Dinnertime Fun! Healthy Vegetarian Recipes Kids Will Gobble Up

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Getting your kids to eat their veggies can sometimes feel like a battle. But fear not, fellow parents! These delicious and nutritious vegetarian dinner recipes are sure to be a hit with even the pickiest eaters. From cheesy wonders to pasta delights, this list offers a variety of options to keep your little ones excited about mealtime.

1. Cheesy Veggie Enchiladas

Kid-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes
Kid-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes

These enchiladas are packed with flavor and hidden veggies! Kids love the cheesy goodness, while parents can feel good about the added nutrients.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), chopped
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 6 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 avocado, sliced (optional)

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
    2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, and mushrooms. Sauté for 5 minutes, or until softened.
    3. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds more.
    4. Add diced tomatoes, black beans, and 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 5 minutes.
    5. Spread a thin layer of the vegetable mixture in the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
    6. Top with a tortilla, spreading some of the cheese mixture over it. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
    7. Sprinkle the top with remaining cheddar cheese and Monterey Jack cheese.
    8. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
    9. Garnish with fresh cilantro and sliced avocado (optional).

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 400

  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 45g
  • Protein: 15g

  • 2. Rainbow Veggie Pasta

    This colorful pasta dish is a fun way to get kids to eat a variety of vegetables. Customize it with your child’s favorite veggies!

    Ingredients:

    8 ounces whole wheat rotini pasta

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

  • Directions:

    1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
    2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, broccoli, and carrots. Sauté for 5-7 minutes, or until vegetables are tender-crisp.
    3. Stir in diced tomatoes and oregano. Simmer for 5 minutes.
    4. Toss cooked pasta with the vegetable mixture and Parmesan cheese. Season with black pepper to taste.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Protein: 10g

  • 3. Black Bean Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries

    These veggie burgers are surprisingly satisfying and delicious. Sweet potato fries add a fun twist to the classic side dish.

    Ingredients (for burgers):

    1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1/2 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Ingredients (for sweet potato fries):

    1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into wedges

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Directions (for burgers):