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…

Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Pasta Recipe

A simple pasta treatment that's full of flavor. You can't go wrong with a generous dose of olive oil, garlic and roasted peppers.

All that oil holds onto all those other flavors and envelopes the pasta in them. The roasted peppers add a smokey flavor.

The secret to this dish is to just barely cook the pasta. That way when you saute it in the veggie flavored oil it's still thirsty enough to absorb all the goodness.

1 red bell pepper, diced
1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/2 cup white onion, sliced
1/2 cup fresh basil, sliced thinly

1/2 cup olive oil

8 ounces macaroni

2 tsps salt
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper

Roast the bell pepper and the jalapeno over an open flame until the skin blackens.

Cook macaroni to just less than al dente. Drain. Set aside.

Saute all veg and seasonings in oil until just tender. Abotu 5 minutes. Stir in cooked macaroni. Saute a few more minutes, stirring often, until pasta is coated in the oil and veg is soft. Add a little more oil if needed to ensure pasta nicely lubed.