Kids can be picky eaters – especially with veggies or new foods. Whether your family is vegan, your child has food allergies, or you are just trying to incorporate more veggies into your family’s diet, this roundup of our favorite, kid-friendly vegan recipes is sure to please. With a mix of veganized family favorites and just plain delicious recipes, everyone wins! And a happy kid means a happy Mom!
VEGAN SLOPPY JOES – What kid doesn’t love a Sloppy Joe? With soft, slider rolls to sop up the sauce, kids will wolf these down – and the best part? You’re sneaking in beans, carrots and mushroom without them knowing!
VEGAN PULLED PORK – Need a healthy dinner for the family? Slow cook this “pulled pork” with plum BBQ sauce (or substitute in store bought to save time!) while you are at work and you will come home to a delicious dinner. Let you’re kids think they are eating super tender meat – they don’t need to know it’s really made of mushrooms!
NEOPOLITAN FRENCH TOAST – Want to give your kids a special treat this weekend? Make them this french toast breakfast stuffed with strawberries, chocolate coconut whipped cream and coconut milk ricotta.
TOFU & BROCCOLI WITH SOBA NOODLES – Next time you are thinking about ordering Chinese take-out, skip it – and make this instead! Older kids who like chicken and broccoli will love the spicy flavor and crispy tofu while still getting a hearty serving of broccoli (and all the calories and fat that take-out usually has.)
CHILI AND “BACON” CORNBREAD WAFFLES – Treat your kids to waffles for dinner with these cornbread waffles filled with crunchy vegan bacon, and topped with healthy and delicious bean chili.
CHOCOLATE & NUT BUTTER PANCAKES – Your kids will think they’ve won the lottery with this chocolatey breakfast – but the truth is, it’s low in sugar and packed with protein!
SRIRACHA GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES – Are grilled cheese in heavy rotation in your home? Spice things up for your older kids by adding some sriracha to your grilled cheese – just remember to make seconds!
MASHED POTATOES WITH ROASTED GARLIC AND CARAMELIZED SHALLOTS – Think this sounds too fancy for your kids? Just mix in the ingredients and tell them it’s crunchy mashed potatoes – you’ll have a side dish kids will wolf down – but that is sophisticated enough for grown-ups too.
THAI MAC & CHEEZE – All kids love Mac n Cheeze – this dairy free version will be a crowd pleaser, and can be made as spicy as you like! It’s a win for Thai-food loving parents too!
SURFSHACK TACOS – Make any night feel like summer by the beach with these surfshack tacos! Make surfshack night an event with guacamole, tacos and virgin margaritas and your kids will never notice that their dinner dinner is pack with veggies and tofu!
BUTTERNUT SQUASH STUFFED SHELLS – Every kid loves stuffed shells! Top these with the dairy free tomato, sage and mushroom cream sauce – or your little one’s favorite tomato sauce and watch them scarf it down! Don’t tell them the filling is made of calcium rich tofu and butternut squash!
SALT & VINEGAR CHIPS AND CURRIES PARSNIP FRIES – Skip the unhealthy fries and chips and make them with parsnips instead! Even though they are made with veggies, kids won’t be able to resist the salt and vinegar flavor of these chips! Think your kids won’t like curry? Try covering the fries with black pepper or Old Bay spice!
(THE WORLD’S JUICIEST BURGER) BEET VEGGIE SLIDERS – Keep grilling season healthy for your little once with these easy veggie burgers. Made with beets, kids will love how juicy and tender they are!
BUTTERMILK PANCAKE DONUTS – Make Sunday morning special with these donuts. Top them with a maple syrup glaze and you have a fun breakfast kids will love – but is perfect for on the go-mornings too!
POLENTA FRIES – Skip the fried foods with these baked polenta fries. They are crispy on the outside, soft and tender on the inside – just like real fries! (And they taste great with ketchup too!)