Getting your children to eat vegan meals can be challenging, especially if they are picky eaters! Coming up with vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes that the whole family will love takes a lot of effort, but not with this list.
We have put together a list of 15 delicious vegan recipes for kids to make your life easier. Keep reading to find your next vegan family meal.
Vegan Breakfast Recipes
1. Vegan Pancakes
Pancakes are the perfect weekend breakfast to enjoy as a family. These pancakes are light, fluffy, and quick to make. Make a big batch of pancakes and put them in the middle of the table, and serve them with vegan toppings like fruit, agave syrup and soy yoghurt.
2. Tofu Scrambled ‘Eggs’
Scrambled eggs are packed with protein and have buttery, creamy flavour. With this recipe, you can enjoy the textures and flavours of scrambled eggs even if you are sticking to a vegan diet.
Scrambled tofu is a great breakfast to give to children as it has a simple but lovely taste and is easy to eat.
3. Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Bars
These breakfast bars are perfect for a busy school morning or an on-the-go snack for your kids.
They are made with oats and sunflower seeds which will keep you full, bananas for nutrients and a naturally sweet flavour, maple syrup and vegan chocolate chips for some indulgent sweetness, walnuts for a crunchy texture, and flavoured with cinnamon and vanilla for warmth.
They are straightforward to make and can be kept in the freezer so you always have some breakfast bars ready to go.
4. Vegan Waffles
If your kids love having a sweet breakfast, they will really enjoy this recipe for vegan waffles. They are golden and crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy in the middle. It only takes 5 minutes to make the batter.
Eggs are replaced with unsweetened applesauce in this recipe to create the right consistency. You could try them with maple syrup, or vegan ice cream and fresh berries.
5. Vegan Banana Bread
Banana bread is a nice filling breakfast that children love because it’s soft and sweet. This recipe comes out perfectly every time, and you can make it the night before so you are not in a rush in the morning.
You can also put a slice of banana bread in your kid’s lunch boxes or give it to them as an afternoon snack. Adults can enjoy this sweet breakfast too, especially with a nice mug of coffee.
Vegan Lunch Recipes
1. Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Sandwiches
Tuna salad sandwiches are a firm favourite with a lot of children. These sandwiches are just as good, but suitable for a vegan diet. The chickpeas are mashed into a paste with chopped dill pickles, celery, vegan mayonnaise and a bit of soy sauce.
This paste is then spread in the sandwich with fresh, crunchy salad to create the perfect sandwich. Chickpeas contain lots of protein, so this is a great healthy option that will keep your children full and help them to grow.
You can make the chickpea paste and keep it covered in the fridge for several days.
2. Vegan Pasta Salad
This colorful pasta salad is packed with nutritious ingredients, making it a healthy lunch to feed your children. It is also very tasty, so you shouldn’t have any issues getting them to eat their vegetables!
Chickpeas, broccoli, carrots, onions and fresh tomatoes are combined with pasta, olive oil and red wine vinegar. The dish is flavoured with minced garlic, fresh parsley, oregano, salt and pepper.
You can keep this pasta salad in the fridge for up to 4 days, so make a big batch and let the family tuck in.
3. Vegan Sushi
The thought of eating raw fish puts some people off eating sushi, and the strong flavours are not always popular with children.
This vegan sushi is perfect for kids because it is soft and can be eaten with your fingers, but has tofu instead of fish and is packed with tasty, healthy foods like creamy avocado, crunchy carrots and refreshing cucumber.
If your kids are a bit older, you can get them to help you roll up the sushi to get them engaged with their food.
4. Vegan Pita Pizzas
This fun recipe is perfect for a weekend lunch. It feels like a treat but is actually a wholesome and nutritious meal. Your kids can get involved by choosing their toppings or even putting together their own pita pizza.
The homemade tomato sauce adds lots of flavour and cuts out the added sugar and preservatives that you get in store bought sauces. The pizzas are flavoured with fresh basil and sundried tomato for an authentic Italian flavour.
5. Vegan Potato Salad
This vegan potato salad is a nice, light lunch that the whole family can enjoy. It is made in a Southern Style and you can customize it by adding whatever extra ingredients you want, like colorful vegetables or some crunchy seeds.
This is also a great dish to bring to a BBQ or a potluck dinner. Waxy potatoes work best for this recipe, like Yukon or a similar variety. You don’t have to include the mustard if you want a milder flavour, but it really does add to the dish.
Vegan Dinner Recipes
1. Vegan Mac N Cheese
Mac N Cheese is a classic family favourite but it is usually packed full of dairy products. With this recipe, your children can enjoy this dish even if they are on a vegan diet. This recipe is also less fattening than the original as it contains no oils.
It is served with broccoli, but you can serve it with whichever vegetables you and your children prefer. The sauce contains onions, carrots and garlic and is flavoured with paprika and cayenne pepper.
2. Vegan Sweet Potato Burgers
These delicious burgers are savoury with a little kick of spice and packed with vitamins and minerals that will enrich your kids diet. The burgers are topped with avocado, red onion, vegan mayonnaise and spicy nasoya kimchi.
You can adjust the recipe to be more or less spicy depending on what your children like. This recipe is ideal for a vegan family BBQ that your children can enjoy. The sweet potato is mixed with white beans for extra flavour and a firmer texture to make the patties.
Panko breadcrumbs are used to bind the ingredients together.
3. Vegan Chicken Nuggets
Chicken nuggets is an easy dinner to cook for children, especially when they have friends over who may or may not be fussy eaters. These vegan chicken nuggets are made with chickpeas and coated in crispy cornflakes. This recipe takes only 30 minutes to make and is very simple.
The nuggets are healthier than normal chicken nuggets and are a great source of protein. You can serve them with potato wedges and a side salad for a delicious and healthy meal.
4. Vegan Tacos
With this great recipe for vegan tacos, you can have taco Tuesday in your house every week. Your kids will love the Mexican flavours and textures and can have fun building their own tacos.
They are packed with black beans, vegan taco ‘meat made with walnuts’, avocado, and pico de gallo. You can customize the recipe by adding in extra ingredients or making them a bit spicier.
5. Vegan Pad Thai
This is a great weeknight meal to make for your family. It is packed with crispy tofu, healthy vegetables and fragrant Thai flavours. If your children enjoy using chopsticks then this will be a fun dinner for them.
Pad Thai often includes eggs and fish sauce, but it is easy to modify the meal to make it suitable for vegans. This Pad Thai is flavoured with sesame, ginger, soy sauce, zesty lime juice, cilantro, peanut butter and tamarind paste.
You can adjust the amount of chilli paste depending on how spicy your family likes their food, and swap out the veggies to customize the recipe.
This list includes great ideas for vegan breakfasts, lunches and dinners that your children will love. The meals are packed with flavour and nutrients, easy to make, and are certain to be a hit with your family.
There is something on this list for everyone, whether you are looking for a vegan take on a classic dish or something more exotic.
There are also lots of opportunities to customize these recipes to suit whatever you and your family like to eat, or which vegetables are in season or available in your local area.
Once you get into vegan cooking, you will realize how many recipes can be adjusted to make them vegan friendly. There is no need to have a boring diet and eat the same meals over and over.
This list should make it easier for you to get your children to enjoy vegan meals, as well as giving you some inspiration for your next few weeks of meal planning.
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