Kid-Friendly Dinner Recipes

Well-Crafted Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Mix

Vegan mac n cheese mix by Miyoko Schinner

Unless you were raised by macrobiotic hippies, you’ve had it. I’ve had it. And there’s no shame in saying it— we’ve all had macaroni and cheese out of the box. My kids would plead with me to buy it, and I was thrilled when the vegan stuff came on the market. Maybe you don’t crave it anymore, but it sure is convenient to have some on hand for the kids or the babysitter. But there’s no need to buy it, because you can make the instant cheese sauce mix yourself in just a few minutes! It makes enough to coat the equivalent of 5 store-bought boxes instant macaroni and cheese.Reprinted by permission from The Homemade Vegan Pantryby Miyoko Schinner, © 2015. Photographs by Eva Kolenko, © 2015 Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. more→


Creamy Corn Chowder

Vegan creamy corn chowder

Pureed silken tofu is a superb base for creamy soups, such as this vegan creamy corn chowder. It provides substance without the need for thickening. The mild, familiar flavors will entice kids of all ages to enjoy a soothing bowl of soup. Photos by Lori Maffei. more→


“Seashells in the Sand” (Quinoa and Seashell Noodle Pilaf)

"Seashells in the Sand" (Quinoa and Seashell Noodle Pilaf) Photo by Rachael Braun

Here’s a simple combo of tiny seashell pasta and high-protein quinoa. I’m not usually one for “cute” recipe names, but both the name and the presentation worked wonders to tempt my kids to learn to love whole grains. Adults will enjoy this dish embellished with fresh herbs and toasted almonds; the kids will more likely enjoy it without. Serve with a simple bean dish and a colorful salad for an easy meal. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→


Kid-Friendly Baked Tofu Nuggets

Baked tofu nuggets

These tofu nuggets become firm and chewy as they bake. Kids enjoy dipping them into their favorite sauce. My favorite for this is the Quick Tartar Sauce. But it’s not just for the younger crowd — given the right presentation, this can also be served as a simple appetizer as well. With the oven running at 425 degrees F, consider roasting a few vegetables at the same time. Photos by Evan Atlas.



Easy Vegan Quesadillas or Soft Tacos

quesadillasQuesadillas and soft tacos are easy, quick accompaniments to serve with soups and salads. They can also be served with heartier dishes such as chilies or casseroles for families with hearty appetites. more→


Noodles! Kid-Pleasing Pasta Dishes

Green Noodles (with broccoli and green pea sauce)

When my kids were really young, my idea of meal planning during those truly frantic days was to rush into the kitchen at six o-clock, thinking: “Quick! Cook the noodles!” Pasta is the perfect food when you want dinner in a hurry and need to accommodate both adults and children. Most varieties cook quickly enough to accommodate ravenous hunger, yet allow enough cooking time to prepare a simple sauce and a salad. It’s hard not to love pasta, and wonder of wonders, even kids will eat it  — even if you have to leave the sauce you like off their portion and just add a little vegan buttery spread. more→


One Potato, Two Potato …

Potatoes in baskets at farmer's market

Potatoes are the most widely used vegetable in the United States, but unfortunately, that’s because french fries reign supreme. If your kids enjoy this versatile veggie, let them enjoy it as nature intended, fresh out of its skin—not deep fried in goodness knows what! Make sure to explore the entire Veg Kids and Teens page on VegKitchen for lots of easy, healthy recipes for vegetarian and vegan kids and teens. more→


Tofu 101: Easy Tofu Recipes for Kids

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

Getting tofu to taste great and appeal to kid of all ages is easy when you have just the right recipes and tips at hand. If you’re ready for tofu to become a staple in your repertoire, explore our category Tofu Recipes: Easy and Versatile for lots more ideas. more→