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As the weather starts to make it’s annual turn toward warmer breezes and melting snow piles, our bodies are longing for less heavy dishes and more light veggie meals.
We are taking up the Food Revolution Team‘s challenge to eat meatless for one week in March.
Eating less meat is a healthy break for our bodies and an opportunity to discover new dishes. Let’s face it, the first thought I had when I was thinking of taking on this week was “how am I going to convince my kids to eat more veggies?” Yes, our kids are great eaters, they don’t shy away from very many meals, but an entire week of vegetables might be too much for me to handle.
So, what do you do when you have a challenge ahead? We plan the heck out of that challenge. I’ve been super busy preparing for a our meatless week. I’ve done a lot of research and have gathered together 15 kid friendly meatless recipes as we prepare for an entire week of Meatless Mondays!
We don’t want to just “get by”…we want to enjoy each and every meatless meal we eat.
15 Kid Friendly Meatless Recipes
Budget Bytes shares a simple breakfast, lunch or dinner option spinach, mushroom & feta quiche
These lentil sloppy joe’s have a sweet and sour sauce that kids will love, from Chocolate Covered Kate.
Damn Delicious shares a super simple and kid friendly lo mein recipe.
Kids seem to love Mexican cuisine, right? How great do Simple Bites‘ black bean burritos look?
Did someone say pie?! Get the kids to eat veggies with Mom’s Test Kitchen‘s easy vegetable pot pie.
The Pioneer Woman shares a flavour packed smooth cauliflower soup…perfect hot lunch idea.
Fruit can be savoury too. Pack in the fruit with Eats Amazing’s fruity couscous salad.
Who said chilli has to be full of beef? Swap out the meat with Cooking Classy’s quinoa chilli.
Can’t forget the kids’ favourite three cheese pasta. Yep, gooey and cheesy and perfect for lunch or dinner (my kids would say it’s perfect for breakfast too).
How delightful is this? Kids will love eating Parenting Chaos‘ colourful rainbow fruit pizza.
Curry is another favourite with our kids. A delicious oatly sweet potato and chickpea curry with lemongrass from In the Playroom.
Where did the meat go in this meatless loaf from Vegan Mother Hubbard? You seriously won’t even miss the meat.
Food 4 Tots shares a recipe for irresistible cauliflower tots. Cauliflower is such a versatile vegetable.
Deliciously simple baked spaghetti with mozzarella from Martha Stewart. Classic and crowd pleasing.
Kids will go crazy for BetsyLife’s Buffalo quinoa bites.
Bonus Recipes: I opened up my Facebook page to meatless meal suggestions and a few great recipes were shared. Check out this portobello mushroom philly cheese “steak” sandwich from The Good Long Road. This Twinkle Soup from Cutting Tiny Bites looks like it would be an instant favourite with the kids. Finally, one of our readers shared her recipe for basic refrigerator oatmeal…sounds delicious.
If you have a favourite kid-friendly meatless recipe, share the link in the comments below.
A Few Common Questions About Vegetarianism
What does “vegetarian” mean?
A vegetarian is a person who does not eat meat and meat products. While vegetarians do not eat meat, they often eat eggs and dairy products. People may be vegetarian for moral, religious, social or health related reasons.
What does “vegan” mean?
Vegan is a word that people are less familiar with – but that has become much more popular in that last decade. A vegan is a person who does not eat meat and meat products – including any dairy products or eggs. Vegans eat nothing that is an animal by product – even honey.
What does “pescatarian” mean?
A pescatarian is another branch of vegetarianism. A pescatarian does not eat meat, but they do eat fish and seafood. While their diet is largely plant based, they do eat seafood.
A fun way to get kids to eat their veggies is to use a spiralizer…this one is a best seller!
5-Blade Vegetable Slicer and Spiralizer
Pile on all the toppings! Love this kid friendly vegetarian chili
Flavourful and colourful…because we eat with our eyes first. You really can’t beat a bowl of delicious fruit salad