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…

Red Red Wine Beans and Rice

Red onions and red wine are natural companions. Mushrooms also love red wine. This is a fancified version of classic red beans and rice using those complementary pairings as the inspiration.

8 ounces sliced white mushrooms
2 cups sliced celery
1 poblano pepper, diced
1 tbls each minced jalapeno, serrano, habernero peppers
3 cloves garlic, minced
Handful fresh basil, minced
1 cup dry white rice
1 can red beans

1 cup red onion broth, see below
1 1/2 cups water
1 lime, zest and juice

2 tsps dry basil
2 tsps dry thyme

Red Onion Broth
Skins and ends from 2 medium red onions
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 cups water
1/2 cup red wine
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

Bring all onion broth ingredients to a boil and then simmer uncovered until liquid is reduced by half and the broth is rich and deep. Strain to remove onion pieces.

Add to your strained onion broth, mushrooms, celery, garlic, peppers. Simmer uncovered for 7 minutes. Add rice, water, spices. Cover and simmer until rice is almost tender. Add lime zest and juice and fresh basil. Simmer 2 more minutes.