Getting your family to stick to a vegan diet at home can be difficult, especially with kids who tend to be pickier eaters. Mac and cheese, sloppy joes, burgers, casseroles, and even pizza are simple dishes to put together, but is it possible to make them all vegan while keeping them delicious? With the right seasonings and dairy substitutes, any breakfast, lunch, or dinner staple can be transformed into a vegan dish, which may just so happen to be a healthier alternative.
If you really want to get your kids to appreciate a vegan diet, start with finding easy recipes to put together that you can walk them through as you make it. The fewer the ingredients, the more likely your kids will remember each one and maybe even ask for it during the week. And of course, let them help you cook! Showing your kids how to make lunch or dinner and walking them through how each ingredient is used will help them appreciate each one, and will make the final product even more special. Keeping your vegan meals nutrient-dense with vegetables and hearty legumes ensures that your kids are getting all the nutrients they need without loading them up with meat and dairy. Check out our list of 17 vegan recipes for kids that are guaranteed to get your family, even the staunchest of meat eaters, on the vegan train.
Vegan Sourdough Blueberry Pancakes
Each pancake clocks in at around 30 calories, so if your kid wants to go a little overboard on the syrup, let them do it!
20 minutes 30 calories Easy
“Cheesy” Veggie Pizzettes
These mini pizzas come together quickly and are piled high with hearty vegetables and a savory spread made with white beans, nutritional yeast, and garlic.
40 minutes 180 calories Easy
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Smoky Vegan Mac and Cheese
With cashews and nutritional yeast, mac and cheese can become a dinner staple once again in a vegan household.
20 minutes 200 calories Easy
Black Bean Tofu Burger
Not all veggie burgers are created equal, but this one balances flavor and texture for an impressive veggie patty that’s sure to impress the whole family.
30 minutes 150 calories Easy
Swap out the meat and the dairy in this hearty noodle dish with veggies and a hummus tofu ricotta that will impress even the most serious of meat eaters.
45 minutes 380 calories Easy
Vegan Meatball Subs
These kid-friendly meatballs are loaded with beans and Italian seasoning and are great served on a toasted bun, over zucchini noodles, or just dipped in marinara sauce.
55 minutes 400 calories Easy
Vegan Quesadillas with Mushroom Bacon
Hearty quesadillas are packed with a tofu scramble, smoky mushroom bacon, and a bright avocado salsa for an impressive breakfast or lunch the kids can enjoy.
1h 00m 250 calories Easy
Loaded with seasoned tofu, vegetables, and crispy tater tots, this kid-friendly breakfast casserole is ready to serve in under an hour.
1h 00m 200 calories Easy
Vegan Almond Butter Raspberry Muffins
Serve these moist muffins as a protein-packed breakfast on-the-go or a sweet treat after dinner.
35 minutes 215 calories Easy
Tortilla Rollups with Dairy-Free Veggie Cream Cheese
These mini, veggie-packed rollups are perfect for a school lunch or a midday snack.
15 minutes 165 calories Easy
Vegan Cranberry Apple Chickpea Salad Sandwich
Spruce up school lunch with this simple but flavorful chickpea salad sandwich, which gets a sweet note from dried cranberries and chopped apple.
30 minutes 200 calories Easy
Vegan Corn Dogs
Make this healthier version of the classic fair food with a seasoned cornmeal crust and veggie dogs.
40 minutes 340 calories Easy
Baked Garlic Pepper Polenta Fries
These quick and simple five ingredient baked polenta fries make for a great snack for the kids or as a side dish with dinner.
40 minutes 225 calories Easy
Baked Veggie Sweet Potato Fritters
These simple fritters are gluten-free, packed with veggies, and come together in just one bowl.
25 minutes 150 calories Easy
Vegan Sloppy Joes
Kids will love these flavorful sloppy joes for lunch or dinner, and you’ll love packing them with veggies for a well-rounded meal.
30 minutes 175 calories Easy
Believe it or not, tofu Bolognese is not just a thing, but it’s a thing that may just replace the traditional meat Bolognese in your house.
45 minutes 515 calories Easy
Vegan Potato Chip Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Fry Sauce
Kids will love these crunchy and flavorful vegan nuggets made with chickpeas, and may not even know they’re entirely meat-free.
50 minutes 150 calories Easy