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Buddha Rice Bowl

Buddha Rice Bowl by Phoebe Canakis

vegan and gluten-free

Yield: 6 servings

The pleasure in this dish is never getting bored with the variations, using what’s in season, adding a lean protein (fish, shrimp or poultry) and substitutions. This dish was always a favorite of my catering clients.

Baked tofu and marinade
16-ounce organic, extra-firm tofu
1/4 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons lime juice
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil*
1 teaspoon organic raw agave (honey as a non-vegan option)
1 teaspoon gluten-free soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder*
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder*

Bowl
4 cups prepared rice
3 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, divided
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 teaspoon lime juice
2 cups broccoli florets, lightly steamed
1/4 pound asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces and lightly steamed
1 cup matchstick zucchini
1 cup snow peas, sliced
1 cup grated or matchstick carrots
1 cup sliced red bell pepper
¼ cup chopped peanuts, almonds or cashews
1 lime, sliced into 6 wedges
Peanut Dressing (recipe with Vegetable Spring Rolls)

For the baked tofu

  1. Remove the tofu from package and drain the liquid. Remove excess liquid by sandwiching the tofu between 2 clean kitchen/paper towels, on a plate, top with a plate and a can of soup. Allow to rest 15 minutes.
  2. Cube the tofu into 1-inch pieces. Combine the marinade ingredients and tofu in a 1-quart plastic bag and place in the refrigerator for one hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350º F. Spread the cubes on a prepared baking sheet; bake for 30- 40 minutes. Toss the cubes every ten minutes until they are golden. Set aside to cool.

For the rice

  1. In a small bowl toss the cabbage, 1 tablespoon cilantro, sesame oil, ginger and lime juice; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl toss the broccoli, asparagus, zucchini, peas, carrots and pepper.
  3. Fill individual serving bowls with rice. Top with cabbage, vegetable mix and tofu.
  4. Garnish with nuts. Serve with Peanut Dressing and lime wedges.

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