5 Vegan Recipes Kids Beg For! Yep! Vegan Recipes Kids Love!
Vegan Recipes Kids Beg for. I know, I know. It seems like a contradiction in terms, doesn’t it? It’s true though! And one of them even has BROCCOLI in it!
My kids love these vegan recipes so much they jump up and down when they see it on the menu. I’m serious. They are not necessarily my husband’s and my favorites… and one of them is my least favorite meal to cook of all time… but my kids love them so much it totally offsets any less-than-happy feelings I have about making them. So let’s see this vegan recipes kids beg for!
First Vegan Recipe Kids Beg For: Take Out Tofu and Broccoli
Let’s start with their absolute favorite vegan meal of all time. I swear they would never tire of this (though just to make sure I only make it a couple of times each month!). There is something about the sauce combined with the rice and broccoli that makes it taste so darn goo! Take Out Tofu and Broccoli is chock full of yummy, filling, and tasty ingredients. I usually double this recipe because my kids love it and usually have seconds.
I do something a little different with the tofu than this recipe suggests. I still press it, but I cube it and bake it in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 tossing half way through. Then I sauté it in the pan for a while to crisp it up a bit. I also add extra extra broccoli because that seems to go the fastest.
Click here for the recipe for Take Out Tofu and Broccoli!
Second Fave: Buddha Bowls
This is not only a delicious meal for everyone- it’s one that is organically adaptable for every single taste pallet! Start with a base. We typically use basmati rice but you could use any kind of noodle or rice. Then think of your and your eating companions favorite things to eat. Some of our favorites are:
- roasted broccoli
- raw broccoli
- shredded carrots
- roasted sweet potatoes
- sautéed spinach
- roasted chickpeas seasoned with chili-lime, Franks Red hot, or any other seasoning you like
- sesame seeds
- cherry tomatoes
- pomegranate arils
Next, choose a sauce. My kids both like plain soy sauce. I mix some lemon with tahini and olive oil and use that. You could also use a Green Goddess dressing, any other dressing you like, get fancy and make a sauce, or just toss with some lemon and olive oil.
Prep all of the ingredients accordingly and lay them out in a way that looks pretty. Let everyone have fun going through the “Buddha Bar Bowl” line (or as my teen and tween call them “booty bowls”) adding what they like. You can even leave the bar out for a while after dinner in case people get hungry for a second dinner. 🙂
The Third Favorite Recipe Nearly Killed Us (I feared anyway).
This was the first recipe I ever made in my Instant Pot. I had wanted an IP for so long but I was afraid I would literally blow the roof off of our apartment. I was scared to death of a pressure cooker! I was assured over and over again that IP’s are safe and have terrific safety mechanisms in place making it impossible to injure the family I love. These claims were accurate, of course, so I took the plunge.
When I did the IP test run I made my kids go into another room and I ducked behind the counter. No, I’m not kidding. I really wish I was. I’ve bungee jumped, ridden a camel in the Sahara and read my writing live in front of an audience. The Instant Pot inaugural run though… that scared me.
Anyhoo. The test went splendidly. Surprise, surprise. Like so many other things in life I laughed at myself for letting fear stop me from using an Instant Pot for so long. So that Friday night we made our first IP dinner: Lasagna Soup. There was no turning back. Now, I love my IP and though I try not to be an evangelist for anything, I might cross the line on this one.
Click here for this easy, tasty, and nutritious meal that can also be cooked stove top. 🙂
#4 Vegan Recipes for Kids
This one is so easy! I tell everyone I know that they should add a panini press to their kitchen because it makes life so much simpler. (Maybe I’m crossing the evangelical line here, too. Eek!). Seriously, though. A panini press is great to have on hand and paninis are a yummy and fun way to make sure everyone has something they like without having to cook multiple meals.
Use vegan cheese or no cheese. Use a basil pesto, vegan aioli, balsamic, or just olive oil. Get as fancy as you want or keep it super straightforward and simple. My absolute favorite vegan panini is homemade vegan pesto, sliced red onion, and farm fresh tomato and spinach. SO good! My son’s favorite vegan panini is Rao’s pasta sauce and VioLife Mozzarella.
I usually make a side or two to go with our paninis. I like to add a salad with beans in it for a little protein boost or I’ll make roasted potatoes or a yummy lemon orzo salad. Sometimes I buy a pre-made vegan salad and serve it with chips. This is a great way to serve a yummy meal quickly! It’s also a fun way to serve an easy meal with a small amount of company. People love to create their own sandwich and always enjoy a panini because most people don’t have a press at home!
#5 Vegan Recipe that Kids Beg For
This one you are going to think isn’t a meal. You also are going to think it’s one of these “veganized” things that is supposed to taste like another thing but really just tastes gross. As a near lifelong vegetarian and decades long vegan, I am here to tell you that this not only tastes exactly like a Frosty, it tastes better!
Not only that, because of the cashews and dates this is a filling and nutritious recipe that I serve as lunch in our house. I’m telling you. You will want to make this one all. the. time.
Click here for this incredible vegan frosty recipe!
I know, I know. If you are not vegan you think all of this is cuckoo and could not possibly taste good. You’ve got to trust me though. I am a big fan of yummy food and only eat “healthy” food that tastes like the stuff I loved growing up. Health is important to me. So is enjoying the food I eat.
Have you tried any of these recipes before? Which ones?
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