High Pressure for 12 minutes
    6. Use Natural Steam Release
    7. Remove Potatoes & using a Ricer, press each Potato back into the IP
    8. Add Broth, Milk, Diced Potatoes, Nutritional Yeast, Sea Salt, Pepper
    9. Turn on sautés setting for a few minutes in order to heat through
    • *Add Mashed Potatoes if soup is too thin

    Hoff Thoughts: Unless you have "man hands" you'll need to cut larger Potatoes in half before pressing through the Ricer. Place the cut side down inside the Ricer. I love the Ricer, because you don't have to peel the Potatoes, the peels will come right off in the pressing process. Ricing your Potatoes will help prevent the gummy "gluteny" mashed Potatoes that can result from overworking the Potatoes. While I love Baby Yellow Potatoes because they naturally have a rich, buttery flavor that took forever to rice, I found this side dish comes together much quicker with larger Potatoes.

    Friday, September 25, 2020

    Hoff's Fried Rice II (Instant Pot)

    Hoff's Fried Rice II (Instant Pot)
    Serves: 6-8
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free


    Ingredients:
    • 4 cups Veggie Broth
    • 3 cups Jasmine Rice
    • 2 cups Cole Slaw Mix
    • 1 cup Sauerkraut
    • 1 Sweet Onion (chopped)
    • 1 cup frozen Peas (thawed)
    • 1 cup frozen Organic Corn (thawed)
    • 4 tbsp. Braggs
    • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
    • 2 tsp. frozen Ginger

    Directions:
    1. Turn Saute feature on IP
    2. Saute Onions & Garlic until soft
    3. Stir in remaining ingredients in the IP
    4. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
    5. Press "Manual" button and adjust cooking time to 3 minutes at high pressure
    6. When done, use quick release method

    Friday, September 18, 2020

    Hoff’s De-constructed Spring Rolls

    Hoff’s De-constructed Spring Rolls
    Yields: about 4 servings
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

    Ingredients:
    • 8 oz. package of Rice Noodles
    • 14 oz. Coleslaw Mix (pre-shredded Cabbage & Carrots)
    • 1 cup Kraut
    • 1/2 Red Onion (half moon slices) 
    • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
    • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
    • Braggs
     Directions: 
    1. Prepare Noodles according to the box directions
    2. Meanwhile, using a non-stick pan, saute Slaw Mix, Kraut, Onions & Seasonings with a little Braggs until soft
    3. When done, combine Noodles with veggies
    4. Serve with Sweet & Sour sauce or Braggs

    Friday, August 28, 2020

    Hoff’s Pie Filling Cookies

    Hoff’s Pie Filling Cookies
    Yields: about 1 1/2 dozen
    dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free


    Ingredients:
    • 20 oz. can Crushed Pineapple in Juice
    • 2 1/2 cups Whole Oats
    • 1/2 cup Sugar
    • 1 tbsp. Baking Powder 
    • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

    Directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    2. Meanwhile, blend all dry ingredients, using a high speed blender, until a flour-like consistency is reached
    3. Stir in Pineapple to incorporate
    4. Drop spoonfuls onto a non-stick cookie sheet or parchment paper lined cookie sheet
    5. Optional: top each cookie with Oat flakes
    6. Bake for 20 minutes

    Hoff Thoughts:  If fat is not a concern, mix in 1/2 cup Macadamia nut pieces along with the Pineapple.  I called these Fruit Cookies, because while experimenting, I found that just about any pie filling worked in place of the Pineapple -  Strawberry, Blueberry, etc.

    Friday, August 21, 2020

    Hoff's Pad Thai

    Hoff's Pad Thai
    Yields: 3 servings
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

    Ingredients:
    • 1 - 8 oz. package Pad Thai Rice Noodles
    • 4 cups frozen Normandy Blend
    • 1/2 cup frozen Edamame
    • 1/2 Sweet Onion (half moon slices)
    • Juice from 1/2 Lime
    Sauce Ingredients:
    • 3 tbsp. Braggs 
    • 3 tbsp. Rice Vinegar
    • Juice from 1/2 Lime
    • 5 tbsp. Brown Sugar
    • 1 tbsp. Almond Butter (optional)
    • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic

    Directions:
    1. Prepare Noodles according to package
    2. Stir all the Sauce ingredients together in a small bowl; set aside
    3. Meanwhile, Air Fry Veggies for 25 minutes at 400 degrees
    4. Once Pasta is done, mix with Veggies & Sauce
    5. Finish with a squeeze of Lime Juice & dig in!

    Friday, August 14, 2020

    Hoff’s Air Fried Spring Rolls

    Hoff’s Air Fried Spring Rolls
    Yields: 12 Rolls
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

    Ingredients:
    • 12 Rice Paper Wrappers
    • 14 oz. Coleslaw Mix (pre-shredded Cabbage & Carrots)
    • 1 cup Kraut
    • 1/2 Red Onion (half moon slices) 
    • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
    • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
    • Braggs
     Directions: 
    1. Using a non-stick pan, saute Slaw Mix, Kraut, Onions & Seasonings with a little Braggs until soft
    2. Spread out filling to cook off liquid, drain any liquid, set aside
    3. Dip Rice Paper, one at a time, into warm water, just for a 10 seconds
    4. Lay Wrapper onto workspace (I use a cutting board), fill center with about 2-3 spoonfuls of filling, roll and place on a silicon mat lined baking sheet
    5. Continue until all rolls are rolled
    6. Air fry at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until crisp
    7. Serve with Sweet & Sour sauce or Braggs

    Friday, July 24, 2020

    Hoff's Bombay Potatoes

    Hoff's Bombay Potatoes
    Yields: Perfect snack for two
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free

    Ingredients:

    • 5-6 Yukon Gold Potatoes
    • 1 cup Water
    • 2 tsp. Garam Masala
    • 1 tsp. Mustard Powder
    • 1 tsp. Black Pepper
    • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

    Directions:
    1. Place Potatoes whole into the Instant Pot, add Water
    2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
    3. Press "Manual" button and adjust cooking time to 10 minutes at high pressure
    4. When done, use quick release method
    5. Allow Potatoes to cool before slicing into cubes and move to a large bowl
    6. Add Seasoning & toss to coat
    7. Transfer Potatoes to Airfryer
    8. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes

    Friday, July 17, 2020

    Hoff's Potato Puffs

    Hoff's Potato Puffs
    Yields: 18ish Puffs
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free


    Ingredients:
    • 6 Yukon Gold Potatoes
    • 1 cup Water
    • 1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast 
    • 1 tsp. Yellow Mustard
    • 1 tsp. Bacon Seasoning (optional)
    • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
    • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
    • 1-2 tsp. Sea Salt
    • Pepper to taste
    • Plain unsweetened Plant-based Milk

    Directions:
    1. Place Potatoes & Water in Instant Pot
    2. Set Manual setting at High Pressure for 10 minutes
    3. Manually release steam
    4. Drain Potatoes
    5. Using a Ricer (it will remove the peel), press each Potato
    6. Mix riced Potatoes with Nutritional Yeast, Mustard, seasonings & splash of Milk, not too much, dryer Potatoes will result in crisper Puffs
    7. Chill Potatoes in the fridge, they need to be cold & stiff
    8. Form Potatoes into golf ball sized shapes, I use a spring triggered scooper (no idea it's real name)
    9. Place balls on a silicone lined baking sheet or in a silicone muffin tray
    10. Air fry or bake at 450 degrees for 20 -25 minutes

    Hoff Thoughts: I use Yukon Gold Potatoes because they naturally have a rich, buttery flavor and therefore additional fake butter is not needed. 

    Friday, July 10, 2020

    Lazy Girl's Potatoes

    Recently I came across a GENIUS kitchen hack and I just have to share it with you!


    You will need:

    1. Drain & rinse the Potatoes
    2. Lay Potato slices onto to grille
    3. Close lid and cook at 450 degrees until desired doneness is achieved (start checking around 10 minutes)
    4. Carefully remove & Eat!

    This does require some organizational skills in order to get one full can of Potatoes onto one griddle. (You can do it!)

    One can really only yields a light snack for two people.  I really could eat an entire can myself (even as a side dish to a main meal), but I fear one can would cool off before a second can would be ready. 

    I really like this idea, however, because it eliminates the prep time/utensils needed to create sliced Potatoes.  I also found the end product to be light and crispy on the outside, but creamy on the inside.


    Friday, July 3, 2020

    Happy 4th of July!


    The Immune System and COVID-19 Treatment


    Hoff's Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding

    Inspired by this Jaroudi Family recipe.


    Hoff's Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding
    Serves: 4
    dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

    Ingredients:
    • 2 Jersey/Japanese Sweet Potatoes
    • 1 cup Plant-based Milk
    • 1/3 cup Cacao Powder
    • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
    • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
    Directions:
    1. Stab each Potato with a few holes and bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour
    2. Allow Potatoes to cool enough to handle, before peeling & placing into a blender or Vitamix
    3. Add remaining ingredients
    4. Blend until smooth
    5. Place Pudding in fridge until chilled
    6. Try not to eat all of it yourself in one sitting, even though you can, IT'S A POTATO!!!  :) 
    Hoff Thoughts: Be sure to use a store bought Milk for this recipe, when I used my homemade Almond Butter Milk, the pudding did not set up as well.

    Friday, June 19, 2020

    Hoff's Summer Veggie Sushi Bowl

    Hoff's Summer Veggie Sushi Bowl
    Yields: 2 servings
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

    Ingredients:

    • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
    • 2 cups Water
    • 1 tbsp. Rice Vinegar 
    • 1 tbsp. Sugar
    • 1 Avocado (cubed)
    • 1 cup Cucumber (chopped)
    • 1 cup Shelled Edamame (thawed) 
    • 1 Nori Wrapper (thinly cut)
    • 1 tsp. Sesame Seeds
    • Braggs to taste

    Directions:
    1. Place Rice & Water in an Instant Pot & cook on Manual for 3 minutes, Quick Release or prepare per the package instructions
    2. Stir in Vinegar & Sugar
    3. Divide Rice evenly into two bowls
    4. Add Avocado, Cucumber & Edamame
    5. Top with Nori & Sesame Seeds
    6. Season with Braggs

    Friday, June 12, 2020

    Watermelon Refresher

    Watermelon Refresher
    Yields: about 32 oz.
    dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

    Ingredients:
    • 4 cups Watermelon
    • 1 cup Water
    • 4 Ice Cubes

    Directions:
    1. Blend everything together using a high speed blender
    2. Consume immediately

    Friday, May 29, 2020

    Hoff's Chocolate Oatmeal

    Hoff's Chocolate Oatmeal
    Serves: 1
    dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free



    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup Water
    • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oatmeal
    • 1/4 cup Frozen Blueberries
    • 1/4 Puffed Rice Cereal
    • 1 tbsp. Maple Syrup
    • 1 tsp. Cacao Powder 
    • Pinch of Sea Salt (optional)

    Directions:
    1. In a small bowl, combine Oatmeal & Milk
    2. Microwave for 2 minutes
    3. Mix in Maple Syrup & Cacao Powder
    4. Top with Blueberries & Rice Cereal

      Hoff Thoughts:
    The frozen Blueberries help to cool down the Oatmeal, no need to thaw beforehand.  This is perfect when you are craving something sweet, but don't want to sabotage your healthy ways.


    Friday, May 22, 2020

    Hoff’s Orange Sauce

    Hoff’s Orange Sauce
    Yields: 1 1/2 cups
    dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup Orange Juice
    • 1/4 cup Braggs Amino Acids
    • 1/4 cup Ketchup
    • 2 tbsp. GF All-Purpose Flour
    • 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
    • 1 tbsp. Honey Mustard
    • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic 
    • 1 tsp. minced Ginger
    Directions:
    1. In a medium sauce pan whisk all ingredients together over medium- high heat, until boiling and sauce thickens
    2. Serve over veggies, rice, etc.

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Hoff's Berry Smoothie Bowl

    Hoff's Berry Smoothie Bowl
    Yields: 1 1/2 cup
    dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

     

    Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup Water
    • 1 frozen Banana
    • 1 cup frozen Berries
    • GF Granola




    Directions:
    1. Pour Water into to a high speed blender (ahem, Vitamix)
    2. Add Fruit
    3. Blend on high for about 1-2 minutes or until thoroughly combined, using tamper if necessary
    4. Pour Smoothie in to bowl & top with Granola

    Hoff Thoughts: Smoothie should be a consultancy between Nice Cream & a Smoothie

    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Got Melon? You Need A Watermelon Slicer!!!

    My latest kitchen obsession is this 15.7” Large Stainless Steel Melon Slicer, Cutter, Peeler, & Corer!!! It's big, it's sharp and it's earned a spot in my kitchen due to it's ability to reduce my melon prep to a few mere minutes.  

    I was skeptical at first, but I have to say this baby delivers over and over and over!  To be honest, I started testing this last summer, just to make sure the plastic pieces didn't break and the blades didn't bend or rust and one year later, I am still a happy camper!


    To start off with shop wisely; you're not going to force a gigantic Watermelon through this baby, but a reasonably sized, no bigger than a basketball Watermelon will slice just fine.  But that's not all, this works beautifully with Honeydew and Cantaloupe. I have yet to try pineapple, but I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    Once, home, wash your little melon baby and then slice the ends off, so it sits flat on your cutting surface.  This not only aids in safety for you & the melon, but also assists the slicer in doing it's job.

    Think leverage before slicing, you want to get your body weight above the melon and then press down as this glides through the melon with very little effort.  Once, sliced (this literally takes a second or two), you're either ready to eat (Watermelon) or ready to clean the guts out (seeds).  You can eat as wedges or quickly run a knife through for bite-sized pieces.


    There are a lot of slicers out there like this, but I like this one for it's non-rusting stainless steel, it's grippy handles and budget friendly, under $20 price tag.

    What are you waiting for?  Summer is right around the corner, get your melon on!


    Keep it healthy!

    Friday, April 24, 2020

    Hoff’s Macaroni Salad

    Hoff’s Macaroni Salad
    Yields: About 13 cups
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free

    Ingredients:
    • 1 lb. Gluten-free Pasta
    • 1 cup Grape Seed Oil Vegenaise
    • 1/2 Red Onion (minced)
    • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
    • 2 tbsp. Dill Pickle Relish
    • 1 tbsp. Pickle Juice
    • 1 tbsp. Mustard
    • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
    • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
    • Black Pepper w/ Lemon to taste
    • Paprika for optional garnish

    Directions:
    1. Cook pasta to al dentde according to directions on package
    2. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl & allow to marinate in fridge at least one hour before serving

    Friday, April 17, 2020

    Vegan Artichoke Dip

    Vegan Artichoke Dip
    Servings: About 3 cups
    meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free


    Ingredients:
    • 2-14 oz. cans Artichoke Hearts in Water (rinsed & drained)
    • 1-15 oz. can White Beans (rinsed & drained)
    • Juice from 1 Lemon
    • 2 tbsp. Minced Sweet Onion
    • 2 tsp. Minced Garlic
    • 2 tbsp. Braggs
    • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
    • Nutritional Yeast (optional)

    Directions:
      1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
      2. Blend all ingredients together in a high speed blender until smooth
      3. Bake in a small serving dish for about 15 minutes
      4. Sprinkle top with Nutritional Yeast just before serving 

      Hoff Thoughts: This will keep 4-5 days in the fridge, so a perfect make ahead party app!

      Friday, April 10, 2020

      Hoff's Cucumber Hummus Sandwich

      Hoff's Cucumber Hummus Sandwich
      Yields: 1 Sandwich
      meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free

      Ingredients:

      • Gluten-free Bread
      • Cucumber Slices
      • Sliced Red Onion
      • Pickle Slices
      • Hummus

       Directions:
      1. Spread Hummus on two pieces of Bread
      2. On one slice place Cucumber, Onion & Pickles
      3. Close sandwich & enjoy!

      Hoff Thoughts: I recently tried this sandwich out on a "glamping" trip and it was awesome!  Since going gluten-free, my beloved Subway has been off limits.  This sandwich helped to bring a little of that magic back into my life. I just kept everything in separate containers until eating was required, a container of sliced Cucumber, another with sliced Onion, a jar of Pickle Slices (dry before applying to avoid soggy bread) a small container of oil-free Hummus and a loaf of Schar Artisan Baker Multigrain Bread.

      Friday, March 27, 2020

      Hoff's Maple Glazed Brussels (IP)

      Hoff's Maple Glazed Brussels (IP)
      Serves: 2
      meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

      Ingredients:

      • 1 lb. Brussels Sprouts
      • 1 small Sweet Onion (half moon slices)
      • 1/2 cup Water
      • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
      • 2 tsp. Braggs
      • 1 tsp. Arrowroot

      Directions:
      1. Prepare the Brussels by cutting off the end and quartering
      2. Whisk seasoning together in the IP
      3. Stir in Sprouts & Onions to coat
      4. Close & lock lid
      5. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
      6. Select Steam setting on High Pressure & cook for 2 minutes
      7. Quick release pressure

      Friday, March 20, 2020

      Hoff's French Toast

      Hoff's French Toast
      Yields: 10 slices
      dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

      Ingredients:
      • 10 Slices of Gluten-Free bread (Texas Toast if you can find it)
      • 1 cup Just Egg
      • 1/2 cup Plant Based Milk
      • 2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
      • 1 tsp. Vanilla
      • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
      • Pinch Sea Salt

      Directions:
      1.  In a shallow dish, whisk together everything except the Bread
      2.  Dip each piece of Bread into the "egg" mixture, turning to coat both sides
      3.  Lightly shake off excess liquid
      4.  Using a non-stick frying pan, cook each side until browned, about 1-2 minutes per side
      5. Server immediately

        Friday, March 13, 2020

        Baked Bean Veggie Burgers (IP)


        Baked Bean Veggie Burgers (IP)
        Yields: 20 Burgers
        meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

        Ingredients:
        • 28 oz. can of Baked Beans (vegetarian)
        • 2 cups of Rolled Oats
        • 2 cups Brown Rice
        • 2 cups Water
        • 1 cup minced Onion
        • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
        • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
        • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

        Directions:
        1. Combine Rice & Water in IP
        2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
        3. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 22 minutes
        4. Natural release pressure for 10 minutes, then Quick release
        5. Add remaining ingredients to IP
        6. Mix until well combined
        7. Form into patties
        8. Allow to set-up in fridge for 20 minutes, uncovered before cooking or freeze for later
        9. Grill or broil until golden brown, about 10 minutes each side

        Friday, February 28, 2020

        DIY Sushi Bar

        DIY Sushi Bar
        Yields: about 12 pieces
        meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free

        Ingredients: 
        • 1 1/2 cups Water 
        • 1 cup Sushi Rice 
        • 1 tbsp. Rice Vinegar 
        • 1 tbsp. Coconut Sugar 
        • ¼ tsp. Sea Salt
        • 12 Nori Sheet squares
        • Avocado
        • Shredded Carrot
        • Cucumber (sliced)
        • Red Onion (sliced)
        • Marinated Ginger Slices

        Directions: 
        1. Prepare Rice, this recipe uses an Instant Pot
        2. Mix together Water & Rice in IP
        3. Close & lock lid
        4. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
        5. Select Manual setting, reduce time to 10 minutes
        6. Manual release pressure for 10 minutes, then Quick release
        7. Stir in Vinegar, Sugar & Salt - set aside
        8. Meanwhile, cut Nori sheets into 12 squares
        9. Prepare & plate filling ingredients
        10. Have each person assemble their Sushi like a Taco

        Friday, February 21, 2020

        Hoff's Twice Backed Potatoes

        Hoff's Twice Backed Potatoes
        Yields: 6 servings
        meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

        Ingredients:
        • 8 large Russet Potatoes
        • 1 15 oz. can White Beans (rinsed & drained)
        • 3/4 cup Plant-based Milk 
        • 4 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
        • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
        • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
        • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
        • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
        Directions:
        1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 
        2. Wash & slice each Potato just enough to pierce the skin
        3. Place Potatoes directly on oven rack
        4. Bake 2 hours (Not a typo)
        5. Allow to cool before proceeding (about 10 minutes)
        6. Lay each Potato on it’s side & cut off top using a serrated knife
        7. Scoop Potato insides into large bowl, leaving about a 1/4” to keep Potato shell intact (I use a melon baller for this)
        8. Mash all ingredients together using a potato masher or blend on low in your Vitamix
        9. Scoop mashed Potatoes back into each shell
        10. Sprinkle with Paprika
        11. Place each Potato on a baking sheet and place in freezer for about an hour
        12. Once frozen, wrap each Potato in plastic wrap and again in foil, store in freezer bag in the freezer
        13. Remove from freezer at least 8 hours before serving, in order to cook for 25 minutes at 400 degrees, or cook at 400 degrees for 35-45 minutes if frozen


        Hoff Thoughts: Be sure to use Russet Potatoes, as their skin is thicker and will reduce damage to the skin. Stir in chopped Onion for a little something extra!




        Friday, January 24, 2020

        Hoff's Jambalaya (Instant Pot)

        Hoff's Jambalaya (Instant Pot)
        Servings: 10-12
        meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free

        Ingredients:
        • 3 cups Jasmine Rice
        • 4 cups Veggie Broth 
        • 1 cup Water
        • 2 Beyond Sausage (chopped) or 20 oz. can Jackfruit (rinsed & drained)
        • 1 15 oz. can Kidney Beans (rinsed & drained)
        • 1 15 oz. can organic Corn (rinsed & drained)
        • 1 15 oz. can Tomato Sauce
        • 1 15 oz. can fire-roasted diced Tomatoes
        • 1 Sweet Onion (chopped) 
        • 1 Red Pepper (chopped) 
        • 1 tbsp. Vegan Ham Flavored Broth Base
        • 1 tbsp. smoked Paprika
        • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
        • 1 tsp. Cumin
        • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
        • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
        • Sea Salt to taste

        Directions:
        1. Stir Rice, Broth, Water, Sausage/Jackfruit, Roasted Tomatoes, Onion, Pepper & Seasonings in the IP
        2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
        3. Press "Manual" button
        4. Decrease cooking time to 5 minutes
        5. When done, use Quick release method
        6. Stir in Tomato Sauce, Beans & Corn

        Hoff Thoughts: I know what you're thinking, why didn't she throw everything in the IP to begin with.  Well I did and it's hit or miss whether the IP comes to pressure.  If you overcrowd the pot the Rice will burn to the bottom, preventing the pot from coming to pressure.


        Friday, January 17, 2020

        Hoff's Avocado Orange Chocolate Pudding

        Hoff's Avocado Orange Chocolate Pudding
        Yields: About 2 cups
        dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

        Ingredients:

        • 2 medium-large, ripe Avocados
        • 1/4 cup Plant Milk (I use Almond Milk)
        • 1/3 cup Cacao Powder
        • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
        • 1/2 tsp Orange Oil (optional)
        • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

        Directions:
        1. Blend all ingredients together, until smooth
        2. Allow to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving