Friday, May 6, 2022

Hoff's Falafel w/Tzatziki Salad

Hoff's Falafel w/Tzatziki Salad

Serves: 2

meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free
 

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups Lettuce of choice
  • 6-8 Falafels
  • Cucumber (sliced)
  • Cherry Tomatoes (quartered)
  • Red Onion
  • Pickle Relish

Tzatziki Ingredients:

  • 15 oz. can White Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1/2 Cucumber (peeled) 
  • 1/2 cup plant-based Milk
  • 1/2 cup Cashews (optional)
  • Juice of one Lemon
  • 2 tbsp. Dill (dried or fresh)

 

Directions:

  1. Prepare Fafalel according to box directions
  2. Meanwhile, in 2 large bowls, divide Salad ingredients equally or to preference
  3. Using a high speed blender, blend Tzatziki ingredients (except Dill) until smooth, mix in Dill, transfer to a storage container and chill in the fridge until needed

Hoff Thoughts: This makes a lot of dressing, more than what is needed for two salads, plan accordingly.


Saturday, April 16, 2022

Hoff's Lasagna III

Hoff's Lasagna III
Yields: About 6 large servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free
 
Ingredients:
  • 16 oz. gluten-free Pasta
  • 1 medium Zucchini (shredded)
  • 1 jar Spaghetti Sauce (Prego Light)
  • 1 15 oz. can of Tomato Sauce
  • x oz. firm Tofu (drained)
  • 1 15 oz. can Black Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • 2-3 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 tbsp. Italian Herbs
  • 2 tbsp. Sea Salt
  • Nutritional Yeast

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Soak Pasta in hot water for 10 minutes, drain & mix with Spaghetti Sauce
  3. Blend Tofu, Black Beans, Nutritional Yeast, Lemon Juice, Garlic & Italian Herbs until creamy
  4. In a 9x13 baking dish, create the following layers
  5. First Layer: 1 layer of Pasta & Tofu mixture
  6. Second Layer: 1 layer of Pasta & shredded Zucchini
  7. Third Layer: 1 layer of Pasta, top with can of Tomato Sauce & sprinkle with Nutritional Yeast
  8. Cover & bake for 40 minutes
  9. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting

Friday, April 15, 2022

Hoff's Lemon Basil Pasta

Hoff's Lemon Pasta

Servings: 4
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free

Ingredients:

Sauce:

  • 8 Oz. Gluten-free Pasta
  • 1 Zucchini (chopped)
  • 1 cup Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 cup fresh Basil (chopped)
  • 1 cup Sweet Onion (sliced)
  • 2.25 oz. can sliced Black Olives (rinsed & drained)
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 cup Pasta Water (reserved)
  • 2 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Directions:  
  1. Cook Pasta according to directions
  2. Meanwhile lay Zucchini, Mushrooms & Onion on a baking tray & air-fry at 400 for 15-20 minutes
  3. Once everything is done, combine Pasta w/Veggies, stir in Black Olives, Basil & Lemon, add seasonings
  4. Add reserved cooking water if Pasta is too dry
  5. Enjoy!

Friday, April 8, 2022

Simple Vegan Cheese Sauce

Simple Vegan Cheese Sauce
Yields: about 1 cup
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free, soy-free

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup Instant Mashed Potato Flakes
  • 1/3 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tbsp. Cashew Powder (optional)
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • Splash Liquid Smoke (optional for smokey flavor)
  • Splash of Plant-milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
Directions:
  1. Blend all ingredients together using an high speed blender, at the end, blend for a few seconds on low to remove any air bubbles
  2. Immediately transfer Sauce to storage container or use, Sauce will continue to thicken as it cools
  3. Clean blender immediately
 Hoff Thoughts: Try replacing all of the seasonings with 2 tsp. Taco seasoning.

Friday, April 1, 2022

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Recipe adapted from Nutmeg Notebook

Vegan Ranch Dressing
Yields: about 3 cups
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. Organic Silken Tofu (drained)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plant-base Milk
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Dill
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
Directions:
  1. Using a high speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth
  2. Keep in the fridge up to 1-2 weeks
 

Friday, March 25, 2022

KISS: Maple/Mustard Glazed Potatoes w/Green Beans

  KISS: Keep It Super Simple! 

I know there is typically another "S" to that saying, but we don't need that negativity in our lives.

This is a brand new series in which I share super simple meal ideas; because we vegans tend to get so buried in complex recipes that we forget that a meal can simply consist of a starch/grain and a veggie and be perfectly satisfying.

I pair each of these meals with a simple side salad and that's it! As a recovering bulk meal creator, I was quite skeptical that these meals would be filling enough, but just try it, you'll be amazed.

Keep it Healthy!


 


Ingredients:

  • Baby Yukon Potatoes
  • Green Beans
  • Maple Syrup
  • Stone Ground Mustard
  • Dried Onion
  • Sea Salt

I like to steam-prep my Potatoes using the InstantPot for 1-2 minutes at the beginning of the week and then storing in the fridge for latter in the week. 

The I slice the Potatoes in half and mix with Maple Syrup & Mustard to coat and finish cooking in my Airfryer at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile on the stove I heat through a can of Green Beans with the Dried Onion.

That's it! Plate & eat!





Friday, March 18, 2022

Hoff's TVP "Chicken" Noodle Soup (IP)

Hoff's TVP "Chicken" Noodle Soup (IP)

Yields: about 10 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:

  • 10 cups Water or Veggie Broth
  • 2 cups GF Pasta
  • 1 cup Soy Curls (broken into smaller pieces)
  • 15 oz. can Carrots (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 4 tsp. Chicken Broth Powder
  • 1 tsp. Poultry Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Umami Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric (for color)
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

Directions:
  1. Combine all remaining ingredients in IP (except Salt/Pepper)
  2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  3. Press "Manual" button, reduce time to 5 minutes (or half the Pasta cooking time, minus 1 minute)
  4. When done, use quick release method 
  5. Add Salt/Pepper to taste

Friday, March 11, 2022

Hoff's Pasta Fagioli (Instant Pot)

Hoff's Pasta Fagioli (Instant Pot) 

Yields: 5 servings 

meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free


Ingredients:
  • 8 cups Veggie Broth/Water
  • 8 oz. organic Tempeh (crumbled)
  • 1 bunch fresh Parsley
  • 1 jar Spaghetti Sauce (Prego Light)
  • 15 oz. can Kidney Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 15 oz. can Great Northern Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 15 oz. can diced Tomatoes 
  • 1 cup gluten-free Pasta (small shape)
  • 1 cup frozen Spinach/Kale
  • 3/4 cup chopped Carrot
  • 1 Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic 
  • 1 tbsp. Italian Seasoning Blend
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder

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 7 minutes (or half pasta package cooking time)
  7. Quick release pressure
  8. Stir & serve

 

Friday, March 4, 2022

Hoff's Mushroom Stroganoff III

Hoff's Mushroom Stroganoff III
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:

  • 16 oz. GF Pasta
  • 16 oz. Mushrooms (large chop)
  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 2 tbsp. Braggs
  • 1 Sweet Onion (chopped)

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 12 oz. frozen Cauliflower (thawed or steamed)
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened plain Plant-Milk
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 2 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Miso (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder 
  • pinch of Nutmeg
  • Season with Sea Salt

Directions:
  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, sautee Mushrooms & Onions in Aminos until caramelized
  2. Stir-in Pasta & Broth
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover & cook for 17 minutes
  4. Meanwhile in a Vitamix, blend Sauce ingredients for 6 minutes
  5. Combine Sauce & Pasta, dig-in
 

Friday, February 25, 2022

Hoff's Burger in a Bowl

Hoff's Burger in a Bowl

Serves: 2
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free
 

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Iceberg Lettuce (or of preference)
  • 2-4 Burgers (or of preference)
  • 1 cup Kraut
  • 1 cup Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 cup Sweet Onion (half moon slices)
  • Pickle Relish
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Sea Salt (optional)

Directions:
  1. Grill-up your Veggie Burgers!
  2. Meanwhile, sautee the Kraut, Mushrooms & Onions
  3. In 2 large bowls, divide ingredients equally
  4. Enjoy :)

 

Hoff Thoughts: This is my go-to Burger (meaning, these are my favorite topping combination). Feel free to experiment, what is your favorite Burger?  Top dinner off with a Shake!


Friday, February 18, 2022

Hoff's One Pot Spaghetti

Hoff's One Pot Spaghetti

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


Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Water
  • 16 oz. gluten-free Pasta
  • 28 oz. can Tomato Sauce
  • 15 oz. can Lentils (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 cup Spinach (chopped)
  • 1 Sweet Onion (cut in half moons)
  • 1 tsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp. Sugar (optional) 
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder

Directions:   

  1. Dump all ingredients into a large pot, make sure all Pasta is covered (add more Water, if necessary)
  2. Bring to a boil, stir, cover, reduce heat to a simmer
  3. Simmer for 17 minutes
  4. Stir & serve!

Friday, February 11, 2022

Hoff's Red Lentil Pumpkin Dal

Hoff's Red Lentil Pumpkin Dal

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


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Jasmine Rice (prepared)*
  • 1 cup Spinach*
  • 1 cup Almond Milk*
  • 1 cup Red Lentils
  • 1.5 cups Water
  • 1 15 oz. can Chickpeas (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15 oz. can Pumpkin
  • 1 15 oz. can diced Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Spinach*
  • 1 Sweet Onion (half moon slices)
  • Juice from 1 Lemon
  • 1 tbsp. minced Garlic
  • 1 tbsp. Garam Masala
  • 1 tbsp. Brown Sugar 
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • Season with Sea Salt

 

Directions:

  1. Mix everything together in IP (except* prepared Rice, Milk, Spinach & Lemon Juice)
  2. Close & lock lid
  3. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  4. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 2 minutes
  5. Natural release pressure for 10 minutes
  6. Stir in Milk, Spinach & Lemon Juice
  7. Plate Rice, layer with Dal - enjoy!

 

Friday, February 4, 2022

Hoff's Sloppy Joe's II

Hoff's Sloppy Joe's II

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


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Buckwheat Groats (rinsed) 
  • 15 oz. can Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped Onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped Red Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1 tsp Smoke Paprika
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Directions:
  1. Mix everything together in IP
  2. Close & lock lid
  3. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  4. Select Steam setting on High Pressure & cook for 6 minutes
  5. Natural release pressure, at least 10 minutes
  6. Assemble your Sloppy Joe's - I prefer open-faced w/chopped Onion, Pickle Relish & Mustard

Friday, January 28, 2022

Hoff’s Rice & Lentils II

Hoff’s Rice & Lentils II
Yields: 4 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free


Ingredients:
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 cup Rice Blend
  • 1 cup Brown Lentils
  • 1/3 cup shredded Carrots
  • 1/3 cup Spinach
  • 1/3 cup chopped Red/Orange Pepper
  • 1/3 Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 1 tsp. minced Garlic
  • 2 tsp. Chicken Broth Base

Directions:
  1. Stir all ingredients together in IP
  2. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  3. Press "Manual" button
  4. Decrease cooking time to 10 minutes
  5. When done, use natural release method for at least 10 minutes
  6. Stir & dig in!

 Hoff Thoughts: Serve with steamed veggies like Cauliflower or Broccoli.

Friday, January 21, 2022

Hoff's Waffles

Yields: 8 waffles
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Rolled Oats
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Apple Sauce
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

Directions:
  1. Using a high speed blender, blend Oats, Cinnamon, Baking Powder & Salt into a flour (about 30 seconds)
  2. Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds
  3. Mix-in Apple Sauce & Water, let stand for 30 minutes
  4. Add more Water if necessary to get a batter consistency
  5. Cook like any other Waffle, but using a non-stick waffle plate/mold, no oil needed

Hoff Thoughts: I prefer to use my Cuisinart Griddler - they now sell waffle plates (just make sure to order the right size for your Griddler model) But I have also used silicon waffle molds, baking in the oven.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Hoff's Plant-based Sour Cream

Hoff's Plant-based Sour Cream

Yields: about 1 cup
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup frozen Cauliflower (steamed)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plain Almond Milk
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
Directions:
  1. Using a high speed blender, blend ingredients until smooth
  2. Place in airtight container in fridge up to 1 week

Friday, January 7, 2022

*Vegan Hamburger Helper

Recipe modified from Well Your World*

*Vegan Hamburger Helper Yields: 3-4 servings
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups dry GF Pasta
  • 15 oz. can diced Tomatoes
  • 1 cup TVP Crumbles
  • 1 cup Hot Water
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain Soy Milk
  •  4 tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 1/3 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Oregano
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder

Directions:
  1. Cook Pasta according to package directions
  2. Meanwhile in another medium-sized pot, over medium-high heat, add & stir remaining ingredients
  3. Bring to a low boil for a few minutes
  4. Reduce to a simmer and allow TVP to re-hydrate until Pasta is cooked
  5. Drain Pasta & stir into "Hamburger Helper" sauce
  6. Enjoy the nostalgia!

Hoff’s Throw Together Soup (IP)

Hoff’s Throw Together Soup (IP)

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

 Ingredients:

  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 16 oz. bag frozen Cauliflower
  • 15 oz can Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 15 oz can diced Potatoes
  • 1 carton Hungry Jack's Premium Hashbrown Potatoes (re-hydrated)
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika 
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

Directions:
  1. Place all ingredients (except Hashbrowns) in Instant Pot
  2. Close & lock lid
  3. Set Pressure Valve to Sealing
  4. Select Manual setting on High Pressure & cook for 6 minutes
  5. Quick release pressure
  6. Using an immersion blender blend soup until smooth
  7. Stir in Hashbrowns & serve with some nice crusty bread