Some of the best and easiest recipes can come from imitating more expensive, pre-made meals. Amy’s Teriyaki Bowl makes for an absolutely delicious lunch, but usually costs a bit more than lunch should. The portion given is also not quite big enough for a completely filling meal. Making a teriyaki bowl from scratch can save you money and save you from being hungry again in half an hour. I recommend making large quantities of this and storing servings in individual containers in the fridge or freezer. The amount of each ingredient you will use depends on what sort of balance you want your meals to have - less rice, more broccoli? A huge fan of bell peppers? Hate green beans? You get to customize it however you want. All of the vegetables listed below can be boiled or steamed together in a large pot for convenience.
- Brown rice, cooked as desired (you could also try it with whole grain pasta or couscous)
- Broccoli florets
- Firm tofu, drained and pressed and cut into 1-inch cubes
- green beans
- small, sliced mushrooms
- carrot slices
- red bell pepper slices
- a small dash of ginger (optional)
- a dash of pineapple, orange, or lemon juice (optional)
- sunflower, sesame, or other vegetable oil
- soy sauce
- Teriyaki sauce (I recommend VH brand teriyaki sauce)
1. Cook rice and vegetables as desired. In a separate bowl, combine drained and pressed tofu with teriyaki sauce (half a bottle or more as needed) and leave aside.
2. Once rice and vegetables are done, heat a frying pan with vegetable oil on medium heat (enough to coat the surface of the pan). Throw in your vegetables. With your marinated tofu bowl, throw the tofu into the frying pan while keeping most of the teriyaki sauce still in the bowl.
3. Sautee vegetables and tofu for 5-10 minutes. Add in ginger, pineapple/orange/lemon juice, and soy sauce to taste if using.
4. Remove pan from heat source and combine the rice with the vegetables/tofu. Coat with additional teriyaki sauce as needed.
So last night, I made some great Sloppy Lenny’s (Lentil Sloppy Joe’s). I was planning on making Lentil Stroganoff (based on this recipe), but realized it’s better off with mushrooms (which we don’t have) so I decided to skip the pasta and go straight to the bun. It was delicious, I’ve gotta say.
Which is why I’m surprised that my sister always makes “yuck” faces whenever we mention lentils. The philosopher’s bean!
Tofu, also called bean curd, is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing the resulting curds into a soft, white block. It originated in China over 2,000 years ago, and first appeared in the United States in the early 1800s. Tofu is a nutritious, versatile, convenient, and flavorful addition to any diet. Here are 15 delicious ways to cook tofu.