Do you have a vegetarian at the family dinner table? Or, are you simply trying to incorporate more vegetarian meals for kids into your family menu? Either way, even an occasional meatless meal can benefit your family’s nutrition in a big way. Eating a plant-based meal encourages your family to try new nutrient-packed fruits, veggies, and legumes. Usually, vegetarian family meals are a little quicker and cheaper to prepare for you, too.
Good news! There’s no need to miss out on classic family favorites if you’re trying to put vegetarian meals on the table. Here are some of our favorite kid-approved vegetarian recipes for the meals your family already loves.
Vegetarian Family Meals with Pasta
Mac n’ cheese is probably one of your kids’ favorite side dishes. With a few small changes, this side dish can become a healthy, kid-approved vegetarian meal. Simply bulk up your macaroni with some veggies like broccoli or mushrooms. Use a high-fiber or protein pasta for an extra boost of nutrition. You can even sneak some veggies into the sauce, like we do in the Cheesy Veggie Casserole!
Veggie lasagna is another easy go-to meal for a vegetarian diet for kids. Just replace the meat with finely chopped veggies or crumbled tofu to keep the lasagna texture we all love.
Veggie Chili is a Quick and Easy, Kid-Approved Vegetarian Recipe
There are so many reasons to love chili. It’s super easy, it reheats well, and it’s a great way to sneak in some veggies to make healthy eating for picky eaters less of a challenge.
We love experimenting with a variety of beans and veggies in this kid-approved vegetarian meal. For example, our Garden Veggie Chili & Quinoa features three types of beans, tomatoes, carrots, celery, corn and butternut squash! Play around with a variety of hearty veggies and see what your family loves.
Kid-Approved Meals for a Vegetarian Taco Tuesday
The possibilities are endless for meatless swaps to keep your Taco Tuesday fun and flavorful. If you sauté crumbled tofu or soy chorizo with your favorite taco seasoning, your kids might not even notice the meat is missing!
A kids’ meal delivery service can help with kid-approved vegetarian meals for the taco lover in your family, too. Our Vegetarian Bean Burrito is a vegetarian family meal favorite, and the cheesy filling will convince even picky eaters to love beans!
Experiment with Vegetarian Burger Recipes for Family Meals
Swap out the ground beef for a flavorful veggie burger. According to USDA’s dietary guidelines for children, kids need a variety of protein sources, including beans. Black beans are the typical go-to for this vegetarian family meal. However, you can try several tasty mix-ins like sweet potato, feta cheese, rice, tomato paste, or mushrooms.
Kid-Approved Vegetarian Recipes for Pizza
When all else fails, serve pizza. There are so many ways to transform pizza into healthy, vegetarian family meals! Instead of settling for plain cheese, try some delicious veggie toppings like peppers or mushrooms. For super picky eaters (take this picky eater quiz to see if your little one falls into this category), try blending some veggies into the sauce or serve a fun, hand-held version like our Pizza Pocket.
Use Up Your Leftover Veggies in a Stir Fry
Stir fry may sound intimidating, but it’s actually a quick and easy vegetarian family meal! Gather and chop a combo of veggies like bell pepper, carrots, snap peas, broccoli and mushrooms. Then, just sauté in a little oil until soft and top with soy sauce (or chili sauce if your family is into spicy foods).
Your family definitely won’t miss the meat if you throw in some protein and fiber-rich shelled edamame.
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