Easy, Healthy Recipes for 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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Magic Muffins, with Variations

Orange-cranberry muffins

The magic in these vegan muffins is that they use no eggs or dairy, but rather incorporate a great healthy baking technique—using applesauce as a binding and fat substitute. It makes the muffins amazingly moist while greatly reducing the need for added fat. Kids love muffins, and by using wholesome ingredients, they become a great substitute for sandwiches for school lunches, as well as serving as any time snacks. more→

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Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits

fruit and yogurt parfait recipe

This vegan parfait recipe is so simple that it’s almost not a recipe at all! Layering nondairy yogurts with seasonal fruits takes almost no effort, creating a treat that looks as appealing as it tastes. It’s a real pleaser, as welcome for breakfast as well as desserts, and a good way to get kids (or the generally finicky) to eat more fruit.
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Salads Your Kids Just Might Eat!

Carrot raisin salad recipe

There’s just something about salads that — there’s no other way to say it — many kids don’t particularly enjoy. I found that combining small amounts of raw vegetables with starchy comfort foods like pasta, bread, or potatoes, or adding fresh or dried fruit, helped to entice my kids and their friends to give salads a try. As far as tossed green salads, the best way I found to entice them was to offer a very simple homemade Thousand Island dressing with it. more→

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