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25 Vegetarian Eats & Treats The Entire Family Can Enjoy
Earth Day (April 22) is celebrated around the world as a way to promote and encourage environmental protection. Here in Canada, the one day has turned into 30 days of awareness. For the entire month of April, families and individuals walk, feast and celebrate the planet we live in with their community, family and friends. These celebrations tend to make you reflect on your habits and although we strive to live as ‘green’ as possible there is always room for improvement.
As we know green living includes recycling, riding public transport as much as possible, reducing your plastic usage and eating as ‘green’ as you possibly can. Vegetable and fruit consumption is not only good for your body, it’s good for the environment as it helps to combat climate change.
Whether you are celebrating Earth Day, Earth Week, Earth Month or are just looking for ways to sneak some extra fruits and veggies into meal-time, here are 25 delicious vegetarian eats and treats that are oh so delicious and suitable for the entire family.
25 Vegetarian Eats & Treats For Tots
Colourful, delicious and chock full of nutrients, vegetarian meals are as tasty as they look and are super easy to make. Click through for 25 yummy eats and treats you can prepare with your tots and serve during earth week and long after!
Pasta & Veggie Ribbons
Pappardelle pasta meets ribbons of colourful vegetables such as zucchini, carrot and summer squash and is then topped with fresh Parmesan cheese. Sublime!
Ribollita is a traditional Tuscan favourite. This hearty vegetable stew is oh so delicious and toddlers love the soft pieces of bread paired with the savory vegetables and broth.
Aren’t these so fun? Turn your potatoes into mini armadillos with this super easy recipe.
Squash Ravioli With Herbed Butter Sauce
Making pasta the traditional way, rolling out the dough, turning them into disks and then injecting them with creamy filling is a great activity that can be done as a family. Tip: Make the filling the day before for easy prep the next day!
Kale is a staple in our home and it works oh so well in smoothies. This recipe is oh so delicious and a great way to sneak some greens into your baby’s diet!
Butternut Squash and Ricotta Pizza
Instead of the traditional pizza with tomato sauce, try something a little different. This Vitamin C and beta-carotene rich pizza uses butternut squash and three cheeses as its topping. Yum!
Stuffed Cucumber Cups
Hummus is a great dip (and filling) for veggies. These stuffed cucumbers are a fun appetizer and snack idea for little ones.
Fresh Tomato Pasta
Have you ever tried fresh tomatoes in your pasta rather than canned or jarred tomato sauce? It’s refreshing and delightfully tasty!
Squash, cabbage, kale, spinach, carrots, green beans and chickpeas are just some of the vegetables you’ll find in this yummy barley soup.
Black Bean Cat Crudités
Although I do admit the cat is a fantastic idea, with a little imagination you and your little ones can create all kinds of animals with chopped up vegetables.
Kid-Friendy Noodle Substitute
Children love noodles, but its good to switch things up a bit. Try spaghetti squash instead for delicious change!
Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad
This colorful array of blueberries, strawberries and apples are tossed with lime juice, honey and chopped fresh mint for a sweet and refreshing treat.
You won’t believe how easy and tasty this cauliflower rice is! Another fun way to sneak veggies into your child’s diet.
It’s healthy, not too sweet, incredibly refreshing and uses just one ingredient – watermelon!
It’s not guacamole, it’s guacamame! Instead of avocado this dip uses edamame.
This tropical smoothie is sweet, creamy and dairy-free!
Kids love decorating and eating this fruity pizza. You can cut fruits into all sorts of shapes and sizes and let your toddlers go to town creating their own designs and shapes.
Israeli Couscous With Tofu, Fennel & Stir Fried Veggies
Israeli couscous is essentially mini pasta. You can dress it up or down, but we prefer it dressed up ;).
Soft Oat & Quinoa Bars with Chocolate Chunks and Cherries
This recipe is super versatile, so feel free to mix it up with the dried fruits!
Tofu is meant to be dressed up in a variety of different ways. This soy-glazed version is soaks up all the goodness of the marinade. Once it’s been pan-fried you are left with a tangy crispy-edged piece of goodness.
Homemade Cream of Tomato Soup
You’ll never want to go back the canned stuff after trying this homemade version of tomato soup!
Quinoa Salad With Apples & Almonds
Light, fresh and full of protein, this is a delicious salad you’ll all love. Leave the nuts out for the little ones though as they can pose a choking hazard.
Vegetable Fried Rice
There is a trick to making good fried rice and this recipe tells you what that is ;).
Vegetable Mac & Cheese
Forget the fluorescent orange stuff – this is real mac and cheese!