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…

Thai Three Bean Salad Vegan Recipe

This is a play on classic three bean salad. I made a Thai flavored dressing and added some tomatoes for that acidic pop. The dressing is rich and lightly spicy. It coats all the fresh ingredients in its mellow deliciousness.

It's simple to make. No cooking. Just cutting, whisking and microwaving.

1 tbl spicy mustard
1/4 cup garbanzo bean can brine
1 tsp Thai red curry paste
2 tbls hot sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

Bean Salad
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 can black beans, rinsed
1/2 cup frozen green peas
3 vine tomatoes, chunked
1 jalapeno, deseeded and diced
1 serrano, deseeded and diced
1/4 medium yellow onion, diced
1 cup steam in the bag frozem broccoli, cooked

Whisk together the dressing ingredients, minus the oil, in a medium mixing bowl. Slowly drizzle in the oil while continuing to whisk until you have a nicely emulsified dressing.

Add remaining ingredients to the bow with the dressing in the bottom. Toss gently to coat. Allow to rest at least a few hours in the fridge so that the tomatoes can release their juices and to defrost the peas. Toss again before serving. An overnight rest is even better.