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Heart Smart with Baked Soy Nuggets

Posted Feb 26 2013 12:31am

I am very lucky to have been raised a healthy eater.  My household contained whole foods, lots of fruits and vegetables and little to no processed items.  We would have a nutritious meal every night and I had little encounters with fast food.  Yes, even though all of that goodness was around me, I would fiend over the fluffernutters that my friends had and I never quite understood why some kids had things like cookies for dessert while I was always stuck with fruit.  But now I thank my parents for giving me a taste for clean food.  

The task of teaching good eating habits and having a healthy household is now mine to conquer.  The G’s watch what I eat and do like little hawks.  They always want a bite of what I have, they love to scour the grocery store for healthy food with me.  They are enamored by colorful fruits and vegetable They are so impressionable right now and rarely say no to new foods.  I am relishing this moment and know that this won’t always be the case.  The challenge of instilling good habits will get harder but I will do what my parents did:

  • Lead by example
  • Always offer good tasting clean foods
  • Teach my children the benefits of healthy eating.  Help them understand that good food will serve them and help them live a fuller, funner life!  

Just this evening I was having a conversation with the G’s over dinner …. it went something like this.  

  • Me: “Do you know why we are eating these star nuggets?”
  • G2: “Yes! Because mama cook them” 
  • Me: “Thats right I did. But we are eating these nuggets tonight because they are good for our hearts.”
  • **silence to ponder this**
  • G1: “I like pink hearts.  My heart is pink.  Mama, yours can be purple.” 

Apparently the concept of heart healthy is a little lost on my toddlers.  Huh.  I guess I will have to find a new way to approach that one.  

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1pkg extra firm tofu, pressed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp ground flax seed 
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup almond meal

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Press your tofu – this is best done by wrapping the entire block in paper towel and placing a heavy book or pan on top.  Leave for 30 minutes
  2. Preheat oven to 450 F
  3. Combine almond milk, vinegar, flax, onion and garlic powder in a bowl. Put almond meal in a shallow baking dish.
  4. Cut tofu into 1/4″ slices and stamp shape with cookie cutter. Dip tofu shapes in milk mixture, then coat in almond mean. Place on baking sheet and spray lightly with oil.
  5. Bake for 10 mins each side, until crispy and golden.
 
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