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…


An interesting thing happened to me after a while of not eating meat. Other foods began to taste incredible. So much better than they ever had before. Potatoes, peanut butter, cheese, salad dressing. You name it. Everything I put in my mouth began to taste like heaven.

In some ways this can be bad. I mean, it's hard to eat regularly when your mouth is having multiple orgasms.

I don't know if anyone else has ever had a similar experience. Would be interested to find out. It's probably just because there are too many chemicals in meat, more than meat itself is bad.

Or maybe eating lots of vegetables has some strange effect on the brain. Who knows. Not I.

Does anyone do studies regarding this? The pleasure principles of food for veggies vs. omnivores. Sound like something that ought to be explored.

Food is a curious thing to begin with. There's the one aspect, where we have to eat to live. But how many of us actually do that. Potato chips, french fries and cheeseburgers aren't exactly essential to marinating life. If we only ate to live we'd probably mostly consume barley, carrots and flounder. Or some other tasteless, low calorie regimen.

But food is about so much more than simple survival. Who exactly is interested in just surviving anyway. We all want much more than that.

Good food is not dissimilar to orgasm. Pleasure centers in the brain are triggered. We are contented

From an evolutionary standpoint it's true that people are supposed to eat meat. We have the fangs to prove it. But the meat we're eating isn't exactly the stuff evolution had in mind. It's pretty cruel to the animals and equally as cruel to our bodies.

I can't decide whether to be grateful or annoyed by how good food now tastes to me. And no one believes me when I try to explain how utterly delicious one of my vegetarian sandwiches can be. But it's true. I've had countless turkey subs and cheese steaks and hamburgers. And I have quite enjoyed them. But honest to goodness I love the beans, cheese, hummus and onion ones way more.