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This bowl is so beautiful it is (almost) too pretty to eat. Inspired by those pricey cafes I figured a homemade version can’t be too hard to recreate! Prep the items in advance so you have everything ready to assemble. The key to crispy tofu is to use extra firm, drain thoroughly and pan fry at medium-high heat.


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 1 yam, chopped into small pieces

  • 1.5 cups pre-cooked quinoa

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 block extra firm tofu

  • Cornstarch

  • Curly Kale

  • Peppers, diced

  • Olive oil

  • Avocado oil (or canola)


Green Goddess Dressing:

  • 1 avocado

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • ½ cup fresh dill

  • ½ cup fresh basil

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • Pinch salt

  • 1 tbsp tahini

  • ¼ cup of water




  1. Precook quinoa in a rice cooker according to the instructions and leave to cool. 

  2. Yams/Chickpeas: Preheat oven to 375 °F and peel and chop the yam into small bite-size pieces. Toss chickpeas and yams in olive oil, cumin and a pinch of salt and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. 

  3. Green Goddess Dress: add all ingredients to your blender or bullet and purée until smooth and creamy

  4. Salad: Wash and chop kale and peppers into small pieces and put aside 

  5. Tofu: Heat pan to medium-high. Chop tofu into ½ inch pieces and roll in cornstarch (mixed with pepper and pinch salt). Add 1-2 tbsp avocado oil (or canola oil) as they heat well at higher temperatures.  Pan fry until golden brown and toss once. Once cooked, place on paper towels to drain excess oil. 

  6. Assemble: line bowl with quinoa and add cooked yam/chickpea mixture, kale, peppers, and tofu. Top with the dressing. 

Registered Dietitian
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