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…

Tomato Bisque Vegan Recipe

Thick, rich and creamy. Packed with protein and veg. Sooo much flavor thanks to all the fresh ingredients.

It simmers a while to coax out all the flavors from each of the components, but it's definitely worth the wait.

You will be generously rewarded with an incredibly decadent feast of flavors.

3 vine tomatoes, chunked
4 large white mushrooms, sliced
3/4 medium yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 poblano pepper, deseeded, sliced
1 jalapeno pepper, deseeded, sliced
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
3 dried shishito peppers, broken, deseeded
2 chile de arbol, broken, deseeded
2 tbls olive oil
3 tsps salt
2 tsps dry rosemary
2 tsps black pepper
2 1/2 cups water

1 vine tomato, chunked
1/2 block silken firm tofu

2 tsps paprika
1 tbl hot sauce
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
2 tbls vegan mayo
1 tbl ap flour

In a large sauce pot or stock pot bring the first set of ingredients to a boil and then lower to a simmer.

Add tofu and single tomato to a blender. When the liquid in the pot has begun to darken, about 20 minutes of simmering add 1/4 cup of it to the blender containing the tofu and tomato and puree until smooth.

Pour puree into your simmering pot.

Stir to combine. Simmer 5 more minutes. Add paprika, hot sauce, yeast. Continue simmering for 15 more minutes. Stirring occasionally.

Stir in mayo. Stir well to fully incorporate. Simmer 5 more minutes.

Whisk in flour. Simmer 5 more minutes.