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 Stroganoff Recipe

Not sure what inspired me to create a stroganoff like pasta sauce. I guess I just wanted something different from my usual fare. I have a penchant for italian, mexican and thai flavors. But sometimes something totally different is exactly what you're craving.

I remember liking beef stroganoff as a kid. Or rather, that hamburger helper version that my mother used to make. Hardly authentic, but it was pretty tasty to my teenage palate.

Here, I was going for a creamy, mushroomy sauce with that great depth you would get from beef stock and/or beef, but obviously without actually using anything beef or beef derived.

The resultant creation was thick, rich, super tasty and heartily satisfying.

1 pint white mushrooms, sliced
1/2 a medium yellow onion, diced
1 poblano pepper, diced
6 cloves garlic, sliced
1 anaheim peppper, minced
1 jalapeno pepper, minced

1 can coconut milk
1 can black beans/can brine
1/4 cup red wine
1/4 cup dill pickle brine
1 tbl spicy mustard
1 tbl capers
2 tbls olive oil
1 tbl ap flour

2 tps paprika
1 tsp dry savory
1 tsp dry parsley, use a few handfuls fresh parsley if you have it
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsps black pepper

8 ounces dry pasta, cooked

In a very large/high sides skillet cook pasta in heavily salted water until al dente. Set aside. Discard pasta water. Use same pan to cook the sauce. Starches left over from cooking the pasta will help thicken it and season it.

Cook down first set of ingredients in the oil. When mushrooms are nicely browned deglaze with the wine. Cook off wine for 5 minutes. Add beans/brine, pickle brine and mustard. Cook 5 more minutes. Add coconut milk, spices. Keep at a steady simmer until sauce begins to thicken up a bit. Sprinkle in flour. Stir to evenly distribute. Cook 2 more minutes. Turn off heat and let rest several minutes.