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…

Boxed Mac and Cheese with Guac

I was in the mood for some mac and cheese. I haven't had any in a really long time. I had a couple boxes of the Aldi brand box style in the cabinet. So I set about preparing one of those.

After the macaroni is cooked I usually add 1 tbl of butter, a 1/4 cup of almond milk and a 1/4 cup of water to the cheese packet powder to make the sauce. I didn't want to use butter today and I happened to have some homemade guacamole. So I thought to myself, avocado is fatty like butter, what if I try that.

I used two small spoonfuls of the guac because that was all that was left and a 1/4 cup of almond milk, but no water was necessary. It created a velvety smooth cheese sauce that was much better than any I'd ever made before with a boxed product. It was really good. I also threw in some crushed red pepper flakes for a tiny kick of heat. Best boxed mac and cheese I've ever had. And it was still a beautiful bright yellow/orange cheese sauce. It didn't turn it a weird color at all.

The guac was really simple. Just one avocado, 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 jalapeno, 1 garlic clove in the chopper attachment for the blender until smooth. Remove to storage container. Season with 2 tsp salt, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander. Stir to combine. Let chill a while.