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…

Revised * Vegan Mac and Cheese

There are a lot of vegan mac and cheese recipes all over the internet. What makes this one a little different is the use of silken tofu. I think it creates the ideal cheese sauce texture and viscosity.

Since tofu has no fat and real cheese has fat I used some olive oil to add the richness you'd expect.

White mushrooms add the umami factor to bring it all together. Some chick peas and their aquafaba complete the creaminess profile.

Cheese Sauce
1 12 ounce container silken firm tofu, drained
2/3 cup nutritional yeast flakes
1/2 pint button mushrooms *** see revision notes below
1 tbl spicy mustard
1/3 cup chick peas + 2 tbls aquafaba
1/3 cup almond milk
3 cloves garlic
3 tbls olive oil
2 tsps turmeric
2 tsps paprika
3 tsps garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cayenne powder
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
3 tsps salt
2 tsps black pepper

This makes enough sauce for an entire box of elbow macaroni.

It's surprisingly easy to make. The list of ingredients migth seem kinda long, but most of them, if not all,  you probably already have on hand. Buzz up all the components in a food processor until smooth and creamy.

Pour sauce over cooked and drained macaroni. Retain a few tablespoons of the pasta water in the mix to starch things up a bit.

At this point you can simply serve it in a bowl and add your garnishes.

*** This version looks great and tastes great, however if you're not going to eat it all in one sitting the mushroom will turn it brown. Still tastes awesome, but not as pretty. If you need the color to last try cooked yellow corn or canned corn in place of the mushrooms.