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…

Creamy Tofu Pesto

Since I was totally in love with the cilantro aioli that I had made previously, I decided to try a tofu pesto.

Instead of nuts I went with a toasted whole wheat bread for the nutty aspect and used a little nooch for a bit of cheesy essence.

It turned out with a creamy texture and a very clean flavor. With just a handful of ingredients, each one was really able to shine. The tofu simply provided that creamy mouth feel and filling protein. It's totally vegan.

Ingredients
6 ounces silken firm tofu
2 bunches fresh basil, leaves only
1/4 cup white wine
3 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno pepper
1 small piece whole wheat toast
2 tsps nutritional yeast
2 tbls vegetable shortening
1 tbl olive oil
2 tsps each, salt and pepper

I cooked half the basil and all the garlic and wine in a small pot with the shortening still on a metal spoon. After a few minutes, as the pot heated and the shortening softened I stirred the basil and garlic to coat it in the fat. Just barely wilting the basil. The other bunch of basil I used raw.

It's important to toast the wheat bread to bring out that nutty quality.

Add all ingredients to food processor and puree until smooth.

Mix into warm linguine.