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How To Cook Tofu for Babies

author image Eliza Martinez
Eliza Martinez has written for print and online publications. She covers a variety of topics, including parenting, nutrition, mental health, gardening, food and crafts. Martinez holds a master's degree in psychology.
How To Cook Tofu for Babies
Tofu can be cooked and served many ways. Photo Credit amstockphoto/iStock/Getty Images

Tofu is a soy product and should not be given to babies with a soy allergy. Tofu makes a good finger food because you can dice it small and it is soft and easy to chew. According to Wholesome Baby Food, you can introduce tofu at around 8 months of age. You can store tofu in a container of water in the refrigerator for about 7 days. Change the water daily. Tofu offers calcium, protein and iron and can be cooked many ways for a baby's meal.

Step 1

Try giving your baby plain tofu. Some babies will like the simple flavors of tofu and you can dice it up and serve it as a snack or appetizer.

Step 2

Roll the tofu in crushed cereal. You can crush up some Cheerios and coat small tofu chunks with it and give it to your baby as a snack. Graham crackers or wheat germ works as well.

Step 3

Blend it into a smoothie. Add some tofu, juice and fruit to the blender and whip it into a smoothie. You can serve this through a straw for older babies or feed it to her with a spoon if she can't drink through a straw yet. This is a good way to let a baby practice self-feeding. This works best with silken tofu.

Step 4

Use tofu as a meat alternative. You can add it to soups or mash it with baby cereal to make a tofu burger. You can mix in shredded vegetables and create a well-rounded meal for your baby. Add chopped tofu to pasta sauce as an alternative to sausage or ground beef.

Step 5

Mix with dips. Stir some tofu into hummus, cottage cheese or avocado and serve it with soft vegetables or crackers to dip into it. This is a good mini meal or snack. This is something that can be served to a baby as an appetizer while you prepare the rest of the meal. This is something that transports well for outings or picnics.

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