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Easy, Healthy Recipes for Kids and Teens

Kid-Friendly Peanut Butter Noodles

Kid-friendly Peanut butter noodles

Though this basic recipe for Peanut Butter Noodles is designed for kids who prefer milder flavors, adults can enjoy this as well! Spice up their portion with hot sauce—such as Sriracha—or dried hot red pepper flakes and a sprinkling of scallion. These kid-friendly Peanut Butter Noodles are good at room temperature as well as served warm. Photos by Lori Maffei.
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Healthy Vegan Rice Krispie Treats

Healthy Vegan Rice Krispie Treats

These Healthy Vegan Rice Krispie Treats are so simple to make, and they taste so good. You will want to make this recipe again and again. They’re like Rice Krispie treats, but healthier! In addition, you get 16 bars for a fraction of the price of a box at the grocery store. These Rice Krispie squares are light and crispy at the same time—perfect for your child’s lunch box or your post-workout snack.

 

Healthy Vegan Rice Krispie Treats
Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup almond butter
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 cups Rice Krispie cereal
Instructions
  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with wax parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Combine almond butter and maple syrup in a bowl and microwave for around 45 seconds or until the almond butter is melted. Mix well.
  3. Add cereal to almond butter mixture. Stir until well combined.
  4. Pour cereal mixture into the baking pan. Use a spoon to press down the mixture.
  5. Chill in the fridge for 3 hours.
  6. Remove and slice into 16 square treats.

 

 

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. Continue Reading…

Mashed Potato Volcanoes with Hot Lava

When my kids were young, they never wanted mashed potatoes until we read The Trouble With Grownups, a Berenstain Bears book. In one scene, the cubs are bored with the same old dinner. Mama and Papa scold the cubs for building volcanoes with their mashed potatoes. Immediately charmed, my kids wanted mashed potatoes so they could rebel against the grumpy fictional bear parents. We even concocted a “hot lava” sauce for the mashed potato volcanoes.

I see nothing wrong with making food more amusing, especially if doing so inspires kids to eat it. Mashed potato volcanoes with hot lava became a fixture on their repertoire, and it accomplished the feat of getting mine to eat two — or three —vegetables in one dish. Continue Reading…

Fun and Healthy Food for Kids

Fruit and Yogurt Ambrosia

Children are notoriously picky eaters, so when it comes to preparing healthy food for kids that they’ll actually eat, sometimes you’ve got to add some fun to the equation. When mine were young, I found that getting them to participate in the preparation was a good way to encouraged them, because they were more likely to eat what they helped make. I found cooking activities were particularly successful when they and their friends were between the ages of 5 and 8, when hand-eye coordination is excellent and the willingness to do adult-supervised activity is still a plus. Continue Reading…

Easy Tofu Recipes for Kids That the Whole Family Will Love

Baked tofu nuggets

Getting tofu to taste great is simple when you have just the right recipes and tips. Here are easy tofu recipes for kids that the whole family will love. And 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.

Parents always welcome new options for healthy eating, and tofu is a superb food to add to the repertoire of growing children. It’s high in easily digestible protein, low in fat, and is a good source of calcium, iron, and B vitamins. Continue Reading…

3 Child-Friendly Noodle 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!” Child-friendly pasta dishes are a great choice when you want dinner in a hurry and need to please 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. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

3 Kid-Friendly Potato Dishes

Potatoes in baskets at farmer's market

Potatoes are the most widely used vegetable in the U.S., but unfortunately, that’s because french fries reign supreme. If your children enjoy this versatile veggie, let them enjoy it as nature intended, fresh out of its skin—not deep fried in goodness knows what! Here are 3 kid-friendly potato dishes the whole family will love. Continue Reading…

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. Continue Reading…

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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Salads Your Kids Just Might Eat!

Macaroni Confetti Salad

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. Continue Reading…

Melted (Vegan) Cheese, Please

Avocado Tempeh Reuben Sandwich recipe

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. Continue Reading…

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