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…

2 Ingredient Spicy Pepper Puree (Vegan)

This is a really simple pepper puree that packs a lot of flavor. With just two ingredients, plus salt and pepper, it's incredibly easy to make, yet boasts plenty of excitement for your tastebuds.

1 jars of roasted red peppers
Several chiles de arbol
salt and pepepr

Add peppers, liquid and all to your blender. Add 3-6 chiles de arbol. I added 6, but only one with the seeds intact. The rest of the chiles I broke open and discarded the seeds.

At least 1 tsp each salt and pepper.

Buzz it up and taste. Add more salt and pepper if desired. I like to refridgerate it for several hours to thicken it up.

It's awesome on sandwiches. It's also good on salad, pasta, beans.

When sandwiches can't include cheese I think that a puree such as this one really fills the void.

It's pictured above with red robin spiced and chpotle lime seasoned lentils and barley and an assortment of fresh veg.

But let your imagination run wild. This stuff is versatile. It would make an awesome gazpacho with some roasted roma tomatoes. And it's a great sauce or drizzle on most anything. Tofu marinade. Pasta topping. The flavor goes for miles.