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…

Easy Curry

Here's an easy way to make a simple vegetarian curry. I buy those cans of Hormel vegetarian chili when they're one sale. Unfortunately they're not very tasty. They're kinda bland. But they do feature tomatoes, beans, soy protein and a little bit of chile pepper. So They can easily be turned into a curry without much effort.

1 can Hormel vegetarian chili
3/4 cup dry rice
curry powder
1 cup frozen cauliflower or broccoli
5 cloves garlic
almond milk
leftover asparagus ends
hot sauce
1/4 cup monteray jack or cheddar cheese diced or shredded
bottled balsmaic vinaigrette
black beans
cumin, coriander, cilantro, paprika and fresh ground black pepper

First prepare some rice. 3/4 cup dry should do. Bring it to a boil with 2/3 water for dry rice. When it has come to a boil, lower the heat, add 1 tbl of your favorite curry powder and the aspargus ends.

When I buy asparagus I snap off the hard ends and quickly saute the spears. I reserve the ends for later. I slice them down, discarding anything to fibrous and add the rest to simmering rice.

Let the pot simmer until most of the water if absorbed. Taste the rice and if not tender add additional water in 1/4 cup increments. Cook the rice until it is nearly done. not all the way.

Then add your can of chili, almond milk, cheese and your garlic. Lightly smash the garlic before sliceing it thin. Let the gralic sit at least 5 mintues to enhance the flavor. Also add your hot sauce. Depending on how hot your hot sauce is add just a dab or to your taste. Keeping in mind you can add more later, but you can't take out what's already in there.

Continue cooking uncovered, stirring often until the cheese has melted an the sauce has thickened. to a syrupy consistency.

Taste. Add spices as desired. Plenty of paprika. Let cook 1 minute more. Taste and add additional spices if desired.

Garnish with rinsed black beans and a drizzle of balsamtic vinaigrette.

Enjoy a creamy, spicy vegetarian curry you never knew could come from a can.

This stuff is also insanely awesome with a dallop of spicy or garlic hummus.

I enjoy mine ontop of a a romaine lettuce salad with steamed broccoli and some roasted potatoes.