Thursday, March 16, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hoff's Kraut Soup

Hoff's Kraut Soup
Yields: about 10 cups
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 6 cups Water
  • 3 tbsp. Water
  • 1 cup Sauerkraut Juice (reserved from Kraut)
  • 2 15oz. cans diced Potatoes (rinsed & drained)
  • 1 15oz. can Navy Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 2 cups Sauerkraut
  • 1/2 medium Sweet Onion (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. minced Garlic
  • 1/3 cup Alstertor Dusseldorf Mustard
  • Pepper to taste
  • Sea Salt to taste

  1. Using a Blender - blend 1 can of Potatoes & 3 tbsp. Water until you get something resembling mashed potatoes (creamy, but lumpy), set aside
  2. In a large stock pot over medium-high heat, sautee Onions until browned
  3. Add Garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds to prevent burning
  4. Pour in Water & Kraut Juice
  5. Add diced Potatoes, blended Potatoes, Beans, Kraut & Mustard
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes
  7. Season with Salt & Pepper

Hoff Thoughts: You should be able to get about a cup of Kraut Water from a 32 oz. container of Kraut, if not, just substitute with Water to get to 7 cups of liquid total.  I have found Alstertor Dusseldorf Mustard at Giant Eagle and World Market.  Just use your favorite Mustard if this one eludes you, but you can't get any more German than Dusseldorf!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Legal Snacks

We all have the urge to snack from time to time. There’s nothing wrong with snacking, just make sure to keep it legal.  No matter what type of snack you’re craving, here’s some healthy, legal ideas.

Crunchy Snacks
  • Apples
  • Frozen Grapes
  • Rice Cakes (oil-free)
  • Air-popped Popcorn
  • Pretzels (oil-free)
  • Baby Carrots
  • Veggie Crudités w/ Dip (Hummus, Vinaigrette, Oil-free Dressing)
  • Celery with Nut Butter
  • Hummus with Whole Grain Toast, Baby Carrots or Rice Crackers
  • Nuts (avoid if trying to lose weight)

Sweet Snacks
  • Fresh Whole Fruit
  • Apples & Almond Butter
  • Whole Wheat/Gluten-free Bread with Fruit Preserve
  • Dried Fruit (limit if trying to lose weight)
  • Grains to make sweet porridge: drizzle maple syrup and sprinkle cinnamon, add almond/coconut milk or fruit juice and fresh fruit
  • Fruit Smoothies
  • Banana “Ice Cream”
  • Dark Chocolate Chips (vegan)

Salty Snacks
  • Olives
  • Pickles
  • Pickled Vegetables (Carrots, Daikon, Beets and Lotus Root)
  • Steamed Vegetables with Tamari or Braggs Liquid Aminos (soy sauce alternative)
  • Tortilla Chips (oil-free) with Salsa or Guacamole
  • Hummus (oil-free)
  • Sauerkraut
  • Salted Edamame

Creamy Snacks
  • Fruit Smoothies
  • Avocados (avoid if trying to lose weight)
  • Rice Pudding
  • Dips and Spreads, like Hummus and Baba Ghanoush
  • Puréed Soups
  • Puddings made with Silken Tofu, Avocado or Mashed Banana
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Chocolate Almond Milk

Beating MS!