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…

Yay Lays

Hooray for Lays! Their salt and vinegar flavor chips no longer contain milk. Very nice.

Way to go lays. Working that vegan mojo.

Now if only rice a roni would jump on the freight train. Does fried rice flavor really require milk? I think not.

It's nice their spanish rice flavor is milk, animal and egg free, but I am certain they can do better. I'm confident flavors other than spanish rice can successfully be made without dairy products.

Evenso, I really like the rice a roni brand because they do offer several vegetarian flavors. And that is much appreciated.

Many of the international foods I encounter are vegan. There's just a conspiracy going on here in the US. Milk is in all kinda foods it really doesn't belong in. The dairy industry has no business in my rice.

This is also a nice reminder that ingredients and recipes change. Foods which once were vegan or vegetarian can suddenly change and not be. And vice versa foods that once were unacceptable can alter themselves and become good. Always read package labels, visit websites and if neccessary contact manufactuers be certain what's in your food.