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Julie Hasson is the author of 5 cookbooks. She is very passionate about food. You can visit her at: juliehasson.com

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Native Bowl’s Couch Bowl

This is a home-version of the sauce that we serve on our famous Couch Bowl. It’s a little spicy, sweet and oh-so-good! At the food cart, we sauté the tofu on a hot griddle with garlic, pepper and a little soy sauce. You can use any rice you like, although we use Jasmine rice at the cart.
Makes 1 cup, enough sauce for 4 bowls

1/2 cup Korean hot red pepper paste
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup water
About 5 cups steamed rice
1-pound extra firm tofu, sautéed
4 ounces baby spinach, fresh
2 carrots, shredded
8 scallions, sliced
1/4 cup toasted sesame seeds
In a small bowl, mix together the red pepper paste, sesame seeds, agave, oil and garlic. Add the water and stir until smooth.
To make the “Couch Bowl”:
Layer the steamed rice in 4 bowls. Drizzle with sauce. Top with tofu and a handful of spinach leaves. Sprinkle with shredded carrots and a spoonful of sliced scallions. Drizzle with a little more sauce, and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. Serve the extra sauce on the side.

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