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These tofu nuggets are gonna rock your socks! These are great no matter what diet you are following! Most of the time, tofu takes the taste of whatever batter or sauce you cook it in, so really the options are endless! These are Weight Watcher friendly, a must-have for vegans, and super easy to make!
If you are on the Weight Watcher Freestyle plan, tofu is ZERO points! So depending on the breading you choose those are the only points you have to track! I LOVE zero point recipes, healthy and one less thing to track when it comes to the points system!
Wait! Don't go!
Hear me out. If you cook tofu properly – with the right seasonings and get it the right texture – it's delicious. Tofu Nuggets are kid-friendly, which is a plus.
Tofu Nuggets | Kid Friendly Vegetarian Recipe
To be honest, I have an extremely hard time following a recipe, much less creating one. I usually just cook. Whatever it is, I just smother it in seasonings and go for it. Most of the time, it turns out quite awesome (if I might say so myself). So when you're following this recipe, follow it loosely. Remember to improvise if you feel like it, and my measurements are just estimates so you can add or take away as you wish.
It takes over an hour start to finish for this recipe, so it's not one that you can just randomly decide on when you have nothing else to cook. It will take a bit of planning, but it's oh so worth it.
The most important part of this recipe is the EZ Tofu Press! It's a lifesaver for us – we HATE soggy tofu!
The EZ Tofu Press
Extra firm tofu
breading (I used a breading mix from the Farmer's market, mixed with cajun seasoning)
hot sauce – optional
You will need to drain the tofu before working with it. To drain the tofu, take it out of the package and place it inside your EZ Tofu Press. Make sure it's as tight as you can get it, especially if you prefer extra firm tofu. You want the tofu to be drained as much as possible.
After the tofu has drained for 20 minutes, preheat the deep fryer to 350*. Or you can cook them in a skillet without oil – just spray the pan.
Slice the tofu into 1″ cubes. The slab of tofu will be thick, so you will need to cut it in half and then cut it into cubes. Be careful when handling the tofu, as it is fragile.
The tofu will still be a bit moist, so you don't need to dip it in eggs or anything to be able to bread them. Grab your breading (Hooter's wing breading is great), and mix it with cajun seasoning if you want it to be spicy. Put it in a gallon zip loc bag, and place the tofu inside. Pour the remaining breading in a bowl and save it, you will need it again in a moment. Shake until well covered. Drop the tofu into the deep fryer. Fry for about 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, the tofu is still going to be very… for lack of a better word, mushy. Dump it out into a bowl of hot sauce, and then bread it again. If you aren't using hot sauce, just bread it again. The oil from the deep fryer is going to make the breading stick. Deep fry for another 15 minutes or so. Take a piece out and test it, but it's probably not done at this point. It took about 30 minutes total for my tofu to be ready. Just keep checking it every few minutes. It will be crunchy on the outside, but unless you cook it long enough it will be too soft on the inside. Keep frying it. :)
We used spicy ranch to dip ours in (hot sauce mixed with ranch), and it was so good! The kids not only asked for seconds, they asked for thirds.
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