Broccoli Brown Rice Bowl
These broccoli brown rice bowls with tofu, coconut bacon, and almond satay sauce require a few steps but the result is well worth the effort!
- vegan and gluten-free – perfect if you have dietary restrictions (be sure to use gluten-free tamari instead of soy sauce to make it GF)
- great for meal prep – make these in advance for delicious readymade lunches all week
- high in protein – thanks to the tofu, kale and broccoli, these bowls have a good amount of plant-based protein
Step by Step Instructions
Step 1. Make the Tofu
Add the tofu ingredients to a small dish and let it sit while you make the coconut bacon. After you’ve made the coconut bacon (step 2), place the marinated tofu on a baking tray and bake for 30-40 minutes until browned.
Step 2. Make the Coconut Bacon
Mix the coconut bacon ingredients together in a bowl then spread evenly on a baking tray. Bake them for 10 minutes then flip and bake for a few more minutes until dark, golden brown.
Quick Tip: Be sure to keep a close eye on the coconut bacon because it can easily burn.
Find more details, tips and tricks on how to make coconut bacon here.
Step 3. Make the Almond Satay Sauce
Whisk all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl or jar until smooth and creamy.
Step 4. Prepare the veggies.
- Finely chop and lightly steam the kale in a pan with a little water or in a steamer.
- Chop the broccoli and steam the broccoli in a pan with a little water or a steamer.
- Grate the carrot.
Step 5. Assemble the bowls.
Lastly, divide all those yummy ingredients between 4 bowls and enjoy!
Tips, Substitutions and FAQs
- Try this marinated tempeh, edamame or chickpeas instead of tofu.
- Kale can be substituted with spinach.
- Brown rice can be substituted with quinoa, farro, or cauliflower rice for a lower-carb option.
- The almond satay sauce is delicious but for alternative sauces you can try Coconut Peanut Dressing or Spicy Peanut Lime Sauce.
Can I make these in advance?
Absolutely. Here are a few tips for prepping these in advance:
- Option 1. Assemble the finished bowls in containers for up to 4 days. For best results, store the sauce separately until you’re ready to eat. I’d also recommend undercooking the broccoli and kale so it doesn’t get soggy as the bowls sit.
- Option 2. Prep what you can in advance, such as the tofu, brown rice, coconut bacon, and sauce. Make the kale, broccoli and carrot fresh when you’re ready to eat. Chopping the veggies in advance and storing raw will also help speed things up.
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Broccoli Brown Rice Bowls
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 40 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Main Dish
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
There are few steps involved in these broccoli brown rice bowls but the result is well worth the effort. The sweet and tangy almond satay sauce with the salty, crunchy coconut bacon, chewy brown rice and fresh veggies is a match made in heaven. You’ll love these healthy, nourishing bowls!
For the Tofu
- 1 package of firm or extra-firm tofu
- 3 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp garlic powder
For the Coconut Bacon
- 1 cups plain unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tbsp soy sauce or gluten-free tamari
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, optional
- pinch of pepper
For the Almond Satay Sauce
- 3 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
- 3 tbsp tamari or soy suace
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup light coconut milk
For the Bowls
- 3/4 cup cooked (1/4 cup dry) brown rice per person
- 4 cups chopped and steamed broccoli (about 1 cup per bowl)
- 4 cups finely chopped and lightly steamed kale (about 1 cup per bowl)
- 2 cups grated carrot (about 1/2 cup per bowl)
To Make the Tofu
- Slice a block of tofu into slabs and add to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Let it sit while you make the coconut bacon.
- Once the coconut bacon is done, increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees.
- Lay the tofu slabs out on a parchment paper or silicone mat-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes, then remove and flip each piece.
- Place back in the oven for 10-20 minute until brown and crispy.
To Make the Coconut Bacon
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- Add the coconut flakes to a bowl.
- Mix the rest of the ingredients together in a small dish then pour over the coconut flakes and mix to coat.
- Spread the coconut flakes on a baking sheet in an even layer. They can be made directly on the pan or you can use parchment paper for easy cleanup.
- Bake for 10 minutes then stir and flip. Spread back into an even layer. Continue baking in 3-5 minute increments until dark golden brown. Watch carefully once it starts turning brown as it will burn very quickly.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan.
To Make the Almond Satay Sauce
- Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl.
- Store any extras in the fridge for up to 3 days.
To Make the Veggies
- Destem and finely chop the kale. Steam for 1-2 minutes in a steamer basket or in a covered pan with a bit of water.
- Chop the broccoli into florets and steam for 5 minutes in a steamer basket or in a covered pan with a bit of water.
- Grate the carrot using a grated or a julienne peeler.
To Assemble the Bowls
- Start with a base of lightly steamed kale then add the brown rice, broccoli, tofu and carrot.
- Top each bowl with equal amounts of the almond sauce and coconut bacon and dig in.
Find full details, tips and tricks on coconut bacon here.
Try this marinated tempeh, edamame or chickpeas instead of tofu.
Kale can be substituted with spinach.
Brown rice can be substituted with quinoa, farro, or cauliflower rice for a lower-carb option.
Assembled bowls can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Store the sauce separately until serving, if possible.
- Serving Size: 1 bowl
- Calories: 293
- Fat: 14 g
- Carbohydrates: 30 g
- Fiber: 6 g
- Protein: 15 g
Keywords: brown rice buddha bowl, brown rice bowl
UPDATE NOTE: This recipe was originally published on October 2, 2017. It was updated on June 1, 2020 with new photos and text.
Amazing dish! Just learning how to cook and it was so simple to follow the recipe….and it turned out to be delicious! Going to try so many others on your site!
That’s awesome!! I’m so glad you were able to follow it as a beginner cook. Let me know what else you try!
Made this last night – amazing!! Can’t wait to eat lunch leftovers today.
Just want to say that I make this sauce at least once a week – it is divine!
Yay, so glad to hear it! It really is the best, isn’t it? I love it too! Thanks for letting me know.
Hi, thanks for the recipe for the coconut bacon, but I think it must be missing something (or maybe I am?). I don’t see the amount of bacon mentioned in the recipe nor anything in the method that concerns the bacon at all- all that is mentioned is baking the coconut. Thanks for clarifying!
You’ll see in the very step of the instructions – top with sauce and coconut bacon and dig in! 🙂 You can use as much as you want..I usually add a couple tablespoons per bowl.
Such a yummy recipe! I’ve been trying to break out of my usual stir-fry and curry rotation, and this was a great new type of flavor that I hadn’t had in a while. Preparing it was a bit involved, so it’s probably not something I’ll make regularly, but that sauce is definitely going on my list of go-to stir-fry and bowl sauces. The coconut bacon is also delicious! It’s kind of shocking how much of a bacon-y flavor it has! Can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch!
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I hear ya, it is a little involved but if you prep everything ahead of time it’s really quick! The sauce is so good, isn’t it?! And the coconut bacon, YUM!! Glad you enjoyed!
Love easy to make bowls like this one for dinner! looks so delicious and right up my alley. Definitely saving and hoping to make soon!
I love everything in this bowl! But that sauce!! It sounds so good!
Wow, this looks amazing. I just love how there are so many great ways to cook brocolli. This looks delicious and doable!
just so you know – I am drooling at those pictures and I am very hungry! I wish technology would make it easier to look at pictures and feel the taste. this looks amazing!
So much yumminess in one bowl! I could definitely see eating this a few times a week!
This is one of my favorite lunches. But not surprisingly, I’ve never topped it with coconut bacon! How fun and flavorful is that?
This looks delicious! I’ve only made coconut bacon once because I typically just buy it to have on hand since it’s usually a last minute addition. I’ll have to give it a try again.
It’s so easy, totally worth making your own!
What a fun recipe! I’ve always wanted to try making coconut bacon – now I must! And thanks for the info on how to do it without liquid smoke!
Yes, try it! So easy and so good on everything.
That sauce sounds amazing! I’d be putting it on everything and anything!
And that I do…haha.
Wow. That looks delicious and I would never have thought of Coconut Bacon. I am pinning to save for later.
This looks so delicious seem so simple to make. I will definitely try it out this weekend. BTW love your photos 🙂
Thank you! Hope you enjoy it.
Omg then pics look so mouthwatering. I always try new recipes. Definitely trying this one. Special credit to your pictures.
Thanks! I really hope you enjoy it!
That coconut bacon is the best idea I’ve ever heard. Yum! I love everything about this dish.
Very detailed recipe. Gonna try it!
BTW great photos! 🙂
This looks absolutely amazing!! I am always looking for new recipes my hubby will enjoy that have tofu!! I’m not a big meat eater and this looks delicious!