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…

Savory Garlic Dill Saute

1/2 pint white mushrooms, sliced
1/3 lb baby carrots, julienned
1/4 small red onion, sliced into thin rings
1 medium poblano pepper, cut into thin, short strips
1 jalapeno, cut into thin strips
1 serrano, cut into thin strips
3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
2 inches ginger, grated or minced
1 can garbanzo beans, plus half the can brine
1/2 cup white wine
1 tbl soy sauce
1 tsp sriracha
1 tbl olive oil
1 tbl prepared vegan roux

1 large handful fresh basil chiffonade
2 tsps salt and black pepper
1 tsp dill

In a large, high sides frying pan saute the carrots, mushrooms, poblano and onion in the oil and season with salt and pepper. Saute until tender. Add jalapeno, serrano, ginger, garlic. Saute 3 more minutes.

Add wine. Let it simmer to reduce for 5 minutes. Add soy sauce, sriracha, garbanzos and brine. Continue simmering 5 more minutes.

Add basil, dill and roux. Simmer and stir to melt the roux and until sauce is thickened slightly. It will thicken more after cooling a few minutes.

Serve with rice, toasted nuts and additional basil chiffonade.