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Tofu Spring Roll Bowl with Ginger Peanut Sauce

Tofu Spring Roll Bowl with Ginger Peanut Sauce: A Refreshing Vegan Delight!

tofu spring roll bowl

Hello, food enthusiasts! Today, I'm excited to share with you a delightful recipe that brings back the fresh taste of one of my favorite spring rolls. Before the pandemic hit, I used to find these delectable treats at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, but since then, I haven't been able to enjoy them as often. That's when I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a Tofu Spring Roll Bowl with Ginger Peanut Sauce that satisfies my cravings for that burst of flavor and crunch. Trust me; this vegan creation is a true winner!


The Magic of Tofu:

Tofu has always been a versatile ingredient in my kitchen. With its ability to absorb any flavor, it never fails to amaze me. For this Tofu Spring Roll Bowl, I used organic, sprouted, firm tofu, cut into bite-sized pieces. The key to preparing tofu is to drain all the water first and then season it with garlic and onion powder, sea salt, parsley flakes, Old Bay Seasoning, or any other favorite spices you desire. I pan-fried the tofu in a touch of coconut oil, creating a light golden crust on the outside while keeping it tender on the inside. If you prefer a chewier texture, you can bake it a bit longer in the oven.


The Green Twist:

Traditionally, spring rolls feature uncooked tofu pieces, but I wanted to elevate the flavors in this dish. By adding cooked and seasoned tofu, the bowl gets an extra depth of taste that is just too irresistible to miss out on. As an alternative to the purple cabbage typically used in spring rolls, I opted for shredded broccoli slaw. Trust me, it's the perfect substitute that adds a pleasant crunch and visual appeal.


The Ginger Peanut Sauce:

Now, let's talk about the star of the show – the Ginger Peanut Sauce! While you can always make your own version, I highly recommend trying the Ginger Peanut Sauce by The Ginger People. Their clean and delicious ginger products never disappoint. However, if you're feeling adventurous, combine creamy peanut butter, minced garlic, Sriracha sauce, hoisin sauce, and water to create your own spicy peanut sauce.


Ingredients:
  • 2.5 oz spring lettuce mix

  • 1 cup shredded carrots

  • 1 cup shredded broccoli slaw

  • 1/2 cup prepared rice noodles, thin (cooked, drained, and chilled)

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 4 oz prepared tofu bite-size pieces

  • Spicy peanut sauce to taste

Instructions:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the spring lettuce mix, shredded carrots, shredded broccoli slaw, chopped cilantro, rice noodles, and prepared tofu bites.

  2. Toss all the ingredients well until they are evenly distributed.

  3. Divide the salad into serving bowls and garnish each with a drizzle of the Ginger Peanut Sauce.

Nutrition Facts (Estimated per Serving):
  • Calories: 250 kcal

  • Total Fat: 14g

  • Saturated Fat: 2g

  • Trans Fat: 0g

  • Cholesterol: 0mg

  • Sodium: 480mg

  • Total Carbohydrates: 20g

  • Dietary Fiber: 6g

  • Sugars: 4g

  • Protein: 14g

  • Vitamin D: 0 IU

  • Calcium: 150mg

  • Iron: 3mg

  • Potassium: 480mg

Note: Nutrition facts are approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients used and serving size. The values are calculated using store-bought spicy peanut sauce. If you make your own sauce, the nutrition values may differ.


Serving Recommendations:

This Tofu Spring Roll Bowl with Ginger Peanut Sauce is a refreshing and light vegan meal that's perfect for lunch or dinner. It's a fantastic option for warm days when you're craving a healthy yet flavorful dish. Alternatively, serve it as a side salad to accompany your favorite Asian-inspired meals for an extra burst of goodness.


Storage Recommendations:

Store any leftovers of the Tofu Spring Roll Bowl in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 days. Make sure to keep the Ginger Peanut Sauce separate if possible to maintain the freshness and avoid the salad from becoming soggy. Before consuming the leftovers, give the salad a quick toss to refresh the flavors. Enjoy it chilled or at room temperature.


Conclusion:

I hope you try this Tofu Spring Roll Bowl with Ginger Peanut Sauce and relish in its fresh and delightful flavors. It's a wonderful way to enjoy the essence of spring rolls in a new and exciting format. Feel free to add chopped peanuts or sesame seeds for an extra crunch. Get creative and make it your own. Bon appétit!


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