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…

Black Bean and Corn Chowder in Vegan Brown Gravy

I had the idea to use the starchy, salty liquid from the can of black beans as a foundation for dark sauce. I was going for something thick, salty and rich resembling a traditional beef gravy minus the dead cow.

The trick to thickening it up is to add a slice of toasted bread. You store the finished product in the fridge with the slice of bread for at least a few hours and the sauce turns into a nice, viscous gravy.

You can use this technique whenever you want to take a thin sauce and tighten it up a bit.

The main is a simple black bean and corn chowder spiced with peppers and onions.

1 poblano, diced
1 can yellow corn with liquid
1 can black beans, plus 1/2 the liquid
1 cup diced potatoes
1  jalapeno, sliced
1 serrano, sliced
1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup scallions, sliced
5 clove garlic, sliced
1/2 inch ginger, grated
1 lime, zest and juice

2 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup vodka
1/4 cup beer
1 tbl olive oil

2 tsps dill
2 tsps savory
1 tsps paprika
1 tsp cayenne
2 tsps salt
2 tsp black pepper