Cajun Tofu Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice. Baked Cajun Spiced Tofu, over greens, cilantro lime rice, and tomatoes. Easy Spicy Bowl. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Recipe. Use Chickpea tofu to make soy-free.
I go through these weeks where I will obsess about one particular spice blend or combination or play around with similar flavor profiles. This past few months have been about Cajun. Exhibit 1 Cajun Cauliflower over Garlic pasta, so Good!, exhibit 2 Cajun Spiced Sloppy lentils, oh my gosh!
This week serve up this easy Cajun Tofu Bowl however you want it, but make some! The Tofu is rubbed up with Cajun spice blend and lime. Then baked to dry and infuse the tofu. Meanwhile, make the other bowl components like a refreshing cilantro lime rice. Add roasted veggie, chopped up tomato/crunchy veggies or pico de gallo, some greens or lettuce. Slice the baked tofu and serve. You can use the cajun blend paste over chickpea tofu, chickpeas/beans or hearty vegetables as cauliflower, eggplant, sweet potato, zucchini and roast them until tender and use those in the bowl instead of tofu. Fall Comfort in a bowl.
The book work has kept be on my toes the past few weeks (its out, get your copy!) so I haven’t been cooking up much new stuff. Catch up on the book being reviewed on magazines and blogs here. There are many new recipes in the drafts, but they all need post edits and photos/video editing and I am trying to get back into the schedule of editing and scheduling today. I always end up cooking more for a break rather than edit. 🙂 Wait maybe I need a vacation first!
More Bowls from the blog
- Curried Kidney Bean Bowl with quinoa, zucchini, mango salsa
- Moroccan Chickpea Carrot Bowl with Turmeric Cauliflower Rice
- Curry Ramen with Miso Lentils
- Shawarma Chickpeas, Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl
- Quinoa Cauliflower Bowl with almond Sriracha sauce
- Chickpea Aloo Chaat Bowl with Date Tamarind Chutney
- Chickpea Curry Bowl with spiced potatoes.
Thats a lot of just cajun spice on the tofu(below). I like to use a spice paste with lime and oil for the best flavor payback That works for me (with a glass of water ;), but it can get hot depending on your blend. Add some flour to the paste to dilute and use mild paprika in your blend. or just toss the tofu in oil+ lime then toss in dry cajun blend to control the amount of spices and heat on the tofu.
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Cajun Tofu with Cilantro Lime Rice. Baked Cajun Spiced Tofu, over greens, cilantro lime rice, and tomatoes. Easy Spicy Bowl. Vegan Gluten-free Nut-free Recipe. Use Chickpea tofu to make soy-free.
- 12 to 14 oz firm tofu
- 1.5 to 2 tbsp cajun spice blend , see note
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup long grain rice or basmati rice
- 1/2 tsp oil
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp or more lime juice
- 1/4 cup packed finely chopped cilantro
- crunchy greens, chopped tomato or cucumber, lime juice
Press the tofu (wrap in paper towel, then kitchen towel and place a couple of heavy books on it for 15 minutes or use a tofu press). Then slice into 1/4 inch thick slices. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Mix the cajun spices with lime juice, olive oil and salt to make a paste. Rub the cajun paste on the tofu and let it chill for at least 15 mins (to an hour) to pick up the flavor. * See Note.. Alternatively, toss the tofu (in cubes form) in olive oil, then toss in dry cajun spice blend + salt. (Drizzle lime juice later after baking).
Bake the Tofu at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool for a few minutes, then slice and serve.
Meanwhile, make the cilantro lime rice: Wash and soak the rice for atleast 15 minutes. (I usually do this along with tofu pressing, so the rice and tofu are ready around the same time).
Drain the rice and add to the saucepan. Add salt, water, and oil if using and mix in. You can also add in a bay leaf.
Reduce heat to medium-low and cook covered for 18 to 20 minutes. Fluff the rice, mix in lime juice and half the cilantro. Taste and adjust carefully. Cover and let sit for 2 minutes. Garnish with more cilantro when serving.
Assemble crunchy greens or lettuce cilantro lime rice, sliced tofu, chopped tomato and a good drizzle of lime or lemon, salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve as a bowl or fill up warm tortillas for great tacos.
* Add a tbsp of flour or cornstarch and a few drops of water to make the cajun paste. This will dilute the spice a bit.
Cajun Spice Blend: Mix 2 tsp paprika (sweet + smoked), 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/3 tsp salt.
To make this Soy-free: Use chickpea tofu, chickpeas/beans or hearty vegetables as cauliflower, eggplant, sweet potato, zucchini. Toss in cajun spice blend + lime + oil and roast them until tender and use those in the bowl instead of tofu.
Nutrition is 1 of 4 Serves. Does not include greens, tomatoes.