Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper Tofu Croquettes

Spinach Roasted Red Pepper Tofu Croquettes recipe from weelicious.com

One of the best parts about starting One Potato (if you live in California, Arizona or Colorado you have to check it out if you’re looking for easy to prepare organic meals delivered right to your home), is that I’m developing recipes that really need to be made around 30 minutes or less, have to be kid friendly and taste delicious. When it comes to creating family friendly vegetarian recipes it’s not always easy. Most vegetarian families I talk to say that most of the foods they’re offered are loaded with pasta, bread or cheese instead of what they really want and need, vegetables and nutritious proteins. These Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Tofu Croquettes are packed with both of those things plus tons and tons of flavor.

Spinach Roasted Red Pepper Tofu Croquettes recipe from weelicious.com

Whether you call them croquettes or cakes, to kids they’re just fancy words for foods you can hold and dip. I’ve been making Black Bean, Zucchini Parmesan and Millet Cakes for years because whether you’re a 40 year old adult or a 2 year old toddler they’re super easy to eat, packing in as much nutrition into every bite as possible. If you’re trying out baby led weaning you will see how these are an easy recipe for tiny hands to hold and little mouthes to chew. The silken tofu (you want to always buy organic) gives them a soft fluffy texture on the inside with a golden crust on the outside.

We love dipping them into ketchup, but barbecue sauce, mustard or even Veg-Wee Dip makes a fantastic accompaniment too. Don’t settle for ho hum vegetarian cuisine when you can make something that will get everyone super excited!

Spinach Roasted Red Pepper Tofu Croquettes recipe from weelicious.com

Photos by Matt Armendariz

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Spinach & Roasted Red Pepper Tofu Croquettes (serves 4 )

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 6 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • olive oil
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 roasted red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 10-ounce box frozen spinach, thawed and squeeze out as much liquid as possible
  • 1 pound extra firm silken tofu
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, divided (gluten-free works well, too)
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs (gluten-free works well, too)
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt, divided
  • marinara sauce, for dipping

Preparation

1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a saucepan, and cook the onions and garlic 5 minutes, until soft.

2. In a large bowl, combine the onions, bell peppers, spinach, tofu, parsley, mozzarella, 1/2 cup flour, and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir to combine well. Shape mixture into patties, about the size of a small burger patty.

3. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the remaining 1/2 cup flour, bread crumbs, and 1 teaspoon salt. Dredge each side of the tofu patties in the flour mixture.

4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the saute pan and cook patties for 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown. Serve with marinara sauce for dipping.

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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12 comments

  • Liz

    Sounds good. Thank you.

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    • McCord

      Let me know how you like them when you make them!

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  • Elise

    Is there a dairy free option I'm missing?

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  • Jen

    If you were to make these with fresh spinach, how could you make that work in the recipe?

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    • McCord

      The frozen spinach has already been cooked so it binds together better with the rest of the ingredients. If you want to use fresh spinach, I would wilt it in a saute pan first to get it to the same consistency.

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  • Erin

    Can explain extra-firm vs silken tofu? I thought silken was a \"looser\"
    Version of tofu and extra-firm is more dense?

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    • McCord

      Silken tofu is used in this recipe because it is more delicate and blends better when mixed with the other ingredients. Make sure the package says \"silken\" on it even if it also says extra-firm or firm. The difference is in how they're made. Block tofu (extra-firm, firm, medium, or soft) is made in a similar way to cheese where the soymilk is simmered to separate the curds and whey, the whey is then pressed at varying lengths to get the desired firmness. Silken tofu is made in a similar way, but it is not pressed, so it remains very soft, smooth and \"silken\".

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  • Faith

    Made this tonight with fresh spinach! Was very good!!! TFS!

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    • McCord

      So glad to hear this was a hit!

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  • Liz

    Sounds so good. Thank you.

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    • McCord

      Thank you! I hope you love it!

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  • jerilampert

    Any ideas on the calories per serving?

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