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.

Ingredients
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…

Rosemary Thyme Lentils

I love throwing everything in a pot and just letting it simmer and reduce. It's an easy way to extract the maximum amount of flavor with the least amount of effort.

1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, deseeded, diced
5 cloves garlic, smashed
2 tsps soy sauce
2 tbls olive oil
1 tbl asian garlic chili sauce
1/2 can chick peas, whole can of brine
1/3 cup white wine
2 tsps celery seed
1 tbl nutritional yeast
2 tsps dry thyme
2 tsps dry rosemary
3 dry shishito peppers, broken, deseeded
1/2 cup dry lentils
5 cups water

Toss it all in a pot. Do not cover. Let it come to a boil. Then simmer for at 25 minutes.That's it. Easy and delicious!