Every vegan parent finds themselves searching for kid friendly vegan recipes from time to time. That’s why I decided to share 15 recipes from the blog that my 2 year old vegan toddler can’t get enough of! This collection of kid friendly vegan meals includes breakfasts, snacks, main courses and side dishes that are healthy and flavorful enough for picky eaters to love.
When planning kid friendly vegan meals for baby J, I try to stick to wholesome, not overly processed foods, with plenty of carbs, healthy fats, and protein. See a sample of her vegan toddler menu on a typical day.
Also see: 40 vegan snacks for kids that even picky eaters will love.
I try not to overthink the nutritional content of every meal and snack: as long as she eats a healthy variety of foods, she’ll get everything she needs.
For nutrients that are hard to find in adequate amounts in vegan diet (vitamins B12 an D3) we use supplements. See my kid-friendly vegan vitamin picks in my Amazon store.
We are lucky that our toddler isn’t overly picky – I’m knocking on wood as I’m writing this 🙂 Baby J is pretty adventurous in her food preferences. She always wants to try whatever Rob and I are eating. She doesn’t always end up liking those things, but at least she learns what they taste like.
By the way, you can see what I put into her daycare lunchbox in my post about vegan lunchbox ideas for school or daycare (I’m showing 20 actual lunchbox examples!).
Also see: 8 tips for eating out with kids every vegan parent needs to know.
One rule Rob and I have stuck to since baby J first started eating solid foods: If she tries something and doesn’t like it, we react neutrally and don’t force her to eat that.
We will offer that food to her again in a little while – more often than not she’ll end up eating it the second or third time around.
If you’ve found this post while searching for vegan meals for picky eaters, I highly recommend trying this approach. It is considered that children sometimes need to try a food ten or fifteen times until they develop a taste for it. I have more tips for this in my post about how to get toddlers to eat veggies.
I can’t guarantee that Brussels sprouts will happen in your kid’s immediate future, but who knows?
See my 7 plant-based baby food recipes that baby J’s solid food journey began with when she turned 6 months old. I also have a post about what our vegan breastfeeding experience was like (I nursed her until she was almost 18 months).
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I hope my list of kid friendly vegan recipes gives you plenty of ideas for vegan meals that your whole family will enjoy!
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