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…

Vegan Southwestern Beans in Dark Sauce Recipe

This one pot wonder yields tender beans and vegetables in a rich, dark sauce. It's spicy, sweet and unctous.

The combination of oregano and paprika has an earthy smokiness that's unique and delicious.

It's very easy. You just chuck everything into an extra large skillet and let it go until the veg is tender and the sauce is thickened.

1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1 lime, zest and juice
1/4 cup scallions, sliced on the bias
1 jalapeno, sliced on the bias into rings
1 serrano, diced
1 habernero, diced
5 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 can black beans and the liquid
1 can chick peas and the liquid
2 tbls olive oil
1/4 cup water
1 tbl soy sauce
2 tbls sriracha
1 tbl spicy mustard

2 1/2 tsps oregano
1 1/2 tsps paprika
1 tsp black pepper