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…

Vegan Tofu Mayo Recipe

A rich, yet fluffy spread to schmear on bread and sandwiches. Mayo, hummus and cream cheese had an orgi and this is the love child. Full of protein, extra creamy and wildly flavorful. No animal products required.

1/2 block silken firm tofu
1 can chick peas, plus 3 tbls of the can liquid
5 cloves garlic
1 jalapeno
2 tsps spicy mustard
1 tsp hot sauce
1 tsp sriracha
3 tbls olive oil

1/2 tsp crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsps dry dill
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Add all ingredients except dill to food processor. Puree until smooth. Remove to storage container. Stir in dill. Chill at least a few hours to firm up.

Although these measurements worked well for me, it's advisable not to add all your oil and chick pea liquid right from the get go. Add about half of each, puree and then check the consistency and texture. Add more as needed to achieve the right viscosity. Keeping in mind that it will firm up considerably after the mixture has a chance to chill.

If you use less of the chick pea liquid you will need more salt to compensate.

Always taste during the process.