This week we started our Farm Unit in my son’s K/1 class, and I am so excited about all of the wonderful opportunities I will have to teach them about organic vs. conventional, The Dirty Dozen, GMO’s, and so much more! The best part is that we are working closely with our gardening parents, so the kids actually understand that food comes from farm to table!
Today we made a tofu scramble in class and talked about how people who do not eat eggs or dairy can eat scrambled tofu instead of scrambled eggs, and I overemphasized the need for anything soy-based to be ORGANIC. The kids who are not familiar with tofu were surprised it tasted just like the eggs they know from home! We compared dried soybeans to edamame, then got cooking! Another successful meal that the kids devoured. If I made this again as a class project, I would cut back on the onion and not use bell peppers, as the kids ate around those two things.
Recipe adapted from Jolinda Hackett’s Easy Tofu Scramble
1 block ORGANIC tofu, firm
1 T vegetable oil (we used sunflower)
1/4 onion (less if for kids-only)
1/4 red bell pepper (omit if for kids-only)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
2 T soy sauce
1 T nutritional yeast, or to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric, to color
1. Prepare the tofu: Drain the water from the tofu package and place a layer of paper towels down on a plate. Place the block of tofu on top, then cover with more paper towels. Gently press down on the tofu to press out as much water as possible. Repeat with clean paper towels until they are no longer soaking wet. Using two forks, crumble the tofu block until it is the texture of scrambled eggs.
2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions and bell peppers (if using) until softened and fragrant. Add the crumbled tofu, garlic powder, and onion powder. Mix for a couple of minutes.
3. Add soy sauce, and continue to mix.
4. Reduce heat to low. Add nutritional yeast to taste (we used less and less with each batch of children), and add turmeric to stain the tofu an egg-color, if desired. Continue stirring until well-combined (a few more minutes).
5. Remove from heat, plate, and enjoy!
See all of our K/1 Cooking Projects here.