Easy, Healthy Recipes for Kids and Teens

Cacao Crispies

Cacao Crispies

Here’s a super-simple snack that will please kids of all ages! These chocolatey crispy rice cereal balls make a perfect snack for evening or after school. Recipe Vicki Marquez. Photos by Jennifer Kathryn.  ©2016, reprinted by permission. more→

Quick And Healthy Vegan Food Ideas For Kids and Teens

Fruit and yogurt parfaits with granola

As a parent, making sure your children choose healthy foods can be a Herculean task. Young children as well as tweens and teens don’t just need variation, they want foods that are visually appealing and will tickle their taste buds. You have to think creatively and come up with new ideas to make sure they eat healthy. If your child is a vegan, it can be even more challenging to make healthy but delicious foods. However, there is a lot you can do with plant-based ingredients without having to compromise on the taste. more→

Fruit and Yogurt Ambrosia

Fruit and Yogurt Ambrosia

Bowls of nondairy yogurt, dried and fresh fruit, and granola can be a quick light lunch or nutritious snack. It’s great for kids — especially young children who balk at dishes in which ingredients are “touching.” But if they decide for themselves what’s touching what, they don’t seem to mind a mixed dish. When my kids were young and had friends over, they created patterns in their yogurt with the other items, and often asked for seconds. This is great for adults, too. Why let kids have all the fun? Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Well-Crafted Vegan Macaroni and Cheese Mix

Vegan mac n cheese mix by Miyoko Schinner

Unless you were raised by macrobiotic hippies, you’ve had it. I’ve had it. And there’s no shame in saying it— we’ve all had macaroni and cheese out of the box. My kids would plead with me to buy it, and I was thrilled when the vegan stuff came on the market. Maybe you don’t crave it anymore, but it sure is convenient to have some on hand for the kids or the babysitter. But there’s no need to buy it, because you can make the instant cheese sauce mix yourself in just a few minutes! It makes enough to coat the equivalent of 5 store-bought boxes instant macaroni and cheese.Reprinted by permission from The Homemade Vegan Pantryby Miyoko Schinner, © 2015. Photographs by Eva Kolenko, © 2015 Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. more→

Kid-Friendly Peanut Butter Noodles

Kid-friendly Peanut butter noodles

Though this basic recipe for peanut butter noodles is designed for kids whose preference runs to milder flavors, adults can enjoy this as well, by spicing up their portion hot sauce such as Sriracha, or dried hot red pepper flakes, and a sprinkling of scallion. This is good at room temperature as well as warm. Photos by Lori Maffei.
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How to Make Basic Baked Kale Chips (with a Collard Greens variation)

Homemade kale chips

Here’s a simple how-to for making 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→

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→

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→

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→

Magic Vegan Muffins, with Variations

Lemony Blueberry Muffins

The magic in these vegan muffin recipes is that they use no eggs or dairy, but instead use applesauce as a binding and fat substitute. It’s a great healthy baking technique, making 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→

Fruit and Vegan Yogurt Parfaits

fruit and yogurt parfait recipe

Fruit and vegan yogurt parfait is so simple that it’s almost not a recipe at all, as welcome for breakfast as it is for dessert. 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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