Saturday, December 6, 2014

Baked Tofu Bites

When I know it's going to be on the run around lunchtime or it's just a busy day at home I know I need to have an easy lunch that the kids don't have to wait too long for me to make ... it's just not worth the meltdown! My favorite  make-ahead kids meal is Baked Tofu Bites. I can cut and marinade them in the morning and just throw them in the oven when I'm ready. The kids can chow them up quickly. They taste great cold too, so sometimes I'll make them the night before, pack them away and we have a perfect snack, lunch or dinner.

The best part is, there's some leftover for me to munch on when the kids are done!

Baked Tofu Bites

Baked Tofu Bites

1 14oz block tofu
1 T toasted sesame oil
2 T Mrs. Braggs Amino Acids or tamari

1 T nutritional yeast (optional, but it shouldn't be if you know what I mean ... delicious!)

Press the tofu for a good 30 minutes to get all the extra liquid out. This helps ensure that the tofu can pick up the marinade.

Cut the tofu into bite size squares. Put them in a container with the sesame oil, Mrs. Braggs and nutritional yeast right over it. Close up the container and shake it around. 
If you have to cook it right away, go for it but if you have time, shake it around every now and again for the next two hours to make sure the marinade is getting over all the tofu. 

Preheat 400°. Spread tofu on an ungreased pan (they have enough oil that they won't stick. Bake for about 45 minutes flipping them half way through. My kids don't like them too tough but feel free to bake up to an hour to get the consistency of tofu you like.

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