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…

Cucumber and Apple Salad

This dish just came to me out of the blue. I had a cucumber craving and this was the result.

The textures are great. The crunchy apple and cucumber. The rich vinaigrette. The juxtaposition of sweet and savory. It's summer on a plate.

Dressing
zest and juice from 1 lime
2 tbls olive oil
2 tsps spicy brown mustard
2 tsps diet citrus flavored green iced tea
1 tbl Louisiana hot sauce
2 tsps salt
2 tsps dried dill, if you use fresh dill double the amount
1 tsp black pepper

Whisk together the dressing components in a bowl large enough to accommodate the salad ingredients as well.

Salad
1 large cucumber, about 3 cups, diced
1 large granny smith apple, about 1 cup, diced
3 small shallots, about 1/2 a cup, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced

Add the apple to the dressing as you dice it to keep it from turning brown. Add the other ingredients. Toss or stir to coat in the dressing and evenly mix the ingredients.

It's great immediately and even better after a few hours in the fridge.

I made it into a sandwich too!