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…

White Girl Vegetarian (or Vegan) Curry

Here is an image of my vegetarian curry on a bed of romaine lettuce and topped with a scoop of hummus.

This curry is inspired by the Kitchen's of India pouches, but is made using Hormel vegetarian chili in a can as a base.

That stuff's kinda bland on its own, but makes an awesome starting point for some pretty good curry.

I start with white rice. Cook it as usual in water. Half the reccomend dosage of water,  but I like to add a tbl of curry powder to the rice cooking water. A couple of teabags, a tsp of butter and a tsp of salt.

After the rice has cooked for about 10 minutes, I add one small diced russet potato. Skin on,  cut into about 1/4 inch cubes and 1/2 cup dry white wine. At this point also remove the teabags and discard.

Check the rice often and add additional water as needed.

When the rice is nearly done (about 17 minutes) I add the can of chili, a can of rinsed chick peas, 2 tbls pickle juice, 7 cloves fresh minced garlic, 1 finely diced, seeded, deribbed jalapeno, 1/4 teaspoon fiery hot sauce, 1 tsp ground ginger, and 1-2 tbls more curry powder, depending on my mood.

Continue cooking until the rice is tender and everything is warmed through, about 2-3 more minutes.

You can eat this hot straight off the stove. I suggest letting it sit in the fridge at least a few hours to allow the flavors a chance to do their thing.

Cool completely before serving over crisp lettuce and garnishing with your favorite flavor of spicy, creamy hummus.

This could be totally vegan if you just swap the butter for oil or vegan margarine. You could also half the fat if desired. Just don't omit the fat altogether. Fat is a flavor magnet. Even using a little bit makes a big difference in taste.