Apr 19, 2013

Crispy Tofu Dippers (Tofu 4 Kids)

This is the 1st installment of an ongoing project to find fun tofu recipes that children will eat without a fuss! Finding kid-friendly tofu recipes is not an easy task. Most kids, especially young toddlers, tend to be texture eaters and the texture of tofu is not usually very appealing to them.

Why should you and your child(ren) eat tofu?

The health benefits of tofu are numerous. Consuming tofu regularly helps lower cholesterol and even lowers the risk of cancer. Since soybean is cheap and abundant, but rich in protein, the popularly known benefit of tofu is that of being the “poor man’s protein.”

Tofu as Vegan Substitute for Meat -

There is a common misconception that vegetarians do not get as much protein as meat lovers do. Although vegetables are mainly composed of carbohydrates, some vegetables, in fact, have all of the essential amino acids that your body requires.

The only difference between tofu and meat protein is that you have to eat more tofu to meet the recommended dietary protein levels. Studies show that regularly eating the right amount of tofu provides an equivalent amount of energy, protein, total fat, carbohydrates, alcohol and fiber.

Other Health Benefits of Tofu -

Isoflavones are compounds found in soy products, and they are known to exert direct and indirect antioxidant effects. Isoflavones also directly scavenge free radicals.

And now for a recipe!

Crispy Tofu Dippers


14oz block Organic Non-GMO Extra Firm Tofu
2 Tbsp Cornstarch
1/4 cup Cornmeal
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Olive Oil


-After you have drained and pressed the tofu, cut into bite-size pieces.
-Mix together cornmeal, parmesan, and cornstarch.
-Whisk it up a bit and then place your tofu pieces in the mixture. Coat well.
-Heat a bit of olive oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat.
-Once your pieces are coated, pop them in the hot pan.
-Cook on all sides until brown and crispy.
-Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

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