Getting your little ones to expand their palate is no easy feat. If you’re looking for kid-friendly vegetarian recipes, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve combed through our archives to round up our very best recipes that are both meatless and sure to be approved by anyone under the age of 10.
Trying to get your kids to eat more vegetables? Give them something familiar, such as macaroni and cheese, and then introduce one new colorful ingredient—the result will look something like our recipe for Baked Mac and Cheese with Broiled Tomatoes that’s pictured here. Kids will adore the topping made of crunchy panko breadcrumbs and the ooey-gooey combination of American cheese, sharp cheddar, and grated Parmesan. They’ll also love to taste the juicy, mild-tasting slices of Roma tomatoes scattered on top.
It’s no secret that young ones love pasta, so we use it as the base of several other kid-friendly vegetarian recipes. Some of our top picks? A vegetable-based “Bolognese” sauce served with spaghetti or bucatini, meatless meatballs, and cheesy pasta recipes that feature seasonal vegetables. They’re so good, even the adults at the table will gladly clear their plates.
We also have recipes that kids can help to prepare, such as pizza. They’ll love the process of kneading the dough, spreading on pizza sauce, and sprinkling mozzarella cheese over the entire pie. Here you’ll find a recipe for a classic margherita-style pizza that we’re sure they’ll devour, but encourage them to try different types of cheese or vegetables on top for an even more flavorful vegetarian bite.
For kid-friendly meals that are apt for a weeknight or weekend, turn to these vegetarian dinner recipes.