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Spicy Vegan Rainbow Bowl With Thai Peanut Sauce

Vegan Rainbow Bowl With Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Eating the Spicy Vegan Rainbow Bowl has never been so delicious! Loads of colourful veggies and perfectly cooked tofu are topped with a spicy-sweet Thai peanut sauce you won’t forget.

Spicy Thai Vegan Rainbow Bowl Peanut Sauce

This spicy Thai peanut rainbow bowl is one the most flavourful and healthy meals. I made different vegan meals for my parents every night for 2 weeks, and this was their favourite! This Spicy Thai Vegan Rainbow Bowl is:

  • Plant-Based
  • High in protein 
  • Gluten-free
  • Nutritious
  • Meal-prep friendly 
  • Insanely Delicious!

What is a rainbow bowl? Or What is a buddha bowl? As a general rule of thumb, a rainbow bowl is a healthy meal put together in a large bowl, comprised of whole grains, colourful fruits and veggies, a source of protein, and healthy dressing or sauce. Most buddha bowls are highly nutritious and vegan. Why are buddha bowls so good? Buddha bowls or rainbow bowls are so delicious thanks to a well made sauce or dressing. The addition of a grain and a protein makes buddha bowls even better than salads. They are filling, nutritious, and full of plant diversity, making them a popular vegan meal. 

Spicy Thai Rainbow Bowl

What goes in a rainbow bowl? Rainbow bowls are so versatile! They can be customized to suit your preferences or changed up for variety. Here are some of the basics that should be included in a rainbow or buddha bowl:

  • Whole grains. Make this meal complete by adding a whole grain such as quinoa, brown rice, rice noodles, couscous, bulgur or millet. 
  • Lots of veggies. Get your daily vitamins and fiber through a variety of vegetables. Try peppers, cabbage, pickled onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, leafy greens, green onions, roasted root vegetables and more! 
  • Don’t be scared to add fruit. Adding fruit like mangoes or strawberries can really elevate a rainbow bowl! 
  • Protein. Rainbow or buddha bowls are typically vegan. Look for a protein source like tofu, tempeh, or chickpeas. 
  • Dressing. A great homemade dressing makes all the difference! This recipe has a spicy Thai dressing, but check out this creamy lemon tahini dressing for something different. 
  • Healthy fats. Add avocado, hemp hearts, seeds or nuts to get some omegas and healthy fats in the bowl. 

Vegan Rainbow Bowl With Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

Eating the rainbow has never been so delicious! Loads of colourful veggies and perfectly cooked tofu are topped with a spicy-sweet thai peanut sauce you won't forget.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main, Main Course, Salad
Cuisine: American, Asian, Fusion, Thai, Vegan
Keyword: buddha bowl, healthy vegan dinner, healthy vegan power bowl, plant diversity, rainbow bowl, spicy thai peanut bowl, tofu bowl, tofu power bowl, vegan rainbow bowl, vegetable bowl
Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 large grated carrot
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 1 mango cut into small strips
  • 1 cup red cabbage, grated or thinly sliced
  • 1 handful mint, cilantro or thai basil (or use all 3!)
  • 100 grams dried vermicelli noodles
  • sesame seeds for garnish

Crisp Tofu

  • 1 brick extra firm tofu (pressed)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp  hoisin sauce for coating tofu (optional)

Spicy Thai Peanut Sauce

  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup or agave
  • 2-6 tbsp sriracha (adjust to your own spice preference, I like a lot!)
  • 3 tbsp water to thin the sauce (use more if needed)

Instructions

  • Cover the vermicelli noodles in boiling water and leave for 3-5 minutes. (check the package instructions, this can vary). Then drain them and rinse with cold water.
  • Cut the pressed tofu into strips and place in a shallow bowl. Cover them in the soy sauce and flip tofu so it's equally distributed. In a separate bowl, add the cornstarch and nutritional yeast and mix well. Now, coat each piece of tofu in the dry mixture.
  • The tofu can be cooked in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 15 minutes flipping halfway, OR it can be fried in a pan with a little dash or olive oil for 3-5 minutes per side. Cook until the tofu is nice and crispy and golden brown on the outside. If you want, coat those tofu strips in a little hoisin sauce to enhance the flavour. This step is optional. 
  • While the tofu is cooking, chop up your veggies.
  • Next, make the peanut sauce by mixing all ingredients together in a jar. Be sure to taste test it to see if you are happy with the level of spiciness. Remember you can always add but you can't take away! I know I can get a little heavy handed with the sriracha and my guests don't always want to sweat at the dinner table . Same thing goes for the water, add a little at a time until you get the consistency just right.
  • Now you are ready to assemble the rainbow. bowl. Just add in veggies, noodles and tofu, sprinkle a dash of sesame seeds and top with that delicious Thai peanut sauce. Serve and ENJOY!

Notes

This spicy Thai peanut rainbow bowl is one the most flavourful and healthy meals. I made different vegan meals for my parents every night for 2 weeks, and this was their favourite! 
This Spicy Thai Vegan Rainbow Bowl is:
  • Plant-Based
  • High in protein 
  • Gluten-free
  • Nutritious
  • Meal-prep friendly 
  • Insanely Delicious!
What is a rainbow bowl? Or What is a buddha bowl?
As a general rule of thumb, a rainbow bowl is a healthy meal put together in a large bowl, comprised of whole grains, colourful fruits and veggies, a source of protein, and healthy dressing or sauce. Most buddha bowls are highly nutritious and vegan. 
Why are buddha bowls so good?
Buddha bowls or rainbow bowls are so delicious thanks to a well made sauce or dressing. The addition of a grain and a protein makes buddha bowls even better than salads. They are filling, nutritious and full of plant diversity, making them a popular vegan meal. 
What goes in a rainbow bowl?
Rainbow bowls are so versatile! They can be customized to suit your preferences or changed up for variety. BHere are some of the basics that should be included in a rainbow or buddha bowl:
  • Whole grains. Make this meal complete by adding a whole grain such as quinoa, brown rice, rice noodles, couscous, bulgur or millet. 
  • Lots of veggies. Get your daily vitamins and fiber through a variety of vegetables. Try peppers, cabbage, pickled onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, leafy greens, green onions, roasted root vegetables and more! 
  • Don’t be scared to add fruit. Adding fruit like mangoes or strawberries can really elevate a rainbow bowl! 
  • Protein. Rainbow or buddha bowls are typically vegan. Look for a protein source like tofu, tempeh, or chickpeas. 
  • Dressing. A great homemade dressing makes all the difference! This recipe has a spicy Thai dressing, but check out this creamy lemon tahini dressing for something different. 
  • Healthy fats. Add avocado, hemp hearts, seeds or nuts to get some omegas and healthy fats in the bowl. 
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