Put these easy peanut tofu bowls on your dinner menu ASAP! It’s the perfect balanced vegan meal – brown rice, broccoli, and tofu drenched in the best homemade peanut sauce.

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If you haven’t noticed, we love anything and everything made with peanut butter in the DB house. I put it on oatmeal, in desserts, and in my favorite homemade peanut sauce recipe. Peanut butter just makes everything better.

These peanut tofu bowls are such a satisfying meal no matter what day. Ben and I make a variation of this dish at least once a week. It never gets old! With a well-stocked pantry, you likely have all the ingredients on hand to make it for yourself tonight.

What’s in these peanut tofu bowls?

Here are the main ingredients you need to make these bowls, including the homemade peanut sauce:

  • Broccoli
  • Brown rice
  • Tofu
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Soy sauce or tamari for gluten free
  • Rice vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Maple syrup
  • Chili garlic sauce
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How to make peanut tofu bowls

  • Cook brown rice according to package instructions. I used this rice cooker.
  • Bake tofu and broccoli in the oven.
  • While food cooks, prepare the peanut sauce by whisking together all the ingredients until smooth.
  • Toss cooked tofu in peanut sauce.
  • Serve immediately with brown rice and broccoli.

Easy substitutions for this recipe

If you don’t have every single ingredient on hand, you can easily make some substitutions to this meal. Here are a few I suggest:

  • Swap brown rice for another whole grain. Quinoa and farro would be great in this meal. Additionally, you could try couscous or orzo pasta.
  • Choose another vegetable instead of broccoli. Pretty much any roasted vegetable would taste great with this meal. I’d love to try it with Brussels sprouts, eggplant, and sweet potatoes.
  • Use another protein instead of tofu. If you don’t have tofu on hand, you can use another protein source.
  • Sub creamy tahini or almond butter for peanuts. Whether you have a peanut allergy, or just don’t have any at home, use another creamy nut or seed butter for similar results. Tahini or almond butter are my picks! Make sure you are using natural, creamy nut or seed butter with a runny texture when making the sauce.
  • Use hot sauce or red pepper flakes in place of chili garlic sauce. If you don’t have chili garlic sauce, just use a little hot sauce or red pepper flakes for heat. Adjust amount accordingly based on your preference for spicy food.
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Peanut Tofu Bowls (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Put these easy peanut tofu bowls on your dinner menu ASAP! It’s the perfect balanced vegan meal – brown rice, broccoli, and tofu drenched in the best homemade peanut sauce.

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: serves 34 1x
  • Category: main dish
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry brown rice
  • 1 block tofu, drained, wrapped in clean dish towel, and pressed between two plates for at least 10 minutes
  • 2 heads broccoli, chopped into florets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sesame seeds (optional)

Peanut Sauce

  • 2 1/2 tbsp low sodium tamari (or soy sauce for non gluten free)
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 1 inch knob of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1/2 tsp chili garlic sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare rice according to package instructions.
  3. Toss broccoli with 1 tbsp olive oil and a generous shake of salt and pepper. Spread out on one of the baking sheets.
  4. Cut the tofu into 1 inch cubes. Toss with remaining olive oil plus salt and pepper. Place on the other baking sheet.
  5. Bake broccoli and tofu for 25-30 minutes. Toss the tofu once in the middle of cooking. Tofu will be golden brown and the edges crispy when done.
  6. While food cooks, prepare the peanut sauce. Whisk everything together in a cereal bowl until smooth and creamy. 
  7. Move cooked tofu to a mixing bowl, and toss with peanut sauce to coat.
  8. Portion out brown rice, broccoli, and peanut tofu into bowls. Garnish with sesame seeds. Serve immediately.

Keywords: peanut tofu bowls, vegan, gluten free

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