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.

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…

Dill and Basil Garbanzo and Tomato Salad

This one's all about the sauce. This sauce is very easy, but damn good.

It's basic ingredients. It's no cooking. Just cutting and stirring. It's both beautiful to look at and to eat.

Summer tomatoes are so sweet and juicy and flavorful. You've got to take advantage of the season.

3 roma tomatoes, diced
1 jalapeno, miniced
1/2 a long hot pepper, diced
1 serrano, sliced on the bias
1 poblano, diced
1/2 sweet onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 tbls apple cider vinegar
3 tbls olive oil
2 tbls hot sauce

1 can garbanzos, rinsed

2 tsps salt
1 tsp  black pepper
1 tsp dill
1 tsp basil

The key is to let everything rest a while. We haven't applied heat to extract any of the juices or flavors. So we need to let time work its magic instead.

Put it all together. Stir it all up. Leave it alone for at least a couple of hours in the fridge. Let the tomatoes release their juices. Let the flavors intermingle.

If you're patient you'll find that beautiful sauce at the bottom of your mixture.