Friday, September 17, 2021

Hoff's Corn Chowder II (IP)

Hoff's Corn Chowder II (IP) 

Yields: About 6-8 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free


Ingredients:

Cream Sauce:

  • 12 oz. frozen Cauliflower (thawed or steamed)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened plain Plant-Milk
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 3 tbsp. Old Fashioned Oats
  • 2 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Miso (optional)
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder 
 Soup Base:
  • 2 cups Veggie Broth
  • 16 oz. bag frozen Organic Corn
  • 1 cup Red Lentils
  • 12 oz. jar Roasted Red Pepper
  • 1/2 Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:
  1. Using a high speed blender, blend Cream Sauce ingredients together
  2. Turn on Sautee feature of IP and brown Onions & Garlic, turn off feature
  3. Add Soup Base ingredients & Cream Sauce to IP
  4. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  5. Press "Manual" button & reduce time to 25 minutes
  6. When done, use quick release method
  7. Using an inversion blender, blend soup until desired smoothness/chunkiness is achieved
 
 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Hoff's Apple Pie Oatmeal Bake

Hoff's Apple Pie Oatmeal Bake 

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

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal
  • 3 1/2 cups unsweetened plant-based Milk
  • 21 oz. can Apple Pie Filling
  • 1 organic Honey Crisp Apples (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Apple Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
Crisp Topping:
  • 1/2 Cup Old Fashioned Oatmeal
  • 2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Apple Pie Spice
Directions:
  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees
  2. Stir Oatmeal, Milk, chopped Apples, Apple Pie Filling, Brown Sugar, Salt and Spice together
  3. Transfer to a 9x9 glass baking dish
  4. Using a high speed blender, pulse Crisp Topping ingredients until coarsely chopped
  5. Layer on top of Oatmeal
  6. Bake for 30 minutes
  7. Serve with a drizzle of Maple Syrup if desired

Friday, September 3, 2021

Hoff's 15 Bean Veggie Soup (Instant Pot)

Hoff's 15 Bean Veggie Soup (Instant Pot)

Yields: 5 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free

Ingredients:


Directions:
  1. Press IP Sautee button, add Onions and cook until translucent
  2. Add Garlic, stirring for 30 seconds before turning off the IP
  3. Stir remaining ingredients together in IP
  4. Close & lock lid
  5. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  6. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 45 minutes
  7. Manually release pressure
  8. Stir & serve

 

Hoff Thoughts: This soup is even better the next day as the flavors meld together.  While the Bean seasoning mix is vegan and gluten-free, read the ingredients, they sounded a little to chemically to me.



Friday, August 27, 2021

Hoff's Taco Salad II (IP)

Hoff's Taco Salad II (IP)
Yields: 2 Big Salads
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, gluten-free, oil-free
 
Ingredients:
  • 2-3 Romaine Heads (chopped)
  • 6 Corn oil-free Tortillas
  • 1/3 cup Red Onion (chopped)
  • Sliced Black Olives (optional)
  • Salsa
  • Juice from 1 Lime
     
  • Upton's Chili Lime Jackfruit or 8oz. of Mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1 cup Jasmine Rice/1 cup Quinoa/half & half
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 15 oz. can Black Beans (w/liquid)
  • 1/2 cup frozen Organic Corn
  • 1 Taco Seasoning packet
  • 3 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar (if using Upton's Jackfruit)
  • Season with Sea Salt

Directions:
  1. Combine Jackfruit/Mushrooms, Rice, Water, Black Beans, Corn & Seasonings in IP
  2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  3. Press "Manual" button and adjust cooking time to 3 minutes (Rice only), 4 minutes (Quinoa or half & half) at high pressure
  4. When done, use natural release method
  5. While IP is releasing, crisp Tortilla shells (prep with a little Lime Juice & Salt) in an air fryer or preferred method
  6. Top bed of Romaine with Taco Mixture, add Onion, Black Olives & Lime Juice, finish by breaking Tortilla shells into pieces and top with Salsa

Hoff Thoughts: Upton's Jackfruit has a bit of a heat kick, hence the addition of the Sugar, but if you like heat, leave it out.  I prefer to use a big bowl for this dish, as this is an Elaine style salad.

 




Sunday, August 22, 2021

Hoff's Plain Hummus

Hoff's Plain Hummus
Yields: 3 cups
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free
 

Ingredients:
  • 1 15 oz. can of Garbonzo Beans (rinsed and drained)
  • 2 tbsp. Garbonzo Liquid (reserved)
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 2 tbsp. Tahini 
  • 2 tbsp. Mustard (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Cumin

Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients in Vitamix/blender (order not important)
  2. Use tamper (Vitamix) to push ingredients into blades
  3. Blend until smooth (1-2 minutes)
  4. Store in fridge

Friday, August 20, 2021

Hoff's Veggie Broth (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Veggie Broth (Instant Pot)

Yields: depends on amount of Veggies
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free


Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Veggies Scraps (Celery, Carrots, Cilantro, Onions, etc.)
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic powder
 
Directions:
  1. Throughout the week gather Veggie scraps and store in a zip-lock bag in the freezer until ready to make Broth
  2. Dump Veggie scraps in the IP
  3. Add Seasonings
  4. Add enough Water to cover all Veggies
  5. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  6. Press "Manual" button and adjust cooking time to 15 minutes at high pressure
  7. When done, use natural release method (the longer it sits, the darker the broth gets)
  8. Using a strainer spoon, extract the larger Veggies pieces (remember you want to save the liquid, not the other way around)
  9. Using a funnel and fine mesh strainer, carefully pour Broth into mason jars or storage container of choice (a second set of hands makes this easier)
  10. Can be frozen for later use or kept in the fridge for up to a week

Friday, August 13, 2021

Hoff's Black Bean Mango Rice (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Black Bean Mango Rice (Instant Pot)
Yields: 6 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice
  • 1 cup chopped Mango
  • 16 oz. jar Mango Salsa
  • 1 15 oz. can Black Beans (w/liquid)
  • 2 cups Water
  • Season with Sea Salt

Directions (Instant Pot):
  1. Place all ingredients into the IP, stir
  2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  3. Cook Manually on High Pressure for 3 minutes
  4. Manual Release
  5. Stir & Serve!

Friday, August 6, 2021

Hoff's Tomato Tortilla Soup (IP)

Hoff's Tomato Tortilla Soup (IP)
Yields: 6-8 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free*


Ingredients:
  • 6 small Corn Tortillas
  • 2 cups Veggie Broth
  • 2 - 15 oz. cans Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp. Paprika 
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • Season with Sea Salt/Braggs*

Directions:
  1. Add all ingredients to IP
  2. Close & lock lid
  3. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  4. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 10 minutes
  5. Quick release pressure
  6. Using an immersion blender, blend soup for a few seconds, to make creamy w/some ingredients left whole
  7. When serving, place a few Tortilla Chips and or Onion on top of soup


Friday, July 30, 2021

Hoff’s Baked Mac & Cheese

Hoff’s Baked Mac & Cheese
Yields: 4-6 serving
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. Gluten-free Pasta
  • 1/3 cup Gluten-free Bread Crumbs
  • 1 - 4 oz. stick Earth Balance Butter
  • 1/3 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain Plant Milk
  • 1 tbsp. Arrowroot
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook Pasta according till just before al dente, about 9 minutes
  3. Meanwhile put remaining ingredients (except Butter) into Vitamix & blend until smooth
  4. Drain Pasta, return to pot, mix in "Cheese Sauce" & Butter
  5. Transfer Mac & Cheese to a 2 quart baking dish with lid
  6. Top with Bread Crumbs
  7. Cover & bake for 30 minutes
  8. Enjoy!

Hoff Thoughts: Do not make the Mac & Cheese portion ahead of time and bake later, too much sauce will absorb into the pasta.

Friday, July 23, 2021

Hoff’s Orange Sauce II


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

Ingredients: 
  • 1/3 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup Orange Marmalade
  • 1/3 cup Braggs Amino Acids 
  • 2 tbsp. Garlic Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. GF Oats
  • 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup 
  • 1 tbsp. Honey Mustard 
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic 
  • 1 tsp. minced Ginger 

Directions: 
  1. Blend ingredients together using a Vitamix for 6 minutes

Friday, July 16, 2021

Hoff's Miso Veggie Ramen


Hoff's Miso Veggie Ramen
Serves: 1
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 block Ramen Noodles
  • 1/2 cup of frozen Veggies of choice
  • 1 tbsp. Bragg’s
  • 1 tsp. Miso
Directions:

  1. Using an electric kettle or heating element of choice, boil Water
  2. Meanwhile place remaining ingredients into a bowl
  3. Pour boiling Water over ingredients & microwave for 3 minutes
  4. Using a fork break apart Noodles
  5. Allow to sit for a few minutes to allow Noodles to fully soften & soup to cool 

Hoff Thoughts: This makes the perfect lunch for me or a very quick & light dinner.


Friday, July 9, 2021

Easy Enchiladas

Inspired by Plantiful Kiki

Easy Enchiladas
Serves: 4 - 6
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free

Ingredients:
  • 12 Corn Tortillas
  • 15 oz can Black Beans (w/liquid)
  •  15 oz can organic Corn (rinsed & drained)
  • 2 cups prepared Mashed Potatoes
  • 16 oz Enchilada/Taco Sauce
  • 1 cup plant-based Milk
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Combine Enchilada sauce w/Milk & Sugar
  3. In a 9x13 baking dish, spread out 4 Enchiladas, add a little Sauce
  4. Top w/half of the Potatoes, then Beans, then Corn
  5. Add another layer of Tortillas & a little Sauce
  6. Repeat step #4 with remaining ingredients 
  7. Top w/last layer of Tortillas & remaining Sauce
  8. Cook for 20 minutes 

Hoff Thoughts: The Sugar is to cut the heat in the sauces, because I hate spicy food, feel free to omit.

Friday, July 2, 2021

Lemon Freeze


Lemon Freeze
Servings: 5
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:
  • 22 oz. can Lemon Filling (verify vegan)

Directions:
  1. Evenly divide filling into five small containers
  2. Freeze
  3. Allow to thaw slightly before serving

Friday, June 25, 2021

Tacos & Steamed Veggies, Oh My!

I got some new toys recently to simply make my life easier.

The first is what I had considered an indulgent or gimmick type of purchase, but after using it, I now consider it a MUST HAVE for Taco Tuesday.

A Taco Holder.

This simple, unassuming gadget is absolutely necessary to have a successful taco night! Ok, ok, that’s a bit of a stretch, I mean, I’ve been eating tacos successfully for years without one, but it makes life so much easier! No more falling over tacos, no fillings spilling out, no wrestling to make your taco.  These holders make life so much easier and isn’t that what true happiness is about? I think a headache free taco dinner is worth $8.99, don't you?


The second toy was an unexpected find. After getting back into healthier eating, I was at a lose for how to steam my vegetables. Yes, I know how to steam them, but the thought of bringing a big pot of water to boil felt tedious and steaming in my Instant Pot, makes my veggies too mushy.

Then this baby came into my life, the Microwave collapsible steamer!



I am a sucker for a collapsible anything and it’s BPA free and it comes in my favorite color, black! The bowl, lid and even the strainer is rubber, so it’s super light weight and easy peasy to clean.

Just add a bit of water, lay your veggies out, place the lid, nuke for 3-5 minutes and you’re eating!

For $23.99, I might buy another just for travel!


Keep it healthy!

Friday, June 18, 2021

Hoff's Apple Maple Oatmeal (IP)


Hoff's Apple Maple Oatmeal (IP)
Servings: 6
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free 

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Old Fashioned Oats (Rolled)
  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 Fuji Apple (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon

Directions:
  1. Dump all ingredients into IP
  2. Close & lock lid
  3. Make sure pressure release valve is closed
  4. Cook Manually on High Pressure for 3 minutes
  5. Quick Release
  6. Stir & serve or store

Friday, June 11, 2021

DIY Sea Moss Mask


DIY Sea Moss Mask
Yields: 1/2 cup 

Ingredients:

Directions:
  1. Bring Water to a boil
  2. Pour into high speed blender (I use my Nutribullet because of the small amount) with Sea Moss Powder
  3. Blend for 2 minutes (container will be hot)
  4. Using a mitt like the Ove Glove, transfer to a glass storage container and place in fridge  on something to protect the glass shelf, for at least an hour before using
  5. Will keep for 3 weeks
  6. Spread over face & let sit for at least 30 minutes

Hoff Thoughts: Don’t worry, mixture will thicken as it cools.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Doc: Earthlings

Doc: Earthlings



Earthlings, is a must see if you are a human being.

This doc may have come out in 2005, but sadly it is as relevant today if not more so.  I first learned of it about four years ago, when I broke down the first minute of its 2:50 minute trailer. At the time, I had been vegan or rather plant-based for health reasons, abstaining from any animal derived ingredients from a dietary standpoint.  All it took was that one minute to change me into a real vegan, a strict vegetarian who consumes no food (such as meat, eggs, or dairy products) that comes from animals, also : one who abstains from using animal products (such as leather).  After watching a living animal have its skin ripped from its body and thrown onto a pile of other freshly skinned animals to slowly die, leather/suede lost every ounce of status I once gave it. It would take four years until I could bring myself to watch this film in its entirety.

While this is a hard documentary to watch (I lost it several times) it reveals the truth that is happening every hour of everyday in this world. Having once been a contributor via my own consumption whether by food, possessions, or entertainment, I owed it to the animals who suffered by my ignorance to understand what pain, torment and torture that I caused, so that I will never play apart in these barbaric practices again.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Hoff's Tortilla Soup (IP)


Hoff's Tortilla Soup (IP)
Yields: 6-8 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free*

Ingredients:
  • 4 Corn Tortillas
  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 2 cups Water
  • 20 oz. can Jake fruit (rinsed, drained & shredded)
  • 2 - 15 oz. cans Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • 15 oz. can Black Beans of choice (rinsed & drained)
  • 15 oz. can Kidney Beans of choice (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 cup frozen Organic Corn
  • 1 Onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp. Vegan Chicken Broth Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Cumin 
  • 1 tsp. Paprika 
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • Season with Sea Salt/Braggs*

Directions:
  1. Turn on sauté feature and cook Onions until translucent
  2. Add minced Garlic and stir for 30 seconds
  3. Turn off sauté feature
  4. Stir remaining ingredients, except Tortillas
  5. Close & lock lid
  6. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  7. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 5 minutes
  8. Meanwhile, cut Tortillas into stripes
  9. Layout on baking sheet & air fry at 400 degrees for about 5 minutes or until crispy
  10. Quick release pressure
  11. Using an immersion blender, blend soup for a few seconds, to make creamy w/some ingredients left whole
  12. When serving, place a few Tortilla Chips on top of the soup

Friday, May 21, 2021

Hoff’s Mexican Pizza


Hoff's Mexican Pizza
Yields: 2 Pizzas
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free 

Ingredients:
  • 2 Cauliflower Crusts
  • 15 oz. can fat-free Refried Beans
  • 2 oz. can of sliced Black Olives (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 carton sliced Mushrooms
  • 1/2 bag frozen Onions & Peppers
  • 1/2 cup Salsa
  • 1 Avocado (mashed)

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven according to crust directions
  2. Spread out Mushrooms, Onions & Red Pepper on silicon-lined baking sheet & air-fry at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes (optional, but cooking ahead is advised)
  3. Spread Beans onto each crust, apply a layer of Avocado and a layer of Salsa
  4. Top with Mushrooms, Onions, Peppers & Black Olives
  5. Bake according to crust directions
  6. Slice & serve

Friday, May 14, 2021

Hoff's Santa Fe Wild Rice (IP)



Hoff's Santa Fe Wild Rice (IP)
Yields: About 4-5 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free 

Ingredients:
  • 16 oz. jar Salsa
  • 2.5 cups Water
  • 1 cup Brown Jasmine Rice
  • 1 cup Wild Rice
  • 15 oz. can Black Beans (w/liquid)
  • 1 cup frozen Organic Corn
  • 1 small-medium Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 2.5 oz. can sliced Black Olives (rinsed & drained) (optional)

Directions:
  1. Turn on sauté feature
  2. Cook Onions until translucent
  3. Turn off sauté feature
  4. Dump rest of ingredients in IP
  5. Close & lock lid
  6. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  7. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 22 minutes
  8. Natural pressure release
  9. Stir & enjoy!

Hoff Thoughts: While the Black Olives add a nice flavor, they do add fat, so omit if trying to lose weight.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Hoff's Basic Veggie Soup (IP)



Hoff's Basic Veggie Soup (IP) 
Makes: About 10 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-freeoil-free, soy-free, gluten-free 

Ingredients:

Directions:
  1. Turn sauté feature on & sweat Onions for a few minutes
  2. Add Garlic & stir for 30 seconds
  3. Turn off sauté feature
  4. Add remaining ingredients (except Veggie Broth Base) into the Instant Pot
  5. Close & lock lid
  6. Make sure pressure release valve is closed
  7. Cook Manually on High Pressure for 10 minutes
  8. Quick Release
  9. Stir in Veggie Broth Base
  10. Serve with a nice crusty bread!



Friday, April 30, 2021

Maple Popcorn


Maple Popcorn

Serves: 1
dairy-free, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free 

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Organic Corn Kernels
  • 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

Directions:
  1. Add Corn Kernels to microwaveable container
  2. Microwave for 2 minutes (or less depending on your microwave)
  3. Stop Microwave when popping slows down
  4. Pour Popcorn into large bowl, mix in Syrup & Salt
  5. Enjoy the show!

Friday, April 23, 2021

Hoff’s Garlic Noodles (IP)



Hoff’s Garlic Noodles (IP)
Serves: 3-4
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

Ingredients: 
  • 16 oz. Gluten-free Spaghetti (broken into pieces)
  • 4 cups Water
  • 1 cup Edamame
  • 6 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 4 tbsp. Braggs
  • 2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Garlic Powder
Directions: 
  1. Turn on sauté feature
  2. Stir minced Garlic until golden brown
  3. Turn off sauté feature
  4. Spread Noodles, criss crossed, along bottom of IP
  5. Add remaining ingredients, do not stir
  6. Make sure Noodles are covered by Water, add more if needed
  7. Close & lock lid
  8. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  9. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 6 minutes
  10. Quick release pressure
  11. Stir & enjoy!

Friday, April 16, 2021

Hoff's Tuscan Soup (Instant Pot)



Hoff's Tuscan Soup (Instant Pot)
Yields: 10 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, soy-free

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 2 cups Plant-based Milk (reserved)
  • 4-5 Yukon Gold Potatoes (pre-steamed & cubed)
  • 5 oz. Fresh Baby Kale
  • 1 15oz. can White Beans (rinsed & drained) 
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon (reserved)
  • 1 Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. Vegan Ham Seasoning (reserved)
  • 1 tsp. minced Garlic 
  • 1 tsp. Oregano 
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • Season with Sea Salt & Lemon Pepper

Directions:
  1. Sautée Onions on the Sautée setting in the IP, stir in Garlic for last 30 seconds
  2. Turn IP off to shut off Sautée setting
  3. Dump remaining ingredients into IP, except Kale, Milk & Lemon Juice
  4. Stir to combine
  5. Close & lock lid
  6. Set pressure valve to close
  7. Set Manual setting at High Pressure for 3 minutes
  8. Quick release steam
  9. Stir in Milk & Lemon Juice
  10. Using a immersion blender, blend soup until creamy, but with some chunk remaining
  11. Stir in Kale until wilted
  12. Season & serve with a nice crusty bread!