Hey there! I have three children ages 15, 11 and 7. When we began our vegetarian journey together five years ago, they were 11, 8 and 3. I start simply with beans or lentils and brown rice as a side dish or roasted white, yellow, red or sweet potatoes as a side. We didn't start using tofu as protein until about two years ago, so if your kids don't like it that's okay. However, you can make a tofu scramble that uses eggs too, and then slowly cut out the eggs until it's just vegan. Make foods the kids recognize and introduce new foods slowly. My kids love mashed potatoes... I make them with the water from the boiling and a little kelp powder for saltiness. If the kids want to add butter because that's what they're used to, then let them use just a little bit. My kids love roasted vegetables because they're so sweet. We'll cook up a pan of parsnips, carrots, peppers, potatoes, yams, etc. Keep it simple... they'll come around. We have a list of about 30 recipes that we all love and lately we've started a menu:
Monday - Mexican Night - vegan guacamole with corn tortilla chips, refried beans in corn tortillas with homemade salsa and corn, nachos made with vegan cheese, jalapenos, tomatoes, Mexican ground round, Mexican soup.
Tuesday - American/Canadian Night - veggie or bean burgers, veggie hot dogs, homemade homefries, edamame in the pod, or other cooked vegetables on the side.
Wednesday - Comfort Food Night - vegan Shepherd's Pie, Mac and Cheez, mashed potatoes with veggies and tofu sticks.
Thursday - Breakfast for dinner - pancakes or tofu scramble with toast.
Friday - Pizza Night - my kids' imaginations make for some really interesting pizza toppings, I also make homemade vegan pesto.
Saturday - Ethnic Night - Vegan Pad Thai, Chana Masala over baked yams, Chinese.. whatever we like.
Sunday - Italian Night - Usually spaghetti sauce simmered with fresh veggies and then pureed. homemade garlic bread.
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