Veg Kids and Teens

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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School Lunch in a Bento Box: Fun and Earth-Friendly

bento box lunch kitHow I wish these contemporary bento boxes were available when my sons were growing up! I stood there in the kitchen at 6:30 a.m. every school day for 14 years, packing healthy, but for the most part boring lunches. My sons were vegetarian until ages 10 and 12, then vegan, and never wanted to buy lunch at school. They would have loved these Laptop Lunch kits, I’m sure, and I would have loved using them. more→

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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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Leftover Heaven: Ideas for School and Brown Bag Lunches

Vegan Macaroni and Cheese

If you need fresh ideas for making healthy school lunches for older vegetarian or vegan kids or teens with open minds and even more open palates, you’ve come to the right place. If you’re looking for fare for grown-up tastes beyond sandwiches, these ideas are for you. Admittedly, your first-grader may not relish this style of lunch fare (for him or her, see Vegetarian and Vegan School Lunch Recipes and Tips) but your high schooler—or you—might find these ideas appealing. more→

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Melted (Vegan) Cheese, Please

There’s just something comforting and kid-friendly about melted cheese. If the kids in question are vegan or lactose-intolerant, or, if you’re just trying to cut back on dairy based foods, there are many wonderful options these days. Here are just a few:

Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Gourmet is soy-based and comes in cheddar, mozzarella, Monterey Jack, and nacho- style blocks; for recipes that call for grated cheese, the grating is Do-It-Yourself, and you can do so in a food processor or by hand. more→

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Mixed Dietary Preferences—vegan, veg, non-vegan—in families

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables

What happens when one parent is vegan and the other one isn’t? Will the children be raised vegan or not? If you are a vegan but your spouse or partner is not, and you have or are planning to have children, then you are in what I call a mixed marriage. Families in this situation have some challenges to overcome and some difficult decisions to make. The good news is that it is entirely possible to raise your children vegan even if your partner is not a vegan. But it’s not easy. more→

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