Spicy Barbecue Tofu

Tofu tends to get a bad rap. If it's not prepared properly it can feel like eating an old sponge and taste of absolutely nothing. On the other hand, when treated well, tofu can be a scrumptious treat for the senses as well as powerful nourishment for the body.

I first fell in love with tofu through my local Chinese takeout. They have deep fried tofu with sauteed vegetables. Deep fried tofu has the perfect chewy exterior and pillowy soft center. It tastes of all the vegetables, oil and soy sauce from the wok.

I've experimented with cooking tofu at home. I don't really deep fry. But there are other great ways to prepare tofu as a main protein. I like to broil it. I use a classic meat eaters method to give it flavor. I brush it with a glaze before and mid cooking. It works brilliantly both in terms of flavor and texture.

It's totally vegan.

1 package extra firm tofu
4 tbls olive oil
2 tbls hot sauce
2 tbls sriracha
1 tbl apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp…

Vegetarian Pinto Bean Panini

This a toasted roll sandwich that is sure to hit the spot when you want something warm and hearty. It's vegetarian as it uses cheddar cheese, but could easily be made vegan with vegan cheese or remove the cheese and replace with nutritional yeast.

Rather than using a panini press I used a frying pan. I split the keiser roll in half and put the bottom into the pan and covered with the cheese first and then the beans. Cover with a lid and lightly toast on low heat.

Once bottom is crisp and cheese partially melted (about 2-3 minutes) add pickles and the top of roll then carefully flip, cover again with lid and lightly toast the other side. Once bread is toasty and cheese is melted immediately remove from pan. Slice in half and savor the warm gooey goodness.

Beans make a great sandwich. With or without cheese. Bean sandwiches are one of my favorite meals. They are easy to make. They taste great. Are very nutritious and they keep me full for hours.

Careful when toasting. Under toasted is better than over toasted. When making a bean sandwich, it's best to leave about a 1/4 inch margin around the edges. Beans tend to fall out much less this way.

Beans sandwiches taste best when you add the sandwich toppings that you love most. Onions, relish, artichokes, mexicorn, avocado. Whatever you love on sandwiches is what you should use to top your bean sandwich. Experminent with various flavor combinations. I can tell you what flavor I love and how to make my ideal sandwich, but you must discover your perfect combo for yourself.