Tofu Satay Buddha Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Tofu Satay Buddha Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce make a hearty, satisfying meal. Perfect for a packed lunch or an easy detox day. This quick, vegan main comes together in well under an hour and is loaded with both flavour and nutrition.
When the world seems topsy turvy, it’s even more important to make time for self care. A relaxing half hour walking the dog, practicing yoga, relaxing in a steamy bath, or simply enjoying a tasty healthy meal and the companionship of a dear friend does both body and soul a world of good.
This year, with the pandemic turning the world upside down, I’ve been more focused than ever on the quality of the food I serve my family. I’m leaning in to healthier food choices because I’m convinced that food is actually the best medicine — for whatever ails you.
As we head into spring in the Southern Hemisphere, there’s still a crispness in the air — especially in the mornings and evenings. So, a steamy rice bowl feels cozy. However, the fresh, light, colourful vegetables that go with it embody our enthusiasm for warmer weather, spring sunshine, and the bounty of the garden.
Best of all, these easy bowls come together quickly — leaving more time for the people we love. In short, Tofu Satay Buddha Bowls are a great way to take care of yourself, while nourishing the people you care for.
About this Recipe
This is a very simple recipe. As with all easy recipes, the quality of the ingredients you select will make all the difference. So, be choosy. If you must pay a little more for your tofu or your natural peanut butter to get a product with exceptional texture or flavour, go for it. You’ll be glad you did.
I don’t eat rice, can I use something else?
Absolutely. I encourage you to use whichever grain you prefer, or happen to have on hand. Quinoa or millet would be excellent choices.
The important thing is not to overdo the grain. Stick with the proportions. 1 cup of cooked grain per serving is the maximum I would suggest using. Use more than that and you will wind up with a starchier, less healthy bowl.
Must I marinate the tofu?
There are no hard and fast rules here. I recommend marinating the tofu because it will take on flavours as it sits. The longer the tofu sits in the rich spice paste, the more flavourful it will be.
On the other hand, if you do not marinate the tofu, but simply coat it in the spice paste and bake it, it will still taste good. The flavours simply won’t penetrate the tofu cubes.
If you have time, whizz up the marinade and toss it with the tofu cubes the night before. If not, let it sit for as long as you can. Or, simply pop the coated tofu in the oven. The flavours will still be delicious — just different.
I hope your family enjoys these tasty, nourishing Tofu Satay Buddha Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce every bit as much as my family does. Bon appétit!