A (Somewhat) Meatless Monday- Barbecue Tofu, Green Beans with Bacon, Wild Rice, and Corn

Wade made this meal.  I helped by tasting.

This is one of the first meals I remember Wade making for me when we were first dating.  Back then I was not a real big fan of tofu.  Wade has some tricks to making tofu that make it really, really good and I’ve since changed my mind about it.  

Tofu doesn’t look that good on its own.
Don’t let that scare you off.

There are two things to keep in mind while making tofu.  First, you need to press out as much of the water as possible so that it doesn’t get soggy and fall apart.  We do this by putting a plate underneath a colander and then we wrap the tofu in a few layers of paper towels and weigh it down in the colander and place it in the fridge for several hours.  Second, the tofu needs to get a nice crispy outside so that it has some texture.  Dredging the well drained tofu slices in corn starch and browning them in a skillet with some butter or olive oil will give them a nice texture and prepare them for mixing with the other ingredients.

Wade’s Barbecue Tofu

•1 package extra firm tofu, drained and pressed to remove as much water as possible
•4 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
• 2 cloves garlic, chopped
•1 red pepper, sliced
•1 Sweet onion, sliced
•1 green chile, sliced (optional)
•1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, (optional)- can substitute 1 tsp. smoked paprika
• Sprinkling of crushed red pepper to taste
• Salt and pepper to taste
•1 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce

Preheat oven to 350.

Slice the well drained tofu into several serving size pieces, widthwise or lengthwise, it doesn’t matter.  Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Dredge the tofu slices in corn starch and add to skillet, browning well on each side.  Meanwhile, in another skillet, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil.  Saute garlic, vegetables, and spices until tender, but not limp.  They should keep their shape.  Transfer tofu slices and vegetables to a baking dish.  Pour barbecue sauce over the top and bake in oven until the side dishes are ready, about 20-30 minutes.

Garlicky Green Beans and Bacon

There isn’t much of a recipe for this.  We just threw it together because it sounded good.

• fresh green beans, trimmed
•several cloves of garlic, left whole
•a few strips of bacon, chopped (Use as much or as little as you like.  We used two strips)
•salt and pepper to taste

Stir fry all ingredients in a dry skillet or grill pan till nice and caramelized.

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