Monday, February 20, 2012

Toddler Tuesday: Macadamia Nut Crusted Tofu Sticks

Who says macadamia nuts can only crust the outside of Mahi Mahi?

Well... not sure anyone really says that, but in dining my experience, it's pretty common to find fish with a mac-nut crust.

Well, I say that marinated extra firm tofu can also be coated with delicious macadamia nuts. I chose to cook them in toddler-friendly sticks for easy eating, but it would look beautiful as a tofu filet served over whole wheat couscous and garlic sauteed kale. Good thing my husband said this recipe is a repeat!

Tofu sticks getting ready to grace the oven.

My crust is simple: Mac nuts, nutritional yeast and a little bit of salt. Next time I will add some fresh herbs; parsley perhaps. And due to my last minute creation, I failed to dip the tofu into something that would allow the nut mixture to stick.

The marinade is also simple: Ponzu sauce, dijon mustard and maple syrup. I let it marinate in the fridge for 5 hours, but I'm sure the flavors would be even more enhanced overnight.

Kaden digging in...

Macadamia Nut Crusted Tofu Sticks

Ingredients

1 10oz package vacuum sealed super firm tofu (not water packed)
1/2 cup ponzu sauce
1 TB dijon mustard
3 TB pure maple syrup
1/2 cup raw unsalted macadamia nuts
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp salt

Directions
Prepare tofu by cutting in half, lengthwise, and then cutting into strips. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together ponzu, dijon and maple syrup. Pour marinade into a large ziplock bag and add tofu to coat. Put in the fridge for 3-5 hours, or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350.

In a food processor, combine macadamia nuts, nutritional yeast and salt. If you have some fresh parsley, chop and add 1/4 cup.

On a non stick baking sheet, or one lined with foil, place your tofu sticks in a single layer. Top each stick with some macadamia nut mixture. Bake for 20 minutes or until browned.

1 comment:

  1. these look DELICIOUS! i'm not vegan, but recently went gluten free and i have changed my diet completely. finding yummy, innovative recipes like these for myself AND my baby girl is super helpful and is showing me you don't have to sacrifice taste when it comes to healthy eating :) thanks, dana!!

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