3 Mar 2013

baked yam & tofu with purple rice, kale pesto & sprouts

This recipe is super simple and super delicious! This a prime example of how to eat a whole foods, plant based diet with an emphasis on raw food. After working out, I enjoyed my regular green smoothie. An hour or so after that I was needing something heavier, with a fair amount of protein to rebuild my muscles. The perfect meal for this is some thing that has a vegetable, a grain, and a protein - top it all off with something green and your body will be praising you! 


baked yam & tofu with purple rice, kale pesto & sprouts: serves two

Kale pesto:
5 cups kale
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 tablespoon walnut oil 
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Salt, to taste
Water, as needed

The other stuff:
1 yam, peeled
1 package of tofu
1 1/2 cups cooked purple rice
Handful sprouts 

To make the yam and tofu: cut them into bite size chunks and toss in a tiny bit of olive oil, tamari, maple syrup, liquid smoke, and salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes or until the yam is soft. 

To make the pesto: pulse all in the ingredients in your food processor until it becomes pesto. SO GOOD. Serve with the yam, tofu, rice and sprouts - enjoy!

20 comments:

  1. Hi! I drink a green smoothie every day as well, but it is usually before my work out because I work out in the morning. I have heard a lot of people saying that you should wake up and workout then have a smoothie or protein powder but I have also heard that you should eat to "break the fast" just upon waking up. Any ideas? What is your usual routine?

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    1. Personally I like to wake up, drink a bunch of water and then workout. After my workout I have a green smoothie, take a shower, then a bit later have a meal like this. And then often a big salad for dinner or something. I think it's best to exercise on an empty stomach, and in the morning is when it's emptiest! When you wake up, you want to give your body time to "wake up" as well... not overload it with a bunch of food to digest right away. To each their own though! =)

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    2. That makes a lot of sense, thanks for the tip!!

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  2. This looks like a great dinner idea. I am constantly trying to think of healthy and quick veggie meals for post-yoga "I'M STARVING" nights.

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    1. Ah yes, that wonderful post-yoga bliss... mixed with ravenous hunger ;)

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  3. I'm so happy to have found your blog! Promise you will keep it up foreveerrrr! So many recipes i must try :)

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  4. Roasted yams are my absolute fav. Love the kale pesto, too! I do the same thing- work out on an empty stomach and then have a smoothie, followed by something a bit more substantial later. Gets me in a healthy frame of mind for the entire day!

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  5. This is sooo good and the date caramel is incredible. My husband wants to use it as a jam on toast too. :) Thank you so much for this great recipe. I've made a few of your creations so far and you are my go to for raw sweetness!

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  6. Made this recipe tonight and delighted in it! It was so easy, tasty, and the pesto was different and refreshing! Thanks for sharing, I'm so glad I stumbled upon your site and look forward to trying more of your colorful raw creations!

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  7. Delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe. I couldn't find raw yams, but Trader Joe's had pre-cut fresh butternut squash, which worked beautifully! And the kale pasta was even a hit with my Italian husband! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Vegans rock!

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  8. Hi, I have been following your blog now for the last six months, though have not posted and LOVE the fact that you actually reply to people. Anyways, loving the piccies.

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    1. Thank you for ALL those kind words! Glad you have been sticking around ;) x

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  9. Hi Em! Where did you find purple rice? That looks amazing!

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    1. I think just the local grocery store? Thanks!

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  10. AnonymousMay 18, 2014

    I absolutely love your website and I am doing an assignment on vegan recipes. I was hoping that maybe you could send me the nutritional value for some recipes that I am referencing belonging to you? The recipes are:

    1. Cilantro Ginger Green Smoothie

    2. Basic Kale Chips

    3. Avocado & Sweet Corn Wraps with Spicy Asian Sauce

    4. Cinnamon Chia Pudding with Banana, Dates & Almond Butter

    5. Baked Yam with Tofu, Purple Rice, Kale Pesto & Sprouts

    6. Lavender Cheesecake with Lemon & Honey

    7. Avocado Snack

    I would greatly appreciate it and keep up with your beautiful blog!

    Thank you,

    Beatrice

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  11. AnonymousJune 30, 2014

    Is the baked yam not getting above 118 degrees F or is this just not considered raw? Thanks! Looks delicious.

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  12. @Anonymous - I do not eat 100% raw so sometimes I share recipes that are not raw. Cooked food can be healthy!

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  13. I just made this for dinner, it was delicious! Especially the tofu and yams were just fabulous.
    I did think the kale pesto was a bit bitter, but mixed in with the rice it was ok!

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