Cooking and baking with kids is so important. It helps them to learn about food and encourages them to try new things as well as developing new skills.
I usually bake with Cooper, but I do take him into the kitchen to help prepare meals too. You'll see in my sidebar I have a selection of easy recipes for kids. Some of them are designed to get as much good stuff into them as possible and others are simple recipes for kids to make themselves (with a little bit of help).
Today Cooper made some Spiced Tofu Fingers. They are a bit like breaded mozzarella in taste and texture, but they are dairy free and packed with protein. I used bought golden breadcrumbs that were sitting in my store cupboard staring at me petulantly. I usually make fresh breadcrumbs, but these were perfect for this dish and I perked them up with spices. Make sure you use regular tofu and not silken tofu, which won't work for this recipe, it's just too soft.
|Drain the tofu.|
|Wrap in kitchen paper and teatowels.|
|Add a weight on top. Heavy books are perfect.|
|After the moisture has drained out, slice into fingers.|
|Roll the fingers in spiced breadcrumbs.|
|Bake or lightly fry in a little rapeseed oil until golden and crispy (mummy can help with this).|
|Dunk in ketchup!|
|I love them this much!|
Spiced Tofu Fingers
A dairy free version of breaded mozzarella sticks. A fabulous healthy snack or starter for kids and adults.
- 2 x 396g blocks tofu
- ½ cup golden breadcrumbs
- 3 tsp onion powder
- 1½ tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- a good grinding of black pepper
- a little rapeseed oil for frying
1. Drain the tofu, then wrap it in kitchen paper and teatowels. Weight with heavy books and leave for half an hour to drain the excess liquid from the tofu.2. Unwrap the tofu and slice into fingers.3. Mix the breadcrumbs with the spices and pour onto a plate. Dip the tofu fingers in the breadcrumbs until well coated.4. Bake or fry in a little oil until golden and crunchy.5. Serve with ketchup for dipping.6, Enjoy!
Yield: Makes 20 tofu fingers
You can check out more of Cooper's kids recipes over at Baby Centre where he has his own cookery segment called Cooking with Cooper.
For more kids recipes check out the fabulous family blogs Eat Your Veg and Bangers and Mash, also have a look over at the Tesco Baby Club where there are some fabulous family recipes for pregnancy, babies, toddlers and families. And finally, Great British Chefs have a great selection for recipes for Cooking with Kids.
Disclosure: I wrote this post on behalf of Tesco Baby Club, who paid me for my recipe. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own