It’s tricky to choose meals that children will eat … as well as enjoy! For kiddos who perhaps can’t or choose not to eat meat, it can feel even tricker to cook meals the whole family will enjoy.
But don’t worry! Vegetarian meals for kids are easier than ever to whip up, and better yet, the whole family will love them. In this blog post, we’re sharing vegetarian meals for kids sure to make their way into the weekly meal rotation.
Vegetarian Meals for Kids
If you’re looking to shake up your vegetarian meal routine, you may be wondering where to start! Here are a few simple and delicious vegetarian recipes to try.
Keto cauliflower tortillas
Perfect for your family’s next Taco Tuesday or any night of the week, these keto cauliflower tortillas consist of just 5 easy ingredients. The base of these tortillas are cauliflower, so you get plenty of plant-based goodness!
Plan a fun family dinner night by making these cauliflower tortillas and a few different vegetarian fillers and toppings, like baked lentils, lettuce, or salsa. Then have your little ones fill up their plates with their favorites!
Zucchini and ricotta pizza
When it comes to pizza, sometimes it’s tough to order takeout because you don’t know exactly what ingredients are inside. That’s why for a vegetarian household, homemade pizza is often a safer alternative. And tasty, too!
Balsamic glaze adds an artisan touch to this pizza, and tomato, ricotta, and basil makes it feel refreshing and homey. Perfect for family movie nights or slumber parties!
Loaded vegetarian quiche
This creamy, soft quiche is easily made in the oven, and while it requires an hour or so to cook, that’s ideal for busy mornings where you can “set it and forget it!” Handle other household duties or chores while this quiche bakes and fills your house with a delicious aroma.
This vegetarian quiche doesn’t skimp on flavor, and bakes in delicious onion, bell pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, and tomato … plus basil for a refreshing flavor! Quiche is also great as leftovers so if your family doesn’t eat the whole quiche, just save it for the next day!
Vegetarian shepherd’s pie with cheesy mash
Shepherd’s pie is a vegetarian’s dream because it’s filled with so many yummy veggies, you don’t even notice the lack of meat! Kiddos love the cheesy mash that tops this meal, so it’s a great choice for vegetarian households.
6 different vegetables give this recipe cozy flavors, and lentils serve as a meat substitute. Rosemary, garlic, and thyme provide a mouthwatering scent! Give this recipe a try the next time the whole family gets together for a holiday meal.
Colorful quinoa and brown rice salad
Veggies, quinoa and a sweet, tangy dressing make this salad a summertime must! If your vegetarian kiddos are reluctant to eat salad, they may enjoy this salad due to its citrusy flavor–the recipe includes cranberries and a juiced orange!
Give this salad a go as a side dish alongside a vegetarian entree, like vegetarian burgers. The quinoa can be made ahead, or just use Proper Good quinoa and rice blend for ultimate ease.
Loaded vegan fries
Kids love finger foods, so what better vegetarian meal for kids to throw in the mix than french fries! This french fry recipe isn’t any greasy old french fry recipe, though. They contain fresh veggies for flavor AND nutritional value through the use of tomatoes, dill pickles, and onion.
Not to mention avocado for unmatched creaminess! The mushroom gravy poured on top is also delicious–it only feels decadent while being filled with wholesome goodness.
Butternut squash veggie burgers
If you or your children are newly vegetarian, you may miss meat-based favorites, like burgers. But the good news is that it’s easier than ever to make a vegetarian burger that is full of flavor!
These butternut squash veggie burgers use ready-made Proper Good butternut squash soup for ultimate convenience. Parsley, coriander, salt, pepper, and onion all give unique flavors so your veggie burger will NEVER feel boring! You can also top this burger with your go-to condiments, like ketchup, mustard, and relish.
Quick tamale pie
Why is it that kiddos always seem to love a tasty pie?! Maybe because pie crust is crunchy and delicious, and sweet or savory pie filling just feels homey. This easy, vegetarian oven bake is an excellent choice for the whole family to enjoy.
Our favorite Proper Good southwest vegan chili is the base of this tamale pie, so you know it’s going to be yummy! ;) Meatless crumbles and three types of beans, poblanos and corn make up our vegan chili. And this recipe calls for vegan cornbread mix to pour on top and bake … easy peasy!
Vegetarian meals for kids made easy! The next time you’re feeling stumped at what vegetarian meal to serve up over breakfast, lunch, or dinnertime, just reference this blog post.