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Mar 30, 2014 01:25 PM

Kid Friendly vegetarian ideas

My 5 year old is not a big fan of meat. He does like fish, however. I'm trying to find some new vegetarian ideas to add to our dinner rotation. Prefer ideas without pasta, as I've got that pretty well covered. And no egg based dishes...he won't eat quiche or similar dishes. He loves fruits and veggies.


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  1. Edamame was always fun to eat at our house.
    Good source of non-meat protein. Very eater-interactive.

    Lentil patties also work well. Can be a great family cooking project.

    2 Replies
    1. re: pedalfaster

      Do you have a lentil patty recipe you enjoy? I think those would be a hit.

      1. re: rizzo0904

        We used the Food & Wine red lentil patty recipe first time we made them:

        We now also do a pan-fried version. Have subbed other cooked/mashed beans/ lentils. Once you have a good mixture and feel for how things are supposed to feel/hold together it's hard to go wrong.

        Good luck and happy eating!

      1. re: melpy

        Tacos and tostadas - perfect vehicles for all sorts of combinations of veggies, beans, cheese, salsa etc.

        1. re: melpy

          Making these tonight! Can't wait to try them.

        2. My son loves falafal. Dipped in hummus or wrapped in a pita w/ Tzitzki.

          He also loves zucchini or sweet potatoe fries dipped in curry catsup.

          Couple others that are on regular rotation:

          Creamy cauliflower soup
          Black bean soup
          Veggies burgers
          Breakfast burritos
          Cold melon soup
          Roasted cauliflower dipped in raita
          Enchiladas or burritos made with black beans and cheese
          Potato and zucchini pancakes with sour cream

          1. There are SO many delicious veg meals you can make!

            This thread has some great ideas for veggie patties- i like a veggie patty ontop of a big salad with avocado and chopped veggies for a quick dinner, and i often use veggie burger recipes to make meatless balls i then use for tacos/salads/soup etc

            This coconut milk cashew curry is delicious, and even better the next day:

            These stewed beans with polenta make a hearty meal, i would add a side of veggies

            Modify the spice level for this quick tofu stirfry:

            This post from serious eats has some great recipes:

            This sweet potato peanut stew is something i make often:

            This is the best salad i have made in years, seriously:

            The ppk blog is a great resource, her basic tofu scramble is great any meal of the day:

            Tempeh is a great high protein whole foods option, use it cubed in your favorite stir fry, or crumbled in recipes like chili or tacos as a ground meat substitute.

            This thread has some great veg blogs to refer to for recipe ideas too:

            Hope this helps you and your family finds some new favorites :)

            1. Stuffed Mushrooms

              Broccoli and cheese

              Black beans and rice with fried plantains

              California Rolls

              Fish Tacos

              Grilled Peaches or Nectarines with cottage cheese

              Strawberry and spinach salad with goat cheese, nuts and a raspberry or strawberry dressing

              home made fish sticks with tarter sauce and fries.

              what about trying grilled shrimp if he likes fish?

              Caprese salad, Watermelon and Tomato Salad, Avocado and tomato salad

              Lobster Roll, Lobster mac and cheese

              Scalloped Potatoes