Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How To Tofu- Recipe Redux + A Cookbook Giveaway

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What do chicken nuggets, hotdogs, pizza, and fishsticks have in common?

They are all on the list of typical foods parents feed their kids.  I blame convenience- what's easier than taking something out of the freezer and popping it into the microwave?  Also, they're fun for kids because they're bite size or come in cool shapes.  I'm always trying to think of more healthy options that are still fun and convenient.  I believe food should be fun AND wholesome.  In fact, playing with food (to an extent) is part of healthy child development.  Once infants start on table food, it's important to let them explore it using all their senses, especially touch.  I've held this stance since my daughter Lyla started on table-food and she has become a great eater.

Lyla enjoying her Tofu Stick
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and RecipeRedux has teamed up with The Soyfoods Council to inspire family, friends and readers to add more soyfoods to their diet, specifically tofu.  There is an extensive body of evidence suggesting soy reduces the risk of breast cancer.  However, studies show that to receive the most optimal benefits in reducing the risk of breast cancer, soyfoods must be consumed starting in adolescence.  

If you're already feeding your kids tofu- keep it up!  If this is new territory for you, then I'm here to today to present you with a kid-friendly Tofu recipe.

Crunchy Baked Tofu Sticks
Yields: 14 sticks

1 brick extra-firm Tofu
¼ canola oil
1 c crisp rice cereal
2 T nutritional yeast
¼ c cornflake crumbs
Dash of paprika, pepper, cayenne powders

1.     Preheat oven to 375 F
2.     To slice tofu into 14 equal sticks, slice lengthwise once, then height wise 6 times
3.     Combine dry ingredients in a blender and pulse a few times to break down the crisped rice cereal.  Transfer to a shallow bowl
4.     Pour oil into a different bowl.  Dip tofu sticks into oil, then roll around in crumbs until well coated
5.     Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 20 min.  Then flip over and bake for 10 more min.

Vegan Ranch Dip (Mayo-Free!)
 This kid-friendly snack was fun for the whole family.  Lyla enjoyed the crunchy bites and the grown-ups enjoyed the protein-packed flavorful sticks as part of our dinner.  Try these tofu sticks with your favorite dip.  I recommend this vegan ranch dip from Clean Green Simple.  It added a zesty touch to the savory crunch.

As an added bonus, I will be giving away a "Simply Soy" cookbook provided by the Soyfoods Council.  Please enter in the rafflecopter widget below and a winner will be chosen at random.

By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by The Soyfoods Council and am 
eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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