The Best Child-Friendly allplants Meals And Healthy Recipes
by Laura Barns
Hunting for plant-based dishes and recipes that will impress even the harshest critics? (Kids, we're looking at you). Here's a guide to child-friendly allplants meals and recipes from our blog that will have even the fussiest little eaters asking for seconds. And maybe even thirds. (Sorry about that).
allplants DISH: Mac & Greens
Macaroni tossed through our creamy, cheesy sauce with charred broccoli, fresh greens and a delicious toasted crumb. That's right; we've (sort of) hidden some veggies in this kid-favourite, so that it packs in 2 of your 5 a day. The best part is, they'll barely notice, thanks to the all-out cheesiness.
RECIPE: Vegan Pasta al Pesto
Pesto has to be one of the most family-friendly meals as it's SO delicious, nice and mild but still packs in loads of delicious flavour. It's also a great way to get an extra boost of protein into plant-based kids, thanks to the nutty content. Val recommends experimenting with different nuts, starting with the Genovese original – pine nuts, and trying out alternatives like pistachios, cashews and almonds.
allplants DISH: Sheperd's Pie
If your kids like a classic, comforting Shepherd's Pie, they'll LOVE our chefs' take on it. We swapped a white potato topping for a fluffy sweet potato lid, on a bed of a luscious, slow-cooked British stew, with a crispy sprinkle of paprika crumb. And with zero spice, it's perfect for even the most sensitive palettes.
RECIPE: Homemade Gnocchi with Creamy Tomato Red Pepper Sauce
Melt in your mouth gnocchi with a creamy, rich, slightly sweet tomato-red pepper sauce. If this dish doesn't keep the kids quiet for a while, nothing will. This dish is as child-friendly as the firm family-favourite, tomato soup. Which of course we have a recipe for too, because, yum.
allplants DISH: Roasted Veggie Lasagne
EVERYONE loves lasagne, fact. We have a few dreamy lasagnas on our menu, and this is probably the most kid-friendly one as it's basically like eating a rainbow of veg, without knowing you're eating a rainbow of veg (which made a lot more sense in my head). Layers of roasted aubergine, courgette and lasagne, covered in a rich, sweet red pepper tomato sauce and a creamy garlic bechamel, topped with red pepper flakes and basil.
RECIPE: Vegan Meatballs
These Swedish-inspired meatballs are what we're making every rainy and cold evening here on out. They're warming, packed with flavour and best of all, the perfect vehicle for gravy and mashed potatoes. Though kids will love them on everything, from pasta dishes to sub sandwiches, and more.
By Laura Barns
Laura is our Copywriter, who is obsessed with the Hearty Roots Stew (and has been known to eat a double serve for lunch on more than one occasion). On her day off you’ll find her walking her puppy Ralph, stopping off at bookshops and cocktail bars along the way.