We all eat way too much meat. Period. I speak the truth.
I sometimes sit here and wonder when did chicken become a health food? And how in the world did it get to this point that we consume so many animal products.
Americans eat 188 lbs of meat per year, 59 lbs of chicken per year, and 31.4 lbs of cheese each year. Americans essentially eat 1 million chickens per hour (or one billion chicken per year). A lot of chickens had to be born, raised and killed to feed this appetite for chicken.
And then I committed a meat-eaters sin…. I watched Cowspiracy on Netflix. This food documentary is a doozy and you’ll never think about food in the same way again. Cowspiracy confirmed everything I already knew – that we all eat way too much meat. What I didn’t know is the exorbitant amount of our natural resources it takes to raise animals to feed our appetite for meat. At this rate, eating meat isn’t sustainable for our planet. Animal agriculture is the #1 environmental pollutant and contributor to planet destruction.
So here I am. Looking for ways to reduce the amount of meat in my life.
It’s a work in progress, but I am going to do it.
And it starts today – with today’s recipe for these surprising delicious Gluten-Free BBQ Tofu Bowls.
The result of this fun recipe? I made a delicious protein-rich plant-based meal and no animal had to be raised, fed and slaughtered to make it!
OK, so these BBQ tofu bowls are seriously good… so I would never exaggerate because so many recipes don’t actually make it on this blog because they just aren’t that great.
I know these are good. Why?
Well, my daughter tells me that she now likes BBQ tofu better than BBQ chicken, and that she wants me to cook with tofu more often. Duly noted.
My son gobbled up this tofu so fast, then asked for seconds, and then asked for thirds! I wish I had doubled the tofu recipe because he ate so much of it that I only had a few pieces left for me. The good news is that he truly loved something that wasn’t meat.
So, if you’re thinking perhaps you’re eating too much meat and want to limit your consumption (and dependence) on animal products, try this awesome gluten-free BBQ tofu bowl recipe.
I found this recipe easy to make and that it tastes terrific! You won’t even realize you’re eating tofu; rather, you’ll just know you’re eating something that tastes good, is good for you, and, well, that’s all around good by me.
- 1 package organic firm tofu
- 1/2 bottle organic, gluten-free BBQ sauce (about 2 cups)
- 1 Tbsp. avocado oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 ears corn on the cob, cooked and remove corn from cob
- 2 cups brown rice, cooked
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Remove tofu from package. Drain liquid and place tofu on paper towels. Pat the tofu block dry using gentle pressure. You want your tofu as dry as possible.
While tofu is drying, coat a large casserole dish with BBQ sauce. Use just enough BBQ sauce to cover the dish with a small layer of sauce. Set aside.
Cut tofu into 1-inch cubes, then place cubes into BBQ sauce in the dish.
Drizzle remaining BBQ sauce on the tofu to coat it evenly. Use your hands to ensure tofu pieces are coated in sauce. Allow tofu to marinade in BBQ sauce for about 10 minutes.
Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Place tofu cubes in a single layer on the parchment paper and then place in the oven.
Bake tofu pieces for 25-30 minutes until cooked through. You want the pieces to be firm but not burned.
While tofu is cooking, heat a saucepan with oil and then add chopped onion.
Saute onion for 5-10 minutes until cooked through and slightly browned in spots.
To assemble your BBQ tofu bowl, place cooked brown rice on the bottom of the bowl, then place tofu pieces, sauteed onion and corn on top of the rice.
For additional flavor, drizzle BBQ tofu bowl with BBQ sauce (optional).