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Vegan Kid’s Meals

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

In my house I have two boys who refuse to eat anything except vegan cheese and crackers. When it comes time for vegan snacks we make together they are the first to eat all. Occasionally I can get them to eat vegan chicken strips. One night at the dinner table my husband was tired to hear the two boys complain about what was served. He started to tell our son’s what was on their plate was not good. But brains, boogers, and chopped off fingers. Needless to say I was so angry with my husband that night. The boys were laughing so hard and saying to each other things like: "Look! Here's a booger I am eating!" That night at the table was the first time our son’s ate all their dinner.

My husband suggested we make a kid’s menu for the boys,  have them help to name the recipes. They could then select items from the menu for the dinner that night. We have two kid’s menu meals each week. I have the boys help in the kitchen on that night, where they choose the items from the menu. I find out having them help prepare the dinner, helps them to eat at the table. It's fun for the whole family and we all have to say we're eating terrible things like cat litter, hairballs, or maggots for dinner that night. But hey. It works.

Salad: Hairball Salad with Saliva Dressing


  • 1 Large ripe avocado, use 2 if they are small
  • 2 Cups alfalfa sprouts
  • 5 to 6 Large carrots, washed, peeled, and grated
  • Homemade vegan Italian dressing, use your favorite recipe 


  1. Help your child cut the avocado in half and scoop out the pit
  2. Scoop out the avocado meat and put in medium size mixing bowl
  3. Add alfalfa sprouts to mixing bowl
  4. Mash the avocado and sprouts with fork
  5. Set mixture aside 

* When mashing the avocado and alfalfa sprouts, it is fine to leave some lumps


  1. Divide the grated carrots between four salad plates
  2. Using your hands and spoon make walnut size hairballs from the avocado mixture
  3. Arrange the hairballs on top of the grated carrots
  4. Pour vegan “saliva” Italian salad dressing over the hairballs and serve

 Main Course: Homemade Maggot Stew


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ Cup flour
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Package Gardein Home Style Beefless Tips
  • 2 Cans 14 ½ ounce plain stewed tomatoes
  • 1 Can vegan vegetable broth
  • 1 Teaspoon thyme
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 3 to 4 Medium carrots
  • 1 Cup Fresh or frozen green beans
  • ¾ Cup Orzo pasta 


  1. In large stew pot, heat oil on medium low heat
  2. In a large zip lock bag, add flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  3. Add Home Style Beefless Tips to zip lock bag
  4. Shake contents of zip lock bag until the beefless tips are well coated
  5. Pour the contents of the bag into stew pot
  6. Turn heat up to medium high
  7. Brown the beefless tips on all sides
  8. Add tomatoes, vegetable broth, thyme, and bay leaf
  9. Bring to a boil and lower heat on the stove to low
  10. Simmer 10 minutes
  11. Peel and cut carrots into small round slices
  12. Add carrots and green beans to stew pot
  13. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender, 10 to 15 minutes
  14. Cook the Orzo pasta in saucepan according to the directions on the package
  15. Drain pasta in a colander shaking off excess water * These are your maggots
  16. Add drained pasta to the stew pot, turn off the stove, and blend carefully

 Dessert: Peanut Butter Turtles 


  • 1 to 2 Red or green apples
  • 2 Tablespoon organic peanut butter
  • 5 Seedless Grapes for each Turtle
  • 1 Small carrot, shredded 


  1. Slice apples in half and remove cores
  2. Cut 4 slits in back of apple halves
  3. Place the apple half on a salad plate, core side down
  4. Fill the slits in the back of the apple halves with organic peanut butter
  5. Attach seedless grapes to the apple half using toothpicks. The grapes are for the head and feet of the turtle
  6. Attach carrot slice for tail tucking it into one of the slits in the apple 

Gardein Home Style Beefless Tips

Image: Flickr Creative Commons

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  1. Julie Sinclair
    Julie Sinclair
    You husband was very creative when he suggested you make a Kid's Menu for your boys. I wish I had thought of this when my son was growing up. He never wanted to eat anything that was served at dinner. He loved Mac and Cheese and I do not see a child growing up on this.
  2. Granny Smith
    Granny Smith
    This is too cute and what a great idea
  3. Robert Daniels
    This is too funny. I've got to get my wife to do this one. lol
  4. Zoe Watson
    This is way too cute and the recipes look delicious, but I am not sure I can do this with my kids. I think that I would not want to eat that night. I might try this one I have one daughter who hates to eat her dinner, but not sure she would accept this idea or not. Maybe I will try kids meal night and make a menu with her favorite foods on it to try.
  5. Eve Sherrill York
    Eve Sherrill York
    Great idea. Have to start young.


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