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…

Vegetarian Staple Foods

People on the Internet often solicit advice on what to eat and what to buy to maintain a vegetarian diet. It's really quite simple. And much less expensive than a typical omnivore diet.

Beans. Beans. And still more beans. Beans are a Major source of vegetarian protein. They are super cheap. Come in a rainbow of varieties. And are easy to use. Canned beans offer extreme convenience and still have a very small price tag. About 99 cents a can. Each can contains 3-5 servings. Dried beans are cheaper yet, but require long cooking times. So what you save at the supermarket you may spend on gas or electric. Lentils are the exception. They cook in about 20 minutes and are packed with protein and iron.

Leafy greens. There plant tops are tasty and nutritional supreme. Spinach, kale, collards, mustard Greens, turnip greens, watercress. They are all great. They can be purchased in store brand frozen in most any locale. About $1-$2 for a 16 ounce bag. They has calcium, iron, vitamin k, vitamin a and vitamin c.

Wheat bread. Switching out your white for wheat will go a long way. The whole grains will fill you up and keep you full longer. Combing whole grains and beans is a vegetarian way to create a complete protein. Complete proteins, usually derived from animal flesh, contain all essential amino acids. A combo of grains and beans can achieve the same result.

Faux meat. Some look down on meatless meat as bad for you processed food. But a little bit can go a long way. The occasional soy burger or chick'n strip provides variety and tastes you may be craving.

Flavored rice/couscous. There are many non-veg flavored rices/couscous. So one has to be diligent in inspecting ingredients lists. But the ease and convenience of this product is not to be overlooked. Quick and easy is always good. Lots of interesting flavors to be had.

Snacks. Don't forget snacks. If you try to abandon junk food altogether you're pretty much doomed to fail. Plain potato chips are a great veg/vegan snack food. They have some nice fat, some tasty salt and a very healthy benefits as well. Vitamin E, Iron, Vitamin C.

Nuts and edamamme are also great. Edamamme is much lower in fat and much higher in protein. Soy beans boast all essential amino's, a fair amount of iron and wasabi flavored roasted edamamme is really good. Sea salted dry roasted almonds also high up on the delicious list.

You're just wasting your time eating meat. It's disgusting. It's bad for you. It's making you fat. And it costs a lot more.