Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Some of my favorite Vegetarian & Vegan recipes that your whole family will love!

I have four children.  All are very different, of course, which means they all have very different tastes in food.  BUT, because of having a family of six, I've spent years and years finding foods that the whole family loves (to save myself from the headache of always having at least one unhappy person at the table).  I've never been the one to make different food for the one who is "picky".  Picky isn't an option in our home.  If you want to eat, you eat what's made.  Our deal has always been, if you're willing to at least try the food I make (at least 15 bites, that's the rule in our home ;) ), I will be sure to put my best effort into making sure the food is really good!

To top it off, I'm vegetarian, so the food the kids get will be what I make, which is all vegetarian or vegan.  I cook with a lot of fresh, organic fruits and veggies and even my 'carnivorous' children love these foods.  =)

Bean Burger (Vegetarian - egg)
From the book "Just 4 Kids - Healthy and tasty recipes for kids"

I know many people have tried various frozen bean burgers if they're opting to get away from beef, but these are the absolute best Bean Burgers, rather, Sliders, ever.  They're very simple and very fun, and kids love them because they're small and easy to handle.  You can vary the toppings but we make them this way and love them.  We have made a vegan ranch (recipe to come) which is a great spread if you would prefer that over hummus.

Makes 6 (I double the recipe for our family and we have plenty)
14oz/400g canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed (basically look like a white kidney bean)
2 tbsp red pesto  (found near the refrigerated pastas and sauces)
1 1/2 cups fresh whole wheat breadcrumbs
1 egg 
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 small red onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
6 whole wheat rolls
6 tsp hummus
6 cherry tomatoes, sliced
sliced cucumber
salt and pepper to taste
salad greens, to serve

1. Mash the beans with a potato masher in a bowl until they are smooth.  Add pesto, breadcrumbs, egg, salt and pepper.  Mix well.

2. Heat half the oil in a nonstick skillet over low heat and cook the onion and garlic until softened.  Add to the bean mixture and mix well.

3. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet.  Spoon the bean mixture in 6 separate mounds, then press the mounds down with the back of a spoon to form a burger.

4. Cook the burgers for 4-5 minutes, then carefully turn over and cook for an additional 4-5 minutes until golden brown.

5.  While burger are cooking, slice the rolls in half and smear each one with hummus.

6. Remove the burgers from skillet and drain on paper towels.  Place each one on a roll and top with tomatoes, cucumber and greens.


Recipes below were all found online.   All recipes are vegan unless otherwise stated.

Vegan Fajitas - LOVE LOVE LOVE these!  We all love them!

Potato and Bean Enchiladas - (Vegetarian - cheese)  We make this as a filling and use this alongside the vegan fajitas.

Real Hummus - Great staple and can be used for snacks, spreads, etc.

California Grilled Veggie Sandwich -  (Vegetarian - cheese) We LOVE these sandwiches. 

Spinach Lasagna - I was skeptical about this recipe, having no cheese.  It's SO good though! (sidenote: this site is an amazing site for animal friendly recipes)

Wintery Spring Rolls - So refreshing and tasty

Roasted Vegetable Orzo - (Vegetarian - yogurt - I use almond yogurt to keep it vegan) Very tasty.  Light, refreshing, and very good for you.

Avocado Black Bean Tacos - These were introduced by the Whole Living 21 day cleanse and they are amazing!

Banana Oat Pancakes - we have a done a couple variations of these and we just love them any way we make them, as long as they're topped with honey and oranges or tangerines.  Yum!

Black Bean Brown Rice Patties - It's like a taco without the shell.  Make sure to add greens to give you the crunch.  Very good and everyone loves them.

Bakes Sweet Potato with Greens - This is so filling and so tasty.  My biggest problem is serving too much.  You don't need a lot of this meal to feel satisfied.

Cauliflower "Rice" Stir Fry - Who knew you could use cauliflower as a rice?!?!  I didn't until this recipe came along.  The whole family LOVES this stir fry.  It's light and full of flavor, and so filling. 

French Lentil Salad - I completely doubted this recipe...stupid stupid stupid.  This salad is so, so good.  The crunch of the cabbage is perfect, do not skimp.  My kids LOVED this salad as well and have asked for it on more than one occasion.

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