Veg Kids and Teens

Healthy Halloween Treats

pumpkinsHalloween used to scare me. My kids coming home with all that junk food sent shivers through my spine. But with a selection of healthy Halloween treats and snacks, it’s a joy, a chance to play dress-up with the kids, and parade around the neighborhood at night, greeting friends, nibbling on healthy, all natural candies, marveling at carved candle lit pumpkins and houses decorated with creepy masks and hanging skeletons. more→

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Healthy Snacks for Kids and Teens

Hummus, pita, and veggies

Americans are a snack-crazed culture. And for better or worse, our children seem to be born with this passion for snacking. From the time you become a parent until you pack the kids off for college, snack foods will constitute a sizable portion of your food budget, and the interior of your car will be blanketed with crumbs and wrappers. Instead of loading up on store-bought snacks, which are high in sodium and often high in fat (nearly all supermarket snack foods contain unhealthy partially hydrogenated fats), try these simple home-made snacks. more→

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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→

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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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