Loaded with fresh vegetables, savory baked tofu, and juicy pineapple, the BBQ Hawaiian Tofu Bowl from The Simply Vegan Cookbook by Dustin Harder is the perfect meal for busy weeknights. Be sure to enter the cookbook giveaway at the end of the post.
In my health coaching practice, I often hear from people who say that cooking vegan is too expensive and too time consuming, or that the ingredients are weird and hard to find. I’ve been cooking this way for so long and I don’t know anything else, but I can totally understand how difficult it is when transitioning to a new way of eating. If you don’t know what nutritional yeast is, where do you even go to buy it?
Luckily, Dustin Harder’s new book The Simply Vegan Cookbook is here to vegan cooking fun and easy. The book is full of delicious recipes that use easy to find ingredients and none of them take very long to make. What could be better than that?
There are 150 recipes in The Simply Vegan Cookbook, and each one has two variations. That means that there are really 450 recipes – you could make a different one every day for a year and still have new dishes to try! None of the recipes take longer than half an hour of active time to make, so you won’t find yourself in the kitchen for hours. And just about everything you need to make each dish can be found in a regular grocery store, and they won’t break the bank. There are exceptions to that in the Kitchen Staples Chapter, because Easy Cheese Sauce just wouldn’t be the same without white miso paste.
- 150 recipes
- Each recipe has two variations
- None of the recipes take longer than 30 minutes of active cooking time
- Recipe ingredients are easy to find and affordable
Dustin gives helpful tips throughout the book, and includes lots of helpful info for new vegans. There’s also a list of “Neat Cheats” for those times when you just don’t feel like making your own vegan staples.
What I really love about The Simply Vegan Cookbook is that the chapters are broken down my main ingredient, rather than meal type! That way, if you have a hankering for avocado, you can just flip to the avocado section of the book. If you need to get more greens into your diet, there’s an entire chapter to help!
- Vegan Made Easy
- Broccoli and Cauliflower
- Root Vegetables
- Simple Sweets
- Kitchen Staples
The first recipe I tried from The Simply Vegan Cookbook was the BBQ Hawaiian Tofu Bowl, because I had most of the ingredients on hand already, including a bottle of barbecue sauce that was just begging to be used. Also, I love pineapple and baked tofu, so this seemed like a natural choice for me. This dish was super easy to make, and absolutely delicious. If you bake the tofu ahead of time, it will come together in a snap, making it perfect for busy weeknights. I’m looking forward to trying the Sweet and Sour Cauliflower Bowl variation that’s mentioned in the book.
If you’re looking for easy recipes that don’t take too much time to prepare and won’t break the bank, The Easy Vegan Cookbook is for you!
BBQ Hawaiian Tofu Bowl
- 1 large red onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, plus more as needed, divided
- 1 14-ounce block extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1 20-ounce can sliced pineapple, drained, or 1 pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1⁄4-inch slices
- 1 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 5-ounce package baby spinach
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)
Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a bowl, toss the onion and bell pepper with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Spread them out on half of the prepared baking sheet. Spread out the tofu cubes on the other half. Bake for 10 minutes, toss with a spatula, and bake for 10 more minutes.
While the tofu and vegetables are baking, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pineapple slices in batches and sauté until darkly browned on both sides, adding more oil as needed.
Toss the baked tofu with the barbecue sauce until thoroughly coated.
Divide the spinach and quinoa among 4 bowls. Top with the vegetables, tofu, and pineapple. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.
Recipe from The Simply Vegan Cookbook by Dustin Harder. Reprinted with permission.
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