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 Green and Black Pasta

Pasta is universal. It transcends cultures. It's a blank canvas upon which we can layer any number of flavors from all around the world.

3 tbls olive oil
1/4 cup pasta water
5 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 long hot pepper, thinly sliced on the bias
1 poblano, diced
1 habernero, minced
1 can black beans, rinsed
2 1/2 tsps salt
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsps oregano
2 tsps thyme

8 ounces linguine or similar dry pasta

I used to cook pasta the traditional way. Add it to boiling. salted water. Recently I started cooking it differently. Alton Brown has come up with a cold water method that I really like. It's easier and yields a more consistent result.

If you're not familiar with his method, he has documented his pasta cookery revelation on his blog.

While the pasta cooks, prepare your veg and beans and toss them into an appropriately sized vessel to hold everything.

When doing long pasta, I use tongs to remove it from the water. It's easy and efficient. It also makes it simple to retain the pasta water.

Drop your pasta right on top of your prepared veg. Add in liquids and spices. Stir or toss to mix everything together.

You can add a little more pasta water if your pasta isn't moist enough.

The hot salty water and the hot pasta will mix with the oil and the other ingredients to draw out the flavors and create a tasty coating of sauce on the noodles.