Real quick house update, we have ONE room completely finished, done, unpacked and ready to go…
I guess you already knew where our priorities were though right?
Guess what else? At around 3pm my phone started blaring with an emergency signal, I guess there was a dust storm on its way. Around 430pm I found myself driving STRAIGHT into it. For those of you who are as unfamiliar with dust storms as I am with blizzards I took a few pictures…
When a dust storm hits one half of the sky is always breath taking:
And the other pretty much looks like a wall of dust is going to eat you alive:
And thats Arizona weather for you.
So moving on to what this post is really about, a couple of weeks ago I had a friend ask what some good vegetarian meal ideas were for her kiddos for Friday’s during lent. The catch was her son is allergic to eggs, nuts, and shellfish. In the moment all I could think of was grilled cheese and cheese crisp, I’m pretty sure those are standard meals for any family everywhere vegetarian or not. Since then my mind has been going crazy with ideas and searching of recipes so I thought I’d put a post together for everyone! I tried to look for recipes with plain or normal tastes since thats what kids are into, the simpler the better. At the same time, its good to push them a bit out of their comfort zone a bit. Regardless almost every recipe below is nut free, egg free, and shellfish free so allergies won’t be the concern… taste preferences are your own household battle. 🙂
1. Bean & Cheese Quesadillas, Burritos, and Tostadas
Looking for a new twist? Try Sweet Potato Quesadillas (Kids Eat Right)
Tortilla Pie (Oh My Veggies)
Green Apple and Cheddar Quesadillas (Hungry Hobby)
2. Tuna Melts (Spark Recipes)
3. Sun Butter and Fruit Wraps (Hungry Hobby)
4. Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese or Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese for a nutrient packed upgraded mac and cheese.
Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese (Eating Well)
Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese (Skinny Taste)
Better Mac N’ Cheese (Kids Eat Right)
5. Whole wheat pancakes (some kids are okay with eggs in baked goods or pancakes, if not use a flax egg by combining 1T ground flax and 2T water)
The Perfect Vegan Pancake (One Ingredient Chef)
Vegan Blueberry Muffin Pancakes (Minimalistic Baker)
Eggless Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pancakes (www.food.com)
6. Homemade Fish Sticks
Homemade Fish Sticks Recipe (Mommy Hoods Diary)
Homemade Fish Sticks Recipe- gluten free, egg free (Penniless Parenting)
Thai Coconut Fish Sticks Recipe (Nourishing Meals)
7. Quinoa Hash- throw any beans, veggies, and quinoa together to make a hash.
Simple budget friendly black bean and quinoa recipe (Kitchen Treaty)
Apple Pie Quinoa Bowl (Hungry Hobby)
One-Pan Mexican Quinoa (Cooking Like a Champion)–> probably omit the jalapeños 😉
Crockpot Quinoa and Veggies Recipe (Moms With Crockpots)
8. Homemade Pizza with whole wheat crust
Have the kids help make your own whole wheat crust (Kids Eat Right) or buy a pre-made ready to go variety like the one at Trader Joe’s.
9. Toaster oven whole wheat pita pizzas
Power Up Pita Pizzas (Kids Eat Right)
10. Loaded Baked Potatoes or Sweet Potato Boats (Minimalistic Baker) with Beans and/or Cheese
Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Baked Potatoes (A Couple Cooks)
Mashed Cauliflower Twice Baked Potatoes (About.com Cooking with Kids)
11. Make or buy black bean vegetarian burgers.
California BBQ Veggie Sliders (Kids Eat Right)
12. Sloppy Lentils
Sloppy Lentils (Oh My Veggies)
Snobby Joe’s (Spark People)
13. Vegetarian Meatloaf
Lentil Loaf (The Fitnessista)
13. Veggie Stir Fry
Veggie Stir Fry with Soba Noodles (Kids Eat Right)
You can always do plain old kid approved whole wheat spaghetti and marinara sauce!
In case you still need some ideas: 60 Kid Friendly Family Recipes (Delish) –> not all are egg, nut, and shell fish free though
Hope you find something you like! Have an awesome night… you know what I’ll be doing UNPACKING! YIPPPEEEE!!!!!