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Crispy Baked Peanut Tofu Buddha Bowl

Simple, delicious, and approved by both kids and adults, this baked peanut tofu buddha bowl is the ultimate weeknight dinner recipe! It's vegan, gluten free, and smothered in the most delicious creamy peanut sauce there is.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Claire Cary

Ingredients
 

Bowl:

  • 2 cups cooked rice (quinoa or noodles)
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 3 cups chopped kale
  • 4 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Optional: chopped peanuts for garnish

Tofu:

Instructions

  • Remove the tofu from the package and drain out the excess liquid. If you're using extra firm tofu, you shouldn't need to press it, but you are more than welcome to.
  • Chop the tofu into small cubes, about 1/2 to 1 inch. 
  • Add to a bowl with the marinade (1 tbsp tamari, 1 tsp sesame oil, and 1 tbsp maple syrup).
  • Let marinate for about 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 Fahrenheit. 
  • Once done, drain out the excess liquid from the bowl and toss with the arrowroot starch and add to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, leaving space between each piece.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. 
  • While baking, prepare your sauce and veggies. The sauce calls for 1/4 - 1/2 cup of water to thin it out for this recipe, you'll want to use closer to 1/2 cup. The sauce makes more than you will need for this recipe, but it stores really well in the fridge so you can save it for noodles or use as a dip for veggies. 
  • Slice the red peppers into thin strips and add to a pan with 1 tbsp of oil. Saute for 10 minutes or until it starts to brown on the sides. Add in the kale and let wilt for 2 minutes. 
  • When the tofu is done, remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Toss with 1/2 cup of sauce. 
  • Assemble your bowls starting with the rice, add the veggies, avocado, scallions and tofu and drizzle with the remaining sauce. 

Notes

After you toss the tofu with the peanut sauce, you can pop it back in the oven to make it extra crispy, or enjoy as is. 
You can use any color bell pepper, but I personally think red ones have the best flavor when sauteed. 
The arrowroot can be subbed for corn starch or tapioca starch.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.7g | Protein: 16.5g | Fat: 26g | Fiber: 8.1g
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