Going vegan and trying to convince your kids it’s not all Brussels sprouts and bean curd? Trying to include a Meatless Monday here and there? Whatever your reason for wanting to increase healthy plant based options, this list has everything you need to get the creative juices going. Find kid approved vegan meals for the whole day. I’ve broken down easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus delicious snack and dessert ideas to really sweeten the deal.
Start the day with something easy and so delicious, your kid won’t realize it’s actually healthy. This section has a collection of healthy and filling breakfast options, including quick no-bake or make ahead options you can prep the night before, along with some nourishing breakfasts you and the kids can make together on a lazy weekend morning.
Left: Easy, freezer friendly dippable Applesauce Waffles by Strength and Sunshine. Find out how she made them here.
Right: Toast with Vegan Cream Cheese, Berries, and Hemp Seeds for extra protein. Click here to check out a list of my favorite dozen toast recipes guaranteed to get your kids out of bed.
Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Here are a handful of easy and vegan kid-approved lunches that won’t have you in the kitchen all day long. Many of these are even awesome lunchbox ideas.
Baked tofu nuggets
Air fried lentil burgers
Left: Baked Tofu Nuggets by Wow It’s Veggie. With an array of fun dipping sauces, like ketchup, barbecue, vegan ranch, or sweet and sour, kids will definitely go for these. Check out the recipe here.
Right: Air Fryer Lentil Burgers by Recipe This. Who doesn’t love a good burger night? Plus the kids can dress them up with whatever toppings they like for a fun DIY burger bar. Here’s the recipe.
Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad
Left: Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad by Chickpea & Herb. A new take on an old lunchbox classic. Here’s the recipe!
Right: Vegan Philly Cheese Steak featuring Instant Pot seitan by Zardy Plants. Any excuse for me to use my Instant Pot honestly, and as a girl from Philly, I wholeheartedly approve. Get the recipe here.
Left: Easy No-Oven Quinoa Salad by Moneywise Moms. The perfect meal to meal prep, pack for lunches, or even camping trips. Find her recipe here.
Right: Healthy Avocado Pasta Salad by Served From Scratch. Just a few simple ingredients will make you love this dish. Here’s the recipe.
Left: Carrot and Red Lentil Soup by Mrs. Jones Kitchen is a delicious way to get your toddler to enjoy their veggies! Here’s how to make this yummy soup.
Right: Homemade Spaghettio’s by Strength and Sunshine are an easy replacement for your kids’ favorites. Check it out here.
When the midday munchies hit, offer your kids one of these easy snacks. Perfect for school lunchboxes or to tide them over until dinner. Bonus: you can snack on them, too.
Left: Vegan Nacho Cheese Sauce, secretly healthy and chock-full of veggies, by Maple and Mango. Maybe they’d even eat their broccoli if it was drizzled with some of this goodness. Check out the recipe details here.
Right: DIY Gluten-Free Goldfish made with nutritious chickpea flour by Strength and Sunshine. Here’s her recipe.
Left: Sunshine Carrot Dip by On My Kids Plate. This is the perfect quick, after school recipe that tastes sweet and is totally healthy! Make yours today!
Right: Chocolate Avocado Pudding by Homemade Lovely. Toss those pudding cups to the curb, because this after school snack is full of healthy fats and flavor. Here’s the recipe.
Left: Spinach and Lentil Dip Toast Bites by Recipe Aroma. So easy and flavorful, your child won’t realize they’re eating their veggies. Find the recipe here.
Right: DIY Naturally Sweetened Candy Made from Zucchini by Common Sense Home. These candy flavors sound delicious and are super easy to make. Here’s more info about how to make your own.
Left: Vegan Pizza Rolls by Ve Eat Cook Bake. These can be as simple as store bought puff pastry and vegan cheese shreds, but also link to options for you to make your own homemade cheese sauce and pastry depending on how much time you have. Get the recipe.
Right: Chocolate Hummus by Recipes from a Pantry. Say what?! You heard right. Let your kids eat chocolate for a snack, they never have to hear all the chickpea details. Here’s the clever recipe.
Left: 1 ingredient Grape Popsicles by Two Healthy Kitchens. Yes, you read that right. Your kids will think they’re getting such a fun treat, and you’ll know it’s entirely fresh fruit full of wholesome goodness. My kinda treat. Check out how they’re made here.
Right: Pumpkin Clementines by Tasty Galaxy. Are these not the cutest (and easiest) ever? Here’s the link.
Left: Baked Sweet Potato Fries by The Forked Spoon. These are something the whole family would love to chow down on. Check out her recipe here.
Right: Mashed Potato Nuggets by High Chair Chronicles. The perfect way to use leftover mashed potatoes and make them kid friendly. Perfect for picky eaters. Here’s the link to make your own.
Left: Vegan Herbed Mashed Potatoes by Nourish Plate. Take a classic, make it vegan, add tons of flavor. Perfect way to help the family transition to veg foods. Explore the recipe here.
Right: Maple Roasted Carrots by Raised on Veggies.These are yummy and go great with most main dishes. Check out the recipe here.
These main dishes pack a bunch of variety and nourishment. What are your little one’s favorite ways to get their veggies?
Left: 15 Minute Orange Tofu by Wow It’s Veggie. It’s like getting takeout but way yummier and healthier. Get the recipe here.
Right: Vegan Spaghetti and Meatballs by This Healthy Kitchen. Who doesn’t love a classic reimagined? Check out how to make it here.
Left: Baked Lentil Nuggets by This Healthy Kitchen. Check out the recipe here.
Right: Mini Lunchbox Peppers stuffed with chickpeas and squash. A fun mini way for you to sneak some veggies into your mini. Recipe by Chickpea & Herb here.
Left: Easy Cashew Fettucine Alfredo with Optional Veggies by Chickpea & Herb. Click here to skim the recipe.
Right: Instant Pot Cheesy Pasta by Cass Clay Cooking. Cheesy for the kids, instant for the parents. See recipe details here.
Left: Fun Cauliflower Tacos by Little Sunny Kitchen. I haven’t met a kid yet who isn’t a fan of tacos. Try these using this recipe.
Right: Colorful Couscous Stuffed Peppers by Very Vegan Gal. Here’s her mouthwatering recipe.
How can we serve kids desserts we feel good about? Well this array of treats has everything from low sugar to gluten free to added hidden veggies, with a few classics thrown in, making it a list that has something for everybody.
Left: Healthy Vegan Chocolate Shake – Chocolate? Milk shake? Definitely kid approved. Check out the recipe by This Healthy Table here.
Right: 20 Minute Sweet Potato Oatmeal Cookies by Chickpea & Herb. These are great because they double for breakfast or an after dinner treat with no added sugar. Here’s how to make them.
Left: How fun are these Rainbow Fruit Kebabs by Raised on Veggies? Perfect project to get the kids involved in prepping their own food! Check out how to make them here.
Right: Edible Cookie Dough by The Banana Diaries. I think this one speaks for itself, get the recipe here.
Left: Easy and Delicious Vegan Peach Cobbler by Chickpea & Herb. This is a seriously simple crowd pleaser that is on the table in under 30 minutes. Get the recipe here.
Right: Super Simple Blueberry Banana Scones that use extra ripe bananas to cut down on food waste. Fluffy and flavorful, these are a great alternative to banana bread and work for breakfast or dessert. Find the recipe here.
Left: Healthy, Simple Strawberry Crumble Bars by Chickpea & Herb. If your kiddo likes strawberry jam, they’re sure to love these healthy dessert bars that are ready in under 30 minutes and freeze well for later. Here’s the recipe.
Right: No Bake Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (with oatmeal raisin option) by Chickpea & Herb. You need this recipe for you, too, I know I do. Get it here.
Left; No Bake Vegan Cheesecake Bites by Baked by Clo are drool-worthy. See how she made them here.
Right: Chocolate Peanut Butter Nice Cream by Wholesome Yum. I know I’d be asking for this after I finished my dinner. Here’s the link.
I hope you found this list helpful! Are there any recipes your kids love? Drop a link in the comments to let me know if there’s anything you think should be included or if you found yourself with questions about how to prepare any of these recipes! You can also check out my Facebook or Instagram pages for daily posts with easy recipes and ideas, and let me know how it goes! I also have a Pinterest page with my recipes and those of others that I found helpful.
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