In fact, add this to your weekly food prep rotation immediately!
You know when you’re craving crispy fried chicken fingers but you’re dedicated to health excellence and reaching your ideal weight? Now, you make these instead…
And do you want to know the craziest thing? You are going to be amazed at how something without salt, oil or sugar can taste so darn amazing!
Really, this recipe was one of the happiest “mistakes” of my nutritarian life.
After going on a mental strike–I was completely over my standard veggie-broth-sauteed tofu–I needed that mouth feel of something crunchy and savory (oh, and packed full of protein to boot).
I was jonesing for chicken fingers. Yeah, that wasn’t going to happen!
So, I put my eat to live thinking cap on…
I live by the code AHVR–always have veggies roasting (you can read up on that here), so I thought why not tofu?
I sliced up some firm tofu (I always have some on hand in the fridge) and used nutritional yeast as the “breading” and to add that savory, umami taste.
I sprinkled them up with my favorite Costco brand no-salt seasoning and baked them in the oven till super crisp!
Are you ready to give this a go?
Even if you think you hate tofu, you need to try this. No excuses! This is going to happen! Even my 7-year-old and almost-4-year-old love these crispy tofu fingers!
But hold on a sec, we need to talk about something first…
After learning about the 7 vitamins you need to avoid supplementing, you need to be careful about which nutritional yeast you buy.
Dr. Fuhrman warns that folic acid can be harmful and even toxic to our bodies.
I thought I was “safe” with the Whole Foods brand shown above. It lists “folate” instead of the bad-for-you folic acid. But I found out that folate is not naturally occurring in nutritional yeast. There are loads of other amazing nutrients that are naturally occurring, but not folate.
So, if you have a nutritional yeast brand that lists either folate or folic acid, it’s been fortified.
You need a brand that specifically says non-fortified.
Try this Sari Foods Non-Fortified Nutrtional Yeast brand:
This is one of the only brands I’ve found that is non-fortified.
Okay, I think we’ve covered it all!
You are officially ready to change your nutritarian life for ever! I can’t wait for you to dig into these highly-dunkable and dip-able crispy baked tofu fingers!
(May I suggest this nutritarian BBQ sauce to start!)
- 2 packages firm tofu (I used 14 ounce packs)
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (you will not use it all)
- no-salt seasoning
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Cut each tofu block into 12 equal slices. Slice the block in half, then slice each half in half again--now you have fourths. Cut each fourth into 3 slices, about 1/4 inch thick.
- Lightly press slices with a paper towel--do not take all the water out, this will be what binds the nutritional yeast.
- Pour 1/2 cup nutritional yeast into plate. Coat each slice of tofu in nutritional yeast. Start with the edges then do the sides, this will minimize buildup on your fingers.
- Lay each slice on your prepared baking sheet.
- After all slices are coated, sprinkle liberally with your favorite no-salt seasoning.
- Bake in the oven, at 375 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes (depending on your desired crunch). You do not need to flip the slices during baking. You'll know they are ready when the edges are just starting to get brown.
- Let rest for at least 5 minutes before using a spatula to remove.
- Use these tofu fingers just like you would chicken fingers! Chop them up and add to salads, dip with your favorite no-salt, no-sugar dips and sauces!
Let’s do better, together! xo, Kristen
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