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Tofu + Pepper Rice Bowls with Cheese

Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Dairy Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan
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Why we love it:

Possibly the best way to eat tofu ever, this fun to assemble dish is inspired by that, but deconstructed and fast enough for a busy Wednesday before soccer practice!


  • 1 cup Basmati Rice (White)
  • 114 cups Water
  • 114 teaspoons Kosher Salt (divided)
  • 1 package Firm Tofu (the firmer, the better - dry packed without liquid is even better)
  • 12 teaspoon Cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 14 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • 14 teaspoon Black Pepper (freshly ground)
  • 2 teaspoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil (divided)
  • 1 Yellow Onion (small)
  • 2 cups Bell Pepper (Orange, Yellow or Red)
  • 2 cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 15-ounce can Diced Tomatoes
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack Cheese (or pepper jack, shredded)
  • 1 cup Cilantro (chopped)

Cooking Instructions

  • 2. RICE

    Place the rice, water, and a ½ teaspoon of salt in a small pot. Bring to a boil and stir well, then turn down to low and tightly cover. Simmer on low for 16 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit until serving time

  • 3. TOFU

    Open the tofu, and if it was in water, layer between a clean towel and press to squeeze out any excess. Cut into even cubes - about 1”. Place in a small bowl and toss with cornstarch, chili powder, cumin, cayenne, and a ½ teaspoon of salt and a few turns of pepper. Turn to coat well.

    Place in an even layer on a baking sheet and drizzle with a teaspoon of olive oil. Place in the oven. Bake for 6 minutes then slide pan out and flip the squares over. Bake 4 minutes and flip once more, then remove


    Meanwhile, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté 2 minutes, then add in bell peppers and garlic, season with the rest of the salt and pepper and sauté until softened and golden on the edges, about 5 minutes.

    Add the tomatoes and any spices left over in the bowl from the tofu. Cook for 3 minutes or until simmering.

  • 5. SERVING

    Plate a scoop of rice, top with some of the cheese, and tomato/pepper mixture over top. Add tofu cubes and garnish with more cheese and cilantro.

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Prep Ahead & Use It Up

  1. Steam the rice
  2. Mix up the spices
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