Raising vegetarian kids, but struggling with picky eaters, too? No problem. These vegetarian dinner recipes are designed especially with kids' tender taste buds in mind. Many are traditional kid favorites, like macaroni and cheese and pizza, while others may be new to them (and to you). Don't be surprised if all of these recipes become part of your regular weekly repertoire.
It doesn't get much more kid-friendly than mac and cheese. And this homemade version is so much better than any mac and cheese you could get from a box (including the organic, all-natural boxed stuff). Made with two kinds of cheese, this recipe is a winner with both kids and adults.
Stuffed shells are comfort food, and this version doesn't disappoint. Serve with a green salad and garlic bread. This recipe also makes a terrific freezer meal. Just make it in a disposable foil pan. Cool completely, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and foil. You can freeze for up to three months. Before serving, thaw completely in the refrigerator, then warm in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes or until warmed through.
Even kids who claim they don't like spinach somehow always seem to like this recipe. Whole grain pasta gives this dish a nice nutritional boost.
The sweet, mild taste of butternut squash is the perfect filling for lasagna. I use oven-ready lasagna noodles for this recipe to make it easier. No boiling necessary!
The kids may think this pizza is junk food, but it is loaded with protein, vitamins and fiber. The secret? Two kinds of beans. When it comes out of the oven, I like to top this pizza with chopped fresh tomatoes and a spoonful of guacamole.
They say what grows together goes together. That's why I include zucchini and yellow squash in this fresh tomato sauce. If you happen to have green or red bell peppers on hand, they would make a fine addition to this sauce, too. Serve topped with plenty of fresh grated parmesan cheese.