Sesame Tofu

Sesame Tofu

This simple recipe takes tofu from “what?” to “wow!” Use it as an opportunity to give tofu a try or use the same technique on chicken or fish. This recipe comes to us from Chef Kate Sherwood and appears in Food Day’s free e-cookbook, 20 Recipes to Get Kids Cooking.

Serves 4.

Cooking Tip of the Week: Blot your tofu right before you start to fry it, otherwise water will continue to seep out of the tofu, which makes frying more difficult.

Food for Thought: Do you recycle? Or walk instead of riding in a car sometimes? Then you’re eco-friendly! But did you know that the food you eat has a big impact on the environment too? Plant foods like tofu, which is made from soybeans, use fewer natural resources to produce than meat and other animal products. So a diet high in plant foods like vegetables, beans and grains is not only super healthy, it’s eco-friendly!

Family Dinner Conversation Starter: What can our family do this year to have a greener / more eco-friendly diet?

Directions: (see below for ingredients)

Together: Cut the tofu into 12 three-quarter-inch-thick slabs. Blot well with a paper towel.

Kid: Spread the sesame seeds on a plate and press the tofu into them.

Adult: In a large non-stick pan, sauté the tofu in the oil until the sesame seeds are golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the tofu.

Kid: In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, ginger, vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, corn starch, and 1/2 cup of water.

Together: Add to the pan and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Pour the sauce over the tofu.

Optional: Serve with brown rice and sauteed greens.

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