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Quinoa Bowls with Cajun Tofu
and black beans / asparagus / pineapple and cucumber salsa

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min
These tropical-inspired grain bowls combine creamy black beans and tofu with crunch from asparagus and a fresh cucumber-pineapple salsa. Finish the bowls off with some salsa or yogurt for added flavor.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Quinoa Bowls with Cajun Tofu:
  • Tofu, extra firm - 16 oz, 1/2” / 1.3cm cubes (vacuum packed preferable)
  • Jalapenos - 1, diced
  • Asparagus - 1 lb, chopped
  • Pineapple - 1 cup, diced (fresh or canned and drained)
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, diced
  • Vinegar, rice - 1 tsp
  • Beans, black (14 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Cajun seasoning - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Soy sauce - 2 tsp
  • Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1/4 cup
  • Hot sauce (opt) - for serving
Quinoa (for 2 nights):
  • Quinoa - 1 1/2 cups
  • Stock, any type - 3 cups

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Prep

  1. Tofu - If tofu is packaged in water, press out liquid first. Then chop into 1/2” / 1.3 cm cubes. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  2. Quinoa - (Makes enough for 2 nights.) Combine quinoa with stock in a saucepan. Add some salt. Bring to a boil covered. Lower heat, keep covered, and cook until liquid is absorbed, 8 to 10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Jalapenos / Asparagus - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Pineapple / Cucumbers - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  5. Make salsa - Combine jalapenos, pineapple, and cucumbers with vinegar.
  6. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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Make

  1. Toss tofu with Cajun seasoning. (If Cajun seasoning doesn’t list salt as an ingredient, season with some salt.)
  2. Heat a nonstick pan with oil over medium- high heat. Add tofu and cook on all sides until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
  3. Add asparagus and soy sauce and cover with a lid or foil. Reduce heat to medium and steam until asparagus is tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Remove lid and gently stir in beans until warmed through.
  5. If quinoa was made ahead, reheat in the microwave (reserve half for Thursday).
  6. Give salsa a stir. You can season it with a pinch of salt if you'd like (this will bring out the flavors).
  7. Assemble bowls by topping quinoa with tofu, asparagus, beans, and salsa. Finish with a spoonful of yogurt and some hot sauce if you’d like. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (78)
Gluten-free (5)
Paleo (10)
Vegetarian (11)

38 reviews

Subbed baby carrots rather than quinoa. Awesome

By: Samantha
Posted: Oct 24, 2018
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

I overcooked the steak (I always manage to somehow), which was a shame because otherwise all of this was delicious

By: Jenna
Posted: May 11, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Salsa was the best part.

By: Daria
Posted: Apr 26, 2018
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

I wasn't a fan of the salsa, but everything else was great!

By: Amber
Posted: Apr 17, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

I omitted the tofu and just used the black beans as a protein source. It was excellent.

By: Cody
Posted: Apr 09, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Very easy and tasty. 1 memeber thoight it was bland

By: Talia
Posted: Apr 07, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful