southern lunch of sorts

It was Grits that made me really appreciate Southern food. But they aren’t exactly the kind of food you want to eat on a regular basis so in order to get my Southern fix, I needed to come up with something that isn’t based on butter and cheese. As good as butter and cheese sound, I don’t need them everyday for lunch. ;)

BBQ tofu may not be winning over die-hard pork fans yet, but this meal can certainly hold its own for classic, and delicious Southern fare.  “Vegan” and “Southern” aren’t typically things I think of in the same meal but this trio makes it very possible. You see, Southern food can be healthy!

BBQ Tofu, Kale & Brown Rice - 2 servings

  • 1 block extra firm tofu, pressed
  • 4 Tbsp BBQ Sauce + extra for drizzling (my current favorite is Maurice’s Southern Gold)
  • 1 large bunch kale, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 servings prepared brown rice

Prepare Kale: Heat large pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and add kale to pan. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until wilted. Set aside and save pan for tofu.

Prepare Tofu: Press and marinate with BBQ sauce. Heat large pan over medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Cook tofu, flipping after about 3 minutes per side. Set aside.

Serve 1 serving brown rice with half of the kale and tofu. Drizzle with additional BBQ sauce if desired.


  1. says

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I live in the South and am reminded of the bad for you typical Southern fare on a daily basis. I only tried for the first time last year and only have them once or twice a year b/c I could easily see them becoming an addiction. I also recently discovered the joys of kale, I made them in a soup and of course, chips and am looking for other ways to prepare them.

  2. says

    I love grits!! I can’t find them in my area, so I even had my mom mail a few lbs to me hee hee. I think they can be quite nutritious, actually…just maybe a bit high in fat if you use a lot of butter. So…heh heh I think I’ll have my grits, but top it with those delicious bbq tofu and kale…

    • Emily says

      I love grits too, they are so good! You are right, it isn’t that the grits themselves are bad, just the large amount of butter and cheese that is typically added to them.

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