It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Dipping sticks

Nothing rude, just what we had for lunch today! First off, they each received about a half cup of cucumber and orange pepper slices. When those were done (never put the rest of the meal on the table until the vegetables have been ingested; very motivating), I brought out the main course:

Dipping Sticks.

It occurred to me as I served it that this would be another good entry in the Quick-and-Healthy toddler food sweeps. (Recall that I’m hoping for lots of good, healthy recipes for small children?)

I’ve long said that kids will eat styrofoam if they’re allowed to dip it, and today’s lunch proved the point. Because Dipping Sticks? Really? They’re firm tofu, cut into fingers and deep-fried in an inch or two of oil, lifted out with a slotted spoon, cooled for a minute or two on paper towels, then served with … this is the important part … a tablespoon of plum sauce each for dipping.

They devour them, and ask for more! Of course, deep-fried anything is just about the very least healthy way to serve it, but I do use olive oil, and I do blot them thoroughly before serving — and it’s tofu!

And why do I not call them that, instead of with the cutesy euphemism? Because some of them are convinced that they DO NOT LIKE TOFU. If I call them tofu sticks, it would be a struggle to get them to eat it. Call them Dipping Sticks, though, and they vanish in the burp of a toddler.


August 1, 2008 - Posted by | food | , , , ,


  1. That’s so true about dip, esp. for the youngest toddlers. My 18-month old calls it “bip” and she goes nuts whenever I serve the kids anything with any sort of dip. “Dipping sticks” is such a good idea, too!

    Comment by Clementine | August 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. This sounds yummy, and I plan to try it this week! I happen to LOVE tofu, and so do the Terrors. I’ll just let Hubby starve…

    Comment by Tammy | August 1, 2008 | Reply

  3. It’s all in the marketing…

    Comment by kittenpie | August 2, 2008 | Reply

  4. Have you run across dried tofu? I can’t get it here but used to in Vancouver all the time. It’s a firm pressed, mildly flavored, dried tofu, in blocks. I used to slice it and hand it to my kids. They would eat it like it was cheese. IT was the go to emergency food for very hungry tummies that couldn’t wait.

    I wish I could find it here in CA.

    Comment by carrien (she laughs at the days) | August 4, 2008 | Reply

  5. mine love hummus and help me make it. great and healthy

    Comment by Jill in Atlanta | August 5, 2008 | Reply

  6. Hm, I may have to adopt your idea of putting the vegetables on the table first. We’re having trouble getting anything down but carbs.

    Comment by nomotherearth | August 6, 2008 | Reply

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