Smoky Tofu & Kabocha Squash Buddha Bowls (Oil-free)

March 23, 2017


By: Jasmine Briones 

Smoky Tofu & Kabocha Squash Buddha Bowls {easy + oil-free} sweetsimplevegan.comThe beautiful result of a combination of leftovers in the fridge. I don’t know about you, but when we are able to put together not only a beautifully presented but also delicious and hearty meal solely from the leftovers we have in our refrigerator, I feel very accomplished ?

There’s something about a good hearty buddha bowl that just brings a smile to my face–especially one filled with some of our favorite savory ingredients– and I hope that this recipe will help do the same for you 🙂
Smoky Tofu & Kabocha Squash Buddha Bowls {easy + oil-free} sweetsimplevegan.comFor this recipe I used my favorite stove top Smoky Tofu recipe, but any method/flavor of your choice would work! There is even a lot of premarianted tofu options at the market, such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Trader Joe’s to name a few. Smoky Tofu & Kabocha Squash Buddha Bowls {easy + oil-free} sweetsimplevegan.comIf you haven’t tried kabocha squash yet, you MUST, and this is the perfect excuse to :p If you saw my previous posts on How To Roast Kabocha Squash + my Roasted Kabocha Squash Breakfast Bowls, you’ll see that I basically professed my love to this vegetable…but I promise you that my statements are completely justified, and you too will FALL IN LOVE ❤️
Smoky Tofu & Kabocha Squash Buddha Bowls {easy + oil-free} sweetsimplevegan.comMake sure you tag us on Instagram @sweetsimplevegan and @consciouschris and hashtag #sweetsimplevegan if you recreate any of our recipes, we love to see your photos!

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Smoky Tofu & Kabocha Squash Buddha Bowls (Easy + Oil-free)

  • Author: Jasmine Briones / Sweet Simple Vegan
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4


Turmeric rice

  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric

Roasted cauliflower

  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Top with:

  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Avocado
  • Seasonings, such as: Nutritional yeast, paprika, dried chives, black pepper, etc.



  1. Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil. Once boiling, set to low heat and place in kale.
  2. Allow kale to cook for 2-3 minutes, or until bright green and soft.
  3. Drain and serve.

Turmeric rice

  1. Rinse rice thoroughly.
  2. Pour rice into a rice cooker or pressure with the remaining ingredients. Cook according to manufacturers instructions.
  3. If using a pot, place rice and remaining ingredients into a small pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover pot and simmer until liquid is completely absorbed and rice is tender, about 40 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes, then uncover and fluff with a fork. Try your best to not open the pot during this entire process!

Roasted cauliflower

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Toss the cauliflower with salt and pepper, then pour onto the baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes or until browned.


  1. Divide all ingredients into 4 and add them into bowls or plates.
  2. Top with cilantro, fresh lemon juice, avocado and seasoning(s) of choice.


-In order to minimize the time this bowl takes, you can cook the ingredients at the same time- i.e. roast the kabocha and cauliflower while cooking the rice and as those bake/cook, you can prepare the kale, fix-ins, etc. What I like to do is preparing and saving the different components of the bowl separately, then combine when ready to eat.

-Add any seasoning of choice to the cauliflower (curry works great!) + pair this bowl with any desired dressings or sauces 🙂

-If needed, you can opt to purchase a premarianted tofu at the market, such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Trader Joe’s to name a few.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Vegan

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