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A go-to dish like this Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl could be the game-changer for your dinnertime dreams! Say your partner swears they could never go vegan. And then let’s say that you both decide to try this recipe because of the awesomely beautiful and familiar flavors.

Then one day, that partner suggests you two make this breakfast, lunch, or dinner fave, again. And the next thing you know, you’re both plant-based vegans who live happily ever after.

Bonus points, you get to live happily ever after and enjoy a life filled with many healthy years!

Those may sound like some BIG promises coming from a little food blog offering a tasty new combo for you to devour, but these words are valid.

According to Dr. Greger, author of How Not to Die, and his most recent excellent book, How Not to Diet, and this article, merely following a plant-based diet can increase the number and overall wellness of your days!

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How Does This Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl Taste?

Well, to start, even though the ingredients here may sound typical, the combo of flavors in this Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl tastes no less than AMAZING!

But let’s talk about an ingredient and flavor that most of us know; tortillas! Corn tortillas are so familiar in the USA that there’s an entire day of the week devoted to the little round wrappers known as Taco Tuesday! 

The delicious tortillas we use in this dish are gluten-free corn tortillas. Corn tortillas are generally oil-free, gluten-free, and plant-based without trying unless something odd slipped into the mix.  If you’re someone following a vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, or oil-free diet, you already know to check the label to confirm that your tortillas meet your specifications.

In this recipe, we slice and bake strips of tortillas to warm them and crisp things up a bit before tossing them together to create our Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl.

Baking the tortilla strips rather than frying them in oil ignites their flavor without adding any fat – too cool! We also like how the sliced and baked pieces of tortilla look. It’s almost as if the tortilla is stepping in to act like a noodle or a dumpling.

The tortillas in this Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl taste bready, which is so very welcome in a gluten-free dish! The breadiness of the tortillas soaks up the somewhat creamy no-cook Buffalo Sauce, which, in and of itself, is a creamy flavor explosion!

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And What’s the Secret to the Oil-Free Sauce Used to Season this Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl?

Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce is spicy, savory, tangy, delicious, and wonderfully free of added oils! Many bottled sauces and dressings are heavy and unhealthy due to added fats. That’s not the case with THIS sauce! This sauce uses only three wholesome ingredients and skips the useless addition of oil. Maybe skipping the oil is one reason why it takes such a small amount of time to whip it up! Your Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce is ready in five QUICK and east minutes!

When you click on the recipe for the sauce we use in this bowl, you’ll find it provides healthy protein thanks to hemp seeds.

In this recipe, we keep things lite. Believe it or not, a few short years ago, before we went vegan, we use to use butter and eggs to make a similar dish. And though we let go of the butter altogether, thanks to those hemp seeds, we gave up NONE of the magic of the creamy, spicy sauce.

The secret to the creaminess is in the hemp seeds.  We think that hemp seeds are the best! And you’ll love them too once you discover how they deliver creaminess and nutrients rather than empty, useless fat. Hemp seeds add both protein and creaminess to this mildly spicy sauce.

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What’s the BIG DEAL About Tofu?

Why are so many folks eating tofu these days? Well, we can only speak for ourselves, but mostly we love to eat tofu because it’s a plant-based protein that is high in calcium and protein. Tofu is also an excellent source of amino acids and has a low-calorie count.

Where can I find tofu?  Trader Joe’s has the firmest tofu and most affordably priced tofu we’ve ever experienced. But no matter where you purchase your tofu, buy organic. We always buy organic, non-GMO tofu to avoid ingesting harmful pesticides and strongly suggest you do, too.

Do you need to press tofu?  You do not need to press tofu if you buy a variety that is very dense and has very little liquid in its packaging. Super firm tofu doesn’t need to be pressed and that saves time!

But otherwise, yes, yes, YES! Many times, softer tofu, even tofu that is suggested to be firm tofu on the package, arrives swimming in plain old water. 

So, you need to get that water out and replace it with some fabulous flavor. 

Not pressing the excess water out of the tofu is one of the biggest mistakes cooks make. Just open the package and drain the water. Then press the tofu by either wrapping it in a towel and placing heavy objects on top of using a handy tofu press. If you’re in a real rush, you can even squeeze at least some water out of the tofu by using your hands to squeeze out some excess water.

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Throwback Flavor Experience!

My first time tasting anything “Buffalo” was when I was a college freshman. My suitemate, lucky me, was from Buffalo, New York. Most students arrive on campus toting hairdryers and mini-fridges; Deb brought a mini fryer and borrowed my dryer. We became fast friends.

Being a bit of a foodie, even back then, I completely understood her reasoning for prioritizing a fryer as a necessity for her first year at college.

We joyfully filled the entire dorm with the aroma of Buffalo wings and hot sauce with our very first batch and also landed ourselves in a bit of trouble. As it turned out, it was a big no-no to use a deep fryer in our dorm room – who knew? 

But the consequence was well worth that flavor experience. For when in the company of a new friend in good old Ohio Hall at Judson University, my passion for spicy and somewhat hot Buffalo seasoning ignited.

When Sharing is Caring

When you make your first Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl, leave a comment and tell us how it tastes! We can hardly wait to hear about your experience. And we love it when you share anything you happen to adjust to make the recipe your own.

Oh, my, we almost forgot! You are really going to love this dish if you make a pot of our Creamy Savory Cardamom Rice to go with it. Trust us – it is a WILDLY good combo!

And as they say, sharing is caring, so feel free to pin this recipe on Pinterest to keep it handy. 

We also encourage you to share the recipe on Facebook and other social media venues. 

Getting the word out about the benefits of living a delicious plant-based lifestyle is a gift to the folks lucky enough to catch a peek… so share away!

For even more recipes from like-minded cooks, we invite you to join our Facebook Group called: VEEG Plant-Based, Vegan, Gluten-Free Recipes & Lifestyle. And by all means, follow our VEEG Facebook Page, too. On our Facebook Page, we often share helpful bits of encouraging plant-based news.

Happy eating!

If You Enjoy Meals in a Bowl, Then You’ll ADORE These Recipes!

If you love the ease of dinner in a bowl like this recipe offers, you’re going to have to try these other mealtime favorites, too: 

Blackberry Basil Bowl with Balsamic Dressing

Collard Wrap Salad Bowl

Maple Roasted Carrots and Cranberries with Pistachios

Peanutty Broccoli Buckwheat Bowl!

Vegan Tempeh Blue Cheese Buffalo Bowl

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Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl

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  • Yield: 4 Servings

A go-to dish like this Buffalo Tortilla Tofu Bowl may very well be the game-changer you’ve been hoping to master! We’re using that term, game-changer because this is likely to become a fast family favorite. The unique combo of exciting yet familiar flavors offers something just a little spicy and brings it all home with the cozy flavors of toasty corn tortillas. And the best part of all, this meal in a bowl takes minutes to toss together! Bake the tofu and tortilla strips using an air fryer or the oven, your choice. Oh, and before you get started,  you might want to go ahead and put on a pot of our Creamy Savory Cardamom Rice; it tastes egg-cellent with this bowl!

Ingredients

  • about 4 to 8 cups or so of prepared rice, quinoa or another grain - We used our Creamy Savory Cardamom Rice!
  • about 8-cups of salad greens such as peppery arugula or another lettuce of choice
  • one block of super-firm organic non-GMO tofu - We use super-firm tofu in the recipe so that we can skip pressing the tofu to remove excess water. Etra firm tofu may also be used, but you may wish to press it a bit to remove excess water.
  • a pinch of garlic salt or another salt
  • 8 to 12 corn tortillas, gluten-free as most corn tortillas should be, naturally
  • a batch of our Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing  
  • Additional optional toppings such as onion, cilantro, beans, avocado, and a dollop of plant-based sour cream or plant-based plain yogurt!

Instructions

  1. First, either make sure you have some leftover rice, quinoa, or another cooked grain or get a batch of our Creamy Savory Cardamom Rice cooking.  You can opt to use any grain of your choosing, but our Cardamom Rice tastes excellent paired with this bowl! Nutritious quinoa is quick-cooking, and it's our other favorite grain to enjoy with this exciting, flavor-packed bowl.
  2. Then, go ahead and preheat the oven to 425º F. While the oven is heating, line a baking sheet or two with either parchment paper or a reusable silicone baking sheet to keep things from sticking. If you prefer to use an air fryer for heating the tofu, that's cool, too.  We'll cover that in suggested settings for air-frying in the steps that follow.
  3. Now, slice the block of extra or super firm tofu into cubes and scatter the cubes of tofu across the surface of the prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle the tofu cubes just a bit of garlic salt or another salt. Note that in this recipe, there is no need to press the tofu to remove excess liquid, which is one thing that helps this meal come together fast! Bake the tofu for fifteen minutes, remove it from the oven, flip the cubes with a spatula and bake for about another ten minutes or so. To prepare the tofu in the air-fryer, prepare it as described above and cook at 375º F for about 10 minutes, stopping midway through the cooking time to shake the basket.
  4. As the tofu bakes, slice the corn tortillas into strips and get those into the oven or air-fryer to crisp up a bit while observing as not to burn. The tortilla strips are very dry so they will take only a few minutes of either over baking or air-frying.
  5. Now, while the tofu is baking and the tortilla strips are in the oven getting toasty, in a blender, whip up a batch of our three-ingredient Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing.
  6. When the tofu is to your liking, and the tortilla strips look a bit crisp, remove them from the oven and place them both in a large mixing bowl.  Toss the baked tofu and tortilla strips with the prepared Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce Dressing.  Use as much or as little sauce as you prefer.  We like ours covered well but not drenched.  You can always serve extra sauce on the side.  
  7. To serve, fill a bowl with a scoop or two of your rice or another grain,  a handful or two of your favorite salad greens, and a scoop or two of the prepared bowl.  Top each serving with optional ingredients of your choosing, such as onion, cilantro, beans, avocado, and a dollop of plant-based sour cream or plant-based plain yogurt!

Notes

  • The nutritional information for this recipe varies based on the number of tortillas you choose to use as well as how much sauce and rice or other grains you use per serving; therefore, we cannot accurately provide the nutrition facts.  However, the nutritional info for our Cardamom Rice and our Oil-Free Buffalo Sauce is available at the bottom of those two recipe posts.

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