Return of the Monk Bowl

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When I got my copy of The 30-Minute Vegan, the Monk Bowl was the first recipe that caught my eye.  It’s one of those simple recipes that makes you wish you’d thought of it first.  Basically, it’s a bowl of quinoa topped with steamed veggies and oven-roasted tofu cubes.

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Simple, right?  But so incredibly delicious.  The best thing about it is its versitility.  The tofu gets marinated in a little soy sauce or liquid aminos and oil before going in the oven, and you can use any kind of oil depending on the flavor you’re shooting for. (I used sesame this time.)  If you’re not in the mood for quinoa, you can swap it out for rice or noodles.  And as far as the veggies go, anything that’s in the fridge and tastes good steamed is fair game.

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Since we have an absolute boatload of leafy veggies around the house right now, I loaded my bowl up with kale, red cabbage, beet greens, and quartered Brussels sprouts.  Then everything got a drizzle of flax oil and liquid aminos and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast as per the recipe suggestion.

Verdict?  Amazing.  Makes me wonder why I don’t throw one of these together more often when I find myself alone for dinner.  It’s pretty much the perfect one-person meal.  I think it would also be awesome with rice stick noodles and rice vinegar instead of quinoa and flax oil.

Today’s kitchen antics: testing another loaf of zucchini bread and attempting to preserve some of the myriad zucchini that have been popping up in the garden!


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. Lorin  September 22, 2010

    Yum! I need to make this asap.