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…

Kale and Red Cabbage Slaw with Potato Dressing

This is a new take on traditional cole slaw. It uses mashed potatoes in place of mayo and kale and red cabbage as the base. It's very different from your usual slaw, but it's tasty, crunchy and delicious.

Best of all, it's quite easy to prepare.
Ingredients
3 cups chopped fresh kale
2 cups chopped fresh red cabbage
1 packet idahoan garlic mashed potatoes
1/2 cup sliced scallions
1 jalapeno including ribs
1 can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 tsps crushed red pepper flakes

In a storage bowl or container toss together kale, cabbage and beans. Set aside.

To prepare mashed potatoes use 3 cups of water instead of the 2 called for on the pouch. Add water to medium sized pot, add scallions and jalapeno ribs. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Carefully stir in the potato powder from the packet until fully incorporated and you have a soupy potato mix. Stir in red pepper flakes and jalapeno flesh. Let the mixture cool for 15 minutes. Remove jalapeno ribs.

Potatoes will still be warm, but not hot. Add potato mix to previously prepared bowl of kale, cabbage and beans. Gently stir to coat everything in the potato mix. Chill more if desired or serve slightly warm.