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 Meatballs

I took some time to make some vegan meatballs the other day. Black beans and rolled oats combine to form a very satiating protein. They're cute to look at too.

1 can black beans, drained
1-2 cups Uncooked rolled oats
1 tbl olive oil
1 tbl vegan mayo
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
zest and juice from 1 lime
1 tbl nutritional yeast
2 tsps sriracha
2 tsps spicy mustard
3 cloves garlic
1/2 inch fresh ginger
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

Puree all ingredients in a food processor until a thick mixture is formed. Add oats in small batches until the consistency is right. It should be slightly moist, but mostly firm. Easy to mold into balls.

Do not shape right away. Allow to chill in the fridge  for at least 1 hour.

Then roll into 3 inch balls. Arrange evenly on a greased baking sheet. Set aside again... this time in the freezer.

Preheat oven to 450 F.

Bake until crusty on the outside. About 15-20 minutes. They'll still be tender inside. Let rest 15 minutes after removing from oven. This step is important so they can firm up some inside.