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Pimp my Tofu – Vegetarians Got Soul!

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When we heard that the book “The Vegan Soulfood Guide to the Galaxy” by Afya Ibomu had just been released, we knew we had to find out more about this innovative sister and her delectable galaxy!   Nothing is more delish than vegan soulfood (get your ass over to Soul Vegetarian, a chain of vegan soulfood spots across the country, if you don’t believe us – STAT!   Order the Calebone Steak Dinner – including the mac n cheese and greens – and the Ice Cream!) – you’ll wonder why anyone would ever eat animals when they can eat the most decadent food ever, and get healthy simultaneously.

“The Vegan Soulfood Guide To the Galaxy” is much more than a cookbook; it’s a funny, fact filled guide to the vegetarian world of grocery shopping, understanding nutrition, meal planning, dining out as a vegan and more! Afya dispels the cliche of bland vegetarian taste for good; as she shares her complete resource for cooking mouthwatering, inexpensive soulfood recipes made with out white sugar, white flour, white rice, soy, animal, or dairy products that totally satisfy vegans and carnivores alike.   She even includes a Free Instructional Cooking DVD “Pimp my Tofu” with the book!   Talk about bang for your buck!

If we told you that you could eat Sweet Potato Pie, Potato Salad, Tofu Buffalo “Wings”, Corn Bread, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Collard Greens, Ice Cream, and Candied Yamand still lose weight and be at your optimum health, would you believe us?   Well, you bettah, cuz we don’t lie.

Read it stat.

The Vegan Soul Food Guide to the Galaxy, Including the FREE DVD "Pimp My Tofu" available on amazon.com

Growing up in a single-parent home in St. Paul, MN, Afya wore a hip brace for the first 2 years of her life. Afya was very sickly, stricken with allergies, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and a host of other ailments. She was shuttled from doctor to doctor and placed on various medications. At 15, her mother found an allergy specialist who told her the foods she was eating might be contributing to her health problems. This information and the hip-hop song “beef” by KRS-ONE motivated her to stop taking her medications, become a vegetarian, and begin her journey to self-healing.

Afya’s love of food came from a rich heritage of Creole, Soulfood, and Midwest cooking. Living in Brooklyn, NY allowed Afya to be around some of the most progressive people in the natural health industry. She soon learned about being a vegan, taking herbs, fasting, and live food. Becoming a vegan, led Afya to start cooking again and she began to make her own recipes.

Afya took a cooking intensive course at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School and started her own catering business called Healthy Soil. She started making gourmet vegan desserts for health food stores around Brooklyn and at international fairs around NYC. Her apple pies became so popular that she was known as the “pie lady.”

Vegan Goddess

Yet another twist in Afya’s life would bring her to holistic healing: Afya’s mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Helping her mother to live a better quality of life through holistic health inspired her to go to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. After graduation, She began health counseling, teaching vegan cooking classes, and writing for various magazines, such as; Know Your Health- Minneapolis, MN; Free Magazine -Brooklyn, NY; San Francisco Bayview Newspaper, San Francisco California.

In 2003, Afya was the personal nutritionist for Erykah Badu and her family on the Worldwide Underground Tour. That same year, she also produced, directed, and starred in a collaborative TV show for a local cable station in Brooklyn called Mind, Body, and Soulfood. In 2005, Afya, created a nutrition guide called Vegetarian Sources of Protein (currently sold in health food stores around the country). Afya is also a published author of the crochet pattern book series, Get Your Crochet On!; Hip Hats and Cool Caps and Fly Tops and Funky Flavas. Her crochet books have sold over 18,000 copies and have been featured on HGTV, Good Day Atlanta, and AOL Black Voices, in magazines, Vibe Vixen, Crochet Today, and Adorn.   Clearly, this woman is a perfect example of boundless energy!

Afya has been a veg since 1990 and is currently the CEO of her holistic lifestyle company, Nattral Unlimited, LLC (www.NATTRAL.com). Afya currently lives in Atlanta with her hubby stic.man of the hip hop group dead prez and their 7-year-old vegan son, Itwela. She attends Georgia State University furthering her career in the field of nutrition.

“Two of the most valuable things one can own are his/her vitality and light. Thank you, Afya for being a solider and example for the true wealth of life.” -Erykah Badu

Buffalo Tofu Recipe

Ingredients:
1 15oz block of tofu, frozen and thawed, cut in nugget size pieces

Marinade:
¼ cup peanut butter
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 cup vegetable both

Oil for frying

Wet batter:
1 cup of spelt flour
2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup of almond milk
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 tbsp of agave or honey

Dry batter:
2 cups spelt flour
2 tsp granulated garlic
2 tsp sea salt

Hot sauce:
¼ cup of non GMO vegan margarine, melted
2-5 tbsp of hot sauce
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Celery, carrot sticks and ranch dressing

Directions:
1. Mix all marinade ingredients in a bowl then add the tofu. Cover well with marinade and let sit for 1 hr to overnight.
2. While the tofu is marinating, combine the hot sauce ingredients and sit to the side.
3. In a plate, add dry batter ingredients.
4. Fill a frying pan with 2″ of oil. Heat on medium/high heat.
5. Add wet batter ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Batter should be thick and runny.
6. Dip tofu in wet batter, covering all sides, then immediately add to the dry batter.
7. Lightly shake off any excess flour and add tofu to the pan. Cook until brown on both sides then drain on paper towels.
8. After all tofu has been cooked, pour hot sauce over and serve with vegetables.

Enjoy!   Buy the Guide here.

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Readers Comments (16)

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this information.
    I am definitely going to look more into all the wonderful things that Afya has done and buy this book !
    I can not wait to make those Buffalo wings ,
    xo
    Kitten

  2. […] Kristy Risanth posted a noteworthy aricle today onHere’s a small snippetYet another twist in Afya’s life would bring her to bholistic/b healing: Afya’s mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Helping her mother to live a better quality of life through bholistic/b health inspired her to go to the Institute b…/b […]

  3. brook says:

    as an ATLien, i can attest that Soul Vegetarian is one of the tastiest spots EVER. this makes me proud to be in the healthfully dirty south! i’ll be snatching this book up asap. xoxo!

  4. Jenn says:

    Nice review. I’ll have to get the book and I will definitley make those buffalo not-wings!

  5. themessenger says:

    thanks for this, I cant wait to get this book!

  6. Kenti says:

    Thank you for this information :-)

  7. Emily says:

    this recipe is genius! peanut butter and nutritional yeast. now i know why it takes so good. and i love the cover!!

  8. molly says:

    damn, what a powerful and inspiring woman! I remember hearing about her before, but now I definitely need to get my little veggie hands on that soul food cookbooks. it’s like red bamboo, from my own kitchen, on the cheap :)

    xoxo

  9. Carey says:

    Buffalo tofu looks amazing! Can’t wait to check out more recipes – wish I lived in NYC so I could go to Natural Gourmet school!

  10. yummmmmmm!

    Wow. I need that every day.

  11. Franni says:

    I want to try this!! ^-^ But what type of tofu do I need: firm or extra-firm?

  12. Nilaja says:

    Allergic to soy… can this be done with seitan??

  13. Bambi Weavil says:

    Must try this, so excited!!

  14. […] Girlie Girl and her army has one of Afya’s recipes, buffalo tofu wings, posted on her blog. […]

  15. […] health. Less of a raw foods fan and more of a buffalo wings type? Make this knock-their-socks-off Buffalo Tofu Recipe from The Vegan Soul Food […]

  16. Thanks for posting! Looks like a really great recipe… I’m reading this and can already imagine how it tastes! :P

    Right now I’m on 90% high carb low fat raw vegan, but maybe… maybe I’ll cook it, just to experience it !

    Thanks




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