Tofu BBQ Sauce “Steaks”

Serves 3

COST: $0.98

Per 10-oz. serving

Calories: 240

Fat: 13g

Carbohydrates: 19g

Protein: 11g

Fiber: 1g

Sugar: 13g

Sodium: 885mg

1⁄3 cup barbecue sauce

1⁄4 cup water

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1–2 tablespoons hot sauce (or to taste)

2 teaspoons sugar

2 blocks extra-firm tofu, well pressed

1⁄2 onion, chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil

In a small bowl, whisk together the barbecue sauce, water, vinegar, soy sauce, hot sauce, and sugar until well combined. Set aside.
Slice pressed tofu into 1⁄4-inch-thick strips.
Sauté onions in oil, and carefully add tofu. Fry tofu on both sides until lightly golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side.
Reduce heat and add barbecue sauce mixture, stirring to coat tofu well. Cook over medium-low heat until sauce absorbs and thickens, about 5–6 minutes.

Tofu Versus Seitan
This recipe, like many pan-fried or stir-fried tofu recipes, will also work well with seitan, though seitan needs a bit longer to cook all the way through; otherwise, it ends up tough and chewy. Seitan is not typically more expensive, however it can be more difficult to find.