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Easy Vegetarian Meals For The Kids

September 14, 2017

As some of you may know we have recently been introducing more plant based meals into our family’s diet after watching the documentary  ‘What The Health’ on https://www.netflix.com/nz/

 

It was a bit of an eye opener and made us look at how much meat we as a family eat, and it was a lot. Now I’m not saying we are giving it up altogether, I do still love me a steak and some bacon BUT, we are cutting back and eating much more Vegetarian meals. Also when we do eat meat is only Organic and Cruelty free these days. Now the question was what to feed the kids that are used to eating meat every meal pretty much since they first started solids? So, I have been experimenting over the last month with snacks and meals with surprisingly a lot of success, although I must say I have been blessed with kids that are pretty good eaters.

 

So I thought I would share seven of my favourite recipes here that we have all tried and enjoyed, these can also be shared as a family too.They are all super quick and easy to prepare and they are made with the goodness of whole grains.

 

Now I have not put recipes below that are difficult. These are all so simple you’ll know how to make these babies but I’ve shared images of the ingredients you’ll need and noted if there are any extras you may need to know. I would also love it if any of you guys had some recipes to share too. I don’t need the whole thing just a comment as I can Google it. The best idea will also WIN a $100 Farmer’s Gift Card so that you can get some awesome cookware for yourself! Now how is that for inspo to share with me. MAGGI Wholemeal Noodles Spaghetti Bolognaise? Go on, share your MAGGI Noodles Hacks.

Vege Meatballs with Noodles and Cheese

We used vegan cheese but any kind will do. We also use the new MAGGI 2minute Wholegrain Noodles as the kids love them and they are packed full of wholegrains.

   

 

Tofu Stir Fry with MAGGI 2minute Wholegrain Noodles.

Add some extra veggies if you feel like it, the kids will love it and it will help bulk this up. Pre cook the noodles as well. We use our own sauce and discard the one that comes in the starry pack.

    

 

Cheesy Quesadilla with Baked Beans (with avo and sour cream on the side)

I mix half a avo and a small pot of sour cream for dipping.

    

 

Egg and Spinach Dumplings (with soy sauce on the side)

Add a little salt to the mix, I use three eggs to a quarter of a pack and scramble it for the filling.

   

Good Old Mouse Traps.

Pre toast the bread (use what you fancy) to make it crunchy.

   

Meat Free Mini Sliders.

I cut the patties in half and they make enough for the whole family.     

Eat the Rainbow Platter.

Just let your imagination run wild with this one, get inventive and add lots of colour. A great one to do when you have all the neighbourhood kids around.

 

 

 

 

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  1. Whack some rice on, cook a can of black beans, can of kidney beans, jar of tomato passatta (mutti brand), half a cup of frozen corn, half a red capsicum diced, and half a packet of taco seasoning. Serve on rice with cheese, sour cream and avo!

  2. We love nachos – using the organic corn chips (the kids fav flavour is Mexican). With beans, finely diced courgettes and capsicums, spices and tomato paste. Sour cream and avo on the side.

    Also we have the masala patties heaps and they’re great with a grated cucumber and yoghurt sauce 🙂

  3. Oh great ideas! You could make a really yummy ‘Rainbow Pad Thai’ using the Maggi whole grain noodles! It’s a great way of sneaking some colourful veges in too!

    Also vege fritters are another great option that kids love! Made with flour, egg, milk, cheese and then finely chopped veges! Super easy! Sweet corn fritters with sliced avocado and yogurt sauce is a favourite in our family!

  4. Beans, courgettes, capsicum, diced tomatoes, canned corn, spices and what ever else is in the fridge and nearing expiry. I use this mix for nachos, burritos, on rice or in quesadillas!

  5. In Winter we love to have a good old fashioned homemade vegetable soup. Kings soup mix, low salt stock, whatever vegetables we have in the house (usually onion, pumpkin, potatoes, carrots, celery). The kids love it cos we usually have homemade bread rolls or cheese on toast with it!!

    In summer we quite often have a dish we call pumpkin pasta salad. Roasted pumpkin, garlic & red onion, penne pasta, bag of baby spinach, feta, toasted pine nuts and balsamic vinaigrette!

  6. We are also trying to do 1-2 vegetarian meals a week, have to start somewhere right? One of our favourites is caramelised onions and mushrooms on top of polenta. We sometimes top it with a runny egg and do a side of asparagus/broccoli/beans.

  7. Miss 1 loves vegetarian chow mein! Whole grain noodles, thinly sliced cabbage, red and white onion, carrots, zucchini. Absolutely delish! Another fave in our house is falafel with vegetarian pita pockets.

  8. Vegetarian nachos cooked in the slow cooker.
    We use three bean mix, canned tomatoes, mixed herbs, pepper and me mexillant paste.
    For the nacho chips I use tortillas, chopped up like nacho chips and grilled in the oven. I then top with home made guacamole, salsa, sour cream and paprika.

  9. We are plant-based, well myself and 10 month old are! A favourite in our house is a pesto pasta salad, rice pasta, vegan pesto pot from pak n save, red oinion, tomato and lemon juice. You can pretty much add anything you want to it and use any pasta. Especially great with orzo. 🙂 simple but effective, you could probably mix it with 2 min noodles even!

  10. I like to make okonomiyaki (Japanese omelette) with cabbage and then topped with mayo and BBQ sauce. It’s just a bit more exciting than a regular omelette.

  11. What about curried vege spring rolls? I have rice noodles in mine for some texture but you could easily sub in whole grain two minute noodles. Easy to make (kids can help) and I bake mine in the oven so I don’t have to faff about with hot oil. Would be a Awesome for snacks or meals.

  12. The “bean supreme ” marinated tofu is really addictive! So many ways to use it but this week we did it with vermacilli rice noodles (kids live noodles hey!) and steamed broccoli and sesame seeds. Ready in under ten minutes and no leftovers so that’s a win for me 🙂

  13. We mostly eat whole food & most of our meat is locally grown (often the lamb & beef is hand reared, don’t tell the kids, they think it goes back to my uncles farm!)

    But we are definitely eating more plant based in our diet.

    One of the kids favourite summer dishes is a blueberry salad – kale, microgreens, feta, cherry tomatoes, blueberries (mash half to blend into olive oil & vinegrette) & served on crusty bread.

  14. Veg pizza using either cauliflower pizza base and heaps of toppings and little cheese or making egg pizzas. Those are the kid favs at ours.

  15. We love to make homemade falafels with chickpeas and fresh herbs. Served with a bulgar wheat tabouli and tzukki or make them into large patties for vegetarian burgers with a side of kumera fries.

  16. One super easy meat substitute is lentils (they are also super cheap!) using lentils instead of mince in spag bol is 10/10, they don’t have much of a taste and always go down a treat

  17. My son loves it when I say can’t be bothered cooking. He loves corn chips, watties chilli beans and sour cream. Easy and he can do it himself which is even better.

  18. Our fave vege meal is always fritters. Corn, kumara and zucchini! Always such a hit with the kids and so easy to make when have limited time.

  19. I just spent 4 days at Tui Ridge camp in Rotorua with my Miss 12 and 104 of her school mates! The cool thing apart from all the awesome activities and hanging with her was that the camp was vegetarian! At first I was worried about my sometimes fussy eater but WOW The food was amazing from nachos to stir fry to baked potatoes to curry to lasagne no one went hungry and meat was not missed! I’m definitely going to try and bring some of those into our meals Miss 12 really loved the food the kids were going back for seconds! ?

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