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…

Savory Oatmeal with Sauted Lentils

I got this idea from an episode of Chopped. One of the competitors made a savory oatmeal. He did it in a risotto sort of style. Sauteing the oats with the veg. Using that as a jumping off point, I just decided to try using oats where I'd normally use rice or pasta. It works really well. Oats deserve a place as the main grain in vegetarian and vegan meals.

The best part is you don't need to cook the oats. You can do overnight oats and then just pair then with your prepared legumes and vegetables. In this case, I did sauted lentils with peppers and onions.

I really like the flavor that results from the sauteing process. So I par cooked the lentils before adding the veg and spices.Then saute it all together to finish. It results in great textures as well as great flavors. It's easy to do.

Because I don't like cleaning a lot of pans, all the actions happens in one. First you simmer the lentils in some salted water until almost tender. Then you turn up the heat, add oil and veg and saute hot until the veg is just barely cooked and the lentils are still pleasingly meaty.

I kept it really simple to allow the flavors to shine. 1 small yellow onion. 1 red bell pepper. 1 poblano pepper. 1 jalapeno pepper. 1 serrano pepper. 3 cloves garlic. 2 tsps oregano. 2 tsps paprika. 2 1/2 tsps salt. 1 tsps black pepper. 3 tbls olive oil.

For the overnight oats, just combine 1 1/2 cups 5 minute oats with 1/2 cup almond milk and 1/4 cup water. 1 tsp salt. Let rest in the fridge overnight.

Top with fresh argula and rinsed red beans from the can.