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21 Kid-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes

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One query I get typically is, “What do I feed Mack?” Feeding a toddler will be uneven waters to navigate. We began out with a not-so-picky eater however as he will get older, he’s changing into fairly opinionated. And so I believed I might share a couple of recipes from the location that assist carry us all collectively at dinner.

For many of the recipes, I go away the salt out till the top, use no-sodium vegetable broth, and am cautious in regards to the spice stage of issues like chipotle and curry powder. Beyond that, he eats no matter we eat. Below are mine (and Mack’s) favourite kid-friendly vegetarian recipes. Can I assure your youngster will love these? No, however it’s price a shot. I’m a agency believer that when you create a ‘regular’ that is stuffed with grains, greens, and legumes- they are going to be extra probably to decide on them.


Kid-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes

Finger Foods

Most meals find yourself as finger meals. And so, I attempt to work round that challenge by making objects that he can simply eat together with his fingers and meals which might be superior as leftovers. The lentil bites and the falafel are my high two favorites. They are good for Mack and likewise make for a considerable dinner for M and I.

Mexican

Spinach Enchiladas with Lentils and Homemade Enchilada Sauce

I’ve in all probability been a bit pushy with Mack by way of taste however I didn’t need him to be afraid to attempt huge flavors. I watch the spice stage of issues like chipotle powder however I don’t shrink back from cumin, coriander, and smoked paprika. He fortunately eats these recipes and often asks for extra.

 

Pasta

Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese | @naturallyella

I really feel like a listing of kid-friendly vegetarian recipes wouldn’t be full except pasta is talked about. I attempt to actually load up the pasta with greens however I additionally at all times hold pasta sauce and noodles available for a fast dinner. For recipes that decision for nuts, just like the butternut squash pasta listed under, I go away the nuts out.

 

Stews

This class is an superior one for loading up on greens, grains, and legumes however it’s a must to be ready for mess. However, it’s good spoon apply.

 

Veg Cakes

Quinoa Potato Cakes | @naturallyella

Vegetable muffins show for an limitless quantity of finger meals for toddlers. So many greens, grains, and legumes present for glorious dinners. I sometimes whip up a hummus or yogurt sauce to make use of as a dip for these recipes. You also can make smaller, bite-sized variations and freeze to cook dinner in a rush.

 

Mack’s Favorites

Spinach Fennel Pizza | @naturallyella

While Mack is fairly open to attempting new recipes, he has his favorites. He loves chili flavored objects (M taught him his Midwest custom of dunking peanut butter sandwiches in chili) and pizza is at all times a simple win. However, making this stuff at residence permits for management of vegetable and salt content material.

 

Breakfast

Buttermilk Spelt Pancakes | @naturallyella

We’ve but to discover a breakfast merchandise Mack doesn’t like however most mornings, it’s oatmeal. Occasionally on the weekends it’s eggs or pancakes/waffles (over loaded with fruit, yogurt, and nut butters).

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