Asian Bowls

Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 10 minutes Rest: 30 minutes


I think this is my favorite thing to eat - cooked red and white quinoa, marinated tofu, steamed kale and broccoli with Thai peanut sauce and Sriracha sauce. I make a large serving of quinoa, steam some kale and broccoli, and then make the tofu and sauces listed below. To serve, I start with a layer of quinoa, top with some of the kale and broccoli, add some marinated tofu and top it all off with either one or both of the sauces. My boys don't like quinoa, so I make them rice. I serve this with a simple cucumber salad topped with a little rice vinegar and agave dressing or the Thai Noodle Salad found in The Starch Solution.


  • Marinated tofu:
  • 20 ounces extra firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp light miso
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 tsp mirin
  • Asian ginger sauce:
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • Thai Peanut Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp agave nectar
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp chili garlic sauce
  • 1/8 tsp coconut extract
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro (optional)


Marinated tofu:
Drain the tofu and cut into small cubes.

Place the remaining ingredients in a small bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over the tofu and toss to coat well. Let rest for at least 30 minutes, mixing occasionally to make sure the tofu is well covered with the marinade.

Turn the tofu and the marinade into a large non-stick saute pan. Dry fry for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally with a spatula to make sure the cubes are well browned on all sides.

Be sure to use extra firm tofu in this recipe or the tofu will tend to fall apart.

Asian ginger sauce:
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and whisk until smooth. Bring to a boil while stirring and cook and stir until thickened. Serve warm over grains and vegetables.

Thai peanut sauce:
This is a higher-fat choice because of the peanut butter. However, I have recently discovered PB2, by Bell Plantation. This stuff is amazing! It's basically powdered peanut butter, with 85% of the fat removed. You mix it with water and use as you would regular peanut butter. You can't tell the difference.

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Pour into a saucepan and heat through before serving. Serve warm over grains and/or vegetables.

Hint: Szechwan Sauce and Peanut-Hoisin Sauce (recipes in Sauces) are also delicious on these bowls.