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…

Sweet and Spicy Bean Salad

I've discovered it's often how little cooking you do that makes for the tastiest result. I'm all for classic technique and traditional approaches. These are the foundation of a true culinary mind.

Still, I've learned over the years, that as with all things, so too in food, less can definitely be more. This is especially true when you're doing vegetarian, plant-based or vegan.

I've produced some of my most profound flavors by keeping it simple. There is no substitue for clean flavors with minimal processing.

1 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 inch ginger, minced or grated
1 can red beans, rinsed
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 jalapeno, minced
2 tbls olive oil
1 tbl apple cider vinegar
2 tsps hot sauce
2 1/2 tsps salt
2 tsps black pepper
2 tsps dry oregano


Don't be afraid to use ginger with other flavors outside of the asian spectrum. It's more versatile than you think. Oregano is also more than just an italian spice. Its earthy herbiness works in many applications.