If someone told you they have an extremely easy recipe with tons of health benefits and a delicious taste, would you try it? You'd be crazy not to, right?
Well, we're that someone. And this rainbow tofu buddha bowl is going to blow your mind. So, let's do this!
Round, Like a Happy Buddha's Belly
It's obvious we didn't come up with the idea of a buddha bowl. Whoever did is a genius though, and we would like to meet this person.
However, since the first time we tried one many years ago, we have been experimenting with all different types. The only criteria we have for buddha bowls is to be colorful, fresh, and served with a delicious sauce.
Buddha bowls are the perfect plant-based meal because they are so well balanced. With grains, proteins, and lots of vegetables, this recipe should be eaten every day.
We especially love buddha bowls because you can throw basically whatever ingredients you have on hand into a bowl, whip up a sauce, and there you have it! There are no excuses not to try one.
Ingredients for a Rainbow Tofu Buddha Bowl
These are the key ingredients we used in our recipe, but remember, there are infinite amounts of variations to choose from.
- Sweet potatoes: the sweet flavor and creamy texture of roasted sweet potatoes will never get old to us. They make any buddha bowl better tasting and more filling. You can use regular potatoes too, but we find sweet potatoes just make your bowl that much more tasty.
- Tofu: this is such a versatile source of protein, especially for vegans and vegetarians. We love making large cubes and baking it with a marinade. The water evaporates leaving you with a chewy texture on the inside, yet crispy on the outside.
- Brown rice: using brown rice is a nice little hack to add some more fiber in your day. But, feel free to switch this out for white rice or quinoa if you want to.
- Carrot: ever heard that carrots are good for eye sight? They are loaded with vitamin A, which is good for your eyes and helps you to see things at night. Do we have night vision goggles yet?
- Peas: another, often overlooked, source of plant protein. These little guys have 8 grams of protein per cup. Talk about big things coming in small packages.
- Cabbage: we always try to include as many colors in our buddha bowls as possible. Did you know red cabbage actually has some of the highest antioxidant levels of any food.
How to Make Rainbow Tofu Buddha Bowls
To begin with, you'll cube the tofu and toss it in some marinade. It's best to let it sit overnight, but don't worry if you forget. It will still taste delicious!
Throw some rice on in a pressure cooker or pot. Then, bake the sweet potatoes and tofu while you prepare your other ingredients.
While the tofu and sweet potatoes bake, cut your fresh veggies and sauté the green peas.
Get your sauce ready. These bowls are just asking for a creamy cilantro lime dressing.
Once everything is prepped, the fun part begins. You get to build your bowl any way you want. Typically, they are built like a happy buddha belly. Nice and round.
How to Store Tofu Buddha Bowls
The ingredients for buddha bowls are great for prepping ahead of time to use for lunches all week long. You can store it all in the fridge for about 4-5 days.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
This is one of our favorite meals to enjoy, and we know it will quickly become one of yours too. It's:
- Full of plant protein
If you make this recipe, don't forget to leave a comment, rate it, and tag us on Instagram with #brokebankvegan. Happy eating!
Variations of This Recipe
We also love roasting vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, beets, onions and peppers. Roast some chickpeas too, and top it off with our creamy Moroccan hummus for a comforting bowl of deliciousness.
4 servings per container
Serving Size1 servings
- Amount Per ServingCalories330
- % Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 1.3g 7%
- Sodium 250mg 11%
- Potassium 577mg 17%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Protein 18.1g 37%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Do I need to marinate the tofu overnight?
Marinating tofu overnight is not necessary, but it will allow the tofu to soak up more of the flavors.
Can I make this recipe with quinoa?
You can absolutely make this recipe with quinoa! It works well with any type of rice, quinoa, or even rice noodles.
Do I have to bake the tofu?
You do not need to bake the tofu. You can also fry it if you want.