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…

Crispy Flax Flatbread

This is a modification of a standard flatbread recipe. It includes the addition of ground flax seed and nutritional yeast.

It's then brushed with olive oil and topped with some scrumptious stuff before baking off in a hot oven.

2 cups flour
1/4 cup nutritonal yeast
1/4 cup ground flax seed
2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 tbls olive oil
2/3 cup water

Sliced red onion
Sliced garlic
Cooked vegan sausauge, crumbled
Parsley leaves
Salt and pepper
Olive oil for brushing dough

To make the dough either use a stand mixer or do it my hand in a large bowl. Add all dough ingredients except water. Add water and mix. You want to make a fairly dry, dense dough that still balls together. Add additional water in small increments until dough just barely comes together. Knead for 10 minutes.

Shape into a disk and cover in plastic wrap and rest for 30 minutes.

Dividie dough disk into 6 equal triangles. Dust work surface lightly with flour. Flatten each into 1/8 thick  polygon. It's easiest to just flatten it by hand. Arrange on a lightly greased baking sheet. Brush with oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Cover with toppings.

Bake at 450 F for 15-20 or until dough is crispy and firm.