Children are notoriously picky eaters, which can make finding nutritious and simple recipes for them a challenge. Add a dietary restriction to this already arduous task, and you may find yourself stuck when it comes to planning daily meals for your little ones. However, the best cure for any cooking rut is trying a few new recipes in the kitchen. Looking for some vegetarian recipes for kids to cure your cooking fatigue? There are plenty of options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time your kids will love.
Chocolate Chip Pancakes
What's better than chocolate chip pancakes on a Saturday morning? This recipe from Minimalist Baker has a healthy twist, thanks to a homemade vegan, gluten-free batter made from oat flour, ripe bananas, and almond milk.
Add cocoa powder and chocolate chips for extra chocolate flavor.
A vegetarian version of a classic breakfast scramble, this tofu scramble recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon calls for tofu, onion, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, corn, and tomatoes, but you can always substitute out certain vegetables to accommodate your children's taste buds. Top with a poached egg for an extra serving of protein or add some more kid-friendly scrambled eggs to the mix before serving.
According to Holly of The Modern Proper, these zucchini muffins are a favorite among her own children. "They lovingly call them 'cookie muffins,' which I think is great, because while they have some sugar, they also have hidden veggies and are far from cookies," she writes. They're made with simple baking ingredients that mask the taste of zucchini hiding in the batter.
Green Goddess Sandwich
This healthy sandwich will be a go-to vegetarian recipe for your kids. Heidi of Foodie Crush swears by it for packed school lunches for her own kids. Top your choice of thick sandwich bread with a light cream cheese spread and zucchini, spinach, cucumber, green tomato, avocado, and sprouts.
Mac and Cheese
This stovetop macaroni and cheese recipe from The Modern Proper is made with only four ingredients, making it the perfect quick vegetarian meal for your little ones. All you need is cooked pasta, milk, cheddar, and Parmesan cheese. You can also sneak some vegetables in this classic dish to ensure your kids are having a balanced meal. Top with peas or sliced apples for an extra serving of fruits and veggies.
Serve up a bowl of old-school tomato soup for your kids with this recipe from Stuck in the Kitchen. It's a homemade version of the classic lunchtime meal that's full of natural ingredients. It also goes perfectly with a simple grilled cheese sandwich or a side of vegetables.
Frozen Yogurt Bites
These peach frozen yogurt bites from Hello Glow can easily be made ahead of time and saved for a quick snack in a pinch. They're made with just three simple ingredients: plain yogurt, peaches, and honey. Mix everything together in a bowl, spoon the mixture into an ice tray, and freeze until solid.
Strawberry Chia Jam Squares
If you have the time to make these snack squares from How Sweet Eats in advance, they're a great alternative to a packaged granola bar. Make your own jam with strawberries, honey, and chia seeds, and then bake a batch of bars made with oats, milk, and pastry flour. The end result is a fruity, crumbly bar perfect for an afternoon snack.
If your children like avocados, they'll love this simple guacamole from Salt and Wind. It will only set you back about five minutes in the kitchen and calls for just avocado, lime, sea salt, and jalapeño chile. Of course, if your little one isn't ready for spicy foods, you can omit the chile and serve up the avocado mash with tortilla chips of your choice.
Portobello Mushroom Burger
Trade in a typical veggie burger for this grilled portobello mushroom burger from Foodie Crush. Your kids will love that it looks like a regular burger, even though it's a vegetarian recipe packed with healthy vegetables. Serve it on a bun or open face on a flatbread pita.
Make a big batch of this customizable vegetarian fried rice from Gimme Some Oven to add some variety to your usual recipe repertoire. Add in any vegetables your kids love to create a fun and flavorful meal any night of the week.
You can also substitute tofu for more protein so your kids will stay full and satisfied.
You can never go wrong with a classic dish of pasta and tomato sauce. Whip up a batch of this easy three-ingredient tomato sauce from The Modern Proper to add a little something special to the go-to vegetarian recipe for kids. It's made only with ripe tomatoes, olive oil, and salt, so you know exactly what you're feeding your little ones.