Quinoa and Chia Seed Tofu Bowl

 

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According to my health-nut mom, white rice is basically sugar. We’re all conditioned to think that rice is healthy but I guess it’s not. Replacing white rice (even just once in a while) with wild rice, red rice, or even better — quinoa, will make a world of difference inside your body!  The main point is, some things that are really healthy for you can also be really tasty.

 

What you’ll need:

  • One bunch of spring onions, rinsed trimmed and chopped
  • One carrot, peeled and grated
  • A bunch of fresh coriander
  • Sprouts or cress
  • Some chopped mango (optional)
  • One cup of white or red quinoa
  • A handful of chia seeds*
  • Some firm tofu (I like to buy the pre-smoked tofu, that shit’s the bomb)

For seasoning:

  • Sesame oil
  • Soya sauce
  • A drizzle of honey
  • Lime and lemon juice

What to do:

If you’ve got the time, it’ll make a real difference if you marinate your tofu for a couple hours in some sesame oil, soya sauce and a drizzle of honey. Slice the tofu and pack the rectangular pieces into a small container so that the marinade covers all of the pieces. Allow the tofu to marinate in the fridge for a few hours if possible so it soaks up all that delicious flavouring. This is also a great time to use some Taifun pre-marinated smoked tofu! All you need to do is slice it up when it’s ready to be grilled!

If you’re using a brick of firm tofu, try and get out as much of the water as possible by wrapping the brick in some paper towel (they say kitchen roll in England, cute) and pressing out as much moisture as possible. Do this before cutting it up and marinating)

Pour the quinoa into a pot and cover with about twice as much boiling water. Add a couple drops of sesame oil into the boiling water and stir in the chia seeds. Allow to cook until all the water is absorbed.

In a large bowl, add all the chopped vegetables. When the quinoa is fully cooked, allow it to cool down a bit and then stir in with the veggies. Season with a bit of sesame oil, soya sauce, a drizzle of honey and a the juice from one lemon and one lime. Add more of anything to adjust to your liking.

Remove the tofu from the fridge. If you’ve got a plug-in countertop grill, this, in my opinion, is the best way to cook the tofu. If not, you can bake the tofu in the oven for about 6 minutes on each side under the broiler, or pan fry it. You want the tofu to brown nicely but those grill marks are the best.

Add the warm tofu to the bowl, grab some chopsticks and dig in!

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