If you can’t get your kids to eat tofu – try some Lego inspiration! These Tofu Lego Bites are just the thing to get them smiling when tofu appears at the dinner table – in a fun Lego form! I mean really, tofu is known for being a big block. Well why not play around with that idea and really make tofu into a “building block” aka a Lego. As is, these cubes bake up sweet and light with a subtle peppery flavor. To add some color and additional flavor, I plated the tofu on green and red homemade hummus dip. This time it’s OK to play with your food! Learn how to make these cubes – and watch how kids can build with them!…
To Build – simply eat off the tiny cubes as needed – and stack as you’d like!..
I used sun-dried tomato hummus dip and an easy lemony pesto to plate. But you could even marinate the tofu cubes overnight to add even more color to the fun. Try beets, even blueberries, cabbage or carrot juice for natural veg/fruit colors. For a sweet twist – you could plate these over top colorful fruit jams. Tofu is so incredibly versatile that you can really flavor this fun plate any way you choose!
Tofu Lego Bites
1 block extra firm tofu, drained and squeezed dry
2 Tbsp safflower oil
2-3 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp salt or truffle salt
Colorful plating dips:
Lemony Pesto (recipe below)
Sun-dried Tomato Hummus (recipe below)
other assorted hummus flavors
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Slice your tofu into lego rectangles and cubes. Big and small. All you need to do is place the small cubes on top of the larger tofu rectangles. The magic happens when the oven turns to broil and the small cubes actually mesh into the base – creating a lego bite. No toothpicks or special “adhesion” ingredients needed! Place lego tofu in a deep baking pan.
3. Pour the oil and maple syrup evenly over the cubes. Add salt and pepper over top. More maple syrup (3Tbsp) lends a sweet flavor to the tofu. For more savory cubes – stick to 2 Tbsp instead of 3.
4. Bake at 400 for twenty minutes. Then turn on broil for five minutes.
5. Drain excess oil from dish. Cool. Plate. Add garnish dips and serve!
Dips I used to Plate – to make, simply blend in blender or food processor:
Sundried Tomato Hummus – Recipe Here
1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
2 cups basil leaves
1/2 cup arugula
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
5 garlic cloves
salt and pepper