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…

Ramen with Chick Peas and Broccoli (Vegan)

You can't beat ramen noodles priced at 5 for $1 at Shoprite. The blue, oriental flavor package is animal free as per their website. It's great just as it is. But is even better when you add a thing or two.

The thing to understand about ramen is that though it's sold and marketted as a soup, it's so much more than that. It's an inexpensive and easy to make asian noodle dish. Don't tell the other asian noodle makers who charge 2 or 3 times the price.

The trick is to ignore the package directions. For the best ramen possible do this instead...

1 packet oriental flavor ramen noodles
1/4 cup frozen broccoli
1/4 cup canned, rinsed chick peas

Fill a small sauce pan half way with cool water. Add ramen flavor packet. Set to high heat on a small burner. Break noodle brick into a few small chunks. Add to pot. Bring to a boil.

Once it has come to a boil, lower heat a little and simmer for 2 minutes. Add chick peas. Simmer 1 minute more. Add broccoli. Do not stir in. Leave on top. Simmer 1 minute longer or just until broccoli is defrosted and warmed through.

Strain noodles, chick peas and broccoli out of liquid into a bowl. I use a fork. The curliness and length of ramen make it pretty easy to strain with just a fork. The small size of the pan also aid in this processs. It's quicker and less clean up, but you can use a sieve. Save only a tsp of the liquid and pour that ontop of your noodle mix. The last little bit of liquid is where all the flavor and spices will be hiding.

An easy, tasty and cheap vegan meal.