I make this tofu dish for my kids pretty regularly. We have generally turned into “flexitarians”, eating a mostly vegetarian diet for breakfast and lunch and a dinner with meat. This is partially a result of trying to cut down a little on our overall meat consumption, but also to keep costs down since we strive to buy grass-fed meat and/or organic meat when possible (if we can afford it).
We grew up eating tofu (DDU-BU in Korean). Growing up in Korea, it never occurred to me and my sisters that it might actually be disgusting. We loved the spongy stuff, and still do. You were liable to end up in the ER with a fork in the cornea for swiping the last piece of spicy DDU-BU in our home. Anyway, my kids got the Korean food gene, because they absolutely love tofu. They love it when I make it like this, because it is sweeter and crunchy.
Here it is- If you try it, I would love to hear how your kids like it, even if they don’t!
1 Block of Firm or Extra Firm Tofu
a little olive oil
Whole Wheat panko bread crumbs (or you can use plain cornmeal, too)
A cup of milk
1 TBSP of honey
1/2 tbsp of sesame seed if you have it
1) Gather The Ingredients
2) Mix honey into milk. Cut tofu into squares and let soak for 5 minutes. Note: Patting tofu down with paper towel will help milk adhere which will help the crumbs adhere. Tofu has a high water content.
3) Coat the tofu on both sides with breadcrumbs or cornmeal mixed with sesame seed (if you have it)
4) Arrange in hot frying pan drizzled with olive oil. Cook for a couple of minutes on each side. Be careful when flipping them with spatula that you don’t scrape breading off. If you do, that’s okay, just sprinkle it back on later. The kids still like it.
5) Cool on a paper plate lined with a paper towel and serve once it is a safe warm temp for the kids (maybe a few minutes to rest). I usually serve with some brown or white rice, or quinoa, and some kind of fruit.
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