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…

Vegan Black Bean Mushroom Ragout

Keeping with my current theme of simplicity, I prepared this mushroom and black bean dish. It was tempting to add brandy and mustard and too many herbs and spices, but I resisted.

The result was clean, flavorful and easy to prepare.

1 pint white mushrooms, sliced
1 jalapeno, diced
5 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
1 can black beans, plus liquid
2 tbls olive oil
1 tsp crushed pepper flakes
1 tsp basil
2  tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper

I had a pint of sliced white mushrooms. Sadly, the washing they requried took up more time than buying whole and slicing myself. But those were the ones on sale.

This is a basic saute. I began by cooking the mushrooms in salt and pepper. Once the pan was hot, I drizzeld in the olive oil. Wait for the mushroom to brown. Be patient. This will take a bit of time, but is worth the wait.

Then you can add the garlic and peppers. Saute themy for 5 minutes before you throw in everything else. Then just cook down until the liquid has thickened up a bit.