Strawberry-Rhubarb Creamsicles

There’s a brief moment in between spring and summer where you can take advantage of the rhubarb and strawberry crossover. I usually miss it (those fleeting fruits drive me nuts!), but not this time. In the later summer, though, these are just as amazing with a peach and blueberry combo and some chopped candied ginger in the mix. Depending on the sweetness and ripeness of the fruit, adjust the agave nectar to taste.

Strawberry Rhubarb Creamsicles

Strawberry-Rhubarb Creamsicles

1 1/2 cups (360mL) chopped rhubarb
1 cup (240mL) sliced strawberries
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lemon
4 to 5 tablespoons (60mL to 75mL) agave nectar, divided*
1 can (13.5oz) lite coconut milk
1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract

Put the rhubarb, strawberries, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons (30mL) of the agave nectar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to medium-low heat and cook until the fruit is softened and the mixture is thick, about 10 minutes. Add agave nectar to taste. Let cool.

Put the coconut milk, 2 tablespoons (30mL) of the agave nectar, and the vanilla extract in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Alternate pouring the fruit mixture and coconut milk mixture in the ice pop molds until each one is filled. Add the sticks. Freeze until firm.

Note: If agave nectar isn’t your thing, any liquid sweetener works well here, though will slightly impact the taste.

Grilled Tofu with Rhubarb BBQ Sauce

Pressing tofu gives it a meatier texture, and when followed by chargrilled crust, well, it’s a combination that’s hard to pass up—especially when it’s slathered by a tangy homemade barbecue sauce. If you like your barbecue sauce really sweet, add additional maple syrup to taste.

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Grilled Tofu with Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 heaping cups finely chopped rhubarb (about 4 large stalks)
Juice of 1 large orange
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons tamari, gluten-free soy sauce, or coconut aminos
2 teaspoons yellow mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 (350g-ish) block tofu, cut into 12 slabs, pressed of excess moisture, seasoned with salt and pepper

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a shallow saucepan with a lid. Add the onion and cook until it begins to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for an additional minute. Add the rhubarb, orange juice, tomato paste, maple syrup, tamari, yellow mustard, chili powder. Mix well, cover, and simmer, about 10 minutes, until rhubarb is softened. Use a handblender to puree until smooth, or transfer the mixture or a heat-safe blender or food processor and process until smooth. Taste for seasoning—depending on your brand of tamari, soy sauce, or coconut aminos, you may want to add a pinch of salt.

Put the tofu in a shallow baking dish and cover with the sauce (you may have some leftover). Marinate for at least 3 hours.

Preheat a grill to 400F. Generously oil the barbeque grate. Put the tofu on the grate and grill for about 5 to 7 minutes (flipping it too early will cause it to stick). Transfer it to a plate, re-oil the grate, and grill on the other side for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Serve warm, either on its own or in a sandwich, with additional sauce if desired.