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#1 Old 11-27-2007, 02:40 PM
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You can begin offering tofu to your baby around 8 months as an alternative to meat. I found some fun ways to get your infant or toddler interested in tofu. The ideas/recipes below are for "independent sitters" and babies that have started eating finger foods or chunkier foods. Ares won't be able to eat all of these yet, but I was going to try some of the blended ones.



Cut soft or firm tofu into small bite-sized cubes and dust it with crushed cheerios, wheat germ or crushed graham crackers. (cubes work best with Firm tofu but Soft works as well)



Blend it up with a banana and wheat germ and serve by spoon. You may blend it with any type of fruit(s) like apples, strawberries, blueberries or pears. **Clings to the spoon and is great for older babies who are learning how to self-feed with utensils.**



Cube it and toss it into soups or broth (prior to seasoning) and give the cubes to baby. Use it as an alternative to meats in "adult" soups.



Cube it and fry it gently in olive oil, add seasonings of your choice for either adults or babies.



Mash tofu with cottage cheese, avocado or even mix with hummus. Add seasoning to make a sandwich spread or use as Baby Finger Foods.



Create your own tofu burgers with mashed tofu, bread crumbs (or baby cereal for baby!), chopped onion (or veggie puree appropriate for your baby's age!) and your favorite seasonings.



Use the silken tofu and add fruits, yogurt, and fruit juice to create a Baby Fruit Smoothie.







Tofu Baby Meals cube and sauté in olive oil (add spices like pepper, garlic, onion basil etc.). You may also just blend or cube and serve:



Blend tofu, applesauce and squash together for a yummy meal.



Blend tofu, avocado and pears together



Blend tofu, blueberries and bananas together



Blend tofu with sweet potato and carrots



Blend tofu with broccoli and parsnips
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So good blended with anything. I blend tofu into almost every sauce I make for her, whether it's pizza sauce, pasta sauce, or a spread for a sandwich. Yum.
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With my 3 1/2 yr old I have to blend it in to stuff, cause she is SO picky! Interesting ideas!



Luckily, my 18 month old loves it..especially stir fried with garlic, broccoli and soy sauce.
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Actually if you have food allergies in the family, you should wait until at least 12 months for either dairy or soy. Just FYI for everyone!
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I think it's totally gross, but my son Ares who is 9 months old will just eat the stuff plain and cold. I had cubed some up to fry for dinner the other night and he snatched a chunk and started smashing it up and eating it. I was pleased that he likes it, but grossed out at the same time.
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I think it's totally gross, but my son Ares who is 9 months old will just eat the stuff plain and cold. I had cubed some up to fry for dinner the other night and he snatched a chunk and started smashing it up and eating it. I was pleased that he likes it, but grossed out at the same time.

My son will eat it that way too lol - *gag* I just can't imagine eating cold uncooked tofu
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i love cold uncooked tofu with a little salt and pepper in a sandwich or over a salad. :yum:
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i love cold uncooked tofu with a little salt and pepper in a sandwich or over a salad. :yum:



Yep. Me too! A little splash of umeboshi vinegar on plain, cold tofu and put it in a salad: or a bit of salt and pepper and eat it on toast.



It's practically tasteless, I'm seriously surprised people are grossed out by eating it cold.
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#9 Old 12-16-2007, 01:15 PM
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i blend it with raspberries, juice etc and freeze them - she loves popsicles... i've also experimented with spinach and shredded carrot in the juice pops -- she likes that too
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