Anti-Inflammatory Rice Bowls with Turmeric Marinated Tofu

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 Anti-Inflamatory Rice Bowls with Turmeric Marinated Tofu

The rain gods must have been reading my post from a few weeks ago, because we finally got some rain and it was crazy!

Not only did we get rain, but we also got hail!  It seemed to come out of nowhere and it was so crazy and so loud, and as Eric likes to say, as soon as it started, Cheeto headed for zee hills and didn’t come out for about two hours.  Poor guy!


I guess I got the wrong kind of pet if I want to feel protected when loud, scary things happen…


In true monsoon fashion, the rain storm was gone as quickly as it had come and in its place was this beautiful rainbow!  As much as I detest the humidity that the summer monsoons bring, they really are spectacular to watch and we are always in need of rain the desert, so I welcome them with open arms!


Moving on to why you are really here today!  I won’t go into it too much now (I’m hoping to have some more updates later this week) but I’ve been having a horrible stomach ache for a few weeks now.  I haven’t talked about my health (and the issues that I have with it) too much on here, but I have been battling stomach issues for pretty much my entire life, but they have gotten really bad in these past two years.

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I have a few good days, but mostly bad days, and then some really bad days, which I have been having recently.  It almost feels like my stomach is in fire, or very inflamed.  Again, I won’t go into it too much on this post, but I guess you could say that my current stomach issues were the inspiration behind this dish.  It isn’t super fancy or even the most creative dish I have come up with, but if you are having some inflammatory issues, this is the dish for you!

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I was eating plain white rice for a few days, but I’m just not the kind of person who can eat bland food for too long!  If you are not familiar with turmeric it is a spice that is used in reducing inflammation is said to aid with stomach ailments.  You are probably most familiar with seeing ground turmeric that is sold in the spice isle, which can definitely be used in this recipe, but I was lucky enough to find turmeric root at the store a few days ago and I was really excited to cook with it.

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I didn’t want to over-do the spices in this dish, because if you are having stomach issues you probably don’t want anything too crazy that might upset it even more.  For that reason I did a simple rice bowl with steamed white rice (you could also use brown rice), steamed broccoli, roasted sweet potatoes, and then I marinated the tofu with turmeric root, ginger, garlic, salt, and some olive oil.  The turmeric root gives the tofu a nice yellow color and a warm, slightly bitter, kind of earthy taste.  Stomach issues or no stomach issues, I think you will really enjoy this dish!  Also, if you aren’t a tofu lover you could substitute chicken instead.


Anti-Inflammatory Rice Bowls with Turmeric Marinated Tofu

  • Category: Entree, Gluten Free, Vegan


  • 1 cup dried rice, white or brown
  • 2 – 3 cups of broccoli florets
  • 1 14 ounce package of extra firm tofu, patted dry
  • 1 medium sized sweet potato
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • ground turmeric (optional)
  • ground ginger (optional)

Tofu Marinade:

  • 2 teaspoons fresh turmeric, pealed and grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, pealed and grated
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • A heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Cook the rice according to package directions.
  2. Dice the tofu into bite size pieces. In a large bowl or tupperware, add the tofu cubes and the tofu marinating ingredients, toss to coat, and cover with plastic wrap or a lid and let sit in the refrigerator for up to 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Dice the sweet potato into bite size cubes. Place sweet potato cubes on a large baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, ground turmeric, and ground ginger, just eyeball the seasonings. Place in the preheated oven and roast for about 25 minutes,until sweet potato cubes are cooked through.
  4. Coat the bottom of a large pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. Add the tofu and cook for about 15 minutes until tofu is crispy. Taste and add more salt if necessary.
  5. Steam the broccoli over high heat with about 1/2 inch to 1 inch of water, until broccoli is fork tender.
  6. Assemble the rice bowls: Place the rice on the bottem of the bowl and top with roasted sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, and crispy, marinated tofu. Drizzle with a little bit of olive oil and season with salt, to taste.


If you can’t find fresh turmeric root, use about 1/2 the amount of turmeric powder.


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This is what Cheeto looks like when he is trying to use his mind control to make one of the humans feed him!


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  1. says

    Your rainbow picture looks beautiful, and I’m jealous that there’s a palm tree in it! :) Sounds like you had quite the storm, Izzy! And sorry to hear about your stomach issues. One of my good friends has had the same issues all her life, and finally had a surgery that helped it a bit last year. But I’m glad that this tasty dish helps ease your pain a bit! I love the sweet potatoes and broccoli in this bowl. And the tumeric sounds like it gives it a great flavor!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you Gayle! I think that everyone on our block has at least one palm tree in front of their house, haha! It must be an AZ thing! Yes, it was so crazy, I’m just glad I got to enjoy it from inside the house where I was safe! That is great that your friend feels a little better! It seems like stomach issues are so hard to pinpoint and diagnose. I’m hoping to get some answers soon! I’ve been putting sweet potatoes in almost everything these days and it really made these rice bowls delicious! :)

  2. says

    Yay for rain! What a beautiful rainbow too, they’re always the best part once the rain has stopped.

    I’ve heard about the benefits of turmeric, but I definitely don’t incorporate it enough. I love that you included it in the tofu marinade.

    • She Likes Food says

      Yes! Thank goodness for rain! I agree, rainbows really are the best part! I haven’t used turmeric much in the past, but lately I’ve been using it a lot and I’ve been loving it! It does have a very distinct taste, but I’ve been enjoying it and it is especially nice if it helps my stomach feel better :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha! I guess that is what vacation is all about, isn’t it?! This is a great detox meal for post vacation!

  3. says

    Oh my! I am so sorry to hear about your stomach issues.. I hope this fantastic dish helped ease the pain.. looks healthy and delicious.. love all the photographs especially the rainbow one and your mind controlling Cheeto..Cute! :)

  4. says

    Izzy! I have to admit I got pretty excited when I saw this dish come up on my facebook feed. Like, overly excited! I’ve always wanted to try fresh turmeric! It’s a total anti-inflammatory superfood! I love it. The colour and taste are just fantastic too. I love how rice and sweet potatoes feel when my stomach is upset. They’re kind of my staple comfort foods! Even when I’m feeling fine, they’re like a warm tummy hug :) I’m addicted to sweet potatoes and rice. If I wasn’t afraid of getting malnourished, I would eat only those two foods forever! hehe. Sending you big (REAL) hugs, my love. You know I’m here for you and would run down to cook you rice bowls if I could!!! Love you so much.

    PS. This dish is ridiculously good-looking. If it’s wrong to be attracted to a bowl, then I don’t want to be right.

    xoxoxox! al

    • She Likes Food says

      Al!!! Aw, thank you! I also love the color, except I realized the next day that all my fingernails were yellow and they looked like old person fingers, haha! I few times I had to hide my fingers while talking to others because I was embarrassed! There is something about the taste that is slightly addicting in a strange way! I totally agree, they are such comforting foods and I’ve been eating them like crazy lately. Thanks so much for the hugs and the love! :) Haha, it is not wrong at all and I’m right there with you!! I can’t decide if I am more attracted to the color of the food or the color of the bowl! I’ll send you an update e-mail soon! XOXOXO!!

  5. says

    BOO to stomach issues! I hope you figure out what’s going on soon. I love using turmeric as an anti-inflammatory. I eat a ton of it while marathon training to help calm the aches in my legs! These rice bowls sound great for getting it into my belly.

    • She Likes Food says

      I agree, BOOOO on all stomach issues!! That is such a great idea to use it while training! I’ll have to keep that in mind although I don’t know if I’ll ever be to the point where I am training for a marathon, haha! That is very impressive!

  6. says

    Ooooh … so sorry to hear about your stomach issues, Isadora! This type of thing seems to be so so common these days, doesn’t it? I had a strange ‘sore’ pain in my upper stomach area recently too, for ages actually, which seems to have mostly resolved now. I still have no idea what it is/was, but it’s a great reminder to try something like turmeric. What a miracle root it is!
    I love this simple, healing dish you’ve concocted. Really hope you find a lasting answer to your issues soon, because that’s really no fun, especially for a food blogger :-(

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Helen! Unfortunately, it does seem to be far too common these days. I’m glad your pain finally disappeared! I wish mine would do that! It really is a miracle root, I was having the worst stomach ache the other day and ate a bunch of it and it seemed to magically disappear! I’m hoping to find some answers soon too, I’ll keep you updated, Helen! :)

  7. says

    Ugh, when your tummy doesn’t feel good that makes for not so enjoyable days. I just saw some turmeric the other day at the store. I was so excited. It really is such a great root. I hope you are feeling better soon.

    • She Likes Food says

      It really does make for not so enjoyable days! I’m hoping that if I eat enough turmeric, it will eventually cure me :)

  8. says

    This looks so delicious…and nutritious too. I’m so sorry about your stomach issues. Ryan has a hard time with his stomach, and it can be so frustrating at times. Thank you for sharing this healing dish with us!

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you, Monet! It really can be so frustrating, especially when you can’t seem to figure it out. I’m so glad you like this dish :)

  9. says

    Awww stomach problems are such a bummer. Hope you start feeling better very quickly, Izzy! On a more positive note, these rice bowls look absolutely FAB. Love, love all the veggies you packed inside. Knowing me I would probably throw some avocado into the mix, just because. 😀 So can’t wait to try these! Pinned.

    • She Likes Food says

      They are such a bummer, thank you, Sarah!! OMG, girl, avocado sounds so perfect for these! I will definitely be throwing some in next time! My doctor said I shouldn’t eat any fat, but I just can’t stay away from avocados! Thanks for pinning :)

  10. says

    Looks like you got a LOT of rain! Love the picture you got. So cool!

    Sorry about your stomach issues. That’s the worst. Hope you are feeling better soon friend.

    This rice bowl sounds delicious! Hope it made your tummy feel less inflamed : )

    • She Likes Food says

      We did get a lot of rain and I think we have gotten about 3 more storms since I posted this! Thanks so much Natalie, hopefully I will be able to report back soon that I’m feeling better!

    • She Likes Food says

      I really love the flavor that turmeric adds too, and I especially love the color of it! Thank you so much, Olivia!

  11. says

    Oh no, I am so sorry to hear about your stomach issues, that’s no fun :( Hope you feel better soon and this dish helped ease the pain. I am a big fan of turmeric and usually add a dash of it to my morning smoothies. I’ve never seen the root before but will definitely look out for it next time :) Love the rice bowl, it looks so colorful and pretty!

    • She Likes Food says

      Aww, thank you so much, Kelly! This dish definitely did help and I hope to get to the bottom of the issues soon! That is such a great idea to add them to your smoothies! I gotta start doing that! I had been eyeing it for a while at the store, and was never really sure what is was but finally I took a closer look and just had to buy some when I figured out what it was!

  12. says

    I just made this recipe and it is delicious. The sweet potato gives just a hint of aweetness and the tofu crisps up so nicely. Thanks!

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