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…

India Meets the Southwest Chick Peas in Gravy

Ends and skin from one large red onion
1/4 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup vodka
1 tbl olive oil
2 cups water
1 tsp salt

1 poblano pepper, diced
1/4 cup carrots, diced
3 quarter inch thick slices from a large sweet onion
1 jalapeno pepper, sliced into rounds
1/2 a serrano pepper, sliced into rounds
5 cloves garlic, smashed
2 chipotles and 2 tsps of the adobo sauce
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/2 cup beer

2 green tea bags
2 tsps cumin
2 tsps turmeric
2 tsps paprika
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 bay leaves
3 pieces allspice

1 can chick peas, thoroughly rinsed
3 tbls cold butter

In a large sauce pot, uncovered, bring the first set of ingredients to a boil and then simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes.

Discard onion skins and ends. Add the second set of ingredients to the pot. Simmer 5 more minutes. Add the third set. Continue simmering over medium heat 5 more minutes. Remove tea bags. Add garbanzoes. Continue simmering until sauce is reduced by half.

Turn off heat. Remove bay leaves. Add butter. Stir to combine. Let sit 3 more minutes before serving.