Veg Kids and Teens

Basic Baked Kale Chips (with a Collard Greens variation)

Homemade kale chips

One of the trendiest and most popular things to do with kale is to transform it into crispy chips for snacking. Though I’m more partial to raw kale salad, kale chips enthusiasts report that once these are out of the oven, they’re instantly devoured by snackers of all ages. more→

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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→

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Classic Hummus, with variations

Hummus recipe

What’s a vegan web site without a basic recipe for hummus? Here’s ours, with a few tasty variations. This classic Middle Eastern dip is great teamed with fresh pita bread and crisp veggies for scooping it up. It’s a fantastic snack for kids and a great ingredient for wraps or pita sandwiches.

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Simple Soups for Kids and Teens

Sweet potato soup

Is there anyone out there who isn’t instantly comforted by the thought of a nice warm bowl of soup? Here are a few easy, appealing vegan soups that can become the favorites of kids and teens. Even kids who balk at vegetables may be more likely to enjoy them when enveloped in a tasty broth. See also Creamy Corn Chowder in Tofu 101. And 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→

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Flavored Popcorn Recipes and Ideas

Caramel popcorn

Here are flavoring ideas for embellishing freshly made popcorn. These recipes make enough to flavor a 10-cup batch (from about 1/2 cup kernels). If you air-pop or use fat-free microwave popcorn, you might like to drizzle 2 tablespoons or so of melted Earth Balance or coconut oil into the popcorn just before adding the seasonings. My favorite way to pop corn is in an Old Fashioned Popcorn Popper like the one made by Jacob Bromwell. Very low-tech, but it seems to bring out the best flavor from the popcorn. I like to start with 2 tablespoons or so safflower or organic virgin coconut oil per 1/2 cup of kernels. more→

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Sandwiches and Wraps—Easy Ideas for Vegans and Vegetarians

Hummus, cucumber, and avocado wrap2

Here are lots of tasty options to explore for portable sandwich recipes and ideas, great for school lunches for vegetarian and vegan kids and teens, as well as adults who are tired of pricey restaurant lunches and need some fresh brown bag options. There are several varieties of tasty, high-protein spreads here on VegKitchen. Spread them on whole-grain breads, stuff them into pita, or make wraps with them. Use some shredded lettuce or sprouts to add color and crunch. more→

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Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Lunchbox Solutions

"momelet" vegan omelet by dreena burton

This post is excerpted from Dreena Burton’s Plant-Powered Kitchen. For the entire article, with lots more tips and photos, go to Vegan Children at School and Packing Plant-Powered Lunches. Here are some great ideas for lunch meals you can prepare for your children. more→

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Fruitful Flavors for the Lunch Box

Berry varieties

Here are some tips for getting more fruits into your child’s lunch box —and getting them eaten! Unfortunately, the season for the abundant array of summer fruits doesn’t coincide with the fall, winter, and spring school schedule. Sure, more fruits than ever before are available year-round due to importing, but they tend to be expensive and quite honestly, just don’t taste as good as fruit in season. more→

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