Cabbage Bowl with Tofu and Peanut Sauce (Video)
This vegan Cabbage Bowl with Tofu and Peanut Sauce has cabbage, peppers, sugar snap peas, and baked tofu cubes drizzled with peanut-Sriracha sauce, and this is a real treat!
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Cabbage Bowl with Tofu and Peanut Sauce!
Everyone who loves crunchy sweet raw red cabbage, please raise your hand. (Kalyn has both hands raised.) If you’re not raising your hand I hope you’ll consider making this Cabbage Bowl with Tofu and Peanut Sauce using crisp lettuce in place of the cabbage because I loved how the flavors combined in this recipe, and I’d hate for any cabbage-avoiders to miss out on the other good things here.
Two things that ramp up the flavor are tossing the tofu cubes with a soy-sesame-ginger marinade before they’re baked, and a hint of Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) in the peanut butter flavored sauce to give it just the right amount of spicy kick. I made this a couple of times and in the final version I scattered the tofu cubes over the salad like croutons before I drizzled the sauce over, and I thought that was the perfect finishing touch.
How to Make Cabbage Bowl with Tofu and Peanut Sauce:
(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)
- Drain a cube of firm or extra firm tofu into a colander placed in the sink and let all the liquid run off.
- Then cut the tofu into two same-size flat pieces.
- You need to press the tofu to remove the moisture if you want crisp cubes of tofu. Start by putting the pieces of tofu between a double layer of paper towels.
- Then put something heavy like a cast iron pan on top of the tofu and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. (If you have time, change the towels and press again for 15 minutes more.)
- While tofu is being pressed, whisk together sesame oil, soy sauce, rice vinegar, Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice, and ground ginger root to make the marinade.
- Cut the tofu into small cubes and toss with the marinade. (If you have time to let this sit for 15 minutes or so, I would do that, but it’s not essential.)
- Spray a large baking sheet with non-stick spray and spread out the tofu cubes. Bake at 400F/200C for about 20 minutes.
- Halfway through baking time, turn the tofu cubes if you want them evenly crisp on all sides. (I used my fingers, just do it quickly!)
- The tofu is done when it’s nicely browned on all sides and the edges are firm.
- While tofu cooks, thinly slice and chop the cabbage and cut the red pepper and sugar snap peas into slivers. (I’d cut the cabbage thinner than it is in this photo; we forgot to take another photo of the thinner-cut cabbage when we made this the final time!)
- Melt the peanut butter in the microwave, then whisk in the rice vinegar, Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or sweetener of your choice, sesame oil, soy sauce, Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link), and hot water to make the sauce.
- For each serving, layer a generous amount of thinly sliced and chopped cabbage, red bell pepper strips, and slivers of sugar snap peas.
- Sprinkle with tofu cubes and drizzle over desired amount of sauce, and devour!
- This vegan Cabbage Bowl with Tofu and Peanut Sauce is so tasty that even meat-lovers will gobble it up!
More Tasty Ideas with Tofu:
Use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link) or reduced-sodium soy sauce if desired. I love Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) but use any sweetener you prefer. I use Adams 100% Natural Peanut Butter (affiliate link), use a peanut butter without added sugar. If you're not a fan of some of the veggies I used You can substitute or add any thinly sliced veggies you think would be good with these flavors.
This recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from Baked Sesame Tofu Sticks and Vegan Peanut Butter Tofu. Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Tofu and Marinade Ingredients:
Peanut-Sriracha Sauce Ingredients:
Serving Size: 1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2.4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11.8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 539mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 6.5gSugar: 9.2gProtein: 16g
Use Gluten-Free Soy Sauce (affiliate link) or reduced-sodium soy sauce if desired. I love Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) but use any sweetener you prefer. I use Adams 100% Natural Peanut Butter (affiliate link), use a peanut butter without added sugar. If you're not a fan of some of the veggies I used You can substitute or add any thinly sliced veggies you think would be good with these flavors. This recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from Baked Sesame Tofu Sticks and Vegan Peanut Butter Tofu.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
If you’re eating this Cabbage Bowl with Tofu and Peanut Sauce for Phase One of the original South Beach Diet or another type of low-carb diet, you need to use an approved sweetener. Tofu is a limited food for Phase One South Beach, but this recipe is well-within that limit.
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