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.

Ingredients
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…

It Tastes Like Chicken Salad (Vegan)

Another new taste sensation... Today I tried for the very first time Smart Strips Chick'n. I was very skeptical. Was never a big fan of chicken to begin with.

As per the package directions, I added a little olive oil to a small fry pan and let it get hot. When the oil was hot I added the smart strips. It sizzled and seared. One packet just slightly overfilled a small pan.

I let it brown and stirred. Trying my darndest to brown it thoroughly. I cooked it for about 5 minutes total. Then dished it into a heat safe storage container.

Tasted a couple chick'n strips fresh from the pan totally plain. Was again astonished to discover just how much it tasted like the real deal. I apologize for saying this, but it did in fact, taste like chicken. Actually it was better than real chicken. No ew or ick. More tender. Better texture. It's a little bit salty. I like salty, but even I noticed it. Maybe that's necessary. It wasn't so salty that it was bad, but it's the first time I've noticed a saltiness to the lightlife brand products. Perhaps that's just the nature of a flavor as simple as chicken.

I let my chick'n cool a few minutes and then added a heap of strips to a tossed salad with balsamic vinegar and black pepper as dressing. I usually add salt to my salad, but didn't this time given the saltiness of the chick'n strips.

The package says it has 2 servings, but I would say it's more like 4. It doesn't really take a lot of soy protein to fill you up if you pair it with some vegetables and starch.

The meatless chicken was perfect in my salad. Really a great combo. So obviously it must taste pretty good if I'm happy to eat it in something as simple as a salad. There's no place for it to hide in there.