Kids' Nutrition: Cooking With Tofu
Tofu is incredibly versatile and works well with whatever flavors you choose. If you're nervous about tofu, try using it in ways in which it "disappears." Silken tofu, sold in aseptic shelf-stable boxes, can be pureed into smoothies, desserts and sauces. If you're making a tofu "mayonnaise"a simple matter of pureeing tofu with lemon and seasoninginclude some jarred mayonnaise or some olive oil in the mix. It will taste almost exactly like mayonnaise. The same is true when making a yogurt sauce with tofu—including some yogurt will make it more true to the flavor of yogurt.
If you've had tofu before but can't get beyond it being just a plain white block, you'll be surprised at the possibilities. Tofu can be seared, grilled, braised, crusted with oregano and sauteedthe sky's the limit.
Of course, Asian flavors work beautifully with tofu. Try adding it in a stir-fry or curry alongside seafood, meat or vegetables. I love a simple steamed tofu drizzled with a fine soy sauce and topped with chopped cilantro.
Here is a recipe for you to get started; for more ideas, look for my book, This Can't Be Tofu! Let your adventure with tofu begin!
Mark's Tofu Shake
Chef Mark Mattern of Disney World shared this recipe with me.
- 1/2 box silken tofu (soft or firm)
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 2 medium bananas
- 1 cup milk (or soy milk)
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
In a food process or blender, puree the tofu and fruit until smooth, gradually adding the milk to loosen the mixture. Add the honey and ice and continue to blend until smooth.