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Kid Friendly Vegetarian & Vegan Recipes

How to Get Your Children to Eat Healthy and Love It

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Our kids, their kids, their friends, and their friends kids have thrived on these recipes for over 40 years.

Our easy kid friendly recipes serve up the necessary nutrients in foods that vegetarian kids love and will reliably eat.

Someday, a miracle will happen, and children will love asparagus. Meanwhile, let them eat pasta! But seriously, vegetables can be unpopular even with veg kids.

But for most veg parents, eating healthy means eating vegetables. It's a conundrum! How do you get your kids to eat healthy?

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Beans & Tofu Breads & Muffins Breakfast & Brunch Burgers, Sandwiches & Wraps Desserts & Treats Drinks Pasta & Grains Sauces, Dips & Spreads Soups, Salads & Veggies How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy

Beans & Tofu

Baked Tofu Basic Tofu Bean Burritos Black Bean Quesadillas Black Bean Veggie Burgers Chickpea Black Bean Veggie Burgers
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Fried Tofu Hummus Refried Beans Soy Crumbles Spinach Tofu Calzones Spinach Tofu Quiche Tofu Burgers Tofu Scramble Tofu Sloppy Joes Tostadas Vegan Meatloaf Back to Kid Friendly Recipe Index

Breads & Muffins

Apple Muffins Apple Almond Butter Pancakes Applesauce Pancakes (gluten free vegan)
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Applesauce Raisin Spice Muffins (lacto-veg, vegan) Banana Bread (ovo-lacto/vegan) Banana Nut Muffins (ovo-lacto/vegan) Carrot Muffins (ovo-lacto, vegan) Corn Bread Homemade Pizza Spinach Tofu Calzones Back to Kid Friendly Recipe Index

Breakfast and Brunch

Apple Almond Butter Pancakes Applesauce Pancakes (gluten free vegan) Basic Oatmeal Breakfast Cookie Recipe Breakfast Smoothie Buttermilk Pancakes Corn Zucchini Fritters
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Sarah's Excellent Granola Tofu Scramble Back to Kid Friendly Recipe Index

Burgers, Sandwiches & Wraps

Authentic Vegan Greek Gyro Sandwich Bean Burritos Black Bean Quesadillas Black Bean Veggie Burgers Chickpea Black Bean Veggie Burgers Grilled Cheese Sandwich Garden Rolls Lentil Burgers Quinoa Black Bean Burgers Tofu Burgers Tostadas
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Walnut Quesadillas White Bean Patties Back to Kid Friendly Recipe Index

Desserts & Treats

Apple Crisp Apple Crumble Tarts Applesauce Applesauce Cake (vegan low-fat) Blueberry Muffins (Gluten Free) Butterscotch Brownies (vegan/vegetarian) Chocolate Brownies (vegan/vegetarian) Chocolate Cupcakes Coconut Fruit Popsicles Gingerbread Men Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
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Strawberry Shortcake Sugar Cookies (vegetarian) Back to Kid Friendly Recipe Index

Drinks

Breakfast Smoothie Fruit Smoothie Hot Chocolate Hot Lemon and Honey Real Lemonade Back to Kid Friendly Recipe Index

Pasta & Grains

Basic Pasta Basic Rice Gluten-free Mac and Cheese Lentil Spaghetti Bolognese Pasta With Cauliflower Cashew Alfredo Pasta e Fagioli (pasta and bean) Soup Pasta Salad (lacto-veg or vegan) Pasta, Tofu & Veggies Simple Fried Rice Back to Kid Friendly Recipe Index

Sauces, Dips & Spreads

Basil Pine Nut Pesto Hummus Lentil Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce Refried Black Beans Refried Pinto Beans Simplest Guacamole Sour Cream Dip Tomato Basil Sauce Back to Kid Friendly Recipe Index

Soups, Salads & Veggies

Basic Green Salad Broccoli and Cheese Sauce Baked Butternut Squash Baked Sweet Potato Fries Basic Steamed Vegetables Butternut Squash Cream Soup Carrot Apple Walnut Salad Corn On The Cob Fruit Salad Home Fried Potatoes Mashed Potatoes (lacto-veg or vegan) Pasta Salad (lacto-veg or vegan) Potato Leek Soup Roasted Rosemary Garlic Potatoes Spinach Vegetarian Lasagna Vegetable Stir Fry Vegetarian Chili Back to Kid Friendly Recipe Index

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy and Love It

Most children have a list of un-favorite foods, and vegetables are high on the list, even for vegetarian or vegan kids. But for most parents, children eating healthy means kids eating vegetables. How do you reconcile those opposing points of view?

For help winning the vegetable wars, read tips from veteran veggie Moms Sarah Kingsbury and Cathe Olson.

While your kids are young, resign yourself to eating mostly kid friendly food, and leave the steamed asparagus, curried chick peas and chutney for when the kids are out.

To an adult, some of these recipes may be carb heavy & high cal, but children need carbs for energy, and healthy fats to develop their brains. Kids are 10 times more active than adults (hopefully), plus they're growing, so they also need lots of protein, vitamins, and minerals too.

Pack the most nutrition you can get away with into the foods that your vegetarian or vegan children will actually eat, and make sure they're taking a nutritional supplement.

Younger kids like simple foods best. They want to identify and easily separate the components of their meals, and no surprises. Until around age 10, my grandkids would always eat their tofu burgers separated into parts on their plates. Plain oatmeal was preferred to oatmeal with raisins, and they didn't want milk and sugar mixed in. They would eat baked squash, but forget pumpkin pie!

A fun way for parents to get their children eating healthy is to cook with them. Many of our kid friendly recipes are simple enough that kids can help make them, which is a huge incentive to eat them. Older kids can make some of these recipes themselves.

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