Lemon Grass Tofu Bowl . Sprouted Kitchen

I had my baby shower this past weekend with so many of my favorite people. I felt extremely loved and celebrated. While making the rounds to fifty-plus people that I truly care about wore me out, it was incredibly special. Even if you have a few babies, you do it for the first time just once, and it's sort of a surreal thing, growing a tiny person. My sister went full throttle with her "camping" theme. There were arrows and cactus, southwestern printed pillows, and a tee pee for the gifts. Even the food was in theme with grilled skewers and mac n cheese and a smores dessert on wooden plates with adorned utensils. If your shower can be "cooler" than you, mine certainly was thanks to my little sister. My mom's garden was decked out and in full bloom and my dad played bartender for all the ladies. Obviously I was thrilled to get set up with a lot of the equipment we need along with a good loot of books and mini clothes, but I was most humbled by how many people stepped up to help out and the lengths my sister went to to make this day thoughtful and special. There is nothing that inspires generousity more than being on the receving end of it. I am not the most awesome gift giver and I know I could not match my sisters party throwing skills, but giving time or skill or words... there is always a way to give something. Be it in very small but significant ways, I resolve to pay closer attention to celebrating and anticipating what may make someone feel special. 

I contributed a few recipes and a couple of quotes for the special issue of Epicurious: America's Best Recipes, which came out this month. The issue has some gorgeous looking recipes (Hugh has requested those blueberry handpies a few times now) and it's neat to see our cuisine divided by region. These bowls stuck out to me as a riff on the tofu bowls we make around here often. I love lemongrass and the unique freshness it brings to a stir fry as well as anything that can be topped with a ripe half of an avocado. It is clearly delicious warm out of the skillet but leftovers the next day were just as welcomed. It's definitely worth taking a peek at the issue if you come across it. 

Lemon Grass Tofu Bowl . Sprouted Kitchen

Lemon Grass Tofu Bowl . Sprouted Kitchen

Lemon Grass Tofu Bowl . Sprouted Kitchen


Adapted from Epicurious: America's Best Recipes

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 12-14 oz. package extra firm tofu, drained
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed and outer stalks removed 
  • 2 tsp. thai chile paste or sriracha
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil, divided
  • 2 cups-ish broccoli florets
  • 2 large carrots, julienned or sliced thin
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, to taste
  • toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 2 avocados, for garnish

Lemon Grass Tofu Bowl . Sprouted Kitchen

Lemon Grass Tofu Bowl . Sprouted Kitchen

Lemon Grass Tofu Bowl . Sprouted Kitchen

Rinse and cook the brown rice according to instructions. 

Cut the tofu into cubes and set it on a few paper towels or dish towel to drain. 

Smash the lemongrass with the back of a knife and mince it well. In a large mixing bowl, combine the lemongrass, chile paste, lime juice, vinegar, ginger, pinch of salt and stir to mix. Add the tofu and stir everything to coat. Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes. 

Warm the coconut and sesame oils in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the pan is hot, add the tofu and it's marinade and saute for 4-5 minutes, until edges are browned. Add the broccoli, carrots, coconut milk, remaining Tbsp. sesame oil and soy sauce and saute until the vegetables are warmed through. About 3 more minutes. Add the greens onions, stir and taste for seasonings.

Serve each bowl with a scoop of the brown rice, the tofu vegetable mixture in sauce, a sprinkle of sesame seeds and a half of avocado, sliced, on top. 

Lemon Grass Tofu Bowl . Sprouted Kitchen

Reader Comments (60)

Beautiful photos, as usual! And the food looks as beautiful and fresh as spring. I can't wait to make it! Great post.

April 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristie

Absolutely stunning! And I'm talking about your bum. ;) The food looks delish and perfect food for both mama-to-bes and the rest of us.

April 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnn-Louise

Mmm! This looks so delicious and nourishing. I was just wondering what to do with the lemongrass in my fridge. Thank you for solving that dilemma!

April 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlanna

Such beautiful + vibrant photos and a really stellar recipe. Also love what you say (as always) about resolving to make someone feel special. If we all did that, I think the world would be so much nicer a place.

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn

This looks exactly like the kind of food I love to eat! I love lemongrass too.

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

this looks delicious! and i love seeing your bump at the edge of the picture :)

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMeg

That tofu bowl looks green and gorgeous. Can't wait to dig into that.

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua Hampton

This bowl is right up my alley!
I love any dish with an Asian flair and this definitely fits the bill!

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCara's Healthy Cravings

This is such a fabulous meal! And doesn't have too many ingredients either, which is always a plus. Also, love the picture with your baby belly peaking through. So cute :)

Belly! Sorry, had to. I think made some sort of eep noise over here. Yes, ridiculous.

So much goodness here, from the deserved celebration to Epicurious to this gorgeous recipe. xo

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertara

YUM! As a Vietnamese vegan, I LOVE lemongrass tofu. My recipe is a little different because we use fried tofu, but yours looks really good =)

Lemongrass is such a beautiful flavour. Pretty much any dish I try that includes lemongrass makes me a happy, happy woman. I usually have it with chicken, but I bet the flavour would be wonderful with the tofu, and this just looks so wholesome and fresh!

Your belly is so cute!

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteramanda

That bump! Love.
Also, lemongrass tofu bowls are on the menu this week. Can't wait! xx

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersarah

This sounds delicious. So light and fresh - perfect for spring! I adore that cute belly shot. You comment about gift giving is something I've thought a lot about, especially since I've had kids. I have an aunt that always gives the perfect gift at the perfect time (like bringing me her apple cake on a day when I most needed it those first few weeks of motherhood).She knows what's appropriate for all occasions and always makes the recipient feel admired and loved. I look up to her and her ability to make people feel valued.

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJen O.

As I was reading and scrolling down, I was secretly hoping for a baby bump pic ….. and there it was! Yay! So happy to see your gorgeous baby bump sneaking it's way into the photos. It's so nice for you to have this documentation for this exciting time in your life. xx

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJodi

looks amazing! I want to say thank you for all of your wonderful recipes. every recipe I've cooked from your blog and cookbook has been flawless-my husband is also a big fan :) in the last year since I discovered your blog you've inspired me to get in the kitchen and cook more, especially with whole and seasonal foods, something which I've since become passionate about. you are such an inspiration! you also seem like such a beautiful person inside and out. eagerly waiting for your next cookbook!

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commentervictoria

this looks super yummy, lemongrass is one of Nature's best kept secrets! Also, happy to see you took down the post about wal-mart. I was browsing last night and was shocked to see a post about them on your site. We bloggers gotsta make money, but supporting one of the world's worst, most exploitative corporations is just not the way to do it.

The photos are simply stunning! It seems like the food is just within reach. Gorgeous! And the recipe is great, now I'm hungry :)

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAna

There's something so soft and lovely in these images that reminds of your recent sentiment around these last days and weeks where it's just the two of you .... I'm feelin' it. And I was also just thinking about that same thing: how generosity begets generosity, and how good that feels all around. I'm so glad you felt so celebrated and loved. You deserve it! xoxo

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKimberley

I love tofu! Congrats for having a great time dear! :)

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterami@naivecookcooks

I have a question -- is the 2 tbsp. sesame oil regular oil or toasted? Very important!

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLois

Look at that gorgeous belly peeking out from the corner!! It is so nice to go through these life events - marriage, babies - and have an excuse to bring together all the people you love. You looked absolutely stunning! xx

April 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKasey

Oh my goodness, this recipe looks really lovely. And your writing and insights continue to impress and inspire me. What a special day you had. It is nice to be celebrated and enjoy the moment with everyone you love.

Such a wonderful looking dish! Normally I'm not that into tofu (except into silken tofu); This, however, made me want to run straight into the kitchen.

Wishing you all the best for the last few weeks. Enjoy this unique and exciting time in your life,

Gorgeous, healthy and delicious looking bowl of food! Plus it's so very sweet to see your baby bump in the picture, your growing one owes you a world of gratitude for all the good food your sending their way. I can never quite get my julienned carrots to come out as well as yours, may need to invest in a new tool. Please tell who makes your julienne peeler?

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Sounds so good! I posted a lemongrass recipe this week too! Great minds think alike!

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Naked Fig

totally feel ya on the avocado, it should be on everything. this looks delicious, even the tofu, which i usually raise an eyebrow at. good luck with the rest of your pregnancy. i think you'll make a great mom.

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjordan

Love the bump! And the tofu bowls are stunning as well!

April 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ FloatingKitchen

@Jen - I LOVE my peeler. It's this Kuhn Rikon:

April 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterSara


April 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersteph+marilet

looks amazing, great recipe. i love lemongrass and tofu.seems a perfect combination for mie.
best regina

April 13, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterregina

I'm crazy nuts about dinner in a bowl. Not sure what the attraction is, but this is a stunning dish.
Now I have a great idea for dinner.
BTW, love that belly!

April 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCoco in the Kitchen

Tried it tonight, I loved the colours in the plate and the creaminess ! I had to add a tad of coconut milk and preferred it with just one tablespoon of soy sauce, as it was plenty salty. My BF liked it as well - I am always on the hunt for vegetarian that please us both, so thank you !

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPascale

awesome recipe and colorful plate of food...

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentergayu ishi

Made this for dinner last night and it was so good!

April 15, 2014 | Unregistered Commentereme

Making this tonight!... if I can find lemongrass, of course.

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKim

absolutely stunning - the flavors are gorgeous!

April 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary

YUM! I was able to prepare this in a tiny electric skillet that is my primary survival tool for a kitchen remodel. Great flavor, family loved it, and I don't think it would have been much different in a fancy kitchen (but don't tell my husband that!). Thanks.
Oh - and I had to skip the lemongrass, couldn't find any without a drive across town. Will definitely revisit this recipe after my next pilgrimage to the good Asian market and I have lemongrass.

April 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie

This sounds so perfect for spring - light, fresh and easy. And the lemongrass is a perfect addition!

Can you tell me what utensil you are using to slice your carrots that way? Looks so beautiful. I have yet to purchase a mandolin and I'm wondering what that handheld device is. Thanks!

April 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Your shower sounds like it was something from a storybook. I cannot wait to make this tofu bowl for dinner tomorrow night.

April 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

It seems rich in flavors and so delicious. I like tofu , but normally just pan fry and seasoning with soya sauce and ginger. I like this so much. :)

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered

This looks delicious! And it's so fun to see your beautiful baby bump. We are so excited for you guys! xoxo to you and Hugh

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKiri

I made this meal tonight for dinner and it is delicious, full of flavors. Had to change one or two ingredients, but it was still great. Thank you for recipe. Good luck:)

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjasna

I'd LOVE to see photos from the shower. I'm sure it was seriously stunning and cool. WHY ARE WE NOT FRIENDS.

Sorry to scream.

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBev Weidner

I'd LOVE to see photos from the shower. I'm sure it was seriously stunning and cool. WHY ARE WE NOT FRIENDS.

Sorry to scream.

April 25, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBev Weidner

I made this just tonight and granola bars modified from your recipe last Sunday and both are absolutely delicious! Warm thoughts for the last bit of your pregnancy from Finland. :)

April 29, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Delicious! And these photos really show how simple ingredients can be transformed into a complex meal in no time.

May 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimply-VA

I love Thai food and absolutely love the aroma of lemongrass in my dish. I cannot wait to try out this dish. Infuse the lemongrass in soft tofu. Sounds so good!

May 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEileen

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