Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Baked Tofu for Kids

Let me just say that the maple leaf shape of tonight's meal inspired many ideas as to what to call the dish. But, in my attempt to help people who are Googling their way through the interwebs looking for easy vegan kids meals, I went with the more boring yet descriptive title above. Tossed on the scrap heap were "Tofu for Hosers," "Baked Tofu, eh?," and "Tofu Night in Canada." Of course, these may only be funny to Canadians (and maybe not even then). Anyway, the problem I tried to solve tonight was how do you get kids to eat tofu? The answer? Make sure it doesn't look like tofu! A funky shape, some breading, and a good dipping sauce will go a long way. I prepared these two ways--crispy fried and oven baked. I liked the crispy fried but the kids liked the oven baked hands down.

- 1 pkg extra firm tofu
- 1 funky metal cookie cutter

For Crispy Fried
Cut tofu into 1/4" thick slices, then stamp out shapes with cookie cutter. Toss tofu shapes in cornstarch then place on a plate or cutting board. Let tofu sit for a few mins to let the water from the tofu soak into the cornstarch and make a coating. Fry in oil over med-hi heat until golden brown.

For Oven Baked
- 1/2 cup soy milk
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp ground flax seed (optional)
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 to 1 cup bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly spray with oil
1. Combine soy milk, lemon juice/vinegar, flax (if using), onion and garlic powder, and salt in a bowl. Put bread crumbs in a shallow baking dish.
2. Cut tofu into 1/4" slices and stamp shape with cookie cutter. Dip tofu shapes in soy milk mixture, then toss in bread crumbs. Place on baking sheet and spray lightly with oil.
3. Bake for 10 mins per side, or until crispy and golden.
4. Serve with your kid's favourite dipping sauce. I used my sweet and sticky BBQ sauce.

Gather all the scraps leftover from the shape cutting and make some eggless salad. See? Now you have lunch for tomorrow.


Maggie said...

I think you should call them, "Canada is the second-largest land mass and the first nation of hockey and the best part of North America. MY NAME IS JOE, AND I ... AM ... CANADIAN!" tofu nuggets.

Long, but it gets the point across.

You BBQ sauce looks great, by the way.

Janet said...

LOL @ "Tofu Night In Canada!" I love baked tofu, but alas the only cookie cutter I have is a cat shape and that just seems wrong. I just do triangles. The leaf shapes look fun though ;)

vegnz said...

Yum! Definately gonna give this one a whirl.

Sharon R said...

What a good idea to give the tofu a new look; I really like the maple leaf and I LOVE maple syrup.
Bet the kids thought it was a good idea, too!

arthursmommy said...

Love the mapleleafs. It reminds me of hockey. I think my husband and I are the only hockey fans in Texas.

lauren said...

haha, i like "Baked Tofu, eh?" Congratulations on your award, you surely deserve it!

Maureen, eh said...

Don Cherry would have approved of Tofu Night in Canada!
What a great idea, and especially with Canada Day coming up, there are definitely some ideas stewing in my head involving your maple-leaf-shaped-tofu and red dye...hmmm...
Where did you get the cookie cutter from?

Vegan Dad said...

I was toying with the idea of trying to get the tofu red, but figured it would end up looking pink and generally gross.

I am pretty sure I picked up the cookie cutter at a thrift store, but I can't remember. I don't think I have ever purchased a cookie cutter from anywhere but a thrift store, but I did notice that Bulk Barn has a very nice selection.

genrefiction said...

Congrats on your award! Your blog is wonderful.

Eesh said...

Love the maple leaf! I also liked the "Baked Tofu, eh?" I never thought of looking for cookie cutters at thrift stores. That will have to be on my list for next time!

Shelby said...

Oh my gosh! I just found what i'm making for lunch. I have some leftover tofu and I need to use it. Yum!

carrie said...

This is such a great idea, although my kids will generally eat tofu no matter how it's prepared. I love the idea of the funky little shapes though.

Sarah C. said...

The first two names are also funny to non-Canadians who happen to be fans of the movie Strange Brew. Tofu for hosers! I love it!

Sue said...

I like "Tofu for Hosers!" Did you press the tofu at all or just leave water in to 'mingle' with breading for both versions? Thanks, loving the blog!

Vegan Dad said...

because I used extra firm tofu I did not press it--I never find it has much water in it. I press the firm tofu, otherwise I don't really care for the texture.

Vegan Dad said...

I applaud your knowledge of Molson Canadian commercials.

Cravin' Veggies said...

Ha! This post had me laughing out loud. Tofu for Hosers gets my vote! Too funny!!

Marisa L. B. said...

I'm not Canadian, so I don't get the jokes. Sorry. LOL. Anyway, these look really yummy, even for grownups! I have a set of 30 cookie cutters and I can have some real fun with this!

Jill said...

Im not Canadian or Vegan but I am trying to be healthier. Im actually making these for lunch today as an experiment for my kids and my daycare kids. So,.... 12 kids from 11 mo to 17 yrs,.. will be the test subjects today!Ill let you guys know how it goes. =-)

Jill said...

and the verdict is,.. 11 yes and one no,... not bad odds,.. =-)

Vegan Dad said...

Yes! I don't even get those odds at my own dinner table some nights!