I went to a restaurant with my family a few weeks ago and ordered a barbecued tofu wrap with sweet potato fries.
It was delicous.
It was also expensive.
Now, you know me well enough by now. If something is pricey, I’m going to figure out a way to do it cheaper and better. And I did! If you’re not into the tofu thing, then I’m telling you, Mama, you’re missing out! Tofu is a great source of protein and calcium and you can prepare it so many ways. A lot of people are intimidated by tofu. They will buy a container of tofu and then just keep it in their fridge, glancing at the white cube every time they open the door and wondering what on earth they are going to use it for. Well, THIS is what you can use it for!
First, the barbecue sauce. If you’re used to buying bottles of barbecue sauce, then it’s time for a change. You can make it cheaper and better yourself. Try this recipe on for size:
Hannah’s Barbecue Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp mustard
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp olive oil
Combine all ingredients and tweak if you want with some liquid smoke or a dash of hot sauce.
Now, for the tofu. Here’s the secret for chewy tofu that has the texture of meat. First, buy some extra firm tofu. When you get it home, drain all the water off of it, cut it into pieces that look like rectangular cubes (editor’s note: if there’s not such thing as a rectangular cube, there really should be). Now put them all in a zippered plastic freezer bag and freeze them. When you want to prepare the tofu, thaw it out at room temperature and drain it on some paper towels to get all the moisture off.
When your tofu is ready to prepare, dump all the pieces in enough barbecue sauce to coat them generously. Spread them out on a baking pan and cook them in the oven at 400° until the sauce is bubbling and they look a little darker (about 20-30 minutes).
After your tofu is cooked, put some pieces on a tortilla, top it with some cole slaw, and wrap it up. There you go, a delicious barbecued tofu wrap just waiting to be eaten up (and it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than the one at the restaurant).