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…

Runner's High

In April I took up running. I had never run before except for the mile way back in high school gym class. I had always been a cyclist or walker. It always seemed like running was for serious althletes and I was just the casual kind.

I was 43 years old when I first took up this new hobby of running. Had I known how great it could be, I would've done it years ago.

It was terrible at first. No lies. It was hard. Everything hurt. I could hardly go any distance without resting. But at some point I breached some magical threshold and it became a spectacular experience.

I credit my vegetarian/mostly vegan diet for how well it's gone.

For me, the runner's high is very real. I actually get stoned. My head goes numb. I feel invincible. I'm flying instead of running. There are wings on my feet.

Depending on the temps and how rested I am, it might last for 10 minutes or it might go on that way for more than an hour.

Today, it was 80 F and I had rested for 3 days at work. I had made sure to load up on carbs. The first 3 miles were not easy. They rarely ever are. But once I crossed that imaginary line, it was glorious. I ran for a good hour just as high as high can be. No actual drugs were involved.

It got to the point that I was so stoned I had to stop. Not from being tired, but just because my brain was drowning in dopamine. I paused for a few minutes. Had some water. Then went on for another few miles.

I truly beleive ridding my body of animal products is directly responsible for the wildly positive results I've gotten.

The foods we've been conditioned to eat are poisoning us. But ultimately, the choice is ours.