Raising vegetarian children can be really challenging. You're constantly finding substitutes for the dairy and protein groups. If you're up to the challenge, and you think it's best for your child, then do so. If you're a mom who just wants to get your child eating more vegetables, then try any of these vegetarian kids recipes. They're yummy, easy, and really healthy!
Use eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, carrots, and squash. Chop these up into bite sized pieces and cook in some curry paste and coconut milk. It's healthy, nutritious, and will get your kids used to spices. Start with a mild curry, and you can make it spicier as they get older. This is also a good chance to introduce them to Indian and Thai cuisine.
You can buy pre-made spinach ravioli or make the little pasta squares yourself. These are really fun to eat, and you can negotiate with younger picky children about how many squares should be ateen. You can also fill the ravioli with cheese or mushrooms. Top it off with a thick tomato sauce and some Parmesan cheese. This is a great way to sneak spinach into your child's diet. Most children do not appreciate spinach till their much older. Use these little squares to get them used to the taste!
White Bean Soup with Potatoes
This is an easy soup to make. Just chop some onions, tomatoes, potatoes, throw in some spices, some white beans and cover everything with water. You can use a large pot or a slow cooker. This dish is going to take a while to cook! Give it about two or three hours for ready to cook beans, and up to five hours for beans that you had to soak overnight. Beans are filled with protein, and this is a great substitute for children who are fussy about eating meat. The beans are soft and are much easier to chew that poultry or meats.
A really quick and easy recipe to make. Use two pieces of whole wheat tortilla and fill it with cheese and red and green bell peppers. You can toast this in the toaster till the cheese melts and glues it all together. Serve it with a home made salsa of chopped onions, chopped tomatoes, and chopped cilantro. Drizzle some sour cream on top and it's ready to serve! This dish is great for kids because it's colorful and tasty. It makes a great snack or a great side dish to a main course.
Grilled Vegetable Sandwich
Marinate some eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Grill these on a gas grill, coal grill, or grill pan. Once the vegetables are soft, put it on some toasted whole wheat bread or some toasted herb bread. It's tasty, healthy, and your kids will love it! This makes for a great lunch. You can serve it with some home made French fries or oven baked potato chips.