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 Potato Cheese Slices (No Kidding)

I was trying to come up with a way to add faux cheese slices to my lightlife vegan bologna sandwiches. This will probably sound ridiculous to anyone who isn't vegan, but it really does mimic the texture and flavor of an unmelted slice of  american cheese.

Waxy red potatoes are essential. Other potatoes would go too soft and crumbly.

I've always thought that turmeric not only has the color of cheese, but it also has a similar flavor. I combined that with salt and paprika to create my vegan potato cheese slices. The oil adds that essential fatty element to really seal the deal.

2 red potatoes, sliced thinly
olive oil
turmeric and paprika
1 tsp salt

Slice the potatoes into thin circles. Brush each slice with oil on both sides. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet lubed with cooking spray. Season with salt. Sprinkle lightly with turmeric and paprika. Brush each slice to evenly coat with the spices.

Broil on high on the third rack from the top for 10 minutes or until nicely darkened. Turn off broiler. Leave potatoes in the oven for 10 more minutes.

I did not turn the potatoes to brown the other side. I felt the texture would be creamier that way.