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…

Vegan Burgers Done Right

I've already eaten and written about the original flavor lightlife veggie burgers. Now I've also tried their veggie veggie burger. A totally different experience taste-wise. Their original burgers really strive for and for my money achieve a literal hamburger substitute. But one look at the veggie flavor tells you it will be a different kinda burger.

Personally I really like vegetable style veggie burgers. No, they don't remind you of or recall any flavors of meat, maybe that's exactly why I like them. Meat isn't so very great.

Lightlife's veggie burger has a lot of great things going for it. Big pieces of vegetables like carrot, corn and peppers. Whole flax seeds. That really impressed me. The chunks of veg added flavor, texture and crunch. The flax seeds were the perfect addition that many veggie burgers lack. They seemed to complement and enhance all the other flavors that were going on in there.

I cooked mine in a hot non-stick frying pan. Didn't add any oil. Seared each side pretty thoroughly. The first one I had hot with some cheese. I have a cheese weakness that I really need to overcome. But as much as I love cheese I don't think it was the right choice in this case. This burger is more delicate and the cheese kinda overtook it. It was really good, but I just felt I had cheated myself on tasting the wonderful flavors of the patty.

The second one (which I had cooked the day before and stored in the fridge) I had cold without cheese. Just plain on some wheat bread with a few slices of dill pickle. This time I really got to taste the veggie burger. The flax seeds really made the burger. Without them it might've just been another ordinary vegetarian patty. They just added this rich dimension to the combination. The big chunks of vegetables also really shined much better less dressed up. A thoroughly delicious true veggie burger that you should know is also 100% vegan.

Don't waste your money on those frozen and bland veggie patties. Try a Lightlife burger and discover how good vegan food is meant to taste.