Monday, 21 March 2016

Adorable Healthy Tofu Easter Treats






With Easter right around the corner, we wanted to share a fun foodie DIY craft alternative to Easter eggs, called charaben (aka character bento box). You and the kiddos can create a bunny bento and/or baby chick recipes using House Foods organic tofu (yes, tofu!) that puts a tasty and healthy twist on the typical “meaty” meals families eat during Easter Sunday – AND it’s something kids will enjoy doing J. 

Chef Mayumi Johnston, creator of Character Bento’s and owner of Taste of Japan blog, has teamed up with House Foods to develop this adorable bunny and baby chick recipes for mom and kids to create at home! I’m happy to share the step-by-step recipe guide along with images and samples of the organic tofu if you’d like to test it out yourself.   

Delivering smiles and happiness to generations of health-conscious families is House Foods’ number one priority, which is why we’d love to bring character bento to your kitchen table this Easter! House Foods tofu is made from 100% U.S grown, non-GMO soybeans and has many nutritional benefits including low in saturated fat, cholesterol-free and is a good source of calcium. Tofu also is a high-quality complete protein that contains all 9 essential amino acids.

Tofu Charaben Bunny- Makes 2 Charaben Bento’s
Ingredients:
300g cooked white rice, separated

For the bunny:
½ pkg House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Firm or Extra Firm, drained and pressed dry well
½ pkg ground chicken breast
5 small mushrooms
½  Tbsp Potato starch
1/8 tsp soy sauce
salt to taste
Nori seaweed, cut into small circles
Small radish, cut into 1/8th in size
Ketchup 

*For vegan, omit ground chicken breast and use the whole package of tofu instead

For the scrambled tofu:
½ pkg House Foods Premium or Organic Tofu Firm or Extra Firm, drained and pressed dry well
1/8 – ¼ tsp Curry powder (optional)
1/8 tsp soy sauce
salt to taste
Garnish:
Choice of Spring vegetables
Tool:
Dry seaweed cutter

Directions to create bunny:
In a large bowl crumble tofu and add in the ground chicken breast, potato starch, soy sauce, and salt.  Mix well 
by hands and form small round balls. 
Remove stems from mushrooms and stuff mushrooms with the tofu balls.  Steam for about 10 minutes or until 
softened and cooked through.  You need 1 tofu mushroom for 1 bunny. You can save the rest and freeze for later.

Directions for Scrambled Tofu Curry
Crumble the tofu into a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add the curry powder (if using) and soy 
sauce and stir.  Cook until liquid has evaporated and tofu is completely crumbled.

To assemble the Charaben Bunny Bento:
Add the rice to a bento box. Top with the scrambled tofu.  Place the bunny face inside the bento box where 
you’d like to create the bunny.  Place two slices of radish above the bunny’s face.  This will be its ears. Garnish 
with your choice of spring vegetables.  Apply the small pieces of nori to the stuffed mushroom for the bunny’s 
eyes and nose with tweezers.  Color its cheeks with a small dab of ketchup and set aside.  Repeat to make 
second bento.

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