Tofu and Quinoa with Almond Butter Sauce

This makes for a protein-packed and delicious vegan meal.

Tonight was one of those nights I came home late from the gym and was starving–only to walk into a cold kitchen. Luke was supposed to get dinner together, but was busy with some phone calls that came up. So, what to eat when your diet is quite restricted (see details on my 2-week detox) and you are starving and it is getting late?

This tasty, speedy dish came together in the amount of time it took to cook up some quinoa (20 min). Normally, this kind of sauce calls for peanut butter, but that’s off-limits on this diet so almond butter it was. And it tasted great, actually. Give it a whirl if you want a nice nutty sauce that’s a little different. Total cooking time? Twenty minutes, tops. Fast, easy, and healthy? Yes!

Tofu and Quinoa with Almond Butter Sauce

Fast, healthy, and delicious--win win.

Tofu and Quinoa with Almond Butter Sauce
This healthy and satisfying vegetarian dish comes together quickly and uses on-hand staples, perfect for a busy weeknight.

Serves 4.

1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 450g package of firm tofu, cubed
2 zucchini, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
3/4 cup of peas (fresh or frozen)

2 tbsp almond butter
3 tbsp tamari sauce
2 tbsp water
2 tsp hot chili sauce (less if you don’t like spicy–I like spicy! Or more if you like very spicy)
1/2 tbsp rice vinegar

Rinse quinoa, and put in a saucepan with 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 20 min until cooked. Fluff with a fork when ready to serve.

Meanwhile, heat your cast-iron pan or wok at medium-high heat and add your tofu. Sear on each side, then add your diced veggies and let them cook for about 5-10 minutes.

While the veggies are cooking, add all of the sauce ingredients into a blender and whir. (Or, use a jar and just whisk them together really well.) Add the sauce to the veggies and tofu and cook for another minute or so.

Serve sauce mixture over the quinoa.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Yum! I love tofu and the thought of almond butter in the sauce sounds really interesting. Even I can try this considering how quick and easy it looks…

  2. This sounds like a beautiful combination :) . I have never used almond butter. You tempted me!

  3. Oh that looks really good…I have a vegan friend coming over for dinner this weekend and I've been trying to find something to cook…

  4. This sounds delicious and different!

    • Doggone it! I almost bgohut some Quinoa last week but decided I had better figure out ( look up ) a recipe to use it in first. This fits the bill nicely. Dr. Oz frequently espouses the goodness of quinoa for stabilization of blood sugar,

  5. This look delicious – and different!

  6. Glorious sauce for quinoa. And tofu. I can't get enough tofu at the moment.

    I hope summer is treating you well.

  7. I just made this last night and I LOVED it! I didn't have almond butter so I used Simply Jif, which has less sugar and sodium. It was awesome, I will definitely make it again. My husband thought it was “pretty good” (he is a BIG meat eater so tofu doesn't always cut the mustard for him), and I was incredulous, all like, “How can you not think this is the best thing you've ever eaten???”

  8. Anonymous says:

    Just made this- so yum! I used up veggies from the fridge (carrots, asparagus and orange pepper) and it totally worked. Great recipe to ad lib a bit…K

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