Sesame Lime Tofu Strips for Baby
Tofu is made from pressed, whole soybeans (you can learn more about soy here), and as per the 2017 Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy, soybeans as well as sesame are a common food allergens that are encouraged to introduce to infants around 6 months of age. Early introduction may help to reduce the risk of developing food allergies. I review what, when and how to introduce allergens in my 'Food to Fit your Baby: Introducing Solids' online course!
Tofu is a great first food for baby because it not only provides a source of iron (as well as protein, calcium and zinc), it's also soft and texutre appropriate. Be sure to purchase plain, extra firm tofu for baby so that it doesn't contain added sugar or sodium. Note, because this recipe contains both soy and sesame, you want to ensure that baby has already been exposed to at least one of these foods and is tolerating that food. That way, if baby does have a reaction, you know which food is the culprit.
Once baby shows tolerance to a common food allergen, Food Allergy Canada, recommends weekly exposure to help maintain tolerance.
These strips are lightly seasoned with whole ingredients, introducing your baby to different flavours. The sticks are a graspable shape making it easier for baby to pick up and self feed. The strips are soft and suitable for healthy term babies without teeth around 6 months of age.
1 x 350g package of extra firm tofu (we're only going to be using half of it though)
- 3 tbsp sesame oil
- Juice from 1/2 a fresh lime
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- (Optional to add 1 tsp tahini paste if you have it)
1) Open the package of tofu and cut the loaf in half so that you have two skinnier halves. We're only using one half so you can store the other half in an airtight container in the fridge.
2) Wrap the entire piece of tofu with paper towel and press the water out of it. Let it sit with the paper towel a few minutes.
3) In the meantime, make the marinade in a large, shallow airtight container (or a Ziploc bag). Set aside.
3) Unwrap the tofu and cut the wedge into strips, the width of your pinky finger (you may cut them in half again for a smaller strip).
4) Add the strips to the marinade and shake well until the strips are all coated. Let sit at least 5 minutes. This is a good time to preheat the oven to 400F.
5) Once the oven is ready, place the tofu strips on a lined cookie sheet. Bake at 400F for ~15-20 minutes (turning them half way).
6) Let cool and serve to baby.