Quinoa, Tofu, White Bean and Broccoli Bowls with Pesto

Serves 4

Wholesome quinoa serves as the base for this diverse bowl of broccoli florets, white beans and creamy tofu. Pesto ties all the components together, while a secret ingredient—tamari—adds an irresistible salty, slightly funky kick to the mild tofu.


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 16-ounce package extra firm tofu, drained and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3½ teaspoons tamari
  • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 15-ounce can low-sodium white beans, Great Northern or cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup prepared pesto
  • Salt to taste


Cook the quinoa according to package directions. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the olive oil, tofu, tamari and all the spices. Cook for 20 minutes, flipping occasionally. While the tofu is cooking, steam the broccoli until fork tender.

Assemble the bowls by equally distributing quinoa, tofu, white beans and broccoli into each bowl. Top each bowl with about 2 tablespoons of pesto, and add salt to taste, if desired.

Nutrition Analysis: 520 cal, 24 g fat, 0 mg chol, 890 mg sodium, 50 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 28 g protein.

Isadora Lassance lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and their orange cat, Cheeto. A regular contributor to Gluten-Free Living, she also blogs about whole food and seasonal ingredients at shelikesfood.com.