Monday, April 30, 2018

37 Vegan Family Dinners - Easy Kid-Friendly Recipes

Newly vegan and looking for dinner ideas? Maybe you've been plant based for a while and need some inspirations. I put a call out to the vegan blogging community for everyone's favorite Vegan Family Dinners and these ladies came up with so many I had to split the post up into two! For the first post it is a fun and flavorful assortment of 37 easy kid-friendly vegan meals. Let us know what you think or if you try any of them. They all look delicious.

1. Vegan Chili Cheese Tater Tots

I could not do a Vegan Family Dinner Recipes Roundup without acknowledging the tater tot in its role as family favorite. This is a simple recipe with tots, a can of chili, and an easy cashew queso recipe to top it off.

Vegan Chili Cheese Tater Tots Recipe from Cadry's Kitchen

2. Vegan Mozzarella and Vegan Mini-Pizza

This is an easy vegan cheese to make and the little English muffins are the perfect crispy little personal pizza with whichever toppings you might like.

3. Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Sometimes, I think the best vegan recipes are those that have been around for ages as an accidentally vegan meal. This take on the classic shepherd's pie uses smashed baby potatoes on top instead of the mashed kind that I grew up with. Either way, it is something I enjoyed growing up and want to bring to my kids at the table.

Vegan Shepherd's Pie Recipe by Veggie Desserts

4. Veggie Chili

From campfire to kitchen, a bowl of veggie chili is always welcome. We top with creamy avocado and serve with tortillas or chips to make it fun and easy to eat.

Veggie Chili Recipe

5. Mango Lentil Dal

My kids are crazy about mangoes and this dish makes me wonder why we don't see them in hot dishes more often!

Mango Lentil Dal Recipe from Fried Dandelions

6. Easy Thai Pra Pram Tofu Recipe

I love that this peanut sauce has maple syrup to make it a little sweet for the kiddos.

Easy Thai Pra Pram Tofu Recipe from Vegetarian Gastronomy

7. Vegan Potato Carrot Mac n Cheese

This is an easy, healty version of the mac and cheese kids love!

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8. Black Bean Salsa Burger

This is another one of those Mom-friendly recipes that I love where the jar of salsa provides all the flavor to your can or dry ingredients and there is no chopping or prep cooking of any kind besides measuring the dry ingredients and dumping it all together. Pick up some vegan cheese slices to melt on these and a ripe avocado and you got Momma's favorite meal too!

Black Bean Salsa Burger Recipe from Veggie Inspired

9. Sloppy Lentils Sandwiches

Some might thing anything with the word "sloppy" in it is a mess but it is really just a way to get your kids to eat lentils and vegetables without them realizing it because they are hiding in a burger bun.

Sloppy Lentils Sandwiches Recipe from Veggie Inspired

10. Smoky Lentil Sloppy Joes (or Sweet Potatoes)

Not only does this lentil recipe incorporate a smoky seasonings as part of the flavor profile but they also had the genius idea of putting it inside a sweet potato to potentially keep the mess down depending on your kid's spoon skills.

Smoky Lentil Sloppy Joes Recipe from Delightful Adventures

11. Lentil Burger Sliders

If you prefer your lentils not so sloppy, here's something you can stick in your burger bun.

Lentil Burger Sliders Recipe from Vegan in the Freezer

12. Lentil Carrot Hot Dogs

If you aren't crazy about the ingredients of a store-bought vegan hot dog, which can be pure junk food, or don't have the budget for how expensive they can be, why not make your own! This is a lentil and carrot base with a few tricks to get a nice weenie to put between your bun.

Lentil Carrot Hot Dog Recipe from Veggie Desserts

13. Portobello Mushroom Hot Dog Recipe

If cooked the right way, mushrooms can mimic the texture and flavor of meat. If the kids like it, this makes an easy family dinner night once in a while without using expensive packaged hot dogs.

Portobello Mushroom Hot Dog Recipe from Connissuerus Veg

14. Oven Baked Taquitos

Throw away the fork and grab this easy finger food for little hands. She's got a cashew sour cream recipe to go along with theses baked taquitos made with crispy corn tortillas and savory black beans. Or you could serve with a whopping bowl of guacamole!

OVEN BAKED TAQUITOS Recipe from Nora Cooks

15. Double-Shelled Black Bean Tacos

Ever try to serve a taco to a little kids? Things can get messy. Make it much easier to manage with this genius double-shelled taco concept!

DOUBLE-SHELLED BLACK BEAN TACOS Recipe from Diannes's Vegan Kitchen

16. Vegan Tempeh Tacos

For a variation of filling, learn how to cook one of the healthier forms of processed soy products, the protein rich and meaty tempe. Check this Tempeh Taco Recipe out on your picky littles who may prefer this Vegan Taco Tuesday main to beans.

TEMPEH TACOS Recipe from Yummy Mummy Kitchen

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17. Chickpea Tacos with Avocado Cream

This recipe by Dreena Burton uses chickpeas and zucchini in this delicious sounding taco filling and she makes an avocado cream to top it off.


Looking for something to go with your tacos or taquitos? This vegan Mexican Fiesta Rice has that classic kid-friendly Rice a Roni look with a some healthy veggies and beans mixed in.

MEXICAN FIESTA RICE Recipe from The Belly Rules the Mind

19. Vegan Quesadillas

I love recipes like this. If you have a block of tofu in the fridge you can mix it up with these other plant based staples and you can spread it in a tortilla with some veggies and love and dinner is done!

Vegan Quesadillas from Veg Annie

20. Red Lentil Flatbread [Pizza]

While we were here trying to figure out what healthy foods to put ON the pizza that kids will eat, Moon and Spoon Yum turned the bread into the healthy food kids will eat. Top their Red Lentil Flatbread with whatever plant based goodness their little butts like!

RED LENTIL FLATBREAD Recipe from Moon and Spoon Yum

21. Baked Tofu Buddha Bowl with Magical Tahini Dressing

My kids have always been fans of baked tofu but we could always use a little magic to get them to eat! See if this tofu Buddha bowl with a Magical Tahini Dressing does the trick.

BAKED TOFU BUDDHA BOWL Recipe from Glue & Glitter

22. Sweet and Sour Tofu

Not only is this tofu make an incredibly budget-friendly homemade meal, but a good sweet and sour sauce can make it really kid-friendly too.

Sweet and Sour Tofu Recipe from Fried Dandelions

23. Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu Recipe

This tofu popcorn recipe can be made with or without an the air fryer. I'd probably have to make a double batch because I predict these will be a hit with the kiddos.

Air Fryer Popcorn Tofu Recipe from V Nutrition and Wellness

24. Vegan Chicken Nuggets

Where would a vegan kid be without the vegan chicken nugget. This one combines an easy 1 can each of artichokes and chickpeas in a panko coating.

Vegan Chicken Nuggets Recipes from Connisseurus Veg

25. Oven-Fried Tofu Fish and Chips

If you are looking for the secret to making a vegan version of fish and chips, this recipe has it!

Oven-Fried Tofu Fish and Chips Recipe from Veganosity

26. Cauliflower Nuggets

Nature created these little handles on cauliflower florets that make them perfect for dipping! Bread them up and bake them with this tasty recipe.

Cauliflower Nuggets Recipe from Bad to the Bowl

27. Vegan Sunflower Mac and Cheese

This is our very own recipe for a savory mac and cheese made with sunflower seeds. The kids are crazy about this one and we love that the sunflower seeds are so high in folate, B6 and other nutrients.

Vegan Sunflower Mac and Cheese Recipe from

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28. Vegan Air Fryer Southern Fried Soy Curls

I have always wanted to cook with soy curls. I've had these magical little processed pieces of happiness in Asian restaurants over the years and they are probably worth having a little fun with for a family dinner here or there. We don't have an air fryer, yet, but this recipe makes me want to get one! She does also comment that the oven should work as well.

Vegan Air Fryer Southern Fried Soy Curls Recipe from Healthy Slow Cooking

29. Vegan Mushroom Meatloaf with Sticky Asian Glaze

30. Vegan Crabcake Sliders

Vegan crabcakes are just another reminder that there is a vegan version of everything. This make a nice little sandwich or great finger food for kids too.

Vegan Crabcake Sliders Recipe from Sunnyside Hanne

31. Healthy Vegan Meatballs

Made with heart healthy rolled oats, protein packed legumes, and savory and sweet flavors these should hit the notes on the parents' palette as well as making an awesome finger food.

Healthy Vegan Meatballs Recipe from The Bright Bird

32. Easy Air Fryer Seitan Riblets Recipe

Something tells me the kids would be smothered in riblet sauce but the plates would be clean with this recipe...

Easy Air Fryer Seitan Riblets Recipe from Healthy Slow Cooking

33. Easy Baked Potato Wedges

When all else fails, with kids, you cannot CANNOT go wrong with french fries or in the grown-up no way I'm feeding you deep fried food in my kitchen world:  Baked Potato Wedges. Whether you serve with a ramakin of garlic aoili, or a giant squirt of ketchup, these are going to disappear fast.

Easy Baked Potato Wedges Recipe from HappyKitchen.Rocks

34. Healthy Vegan Broccoli Mac and Cheese

This is our own family favorite that we have been making for years now, with a classic, healthy, potato/carrot/onion mac and cheese base and our own personal secret ingredient that gives it the rich buttery taste. Then there's the broccoli hidden in all that cheesiness to get that nice healthy dash of calcium and iron to round things off.

Healthy Vegan Broccoli Mac and Cheese Recipe from

35. Sweet Potato and Pinto Bean Burrito Recipe

This is a spiced up sweet potato mash with and flavorful pinto beans in this hand held healthy vegan meal.

Sweet Potato and Pinto Bean Burrito Recipe from Triad to Wellness

36. Easy Vegan Broccoli Mozzarella French Bread Pizza Recipe

Always a fan of sneaking broccoli into a dish, this hides a ton of the green stuff into a vegan cheese.

37. Vegan Nacho Cheese Dip for Vegan Nachos

This is our family's favorite nacho cheese recipe. It uses a red bell pepper to get the color and flavor along with cashews, miso and of course nutritional yeast. We love pouring it on nachos, tacos or as a fondue dip!

Vegan Cashew Nacho Cheese Recipe from

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