Dana Slatkin

Spice Rubbed Barbequed Tofu

Spice Rubbed TofuDuring summer, if you’re not firing up your grill, you’re missing the party. It’s all happening where the heat is…the inviting smoke, the sweet and spicy aromas, the camaraderie around the barbeque.

But if you don’t do meat — or are trying to minimize your animal consumption — there’s no reason to feel left out. A simple hunk of tofu is a protein-packed (approximately 20 grams per 8 ounces) meatless alternative for any cookout.

My summer addiction to Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives inspired a classic down-home take on tofu. Choose the firm kind of tofu and make it organic (we don’t trust you, GMO’s). Slice the tofu into “steaks,” then raid your spice drawer and mix up a riot of flavors to sprinkle all over. The heat and spices will prevent the tofu from sticking on the grill. Now brush on your favorite barbeque sauce, let it cook in for a few minutes, or enjoy the tofu straight off the barbeque.

Not to give you indigestion, but I suggest you read up on the soy controversy (this article and this one settled it for me). The current thinking seems to favor occasional consumption of high-quality, unprocessed soy products. For the prevention of breast cancer, women are recommended to eat 25-35 grams of soy protein per day.

This recipe, by the way, is the bomb on wild salmon, halibut, chicken, and meat. You’ll probably want to hang around the barbeque often, before summer slips away and reality sets back in. Yes, there’s the rub…and I’m embracing it.

Salad BowlYou can still enter the Summer Cooking Contest for a chance to win one of these chic wooden serving bowls!

Photo credit: MadeJustRight.com

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