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Buddha Bowl with Tofu

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Buddha Bowl with Tofu

Hello, fellow food enthusiasts! Today, I have a truly special treat for you: the Ultimate Buddha Bowl with Tofu. Now, if you haven’t heard about Buddha Bowls before, let me tell you – you’re in for an absolute delight. Picture this: a colorful, balanced, and satisfying bowl of wholesome goodness that not only tastes incredible but also feeds your body the nutrients it needs to thrive.

Originating from the principles of the Japanese macrobiotic diet, Buddha Bowls are named for their round, overflowing appearance, reminiscent of Buddha’s belly. They’re a beautiful blend of grains, veggies, and protein, often drizzled with a tantalizing dressing. And the best part? They’re as versatile as they are delicious!

The Ultimate Buddha Bowl with Tofu

The Buddha Bowl we’re creating today takes inspiration from various cuisines, creating a fusion that’s nothing short of a flavor explosion. We’ve got quinoa, a high-protein grain popular in South American cuisines. We have tofu, a soy-based protein staple in many East Asian dishes. And don’t forget the fresh herbs and dressing, which add a Mediterranean touch to our bowl.

But enough talk, let’s get cooking!

Buddha Bowl with Tofu

Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )
Serves: 4-6 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 565 calories 25g fat

Ingredients

MAIN INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 3 cups vegetable broth (instead of water, for more flavor)
  • 1 block firm tofu
  • 5 pickling cucumbers, peeled, ends trimmed, and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1 large ripe tomato, cored, seeded, and diced
  • 1 bunch Italian parsley leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 bunches mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 4 heads endive, trimmed and separated into individual spears
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, seeded and diced, for garnish
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

FOR THE TOFU MARINADE

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha (optional, for some heat)

DRESSING

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Add the quinoa, stir once, and return to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat for 15 minutes or until the quinoa is tender and the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat and let it rest, covered, for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and set aside to cool.
  2. While the quinoa is cooking, press your tofu to remove excess moisture. Slice it into cubes and toss it in the marinade made from soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, and sriracha. Allow it to soak up the flavors for at least 15 minutes, but the longer the better.
  3. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the marinated tofu cubes, ensuring they are not overcrowded. Cook on each side until browned and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, add the cooled quinoa, cucumbers, onion, tomato, parsley, and mint. Drizzle with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and fresh lemon juice. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Toss until everything is well mixed.
  5. To serve, spoon the quinoa mixture onto the endive spears, top with the crispy tofu and diced avocado. Drizzle any remaining dressing over the top.
  6. Enjoy your Buddha Bowl with Tofu immediately, or refrigerate it for a meal-prep-friendly, refreshing, and hearty dish!

Notes

Remember that the key to a delicious Buddha Bowl is balance. You have your grains, protein, fresh veggies, and a tangy dressing. Each component should shine but also harmonize with the rest. Don't be afraid to mix and match based on what's in season or what you have on hand. The beauty of a Buddha Bowl is its versatility.

Nutrition

This Buddha Bowl isn’t just about amazing flavors; it’s also incredibly balanced and nutritious. Packed with protein, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals, it’s a meal that will keep you satisfied and nourished. For detailed nutritional information, check out my previous post.

So, there you have it! The Ultimate Buddha Bowl with Tofu – a versatile, nutritious, and absolutely delicious meal that’s sure to become a favorite in your kitchen. It’s the perfect dish for meal prep, a quick lunch, or a fancy dinner. It’s the epitome of eating the rainbow, with a multitude of colors and flavors in every bite.

Remember, the key to a perfect Buddha Bowl is balance. You have your grains, your protein, your fresh veggies, and a tangy dressing. Each component should shine but also harmonize with the rest. Feel free to mix and match based on what’s in season or what you have on hand. The beauty of a Buddha Bowl is its versatility.

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