BBQ Baked Tofu And Vegan Fried Okra
It’s a hot, beautiful day and I’ve already taken the little man on two bike rides! This morning, as we were rounding the last street on our adventure before heading towards home, we came across a man leaf blowing the pebbles, leaf pieces, and dirt from his portion of the already clean street. He had cords strewn all the way across the street, which I had no choice but to ride over, and I’m pretty sure he gave me the evil eye for getting his street dirty with my pesky bike. Some people are intense about “putting nature in its proper place”!
We walked in the door from ruining people’s spotless streets and I got right to work on lunch. I put brown rice in the pressure cooker, tossed the tofu I’d pressed in a little barbecue sauce before putting it in the oven to bake, and eyed the okra in the refrigerator. I had a brief internal struggle over if I should indulge us in fried okra for lunch or not, but in the end: Fried Okra-1, Keri’s Health Conscience- 0. With the combined vegan scents of barbecued tofu, fried okra, and a “fresh linens” soy candle burning, I couldn’t help but imagine my home was filled with a marketable “Southern” fragrance. Mmmm… With the bit of extra breading mix I had from the okra, I coated a sliced zucchini and fried that as well. You know how I hate to let things go to waste!
Vegan Fried Okra
- 1 pound okra, sliced 1/2 – 3/4 inch thick
- 1/2 cup fine whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup cornmeal
- 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup soy milk
- 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Canola oil for frying
In a medium bowl, mix soy milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside to curdle for vegan buttermilk. In a large bowl, combine flour, corn meal, sea salt, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Heat 1/2 – 3/4 inch of oil in a large skillet. Dip okra in the vegan buttermilk to wet. Place buttermilk-covered okra in the flour mixture and toss to coat thoroughly. Carefully add okra to the hot oil and fry until golden brown. Once done, place okra on a towel to drain excess oil. Enjoy!
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