If you’ve never cooked vegan dishes before, it may seem like a daunting task. The ingredients that some vegan recipes call for may include products with which you are not yet familiar, but put all of those worries aside, because today we are going to explore some exceptionally tasty and easy to make vegan recipes for kids.
Tacos and nachos are typically a hit with children and adults of all ages, so this is an easy go to vegan dish. In the frozen section or in the specialty vegan section of your produce department, you will want to locate a vegan “crumble”.
This is a plant-based ingredient which will serve as the replacement for ground beef, and when seasoned well if often unmistakable for some individuals who are used to consuming meat products.
Once you locate the crumbles, next you’ll look for a nice shredded vegan cheese. These should be readily available in the same specialty aisle near the produce that was mentioned before. While near the produce, grab some lettuce shreds, tomatoes, onion, an avocado, and perhaps a jalapeno or two.
If you’re in a hurry, feel free to select ready made salsa or ready made guacamole, just ensure that you check the label to validate the product as being vegan.
Beans are the next item, but use caution here! Often canned beans include lard, which is most certainly an animal product, and makes them non-vegan. Grabbing one can of refried beans without lard and one can of black beans without lard gives plenty of options.
Again, when selecting taco shells check the labels to ensure that these do not contain lard. Typically, a box of traditional crunchy shells, a sleeve of soft tortillas, and a bag of vegan tortilla chips provides a wide selection.
When you arrive home simply cook the crumbles according to the boxed directions, warm the beans (for a fresh kick of flavor you can try stirring salsa into the refried beans as you heat them), place taco shells in the oven, warm tortillas, and set out all of the chopped fresh ingredients with covers over them until everyone is ready to eat. Assembling everything as a Taco and Nacho Bar makes for a fun, vegan meal!
Another easy, quick, and healthy go-to vegan recipes for kids is a homemade pizza. Start with your choice of a cauliflower crust or vegan pizza crust (the pizza chain down the street sells their dough on its own) and then decide on toppings.
Not all vegans care for vegan cheese, so one idea would be half with cheese and half without. Find a flavorful sauce, select fresh veggies such as peppers, onions, mushrooms, and more.
Finally, one of my family’s favorite vegan recipes is soup. We made a wide variety of soups that mimic those found in restaurants which include meat, but make them entirely vegan at home.
For some of our soups we simply use a store purchased vegan broth base and add vegetables we have handy – it’s a great way to use leftovers and whatever our garden is currently producing.
For cream-based soups; however, simply soak raw cashews for about 3-4 hours or leave them soaking overnight. Drain the cashew, add about ½ cup water and salt to taste, starting with about 1/8 tsp, and throw it all in the blender. While blending the cashew cream, start a large pot on the stove top with a touch of oil, medium chopped onion, celery, and carrots until softened, then ad