Tofu can be a great addition to baby’s finger food repertoire.
Versatile (it takes on any flavor you choose to combine it with) and soft, you can incorporate it into smoothies, rice or legume dishes or even serve it cubed and coated with crushed cereals, wheat germ or crackers. While the research jury remains completely divided about the benefits and the dangers of soy, a small bit of tofu in moderation will add needed protein and calcium to the diet. A mere 4 ounces of firm tofu offers 13 grams of protein and 120 milligrams of calcium. When purchasing tofu, always look for Non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) and Organic tofu.
Tofu is fine to introduce to babies around 8 months old but keep in mind that it is a soy product and therefore a known allergen. Always consult your baby’s pediatrician about introducing new foods, especially allergenic foods, to your baby.
- 1 pound of firm organic tofu
- 3 tablespoons tamari
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 thumb sized bit of fresh ginger – peeled then grated, about 1 tablespoon
- 1/2 garlic clove – minced
1. Remove tofu block from container and drain water.
2. Slice block into 2 separate layers then cut into strips.
3. Layer paper towels on a plate then place the tofu strips on the towels. Layer more paper towels on top.
4. Place a heavy glass baking dish on top of the plate – the weight will help to squeeze out excess water.
5. Combine remaining ingredients in a flat dish to be used to marinate the tofu strips
6. Once water has been compressed out of the tofu strips, add the strips to the marinade then refrigerate for 1 hour to allow the tofu to soak up the marinade.
7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then arrange strips on a large baking sheet lightly coated with olive oil.
8. Bake strips for 20 minutes, turning over at 10 minutes. Strips will turn a golden brown color and will be slightly spongy when finished.
9. Allow to cool, or serve warm, then cut into bite size pieces that your little one will be able to manage.