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…

Spicy Black Bean Sauce Stir Fry Recipe

The idea was to create a sauce using black beans as a base. I've had Chinese black bean sauce before and it's a little too sweet for my taste. This is a variation on that. Less sweet, more heat. It has an asian feel, but it's not strictly asian. A fairly simple stir fry with a quick and tasty sauce. It's super hot and a little bit sweet.

8 ounces frozen stir fry vegetable mix
1 poblano pepper, sliced small
1 jalapeno pepper, diced
1 serrano pepper, diced
1/2 a habernero pepper, minced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 can black beans, plus the can liquid
2 tbls canola oil
2 tbls low sodium soy sauce
1 tbl hot sauce
1 tbl sriracha
2 tsps onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp celery seed
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

Saute vegetables in oil until the frozen are defrosted. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer until heated through and sauce begins to thicken.