Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hoff's Basic Miso Broth

Hoff's Basic Miso Broth
Serves: 1
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free


  1. Heat Broth anyway you see fit, I opt for 2.5 minutes in the microwave
  2. Dissolve the Miso in the heated Broth
  3. Stir in the Kelp
  4. Sip away while the snow falls...

Hoff Thoughts: Some Miso is gluten-free, others are not.  Check your labels carefully if this is a concern.  I intended this recipe as a sipping broth, but it could be the base for a Miso Soup if you wanted to go all the way. 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Hoff's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Hoff's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Yields: about 2 dozen
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free


  • 2 cups organic Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 2 cups Whole Oats
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Raisins
  • 1 cup pitted Dates
  • 1 cup Apple Sauce
  • 3 tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 3 tbsp. Water
  • 1 tbsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

  1. Mix Chia Seeds & Water and let sit for 5 minutes or until gelled
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Using a Mini Food Processor finely chop Dates
  4. Meanwhile in a medium bowl, whisk together Flour, Oats & Brown Sugar, Baking Soda, Baking Powder, Cinnamon & Salt
  5. In another bowl, mix together Raisins, Dates, Apple Sauce, gelled Chia Seeds & Vanilla
  6. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients
  7. Drop spoonfuls onto a non-stick cookie sheet or parchment paper lined cookie sheet
  8. Bake for 10 minutes, using the back of a spatula flatten each cookie, bake for another 5 minutes

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Doc:The Connection Connection is a documentary that dives into the mind, body, medicine connection. It explores the health benefits that meditation has been documented to have over chronic illness.

The film includes an internationally recognized lineup of scientists, including Dr. Herbert Benson; researchers, including Dr. Dean Ornish; writers, including Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn; and renowned medical doctors, including Dr. Andrew Weil.

The film also features compelling true stories of recovery such as Professor George Jelinek, a Professor of Emergency Medicine who has recovered from multiple sclerosis, and Dr. Ian Gawler who recovered from an aggressive bone cancer.

The Connection is a film that proves we have more influence on our health outcomes than we ever thought possible.

Check out the trailer!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hoff's Pumpkin Pie

Hoff's Pumpkin Pie
Yields: 1 pie
dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free

  • 1 15 oz. can 100% Pure Puree Pumpkin
  • 12 oz. Firm Tofu (low fat)
  • 4 oz. Apple Sauce (that's one of those snack packs)
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 - 9" unbaked Pie Crust

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Combine all ingredients (except the Pie Crust) into a Blender (I use a Vitamix)
  3. Blend until smooth and ingredients are combined (this won't take long)
  4. Pour into Pie Crust and level with spatula or spoon
  5. Bake for 20 minutest at 400 degrees, reduce oven to 350 degrees and bake for another 30 minutes or until inserted knife/toothpick comes out of pie clean

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hoff's Tomato Pumpkin Soup

Hoff's Tomato Pumpkin Soup 
Serves: 4
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 4 cups Veggie Broth
  • 1 14.5 oz can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz can Pumpkin
  • 1 Roasted Red Pepper (jarred)
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder

  1. Place all ingredients in a Vitamix & blend on high for 6 minutes
  2. Serve!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hoff's Fall Harvest Baked Apple

Hoff's Fall Harvest Baked Apple
Serves: 4
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free


  • 4 Apples (cored) (Jonagold, Fuji, or Honeycrisp)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Old-fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 3 tbsp. Raisins/Dried Figs (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp. Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin/Apple Pie Spice
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • Maple Syrup
  • Honey

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Place Water in square baking dish
  3. Add Apples
  4. In a small dish mix Oats, Sugar, Dried Fruit, Spice & Salt together
  5. Stuff each Apple with filling
  6. Drizzle each Apple with Maple Syrup & Honey
  7. Bake apples uncovered 40-45 minutes
  8. Enjoy the harvest of fall!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hoff's Broccoli Mac & No Cheese

Hoff's Broccoli Mac & No Cheese
Yields: 6-8 serving
meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free


  • 12 oz. organic Whole Wheat Pasta
  • 1 head Broccoli (chopped)
Cheese Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 15 oz. can Cannellini Beans (rinsed & drained)
  • 2 cups plain unsweetened Plant Milk
  • 1 Roasted Red Pepper (jar)
  • 3/4 cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar 
  • 2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Paprika

  1. Cook Pasta according to directions; adding Broccoli during last 4 minutes of cooking
  2. Meanwhile put remaining ingredients into Vitamix & blend until smooth
  3. Drain Pasta, return to pot, mix in "Cheese Sauce"
  4. Heat & stir until sauce thickens; about 1 minute
  5. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What's Wrong With Oil?

Oil = 100% Fat
“The fat you eat is the fat you wear” – literally, within 3 hours of ingestion. The body’s preferred energy source are carbohydrates (starches) and therefore will merely store fat as opposed to burning it for energy.  In fact, a mere 2 tbsp. of Olive Oil is 240 calories.  “Because of its extremely high calorie density, adding olive oil to any food or meal will dramatically increase its calorie density.“

Oil Doesn’t Help MS
All oils contain saturated fat.  Additionally, we know know that saturated fat slows down the blood and causes the walls of the blood vessels to thin and become permeable, breaking down the blood brain barrier and opening the door for a potential MS attack.  Keep in mind that Dr. Roy Swank advocated a diet low in saturated fat, a mere 15 grams per day.

Saturated Fat Grams
Saturated Fat %
Coconut Oil
1 tbsp.
12 g
Palm Kernel Oil
1 tbsp.
7 g
Peanut Oil
1 tbsp.
2.3 g
Olive Oil
1 tbsp.
2 g
Sesame Oil
1 tbsp.
1.9 g
Corn Oil
1 tbsp.
1.8 g
Grapeseed Oil
1 tbsp.
1.3 g
Flaxseed Oil
1 tbsp.
1.3 g
Canola Oil
1 tbsp.
1 g

Oil Is Not Heart Healthy
“Yes, foods rich in monounsaturated fats like olive oil may be better than foods full of saturated and trans fats, but just because something is “better” does not mean it is good for you.”  Olive oil actually increases blood clotting as much as animal fat does; thus resulting in a greater chance of heart attack or stroke.  “Vegetable oils impair circulation, resulting in a 20 percent reduction in blood oxygen.”  “These fats also suppress our immune system— we need our immune system functioning at full capacity to fight off infections and cancer.”  Saturated fat increases overall cholesterol levels, specifically LDL or lousy cholesterol.  

Oil is a Processed Food
Olives are fine, but olive oil isn’t?  Yes, because olives are a whole food.  While in order to get olive oil or any other oil for that matter, you need to press out everything that makes a whole food healthy – carbs, protein, fiber, minerals, nutrients, to be left with just oil.

The Mediterranean Diet Study
With any research study, always start with where the money came from.  This study was funded by two olive oil companies and two nut companies.  Is it any wonder that the results suggest eating more oil and nuts?  The heart promoting properties of this diet is actually the result of all the starches (pasta and beans), vegetables and fruits that this population consumes.  “In fact, the Mediterranean diet promotes health in spite of olive oil, not because of it.”  What the media fails to mention is how the subjects of this study faired after the study concluded.  “By the end of the study, nearly four years after its start, fully 25 percent of the subjects on the Mediterranean Diet – one out of four – had either died or experienced some new cardiovascular event.”

But We Need Fat/Oil
Yes, we do need a little essential fat to make tissues, but we can easily get this amount through plants.  The body can make whatever else it needs.  Any extra fat ingested will simply be stored in the body as fat.

“It doesn’t matter what type of fat you eat; saturated animal fat and polyunsaturated vegetable oils all have adverse effects on your heart and health.”

Beating MS!

The Starch Solution by John A. McDougall, MD
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell B. Esselsytn, Jr. MD

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Documentary: What The Health The Health, this doc is another game changer.  Just as Forks Over Knives tapped into the mainstream consciousness, so too is this film. 

From the guys who brought us Cowspiracy, comes in my opinion, a better doc on the reasons to go not only vegan, but plant-based.

This film dives head on into the hush, hush relationship between our government and big business.  If you thought the government had your best interests in mind, think again – you being sick is big business.  If you thought Susan G. Komen, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society were on the side of helping sick people, you’re in for a rude awakening.

The typical big players make an appearance, as well as some new faces.

WHAT THE HEALTH from AUM Films & Media on Vimeo.