Packed with whole grains, protein, and healthy veggies this miso tofu rice bowl is a great wholesome meal that can be assembled in under 30 minutes.
Our second tofu recipe on TCF and we are so pleased with how tasty, healthy, and beautiful it looks. It took us a while to start introducing tofu and replacing it for meats and that’s probably because we didn’t start off by buying extra firm/firm tofu. Such a newbie mistake. We had cooked with tofu before and kept getting mixed results. Sometimes the recipes would be bang on and other times the tofu would just crumble and fall apart. We couldn’t figure out what we were doing wrong. Well it’s as simple as buying the right kind of tofu. After these mistakes I’ll never buy anything but extra firm tofu. The others are just too difficult to work with and with the extra firm there is practically no water that needs to be squeezed out so when you see recipes telling you to wrap it in paper towel and place heavy objects on top for 20 minutes to squeeze all that water out.. well it’s not needed with the extra firm. You do have to wrap it in the paper towel still but only for 5 minutes or while your prepping all the ingredients.
What you hear about tofu is true. It simply takes on the flavors of its seasoning. Baking or pan frying is most common which gives it some crispiness and helps keep its shape with little manipulation. The secret to tofu is use only firm and it’s all in the sauce. A good marinade that goes well with the rest of the dish- (think same origin and most common pairings) is what will drive it out of the park.
Our tofu experimentations and protein substitution recipes so far consist of easy commonly seen tofu recipes in like ramens, Thai foods, and rice bowls aka power bowls, also known as Buddha bowl also seeing the term nourish bowls and vegan bowls. It’s hard to keep up with the new trending words. I’m sure you’ve come across these types of foods whether you’ve eaten it before, heard about it or seen it it’s nothing new. These are all very popular especially in plant-based, vegan and vegetarian diets. They are a great source of protein and great way to get lots different veggies in one dish. This is also one of the reasons why we are so attracted to making these.
The combination of brown rice, fresh vegetables, and herbs topped with grilled tofu makes it the perfect nutritious dinner. To get a good amount of protein a great way is by incorporating protein high veggies like edamame, beans, potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts and make sure you have a good base that will keep you full and well fueled like whole grain brown rice, quinoa or lentils. A good trick is to incorporate a variety of colourful veggies to get a good balance of vitamins. Just have fun with it and make it your own!
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