Doritos Tofu

Doritos Tofu Close Up |

Yes, people. YES. These are vegan. Tofu bites breaded with Sweet Chili Heat Doritos. And yes. It tastes as amazing as you think it does.

Doritos Tofu Mise en Place |

You just need a bag of Sweet Chili Heat Doritos – these are the only kind of vegan Doritos. Just as orange as the other flavours, but none of the cheese cultures, buttermilk solids, whey protein concentrate, lactose, lactic acid, nonfat milk solids, or whey protein isolate that’s in regular (Nacho Cheese flavour) Doritos.

Okay, they still contain vegetable oil which MAY potentially contain palm oil which is awful for the rainforests and stuff, so you’re not exactly an angel for making these but still. No cows were enslaved, raped, torn away from their babies or killed for the making of this dish.

Along with your Doritos, gather some tofu (1pkg firm or extra-firm), flour (1/2 cup), corn starch (1 Tbsp), and soy or nut milk (1/2 cup).

Doritos in Food Processor |

Zip those doritos in your food processor for a few seconds until they are the consistency of panko breadcrumbs. I used maybe 2/3 of a full-size bag here. (The rest may have been eaten as full-sized chips…)

Doritos Dust |

Dat Dorito dust….

Get your breading station ready. Flour in the first bowl, mix the corn starch and “milk” together in another bowl, and have your Dorito crumbs ready in a third bowl. I chopped my tofu into different sized shapes to see what would produce the best taste. I tried long thin “steaks,” medium sized cubes and small cubes. It turns out all of them were good.

Breading Station Set Up |

A great tip for breading is to use one hand for wet dipping and one hand for dry dipping and DO NOT mix hands or you will be basically breading your fingers as you go.

I used my right (dominant) hand to drag the tofu through the dry ingredients, and my left hand to dip them into the wet ingredients.

Tofu in Flour |
Since the tofu was kinda wet even after I pressed it for 20 minutes wrapped in a towel, I used my wet (left) hand to pick up the pieces and drop them in the flour. Then I used my dry (right) hand to drag them around in the flour and drop them into the “milk” mixture.

Tofu in Milk |

Using my wet (left) hand I made sure the tofu got nice and soaked on all sides, then picked it up, let it drip for a second and put it into the Dorito crumbs.

Tofu in Dorito Crumbs |

I roll the tofu pieces around with my dry (right) hand. Cover the piece with Doritos all over and press down a little bit to smoosh all those tasty crumbs on.

Press Tofu Into Dorito Crumbs |

Patting the piece down so all the crumbs are nice and adhered.

Doritos Tofu Going Into Oven |

These pieces are ready to go into a 400F oven to cook for around 20-35 minutes. My oven gets extremely hot very quickly so it takes about 20 minutes for me. I flipped them halfway through.

Doritos Tofu Served |

And don’t forget your green veggies… Just because you’re eating Doritos for dinner doesn’t mean you should be a TOTAL slob. (Although I wouldn’t tell anyone…)

Doritos Tofu
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Serves: 3-4 portions
  • 1 bag Sweet Chili Heat Doritos
  • 1 Package firm or extra-firm tofu
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk (I use coconut)
  1. Press tofu for 20 minutes to release water. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. While tofu is pressing, place Doritos in food processor and pulse for a few seconds until you have panko-sized crumbs.
  3. Slice tofu into desired pieces. Thin slices (one block = 8 lengthwise slices) are the easiest, but tiny cubes will provide the best crunchy Doritos-to-tofu ratio.
  4. Mix corn starch and nondairy milk into a bowl. Prepare breading station with a 3 bowls - one for flour, one for milk mixture, one for Doritos crumbs.
  5. Using a separate hand for dry and wet ingredients, drag tofu first through the flour, then dip into milk mixture and finally press into Doritos crumbs.
  6. Place tofu pieces onto parchment-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake 400F oven for 20-35 minutes. Flip halfway for even cooking.
  8. Serve with a tasty BBQ sauce. Trust me.

Recipe is based off of Bake and Destroy‘s post about Doritos Tofu.

If you have lots of leftover breading and some of your tofu pieces look a little sad, you could try breading them twice. I did that with a few pieces and they were EXTRA Doritos-y and really crunchy and tasty. They came out well and I would recommend doing some normally and some double-breaded to see what you like. Once they’re coated normally, just dip them in the flour again, then the milk, then the Doritos the exact same way.

I also tried frying some of the tofu pieces in coconut oil instead of baking in the oven. I found that cooking them in the oven was a little easier and produced more even results, but frying them was much faster. If you’re short on time or really starving then you could definitely fry them in a few tablespoons of coconut oil in a nonstick pan. Just make sure not to take your eyes off them or they could burn easily.

Doritos Tofu Dipped in BBQ Sauce |

The tofu went really well with some caramelized onion chipotle BBQ sauce I had in the fridge.

Doritos Tofu Leftovers |

And you know I need my leftovers for a work-lunch the next day.

What do you think of this fantastic Doritos-tofu recipe? Let me know in the comments if you’d consider having Doritos for dinner some time. I mean let’s be honest, the tofu is basically a chip-to-mouth delivery system in this recipe but at least you’re getting a bit of calcium, iron and protein with your Doritos.

And trust me this is a recipe any picky-eater, kid or non-vegan would also love. Try it out and let me know how it goes.

The Hogtown Vegan

So many wonderful vegan comfort food spots in Toronto, not enough time to try them all! I finally got myself over to the Vegan Hogtown on Bloor (between Dufferin and Ossington) after living downtown for almost a year. Vegan chicken and waffles? Mac and cheese? Chili cheese fries? Yeah I definitely knew I had to hit this place up at some point and I’m glad I did.

Hogtown Vegan Menu | thelittleredspoon.comHogtown Vegan Apps Menu |

We decided to try the fried shiitake clams, nachos, and fries supremacy.


Hogtown Vegan Beverages Menu |
As for drinks, we drank whatever on tap that was on special that night. I forget what it was but it was a local craft brew and I do remember it was quite good and reasonably priced.

Hogtown Vegan Sandwiches Menu |

So many choices! I love a good vegan philly cheesesteak or pulled pork sandwich but we opted to order off the (non-sandwich) entree list not pictured here.

Hogtown Vegan Cutlery and Water |

Nothing fancy for the cutlery and water.

Hogtown Vegan Shitaake Clams |

The fried shiitake “clams” were delicious. They came with a chipotle ranch dipping sauce that disappeared quickly. We really love shiitake mushrooms so these were probably the hit of the night.

“Why bother calling them clams? They’re just fried mushrooms. Why not call them that?” Mr. Spoon wondered.

I don’t know why, I guess it’s just part of the shtick. Why call any vegan food anything, really? I know some people hate when vegan food is named after what it’s meant to resemble, especially when it’s not a super accurate recreation. Why call it “pulled pork” when it’s really pulled mushrooms? Well, why call pork “pork” when it’s really a pig? Who knows why, that’s just what people call it. I’m fine with people naming vegan food after “normal” food (obviously) but I guess it’s not for everyone.

Hogtown Vegan Chili Cheese Fries |

The fries supremacy were pretty good. I wouldn’t say they blew my mind but they did all get eaten. Personally I don’t find yellow nacho cheese sauce all that exciting so perhaps we should have opted for the chili cheese fries that had different toppings. But we were already getting nachos with all the nacho toppings anyway so figured this would be fine.

Don’t get me wrong, they were good, and the cheese sauce and vegan sour cream were both pretty realistic. But even if these were vegetarian and I still ate dairy I probably still would’ve been a little “meh” on them. That’s just my personal taste and not a reflection on the dish itself.

Hogtown Vegan Nachos |

Nachos are where it’s at, though, am I right? I love a good nacho plate.I liked these nachos. What more is there to say? They were crunchy, thoroughly topped and there was guacamole. Maybe a bit heavy on the beans but otherwise A+

Hogtown Vegan Peppersteak and Dumplings |

Mr. Spoon’s dad tried the “Peppersteak and Dumplings” TVP (textured vegetable protein) steak and dumplings in a mushroom-beer gravy, with collard greens and sweet potato mash on the side. I have to say that’s quite a sloppy presentation. The steak, dumplings and gravy met everyone’s approval. Mr. Spoon thought the gravy might’ve tasted like a packaged mix of some sort, maybe it is, maybe it isn’t but at least it tasted all right. Everyone found the collard greens a little bitter but that’s just the way they are. I had some with my dish as well and found them okay, I just added a little extra salt.

The sweet potato mash was definitely quite sweet for me. I have more of a salty tooth than a sweet tooth but I think it was a good match for my dish of chicken and waffles, which came drenched in syrup.

Hogtown Vegan Caesar Salad |

Mr. Spoon ordered a caesar salad and it was quite disappointing. I don’t see many “fakin’ bits” or much “creamy Caesar dressing” in this picture but I guess there was a little bit… The thing is, this is a guy that really likes Caesar salad, he appreciates a GOOD Caesar salad, so to be served this… Well it seems a little half-assed, to be honest. I really hate to be harsh, especially to a vegan restaurant, but this was just gross and pathetic. Some of the lettuce (which you can’t see in this picture, it was buried) was wilted and rotting. Like, not just a little old but actually melted and slimy in some parts. And it wasn’t just a tiny bit, it was a fair amount of slimy lettuce. That’s fricking gross.

It took a while but we eventually flagged down our waitress to send it back. She did ask if he wanted a replacement but obviously he didn’t. I would expect a way better salad from a vegan restaurant to tell you the truth.  Even without the rotten bits, the presentation was boring, the salad was bland, the lettuce seemed like it was from a bagged mix, the almond dust “parmesan” on top was nothing special, there wasn’t much taste or pizzazz… What’s the point, really? At least the waitress took it off our bill but it was definitely a let-down.

Hogtown Vegan Chickn and Waffles |

I would say overall my meal was probably the best one. Slightly less sloppy, and definitely more interesting. I love a good fried veggie chicken. Here the texture was nice and crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. I liked the combination of flavours and textures on the plate. Getting a forkful with a little bit of everything on it was quite nice.

I’ve never had chicken and waffles before so I was really looking forward to this. Everything was really tasty and I definitely enjoyed it. The only problem is I was super full from trying all of our appetizers and sampling everyone else’s food (visiting a vegan restaurant is the only time when I get to sample other people’s food so I always take full advantage ) that I had to take most of it home for leftovers.

Hogtown Vegan Leftovers |

Luckily my leftovers were just as good for lunch the next day, maybe even better because the syrup had really soaked into the waffles and I drizzled a little extra on top. Yum.

Overall, though, I don’t think I would go back to the Hogtown Vegan after our first experience there. It was interesting and I’m glad I got to try it, I thought the prices here were pretty reasonable (except the $10 disappointing Caesar), even our pints were only $5 that day. However, the service was really not that great and we could’ve had a better time.

One thing that was annoying was we ordered three appetizers to share among us, and after a few short minutes (we weren’t even halfway through them) ALL three of our entrees came out as well. So the table was absolutely crowded with all of our dishes and all of the food was going cold before we could finish eating anything. This place is meant to be casual, but I’m sure this is still a pet peeve for anyone, regardless of whether they’re in a pub or a fine dining restaurant.

This place is really not that close to me either, so for me personally that’s a factor as to why I most likely won’t make the trek back out. I could potentially see myself popping in here for a beer and to split a plate of vegan nachos again but I wouldn’t tell someone from out of town “oh, you HAVE to go here!”

If you’re really keen on checking out their signature dish of chicken and waffles, I would say go ahead and try for yourself. I truly did want to like this place and maybe one day I’ll give it a second chance, but for now it’s not on my short list of places I need to go back to or tell everyone about.

Have you been to Hogtown Vegan in Dovercourt Park neighbourhood? Know a different cool vegan joint with kick-ass chicken and waffles? Leave a comment to let me know about it.

The Hogtown Vegan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


West on Queen St. W. in Parkdale neighbourhood is a totally bad-ass, totally vegan junk food joint called Doomie’s. I first heard about this place on Blog T.O. and was very intrigued. Vegan big mac? With animal-style fries? Uh, I’m IN. Those are omni foods that I’m 100% jealous of. I do not crave meat but I do sometimes crave disgustingly over-the-top crazy unhealthy food creations that are so bad they’re good.

Basically, what I’m saying is, if you ever invent a vegan double down sandwich, I’m game. And this place seems to have that same kind of attitude. In fact, you can’t even order a salad here. There are no freshly-squeezed, cold-pressed organic juices. There is no kombucha. There is only greasy, wonderful, drippy, messy, heavenly comfort food.

Doomies South in Yer Mouth |

I came here with my mum on a weekday night to scope it out. I knew this place was expensive so I brought the lady who taught me how to be frugal to come split an entree with me. NGL – we both drank water, shared one meal and left without getting drinks or dessert and with tax and tip (and our upgrade on the fries) the bill somehow still crept up to $25.76. Yikes! We shared and both felt that it was enough food (if I had this by myself I would’ve had to get a takeout container for sure), but one really hungry person could probably eat the whole thing. Especially because of the fact that it was FUCKING DELICIOUS!

Doomies Xtra Fun Philly Fries |

We upgraded from plain fries to “Xtra Fun Fries” for $5 – these were the “Philly Fries”, they came with vegan philly cheese steak style meat, peppers, onions and cheese whiz. Holy crap, this picture doesn’t begin to convey how good they were. Crispy, perfectly cooked, dripping with tasty grease.. The meat was great, they were piping hot……. Just, the best fries a hungry person could want. I can’t imagine how fricking amazing these would be if you were drunk. And anyone would love them. The whole point of this restaurant is that vegans can bring their non-vegan friends here and not hear them bitching about how “gross” vegan food is. Because they will be too busy shoving the food in their mouths to complain about anything.

Doomies South in Yer Mouth Bite |

The sandwich we tried was called a “South In Yer Mouth” – vegan BBQ pulled pork with pickles, piled high with mac and cheese on a toasted bun. Sooo good. As someone who’s been veggie since I was basically a kid, I have actually never tried real pulled pork. But I can tell you that this sandwich is damn good, whether it’s a perfect dead-on match for the real thing or not. Wowzers. It was very filling! Definitely comfort food. I loved the tangy sauce on the meat contrasted with the creamy, familiar mac and cheese and soft white bun.

I really loved the food at this place and want to go back eventually. Really, the main thing stopping me is the fact that it’s quite expensive (at least compared to the non-vegan foods being imitated). However, the quality is there to back up the prices. Everything is crafted really well, the taste is phenomenal, you can tell there’s a lot of care taken. Plus everything is totally vegan and cruelty-free, so of course that makes it worth it for me right there.

I think two of the comments on Blog T.O.’s website’s comments section sums this up well:

Jep Ingram ·

Big Mac: $4.99
Vegan Big Mac: $16
That’s it right there.

Anthony Campbell

$4.99 is the price of the item, but not the cost.

Google “the real cost of fast food” and you’ll find that what’s not included in the 5 bucks are environmental costs, social costs (for poverty-line wages and benefits), health costs, and animal welfare. Moreover, the more reasonable comparison, price-wise, would be with a Burger’s Priest burger or Holy Chuck burger–both of which also have environmental, social, health, and animal welfare costs that are not factored into their pricing.

Check out Doomie’s on Queen West and let me know what you think! I’ll be sure to post a sexy, greasy, messy Instagram pic of my food next time I’m there and I hope you do, too.

Doomie's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tofurky Pepp’roni Pockets

Tofurky hot pockets????? YAAAAS! That’s what I’m talking about!

Tofurky Pocket Served |

I love eating fresh, raw produce for a meal as much as the next vegan, but man, some times you just want to chow down on some nostalgic, processed, super-lazy junk food. Like those times when you get home from a crazy day at work and can’t even think straight. When its time to just laze on the couch in your sweatpants and have a beer and frozen dinner when you get home. That’s what these are for.

Tofurky Pocket with Box |

Actually I think they make a good lunch too, I eat these when I just don’t feel like making something, but want to eat something super easy when I’m writing or derping around on the internet. (Watching videos on YouTube is like my guilty pleasure when I’m home for the day, especially while I’m eating)

Tofurky Pocket |

I just wanted to share these with you guys to let you know – THEY ARE NOT GROSS! They are actually pretty tasty! I think they’re a wonderful alternative to regular pizza pops or whatever greasy omnivore crap you’re into. And they’re even kinda fancy for what they are. They have a nice flakey crust and the filling is actually pretty tasty. I’ve only tried the pepp’roni flavour so far, there are also “BBQ Chick’n” and “Turk’y Broccoli and Cheddar” flavours which I definitely want to try out. I love Tofurky brand so whenever I see something tasty and vegan from them in my local Whole Foods store (or anywhere) I always want to try it out. Tofurky also makes great vegan pizzas too! (WITH vegan cheese!) And they’re good!

Tofurky Pocket Bitten |

The filling is really good! I love keeping a box of these in the freezer. And throwing them in the microwave is as easy as it gets. (I like to microwave them according to the directions, then toast them in my toaster oven for another 2-3 minutes to get them a pretty golden-brown colour on the outside. Food tastes better when it looks better )

And just so you know, I was NOT paid for this post (I will put a disclaimer at the top for any paid content if a brand does decide to work with me), I just sincerely like these things. Check ’em out next time you see them in your grocery store or Whole Foods. They’re tasty!

Drop a comment to let me know if you like these vegan hot pockets too.

Apiecalypse Now!

Veggielicious 2016! Sadly it’s over, but the middle two weeks in May were a “plant-based culinary celebration here in Toronto, with over 40 restaurants, cafés and bakeries around Toronto featuring prix-fixe menu items and great deals on delicious vegan meals.”

Top of my list for participating restaurants was Apiecalypse Now! – Vegan Pizzeria and Snack Shop near Christie subway station.

Apiecalypse Now! was offering a $20 “snacking tour” of their shop for walk-ins only:

2 counter slices ($9.31 in value), 2 jalapeño poppers ($5 value), 2 dips, 2 Arizona iced teas, 2 soft serve cones

Apiecalypse Now Pig Destroyer Destroyer Slice |

I got a slice of the “Pig Destroyer Destroyer” – creamy garlic sauce, house hot sauce, hickory BBQ soy curls, seitanrizo crumbles, secret spiced not-chicken, vegan bacon bits, vegan pepperoni slices, garlic artichokes, vegan smoked gouda, vegan mozzarella.

This is doing pizza right, people.

Apiecalypse Now BBQ Buffalobotomy Pizza |

Mr. Spoon tried the BBQ Buffalobotomy – extra-special Apiecalypse BBQ sauce, Buffalo not-chicken, red onions, vegan mozzarella cheese, vegan jalapeno cheese, ranch dressing swirl.

Both slices were fricking amazing. We both loved both slices and had a hard time deciding on which ones to get. We will definitely be coming back here again. The shop is right beside Christie Pits park and across the street from Christie subway station. Doesn’t get more convenient. The neighbourhood was cute too – unfortunately we had errands to do that day but when we go back I think bringing our pizza for a little picnic in the park and exploring more of the neighbourhood would be fun.

Apiecalypse Now Dipping Sauces |
The dips were basically unreal – creamy garlic and cheddar jalapeno. So good Mr. Spoon literally did a double take – we were both thinking “are these REAL? Did they do this entire shop vegan except for the dips? These are too realistic!” But yes, they are vegan. You would never know it.

Watermelon Arizona Iced Tea |

Sipped on a watermelon Arizona to wash it all down.
Apiecalypse Now Jalapeno Poppers |

These big-ass jalapeno poppers were made fresh and came out as kind of a second course. So big and stuffed with vegan cream cheese and bacon bits.

Apicalypse Now Jalapeno Popper Bite |

Mmm crispy outside, cheesy inside… Life is good.

Apiecalypse Now Soft Serve Vanilla Cones |

Vanilla soft serve for dessert. Tasted just like the real thing! You can get vanilla, chocolate or swirl.

I’ll let you in on an amazing secret though……. We weren’t just excited for killer vegan pizza.. This place does SIMPSONS donuts on Fridays and Saturdays. Yes that’s right, the iconic pink icing, sprinkled donuts that Homer Simpson loves

Apiecalypse Now Simpsons Donut Zoom |

Mmm Donuts Homer Simpson |

Mmm Donuts…

Every bit as amazing as they look… Fresh, soft, heavenly….
Apicalypse Now Simpsons Donut Bite |
The icing almost tasted like cotton candy. I can’t explain how good these were.. You would have to try them yourself. And the fact that they’re totally vegan.. *wipes tear* so fucking awesome

Homer Simpson Donut |
Grab one for yourself and see what I’m talking about!

Check out Apiecalypse Now! for some fully sick pizza and let me know how you like it (you will like it).
APieCalypse Now Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Apiecalypse Now BBQ Buffalobotomy Slice |

Sooo goooooood!

Daiya Cheezy Mac

Oh man, this is the good stuff. Yes, it is more expensive than a box of Kraft Dinner but it is so worth it when you are craving those cheesy noodles.

Cheezy noodles closeup |

You won’t feel like a total shitbag after indulging either cause guess what – these are made with brown rice noodles, they’re gluten free (if you’re into that), lower calorie than KD and you’ll get the same amount of calcium without any dairy. Amazing. Though let’s be honest it’s still not healthy.

Daiya Cheeze Mac Box close up |

Okay so Daiya isn’t for everyone but I really like this cheezy mac. I haven’t quite reached the level of making my own vegan cheese (yet) so this is perfect for me. The box comes with a bag of noodles and a squeezable package of gooey cheese mix. It can’t get any easier – you boil and drain the noodles and squeeze in the sauce and you’re good to go.

Daiya Noodles close up |

I threw in a spicy Mexican Chipotle flavoured Field Roast sausage and had myself a perfect lazy dinner.

Daiya Cheezy Mac with sausage |

I will totally be buying these Daiya Cheezy Macs again – I found these at the Sobeys in my neighbourhood, which was just revamped and now carries a lot of vegan snacks and products.

Daiya Cheeze Mac Box ingredients |

I know some people are put off by the ‘mouthfeel’ of Daiya cheese. To be honest, yes it can be slightly (and I do mean slightly) stickier-feeling. Yes, it’s not the EXACT same taste as dairy cheese – but to me that’s okay. You have to try it for yourself and see if you like it before judging it! I would definitely recommend it, but a person who is really specific about the texture of their food might not like it.

Why not give it a shot and see what vegan cheeses you like and don’t like? Personally I like this one for a dead-easy lazy dinner. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Grapefruit Moon

I bought a Groupon for this place months ago and finally got around to cashing it in a few days before it was set to expire.

Originally I was excited to see a tofu scramble on the breakfast menu but realized after purchasing and reading the fine print that you couldn’t go for breakfast on the weekends which was my original plan for spending the Groupon. Ah well, going for a nice junk food dinner was just as fun.

Grapefruit Moon vegan grilled cheese |

I ended up getting an “ultimate” vegan grilled cheese to which I added avocado and spinach. It came with fries that were nice and crisp. Yummy. I also got a spinach salad with balsamic dressing.

Grapefruit Moon spinach salad |

The sandwich was great! Made with classic blend cheddar-style and mozzarella-style Daiya shreds. I actually had to do a double take! I almost thought it was the real thing! The bread was really nice too, a hearty multigrain that was perfectly toasted. That was definitely a great sandwich and I would go back and get another one if I was in the neighbourhood again.

Grapefruit Moon beer |
Alcohol wasn’t included in the Groupon but I ended up getting a couple of beers anyway – not a bad draught list, I decided on an Amsterdam blonde which was great.

Grapefruit Moon drinks menu |

Service was good, the wait staff came around often enough to make sure we were doing well but not too often that we were getting interrupted.

The restaurant itself is on the small side, but I like small spaces, and I thought it was pretty cute. We sat at one of the booths along the wall and it was very cozy and private.

The only problem I had was that one of the bathrooms seemed to be out of order without warning! There was no sign on the door but the toilet was almost overflowing in there. Yikes. Super not cool but I’m sure it was probably something that was fixed promptly.

Overall I might go back to this little place and recommend to a friend, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to drag someone here unless I was REALLY in the mood for another grilled cheese. The menu was a little small but I was very pleased that they at least had something vegan on it.

Grapefruit Moon menu |

My friend tried the veggie burger and said it was pretty good as well.

Have you been to the Grapefruit Moon? What’s next on your restaurant hit list? What’s the best vegan greasy spoon in Toronto? Let me know in the comments.

Grapefruit Moon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato