Who doesn’t crave buffalo sauce from time to time?! I know I do! Enjoy this hearty and savory dish (but keep in mind, it is RICH). Yum!
4 small or 2 jumbo bell peppers
1 package (14 oz) firm or extra firm tofu
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 cup buffalo sauce
2 celery stalks, diced
2 slices of Chao Creamy Original cheese, diced
1.5 tablespoon Vegan Worcestershire (easier to find than you might think! My local cheap brand does not use anchovies, soâ€¦ vegan! And, for me, this happened by accident! Because who the hell knew Worcestershire used anchovies?! Just check the label). Moving onâ€¦
1 tablespoon olive oil
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
2.5 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Mix Worcestershire, oil, garlic, nutritional yeast, chili powder, onion powder and liquid smoke together in a mixing bowl. A thick paste should form.
- Drain and dry tofu. Crumble tofu into the mixing bowl. Some chunks will be large (the size of a dime) and some will be in tiny fragments. Thatâ€™s perfect).
- Mix tofu and paste until â€œevenlyâ€ coated.
- Spread upon a parchment paper lined baking sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes. Shake or shuffled around once or twice. Keep an eye those last few minutes so it doesnâ€™t burn. It should all brown nicely with the smaller crumbles being darker and crispier (naturally) than the large chunks. Keep oven on at 400 degrees.
- While the tofu is baking, cook quinoa according to the instructions.
- Dice celery and cheese slices.
- Add 1 cup of cooked quinoa, tofu, celery, buffalo sauce of choice and cheese to a large mixing bowl.
- Cut off the tops of bell peppers and de-seed. Lightly spray with oil of choice and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
- Lightly grease a glass baking dish.
- Stuff peppers with quinoa mixture and top with 1 tablespoon of extra buffalo sauce.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until peppers are soft. Serve drizzled with vegan ranch or bleu cheese and enjoy!
Additional Cooking Instructions
You know your oven better than anyone – if you often bake your peppers at 350 degrees, than do so here and just keep an eye on them to soften any where between 30-40 minutes. If you bake at 400 degrees, give them a peek after about 20 minutes.