This post has been sponsored by Riviana Foods Inc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Look forward to lunch with these three healthy ideas for tofu meal prep! Served with brown rice and broccoli, these easy recipes are customizable and totally vegan.
My Thoughts on Meal Prepping
Do you like to meal prep?
To be honest, the concept has never been my favorite. It’s too hard for me to predict what I will be craving during the week. Making large batches of a recipe is a real commitment. However, at times, it is an extremely practical move.
For this reason, I rely on interesting variations of meals to keep my taste buds interested and satisfied. Enter a fun spin on meal prep tofu—with three variations! Served alongside some delicious steamed broccoli and convenient Minute® Ready to Serve Rice. All ingredients can easily be picked up at Kroger.
Tofu Meal Prep: Time Saving Meal Hacks
Who isn’t looking to save time these days? Minute® Ready to Serve Rice is just one less thing I have to think about when planning healthy meals for the week. It’s an easy way to add protein and fiber to whatever I am serving. Whether it’s a quick lunch or basic weeknight dinner, Minute® Ready to Serve Rice ensures I have healthy options available at all times. Not to mention that it’s ready in less than 2 minutes!
Another large plus of meal prepping is that it typically requires fewer trips to the grocery store (better for the planet, too!).
By simply planning what I’d like to pick up at Kroger, I can easily find my way through the store and select quality items I feel good about purchasing. Minute® Ready to Serve Rice is stocked right next to other grains, making it a super fast trip!
In today’s tofu meal-prep recipe I’m using Minute® Ready to Serve Brown and Wild Rice as a side. I really like the classic flavor with a bit of variation. The texture pairs perfectly with chewy tofu and hearty streamed broccoli. Be sure to save some of the sauce for drizzling! It’s also MSG-free with no preservatives, non-GMO project verified, and vegan/vegetarian!
I’m sure that another steamed vegetable (like green beans) would be equally delicious. Feel free to experiment and use your favorite veggie or whatever has been lying around in your freezer.
Featured Sauce Flavors
To keep things takeout-inspired, we’re using three fairly familiar sauces. I’ve paired them down to their most essential ingredients!
- The first option is a Creamy Peanut Sauce, the heartiest of our offerings. It’s the same sauce I use in my Peanut Quinoa Salad.This one may just be my favorite.
- Secondly, we have a Sticky Orange Sauce for our tofu. This one is bursting with bright citrus flavor and is remarkably similar in flavor to classic orange chicken.
- Finally, we’re trying a Sesame Garlic Glaze. This version is perfect for fellow garlic fans, as it can also contain a kick of heat from red pepper flakes!
How To Cook Tofu for Meal Prep and Make it Taste Good
One of my ultimate pet peeves is underdone tofu. No one wants to eat mush!
The first and most important step is to be sure you press your tofu to extract as much water as possible before preparing. This insures chewiness and structural integrity.
Then we broil the tofu before sautéing it in a pan with a flavorful sauce.
Finally, serving elements are key to a well-rounded plate! Veggies and Minute® Ready to Serve Brown and Wild Rice insure a balanced meal for any time. For more tofu tips, read my in-depth guide here.
I hope you enjoy these healthy tofu meal prep ideas! Please let me know in the comments or on Instagram which you plan to try first.
Tofu Meal Prep: 3 Ways
- 1/3 cup peanut butter 1/2 - 1 cup water to thin
- 2 TBS low sodium soy sauce or tamari if gluten-free
- 1 TBS lime juice
- 1 TBS sesame oil
- 3 TBS maple syrup
- 1 tsp each garlic and ginger powder, optional
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
- 1 cup orange juice, fresh if possible
- 2 TBS soy sauce or tamari if gluten-free
- 1 TBS sesame oil
- 3 TBS maple syrup
- 2 TBS cornstarch + 5 TBS water, stirred in a small bowl for a slurry
- 1 TBS rice vinegar
- 1.5 tsp ground ginger or 1 TBS freshly grated
- 1 tsp hot sauce, optional
- 1/4 cup water to thin
Sesame Garlic Glaze
- 4 cloves garlic, grated
- 3/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 TBS cornstarch + 3 TBS water, stirred in a small bowl for a slurry
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 TBS high-heat oil, like avocado
- 1 block firm or extra firm tofu
- 2 heads broccoli
- 2 packages Minute® Ready to Serve Brown and Wild Rice
- For serving: green onions, sesame seeds, cilantro, lime wedges
- Press tofu by placing it in a skillet with a large pot on top for at least 15 minutes. This will help remove water so that more sauce can be absorbed. Dry the tofu as much as possible and slice into cubes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Choose the sauce you're craving. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients for sauce and whisk with a fork to combine.
- Add tofu to your prepared baking sheet and set your oven to broil. Place sheet on the rack closest to the broiler. Broil the tofu for 15 minutes, stirring halfway through and keeping an eye on it so it does not burn. This will help crisp up the tofu before we cook it on the stovetop.
- Place a cast iron skillet on the stove and add avocado oil. Heat to medium low. Add tofu and 1/2 of the sauce, stirring to combine. The sauce will cook down considerably over the course of 10 minutes, so be sure to scrape the pan to that is does not stick. If tofu is sticking too much, add 1 TBS more avocado oil. Cook until sauce is thickened.
- Prepare your Minute® Ready to Serve Brown and Wild Rice according to package instructions. Serve tofu with additional reserved sauce on top.
- Plate with Minute® Ready to Serve Brown and Wild Rice and steamed broccoli.
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