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…

Mexi-Curry

This dish combines smoky Mexican chipotles and Indian spices. Both cuisines are hot and spicy. I think they meld rather brilliantly.

This recipe has a lot of ingredients, but they all go into one pot and just simmer for a while. It's actually pretty easy to make, yet delivers on heaps of flavor.

It's animal free. Plant-based. Vegan. .

Ingredients
1 13 oz can coconut milk
1/2 small can chipotles and sauce
1 can garbanzos, drained and rinsed
1 can red beans, drained and rinsed
6 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
1/4 red onion, diced
2 poblano peppers, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 serrano, minced
1 long hot pepper, sliced into rings
1 tbl spicy brown mustard
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbl sriracha
1 tbl white balsamic or white vinegar
3 tbls olive oil
1/3 cup water
1 tbl turmeric
1 tbl paprika
2 tsps celery seed
2 tsps aleppo pepper flakes or crushed pepper flakes
2 tsps caraway seed
3 tsps salt
2 tsps black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cayenne powder
2 tea bags, black tea or earl grey

Add everything to a large pot, except the beans and tea.. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Add beans and tea. Continue to simmer. After 10 minutes remove tea bags and discard. Simmer for 10 more minutes.