Monday, April 2, 2018

Spicy Tofu Quinoa Bowl

I love Bowls because you can mix and match the ingredients and spices,  allowing you to enjoy different flavors all in one big bowl.  Another nice veggie to add to this bowl would be sugar snap peas.

Spicy Tofu Quinoa Bowl

For the Tofu

1/4         low-sodium soy sauce or tamari
3            tablespoons Asian chile garlic paste
1            tablespoon maple syrup or agave syrup
1            pkg. firm tofu, drained, patted dry and cut into 1” cubes
              canola oil

To prepare the tofu, stir the soy sauce, chile paste, and agave together in a large bowl.  Add the tofu cubes and set aside to marinate while you prepare the rest of the components, or for at least 20 minutes.  Remove the tofu cubes from the marinade with a slotted spoon, reserving the marinade, and put them on paper towels to dry.  Set the bowl with the marinade aside.

Pour enough canola oil into a large skillet to coat it and heat it over medium high heat until the oil slides like water in the pan and is searing hot but not smoking, 2-3 minutes.  Add the tofu cubes and fry until they are golden brown, turning with tons to brown all sides, 6-8 minutes.  Remove the tofu from the pan and place it in the bowl with the marinade.  Give the tofu a quick toss with rubber spatula or spoon to coat the cubes.


Any of your favorite veggies will do.  I used:

            Cruciferous mix
            Red pepper
            Salt and sesame oil

Pour enough oil in large skillet to coat it and heat over medium high heat.  Add the veggies with 1 teaspoon salt and sear them, tossing the pan or otherwise turning the veggies, for about 1 minute, until they are beginning to blister on the outside.  Slide the veggies into a big bowl and toss with sesame oil and a pinch of sea salt.

            1     cup quinoa, cooked  (I used 3/4 cup) – prepared according to pkg.
                   scallions, white and green parts only, thinly sliced on an angle

Assemble items in a big bowl, topping with the scallions and a pinch of sesame seeds.

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