Single serving meals, delivered in a disposable bowl, have become a trend at many fast-casual restaurants. The appeal for these types of meals varies from person to person. Many people like to see their food made right in front of them. Others like the ingredient options and the opportunity to craft the perfect variety of flavors to meet their mood. Yet others appreciate the price as well as grab and go convenience that these types of meals have to offer.
With that in mind, I have taken the concept of a grab and go bowl and crafted a nearly perfect ready-to-eat or ready-to-go single-serving vegetarian rice bowl that is relatively inexpensive. Since we are going to prepare this dish as vegetarian, I have swapped out the traditional protein for tofu. Tofu is a unique product, in that it typically provides a flavor sponge, ready to gather up whatever flavors it comes in contact with.
For this dish, I wanted the tofu to be the texture of the dish instead of the primary flavor delivery mechanism. To make this happen I recommend frying the tofu to a deep golden brown and not immediately combining it with the stir-fried vegetables.
The rest of the dish comes together rather quickly. I suggest that you be selective in choosing rice, quinoa, and/or a blend of both, as finding the proper combination is what really makes this meal stand out. I like brown rice with a touch of quinoa best with this dish; however, you really have the option to go in any direction you like.
Once you have finished preparing the dish, you have two options. Eat it immediately while it's warm or package it for a future meal. This dish will taste great reheated or even served cold. I also want you to know that if you like the look of this dish but do not enjoy tofu, this dish can be prepared with any other protein staple including chicken or beef. If you decide to go with a traditional protein, I recommend marinating it overnight and grilling it instead of frying.