Veg Kids and Teens

Noodles! Kid-Pleasing Pasta Dishes

Pasta varieties in jars

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→

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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→

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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→

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Making Lunch? Make it Nutritious! Make it Waste-Free!

Lunch box pasta 2

If you’re like us, you start the school year with enthusiastic plans to send your kids to school with lunches that are nutritious, affordable, and easy to make. You promise that you’ll plan ahead. You’ll put more effort into it. You’ll cut out the junk. But somehow mid-year finds us settled once again into our old lunch-making routine, frustrated and in search of fresh ideas. But do not despair…making fresh lunches may not be as difficult as you think. Try some of these ideas:
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Healthy School Lunch Recipes and Tips (Vegetarian, Vegan, and Everyone Else!)

Lunch box pasta salad

The key to successful school lunches is variety. Finding healthy school lunch recipes and ideas for vegan and vegetarian kids adds to the challenge. Here you’ll find lots, along with links to other VegKitchen posts on creating easy, tasty school lunches. Many of the recipes and tips in this article have been adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook.* more→

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Vegan Kids and Lunch at School: Helping your Child Fit In

I’d like to share some thoughts on packing vegan lunches, in celebration of the release of my new cookbook Vegan Lunch Box.* The book features complete, well-balanced lunch menus that you can put together and pack for kids and for grownups. The menus range from easy, familiar, Western-style cuisine, to adventurous gourmet meals with dishes from around the world, like tamales, Greek phyllo triangles, Ethiopian injera bread, spring rolls, and more. more→

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Eight Easy Ways to Get Your Family to Eat Vegetables

Colorful fruits and veggies

There are children who devour plates of crunchy salads and gobble up steamed broccoli, like it was candy, but what do you do if your kids refuse to eat anything green? Children need the vitamins and minerals vegetables provide. Vegetables from the cabbage family are exceptional sources of calcium, vitamins A and C, and beta-carotenes, especially kale and collards. Rather than trying to get your child to eat food she doesn’t like, fix the vegetables in a way that she will enjoy. And do add fresh fruit to the mix. Some children who are balky about veggies like fruit just fine. more→

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Do you have a picky eater in your family?

Here are a few ideas for helping your child transition to a healthier diet, contributed by Amy Hemmert and Tammy Pelstring of Laptop Lunches.

Prepare your child. Talk with your child about nutrition and the importance of developing a healthy body. Together, come up with a family plan, including a list of steps the family wants to take to transition to a more healthful diet. Post the list in a place where everyone can see it. more→

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