Buffalo Tofu

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I had every intention of posting this buffalo tofu recipe last week. But even the best intentions can be thwarted by the unexpected. In this case, the unexpected was the hospitalization of someone I love very, very much. I stayed with her in the hospital and my mind contemplated–life, love, health, change, caring, rebirth and as much as I tried to avoid it, my mind inevitably also focused on the concept of death.

In the end, she was ok; most likely it was a nasty, nasty virus. And today, Easter Day, she is home. Thank goodness. So, on this day, of fellowship, friends, family, food, painted eggs, and cartoon bunnies, perhaps you too will have a moment to reflect. To reflect on those who mean the most to you. And to reflect on how your decisions (and indecisions) affect your health, your life, and those around you. And speaking of health, and the Como Water theme this month–‘spring cleaning,’ as promised, here are two strategies in starting any health/food-related cleanse.

First, decide why you are cleansing. Dick Gregory, in his writing on fasting, talks about three, not necessarily completely independent, reasons for fasting. I think they’re also applicable to cleansing. The reasons are: a) spiritual/religious, b) political (i.e., protest), and c) rational/health/mental. So, before doing any cleanse, it’s important to know why you’re doing it. Really know why you’re doing it. First of all, you cleanse differently depending on why you’re doing it (more on that later). And secondly, when you start craving all of the foods that you can’t have because you’re cleansing, you’ll want to remember your motivation for doing it in the first place. Sometimes, that’s the only thing that gets me over the hump when I’m having an intense craving.

Second, determine your baseline and set goals from there. The key in that sentence is “your.” Folks often set themselves up for disappointment because they set unrealistic goals. The key to attaining health-related goals is to push yourself from where you are today. If you eat meat with every meal, every day, a vegan cleanse for a month may be really hard to accomplish. A difficult, yet attainable goal in that case would be to eliminate meat from at least one meal per day. Do you drink 3 cups of sweetened coffee a day? If so, cutting out all caffeine might be tough. So make a plan where you cut out 1 cup and then move to half-caf and then to decaf and then start cutting the sweetener. Are you a vegetarian who loves sweets and even manages to eat dessert with breakfast (ahem, that’s me!)? Cutting out all processed sugar might be unattainable then. So, try to eat a processed sugar dessert only once a day and replace other dessert cravings with mangos! (That’s what I’m doing now). Setting goals from where you are now helps you be better at accomplishing your goals in the end.

And so, with that, I leave you with a slightly healthier version of one of my favs–buffalo wings. I’ve had the buffalo tofu at Whole Foods and it’s delish! BUT, they deep fry it :(. So, this is my attempt at making a non-fried, buffalo tofu. The trick? Press your tofu! :)

Buffalo Tofu

(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients:

1 block extra firm tofu–sliced and pressed (see this post)

1/2 cup buffalo sauce (use your favorite)

2 tablespoons Sriracha

2 tablespoons Earth Balance

Method:

*Slice and press tofu. Mix melted Earth Balance, buffalo sauce, and Sriracha until fully combined. Set aside. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

*Heat grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush pressed tofu pieces with olive oil. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.

*Add half of sauce to 9″ x 9″ baking pan. Layer in grilled, pressed tofu. Top with remaining sauce. Bake covered with foil for 15-20 minutes, turning once. Remove foil and bake uncovered for 10-15 minutes. Serve with celery.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

Comments

  1. I hope your friend feel better! This week I was sick – tonsilitis – and after many years I had to take antibiotics 😛 Today I feel better and I try to detox me with a lot of fresh fruit juices :) And I have to try this fantastic tofu recipe! Baci and Happy Easter :-)

  2. Mmmmm… this looks great! I bet the tofu tasted wonderful with all the buffalo sauce flavors. I’m glad your friend is out of the hospital and back home!! Hope you had a wonderful Easter!! ~ Ramona :)

  3. This looks yummy! I, too, have been limiting myself to one dessert a day — fruit doesn’t count unless it is something like cherry pie — but coffee cake for breakfast counts!

  4. I’m always searching for more creative ways to cook tofu, this looks wonderful. I don’t think I’ve had buffalo wings ever since I’ve been to US (which was quite a while ago). Will definitely have to make this if I come across some buffalo sauce.

  5. Oh, sweetie. This post really hit home with me. I’m so happy that your friend is feeling better. Life is so fragile. And I agree about the cleansing and unrealistic goals. So many people (including my past self) cleanse/detox the way an advertisement, article or celebrity tells them to. When really it’s all about our own, unique needs. I struggle with goals and I often set myself up to fail, but being aware of this habit ahead of time is key to personal growth and progress. Super great post, Tiff! And of course, awesome tofu!!

  6. Love this, I make these frequently. Never added Sriracha though I bet that really kicks it up a notch.

  7. Sorry to hear your friend was so sick and it made you so worried but glad to hear everything is alright.

    You always come up with unexpected but delicious recipes and this is one of them! Sounds great for non-meat eater!

  8. I am glad ur friend is feeling better and back home… I know it can be so scary.
    Coming back to this post, God Tiffany this looks delicious!!!
    Buffalo Tofu, OMG, this is genius…
    Love it.

  9. I hope your friend continues to recover and heal.

    As for this buffalo tofu I am completely in love. My goodness I was just craving this very thing this weekend and with sriracha no less (completely love this stuff too).

    Have a happy Monday Tiffany!

  10. As much as I make barbeque tofu, I’ve never tried making Buffalo tofu–and now I have your recipe to follow. What grill pan did you use? Those grill marks on the tofu look so good!

  11. Tofu + Buffalo = Pure Evil Genius

  12. These are some great tips on cleansing. It is definitely important to have a clearly defined reason/goal.

    Love the looks of this tofu – I bet it would b awesome baked too!

  13. Ooh, love the idea of spicing up tofu!! Buffalo sauce is a home favourite… this looks delish!

  14. I’m not really one for cutting things out or cleansing, but recently I gave up coffee (I still occasionally have a decaf). This buffalo tofu looks amazing though, who needs chicken wings?!

  15. I made buffalo tofu last week too (recipe coming later this week) + tried Gardein’s buffalo chicken for the first time. Must have been something in the air. :)

  16. wow, that looks DELICIOUS!!

  17. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend, but am glad that she seems to be doing better. This looks delicious–I wish all tofu had this much flavor!

  18. I hope your friend is back on their feet soon. Life is very fleeting so we must make the most of it with our friends and family.
    This tofu looks amazing and I do appreciate that you have found a way to retain delicious flavor without deep frying it. Great post!

  19. Those looks so tempting! I didn’t know you could get grill marks on tofu like that. 😉

  20. Oh wow, this is a totally new perspective on tofu for me :) not that I don’t adore tofu, but this looks fantastic in such a bold way!

  21. Glad that your dear friend is better and home now and you are back blogging.
    I have never seen such yummy dressing for the Tofu. Really appreciate for sharing with us.

  22. Love it Tiffany! I always feel like vegetarians are missing out on buffalo things but not so much anymore with this recipe! Sounds amazing!

  23. I am so sorry to hear of your friend’s troubles and everything you have gone through this past week. But relieved to hear it all turned out okay.
    This recipe looks deee-licious! I don’t know what is going on, but as I am getting older I am enjoying spicier foods – I think my tastebuds are dulling. Probably. Having said that – Buffalo Tofu, yum!
    ~Rebecca

  24. Glad your friend is better!
    This looks great. I love buffalo flavors, and having them not fried, so I can enjoy them more is always good!

  25. I am so glad your loved one is okay. It’s scary when life pulls the rug out from under us. But it’s a good way to take a good look at life and what you want from it. This recipe is wonderful. I am not a huge tofu fan but this one is making me drool.

  26. You’re so creative to transform this dish into a yummy and healthier delight!

  27. That looks like a great way to eat tofu! And I’m so glad that your friend is alright!

  28. Glad to hear your friend is ok now. I am not sure whether I can get hold of the buffalo sauce over here, in fact I did not even know such sauce existed. This tofu recipe look really good esp the reddish color.

    I have to agree with you on setting realistic goals because I over did it in try to be healthy and now am drained out of energy due to lack of protein. Need to realign my diet again before my health becomes worse.

  29. I’m so glad your loved one will be OK, Tiffany…whew!

    And what a healthy twist on buffalo wings :) Even this non-healthy chick could get into this flavorful dish! Looks great, my friend!!!

  30. Glad to hear that your loved one is ok! Thanks for the tips of the spring cleansing, you really do need to know why you’re doing it to keep moving forward…now to figure out mine. :) This tofu sounds incredible, it’ll probably be the only way to get my boyfriend to eat it! Love that you did it buffalo style – looks incredible!

  31. Wow..what a great idea! Never thought doing this Tiff..but now I have to try it!
    Thank you for sharing love..have a lovely week!

  32. Buffalo + Tofu is such a brilliant idea. I hope your friend continues to recover quickly.

  33. Thanks for your comments everyone! 😀

  34. This looks wonderful!

  35. I love that you still enjoy the “buffalo chicken” flavor without the meat. Looks like a fabulous meal!!

  36. Gorgeous recipe and really lovely photos with it. Nice work :-)

  37. Glad to hear your friend is okay!

    This is such a great idea to kick up tofu!!

  38. That looks super tempting ! Guess it will be hard to guess that it is tofu, with all that wonderful flavor combo you used

  39. So glad to hear your friend is getting over it. I’m just back from spending all morning at casualty with my daughter who fell down the stairs at school but she’s fine. It was seeing the others less fortunate in there that made us think. You are so right, Tiffany.
    As for your recipe, this looks so tasty. Buffalo tofu? Sounds and looks intriguing!

  40. I love tofu and this combination with the buffalo sauce sounds wonderful!

  41. As a former vegetarian a hint on getting the tofu to be much firmer in addition to the pressing.

    Do the pressing to remove the water, then wrap in plastic wrap tightly and freeze overnight. The next day thaw and use. The structure of the tofu will change and will be even firmer so you can do things like stir-fry without it falling apart. I used to just do a whole or cut in half fresh blocks of firm tofu to do this.