A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that my friendly neighborhood indie health food store had closed down its kitchen and so was no longer offering its flavor- and fiber-packed refrigerator-cased meals and snacks. Fortunately picking up the Clintonville Community Market's slack in actually edible tofu-heavy comestibles is an increased inventory of Wellness Forum Foods products based in nearby Worthington. Basically the brain and oven child of Del Sroufe - a local pioneer in vegan eating and cooking - Wellness now stocks the market with lots of its health-minded goodies.

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that my friendly neighborhood indie health food store had closed down its kitchen and so was no longer offering its flavor- and fiber-packed refrigerator-cased meals and snacks. Fortunately picking up the Clintonville Community Market's slack in actually edible tofu-heavy comestibles is an increased inventory of Wellness Forum Foods products based in nearby Worthington. Basically the brain and oven child of Del Sroufe - a local pioneer in vegan eating and cooking - Wellness now stocks the market with lots of its health-minded goodies.

I picked up and chomped down on a few of these all-vegan things and came away with some generally good impressions. Overall, I'd say Sroufe's stuff cleverly manages to make its star ingredient - organic tofu - into something surprisingly meaty, satisfying and sustaining. Here's a few notes.

Baked Tofu Sandwich ($5)

The stout and sturdy organic brown wheat bread only suffered from a slight bit of sogginess due to its damp ingredients (organic lettuce and tomato) and time spent in the plastic wrapper. Otherwise, it was a damn fine, big and hearty sandwich with its slab of nutty, sweet and salty tofu enlivened by a fairly convincing mayo stand-in made of horseradish and liquefied tofu.

Louisiana Tofu Citron

Big blocks of very filling and firm tofu were bathed in and enhanced by sweet, slightly spicy and bitter citric notes from an unusual but "grows on you" sauce made with onion, mushrooms, green pepper and grapefruit.

Oven Fried Tofu

These benefited from a five or 10 minute visit to the toaster oven which gave the soft battered soybean cubes a crusty edge and brought out their strong garlic powder presence. A heart-healthy replacement for fried chicken nuggets, these babies ate especially great when dipped into a sauce I made with ketchup, soy sauce and Sriracha.

Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

The label doesn't lie - Wellness' organic linguine packed quite a cayenne and jalapeno wallop, as well as a swift kick of ginger. Though the peanut butter and coconut milk sauced noodles had a great, bold flavor, their slightly sticky texture needed a little loosening up from a few drops of warm water. I appreciated their contrasting fresh green crunch provided by the organic scallion and cucumber.