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…

Low Salt Garlic Mashed Potatoes

So I made my 'smashed potatoes' steeped in onion broth. I was really pleased with the results. I first made the broth using onion skins, garlic skins and scallion ends. Added a pinch of salt. Simmered in 1 cup water for 15 minutes.

Strained, reserving the liquid to add back to the pot.

Added peeled and diced russet potatoes. And boiled them for 15 minutes more.

You can fry the leftover peels for a crisp granish. You can also toss them with olive oil, salt and vinegar and bake them for a different method of crunchy potato skins.

Removed potatoes to a large stainless steel bowl with a slotted spoon. Allowing some of the cooking liquid to remain. Reserved the rest in case it was needed.

Gently mashed with a fork. Very gently and lightly. Aas too much mashing makes potatoes gluey and sticky.

Added 4 bls butter, 2 tbls nutritional yeast, 2 tbls jarred minced garlic in water and their liquid, some garlic powder and a little thyme. 6 stalks fresh scallions sliced. Fresh ground pepper, a little more salt to taste. Aweseome mashed taters without too much salt or fat.

If you have cauliflower or parsnips subistituing those for half your potatoes would be really spectacular.