29 Kid-Friendly Vegetarian Recipes to Make for Dinner
Whether your kids are adventurous eaters or are going through a picky phase, we have plenty of vegetarian recipes (most of them quick and easy!) that will please everyone at your table.
Getting your little ones to expand their palate is no easy feat. If you're looking for kid-friendly vegetarian recipes, you've come to the right place. We've combed through our archives to round up our very best recipes that are both meatless and sure to be approved by anyone under the age of 10.
Trying to get your kids to eat more vegetables? Give them something familiar, such as macaroni and cheese, and then introduce one new colorful ingredient—the result will look something like our recipe for Baked Mac and Cheese with Broiled Tomatoes that's pictured here. Kids will adore the topping made of crunchy panko breadcrumbs and the ooey-gooey combination of American cheese, sharp cheddar, and grated Parmesan. They'll also love to taste the juicy, mild-tasting slices of Roma tomatoes scattered on top.
It's no secret that young ones love pasta, so we use it as the base of several other kid-friendly vegetarian recipes. Some of our top picks? A vegetable-based "Bolognese" sauce served with spaghetti or bucatini, meatless meatballs, and cheesy pasta recipes that feature seasonal vegetables. They're so good, even the adults at the table will gladly clear their plates.
We also have recipes that kids can help to prepare, such as pizza. They'll love the process of kneading the dough, spreading on pizza sauce, and sprinkling mozzarella cheese over the entire pie. Here you'll find a recipe for a classic margherita-style pizza that we're sure they'll devour, but encourage them to try different types of cheese or vegetables on top for an even more flavorful vegetarian bite.
For kid-friendly meals that are apt for a weeknight or weekend, turn to these vegetarian dinner recipes.
Cheese-Stuffed Portobello Burger
Vegetarian Bolognese with Bucatini
Test Kitchen's Favorite Mac and Cheese
Tomato Slab Pie
Sweet Corn-Brown Rice Risotto
Our Favorite Tomato Soup
Test Kitchen's Favorite Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese and tomato soup are the ultimate combination for a kid-friendly vegetarian dinner that's sure to satisfy any night of the week.
Spaghetti and Eggplant "Meatballs"
Classic Margherita Pizza
Brown-Butter Sweet-Potato Gnocchi with Seeds
Cheesy Asparagus Pasta
Even if your little ones aren't keen on green vegetables, they'll love this decadent pasta made with a combination of cream cheese, sharp cheddar, and Gruyère cheese.
Skip the frozen version and pair these homemade mozzarella sticks with roasted vegetables for a complete kid-friendly vegetarian dinner.
Vegetarian Chow Mein
This vegetarian recipe comes from editorial director of food Sarah Carey's mother, and we think it's a fun and delicious kid-friendly meal. Manicotti shells are stuffed with an indulgent mixture of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese.
Sweet Potato Home Fries
If you're looking for a healthy vegetarian side dish to pair with fish, chicken, or burgers, look no further. Diced sweet potatoes are tossed with smoked sweet paprika, onion, green bell pepper, and jalapeño peppers (if your children are open to a little spice) for a bite that everyone will love.
One-Pot Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon
All you need is penne, broccoli, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, the juice and zest from a lemon, and some grated Parmesan to make this kid-friendly vegetarian pasta recipe. It's a winner for cleanup, too.
For a lighter take on eggplant Parmesan that still tastes delicious, make this kid-friendly vegetarian recipe. Instead of breading eggplant, the slices are brushed with oil and grilled alongside tomatoes, then topped with mozzarella cheese.
Mushroom Tacos with Charred-Corn Salsa
Grilled Garlic Bread with Herb Butter
Complete your dinner with garlic bread, something that every kid loves. We grilled French bread until it was charred, then smeared it with butter, garlic, and flat-leaf parsley for a flavorful topping.
BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich
Creamy Baked Ziti
For an extra-delicious baked ziti, we added four ounces of cream cheese to the mixture. It's an indulgent vegetarian recipe that kids will love.
Grilled Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
Whether you serve it as a main course or a side dish, this hearty vegetarian dinner recipe will please your little ones. Sliced cauliflower, shiitake mushrooms, cremini mushrooms, and bread cubes are roasted together and topped with Gruyère cheese and cooked until it's melted and bubbly.