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Almond Butter Tofu Bowls

Servings 2


  • 1 block tofu firm or extra firm
  • Avocado oil or spray oil
  • 2 cups brown rice cooked
  • 2-3 different vegetables and/or beans of choice I used golden beets, edamame, and broccoli


  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha or more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ginger freshly grated
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp water


  • Press tofu to remove excess water. If you don't have a tofu press, place a towel down, then tofu, then another towel and top with a large can or something else heavy. Leave for how every long you have! (20 minutes to hours)
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Dice tofu into about 30 cubes. Toss is a small amount of oil, or spray with oil.
  • Spread tofu cubes out on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes- flip halfway.
  • Meanwhile, whisk all sauce ingredients together.
  • Once tofu is done, place in a skillet pan over medium heat. Add sauce and cook just until sauce thickens and sticks to tofu. Remove from heat.
  • Build bowls with brown rice, veggies, beans, and tofu.


Athletes: Can't stress enough how helpful meals like build-your-own-bowls are during training. They allow you to choose how much of each ingredient you need. Have a long run or ride in the morning? Pile up that rice and choose vegetables that agree with your GI tract the next day. Appetite in the toilet after a few days off training due to illness? Make sure to get lots of veggies and tofu and maybe not as much rice. You tweak it to your needs.
Healthy Eating: Half of the tofu in this recipe gives you the protein you need to power through until your next meal. But, feel free to play with the amounts of rice and veggies you add. More veggies and less rice kinda day? Great. Feeling extra hungry and need more rice AND more veggies? Get after it!
Kids: One time I thought I was a cool mom and deconstructed this bowl into a 'snowman scene.' Think: tofu snow man, broccoli trees, shredded carrot clouds, rice for the snow on the ground... I was so proud of myself. Then, kid #1 decided none of that looked nearly as cool as I did and refused to try it. Remember- our role as parents is to serve healthy, balanced meals most of the time. It's our kid's job to decide how much they want to eat. Which this particular night was NOTHING. Frustrating? Yup. But par for the course with toddlers, right? Hopefully your snowman scene goes over better than ours!
Other Thoughts:
  • Roasted vegetables are so good in these bowls. Just cut up whatever veggies you have/want. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss veggies in a little oil - spread evenly on a baking sheet and roast for 10-30 minutes depending on the veggie and how big you cut them.
  • I almost always double the tofu. If you're spending the time to bake the tofu, I want leftovers!!! If you're like me and want some tofu for lunch tomorrow, two blocks of tofu will fit on one tray in the oven. Then, just double the sauce.
  • This recipe is vegan and gluten free.