12 Vegetarian Recipes for Kids All Parents Need to Know

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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 that your kids will love.

Breakfast

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Minimalist Baker

What's better than chocolate chip pancakes on a Sunday 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 non-dairy milk.

Add cocoa powder and chocolate chips for extra chocolate flavor.

Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble
Spoon Fork Bacon

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.

Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini Muffins
The Modern Proper

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.

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Lunch

Green Goddess Sandwich

Green Goddess Sandwich
Foodie Crush

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

Mac and Cheese
The Modern Proper

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, cream, 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.

Tomato Soup

Tomato Soup
Stuck in the Kitchen

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.

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Snacks

Frozen Yogurt Bites

Frozen Yogurt Bites
Hello Glow

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

Strawberry Chia Jam Squares
How Sweet Eats

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 whole wheat pastry flour. The end result is a fruity, crumbly bar that's perfect for an afternoon snack.

Guacamole

Guacamole
Salt and Wind

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 avocados, 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.

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Dinner

Portobello Mushroom Burger

Portobello Mushroom Burger
Foodie Crush

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.

Fried Rice

Fried Rice
Gimme Some Oven

Make a big batch of this customizable vegetarian fried rice from Gimme Some Oven to add 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.

Spaghetti

Spaghetti
The Modern Proper

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.

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