Barbeque Tofu over Tri-Color Hot Quinoa

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Here comes summer! All the goodness, heat, and spice of BBQ fused with stir-fry-like Tofu and Scallions over a hot bed of sweet and savory tri-color Quinoa. So packed with protein that even Popeye has switched to this dish! Enjoy :)

This is an A+ meal. That means CalorieCount.com thinks that this meal is utterly amazing and fabulous for your body. It's the perfect serving size for lunch or dinner -- at just over 300 calories (based on 4 servings per recipe), this dish will keep you full and satisfied. It will also deliver about 30% of your recommended daily fiber intake, almost 70% of your daily calcium requirement (wow!), and about 20 grams of protein. That means slim body, strong bones, strong muscles. What's not to love?

I guess I should also mention how delicious this dish is. Eat it hot if you can. The dish is already hot (spicy), but when you mix the southern barbeque flavor with hearty quinoa, you get a truly delicious treat that will make you smile. Just have a glass of milk ready if you're going heavy on the cajun spices!

BBQ Tofu over Tri-Color Hot Quinoa

Servings: 4-6
Calories: 318
Prep Time: Overnight (suggested for Tofu) or 30 minutes (but a loss of flavor!)
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

  • 1 block Firm or Extra Firm tofu (generally about 80grams)
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Ray's)
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds (optional)
  • 1 cup Tri-Color Quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • 1 tablespoon Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons Pickle Juice (left overs from a jar of pickles) OR 1/2 cup Broth (Vegetable or Chicken broth)
  • 1/2 tablespoon Cajun or BBQ Seasoning (depending on your flavor/spice preference)
  • 4 stalks of Scallions (Green Onions), chopped until about 1/4 inch from the roots


  1. Press Tofu. Remove Tofu from packaging and wrap in a clean kitchen towel (you may choose to add a layer of paper towel before the kitchen towel). Then, press the tofu by putting large books or something else that is heavy and flat on top of it. Make sure to put this on a cutting board that will catch any excess water. There is not much, but there is some. Pressing tofu overnight causes the holes or pores in the tofu to expand, meaning that the tofu will pick up the most flavor the following day while cooking. If you're in a pinch, you can press the tofu for only an hour or two.
  2. Cut and Marinade Tofu. Cut tofu into bite size pieces. Then, in a tupperware container or large bowl, gently toss tofu with 1 tablespoon of BBQ Sauce and a few pinches of Chia Seeds (Chia Seeds optional).
  3. Cook Quinoa. Combine Quinoa and water and bring to a boil, then add cumin and cinnamon, cover, and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes, still covered. Before serving, fluff gently with a fork.
  4. Cook Tofu. In a wide skillet, over medium-high heat, pour a thin layer of pickle juice/broth (this helps keep the tofu from sticking without using olive oil). Add Tofu and use a spoon or brush to add a light layer of BBQ sauce, then sprinkle 1/2 of the dry Cajun/BBQ seasoning on top. After 5-7 minutes, or when the Tofu begins to golden on the bottom, flip each piece, brush additional BBQ sauce, and sprinkle the remaining 1/2 of dry seasoning on top. Add chopped Scallions into the pan to finish cooking with the tofu. After another 5-7 minutes, remove from heat and place on top of plated Quinoa.
  5. Top with any additional BBQ sauce and seasoning you desire!

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