9 Tofu Recipes for Light Weekday Meals

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Getting kids to eat healthily isn’t always easy. Some are fussy eaters to start. And, when you’re in a store confronted with chocolate and candy, it’s hard to compete. What’s a mom to do to get her children to eat nutritious and tasty meals? Turn to creative tofu recipes that mimic the flavor and appearance of their favorite dishes.

Why tofu? Tofu or bean curd is an excellent protein source that rivals or beats meat and other alternatives. It's inexpensive and incredibly versatile. The subtle soy flavor blends well with countless recipes, allowing parents to sneakily include it in meals throughout the day – including dessert! Keep reading for irresistible tofu recipes you can try on your kids.

Mini Pancake Cereal

A bowlful of mini soy pancakes with bits of fresh fruit and a splash of milk

Take your chikiting's fave pancake recipe up a notch by blending silken tofu into the batter. Add a splash of vanilla and cook as you usually would. Alternatively, you can make mini pancakes that you can put in a bowl with fresh fruits and milk. Enjoy it a la cereal.

Baked Tofu Fries

A plateful of tofu fries served with ketchup

You need firm bean curd for this fried tofu recipe. The perfect replacement snack for carb-filled potato fries, these tofu versions are healthy and taste amazing when coated in cheese, sour cream, or BBQ powder. Cut the tofu into strips and season them with herbs and spices. Bake them on a parchment-lined tray for 15 to 20 minutes in a 375°F (190°C) preheated oven. Serve with ketchup or mayonnaise.

Meat-Free Nuggets

A basket of golden-brown tofu nuggets

Chicken nuggets are incredibly popular among kids. Skip overly processed nuggets for soy-based ones. The key to getting tasty tofu nuggets is to marinate them in soy sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder before you dip them in a batter and coat them in breadcrumbs. Drain your fried tofu cubes on paper towels after frying and serve it with BBQ sauce for that fast-food feel sans the consequences.

Sweet And Sour

A plateful of sweet and sour tofu on a wooden counter

Sweet and sour is the go-to stir-fry recipe for moms who want to go beyond the usual fried chicken and pancit. Switch things up with tofu. Dredge bean curd cubes in cornstarch before frying to maintain a firm texture. Toss them into the sweet and sour sauce just before serving. Don't forget the rice!

Plant-Based Burgers

A vegetarian burger with tomatoes, lettuce, and a tofu patty

Tofu is the first ingredient many vegans turn to when they need proteins in their diet. These days, finding tofu burger recipes is no longer unusual. Treat the bean curd the same way you would ground meat. Blend it with onions, garlic, and seasonings before forming the mixture into patties. Pan-fry or grill to give it a nice smoky flavor. Use a garlic dressing with Lady's Choice Real Mayonnaise for an extraordinary umami boost.

Sizzling Tofu Sisig

A huge serving of sizzling sisig tofu served with calamansi and fried rice

Though made famous by a well-known chicken restaurant, tofu sisig recipes have become popular over the years. It works well with rice or a cold beverage for nights with the barkada. Would you believe that making it is easier than the original pork version? Since tofu cooks quickly, you can make this ulam in half an hour. Don't forget to drizzle with mayo before serving!

Fried Tofu Skins

A person holds up a piece of fried tofu skins with a chopstick

Junk food binges are a parent's worst nightmare. It's difficult to avoid since salt-laden chips are everywhere. Encourage healthy snacking with this chicharon-inspired snack treat. You can source bean curd skin from Asian groceries or make your own with a fried tofu skin recipe. Go for the ready-to-cook route since prepping homemade skins can be time-consuming. Season with a bit of salt and serve them with a vinegar dipping sauce.

Soy and Veg Burritos

Two servings of tortilla burritos filled with fresh vegetables and fried tofu

Looking for a tasty meal you can pack for the kids' baon? This fuss-free wrap is a perfect choice. Make it healthier by using whole wheat tortillas instead of regular flour. Include crisp vegetables like romaine lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, and air-fried tofu for protein. Round up the fresh flavors by serving this with a mango-mayo dressing.

Chocolate Pudding

Two servings of chocolate pudding on a plaid cloth next to pieces of chocolate

Who would have thought a list of tofu recipes would include dessert? A mere three ingredients can put store-bought chocolate pudding cups to shame. Make it by processing cold soft tofu, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. You can store the pudding in individual airtight containers for up to four days. Try it, and you'll forget it contains tofu.

Being busy is no excuse for serving unhealthy meals. These tofu recipes marry convenience and nutrition. Try these recipes now and let your kids enjoy the benefits of this versatile ingredient!

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