There are so many reasons that parents choose to feed their littles a plant-based diet, and like any decision you make as a parent, all of those reasons are valid if they work for your family! Whether you’re just continuing your own vegan lifestyle with your kids or are choosing plant-based foods for health or environmental reasons, raising your kids on a vegan diet is both doable and delicious. And the best part is, it doesn’t have to be difficult! With a little kitchen magic, and a little help from your friends at Little Spoon, your kiddos will be living that plant-based life like tiny bosses with these vegan toddler recipes.
The most important meal of the day, right? Especially when your kids wake up ravenous after a long night of constantly waking up. But we digress! Breakfast is our fave meal because it feels like the one meal we can just sit and eat in peace without doing a million other things at once. It’s also a really easy meal to knock out when you follow a plant-based diet.
Forget the eggs and breakfast meats and opt for tasty and filling oatmeal with peanut butter and berries for your kiddos. Or if you’ve got some time, whip up a batch of vegan pancakes with fruit compote! Dairy-free yogurt with fruit and granola is another super easy option. For your wee babes, Little Spoon has you covered with their Babyblends—100% organic and vegan. There’s something about the Quinoa Raspberry Pear Coconut Milk Vanilla Date Wheat Germ Oil blend that just screams breakfast. You can even add your leftover Little Spoon into smoothies or pancakes for an added nutritional kick!
As easy as breakfast can be as a vegan, lunch can be even easier! Because let’s be honest, with lunch anything goes as long as it satisfies your little one’s hungry belly. When it comes to vegan toddler recipes and meal ideas for lunch, a simple chickpea pasta with veggie marinara and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast with a side of avocado or cucumbers is easy to whip up and easy for your kiddo to eat. Or you can go with a charcuterie for kids and put together a little plate of vegan cheeses, crackers, hummus, veggies, and fruit they can graze on.
If you’re looking for really easy vegan toddler meals that don’t skimp on flavor and nutritional value, you can’t go wrong with Little Spoon Plates. With vegan options like Cauli Croquettes with Veggie Millet Poppers and Beet Superfood Sliders with Sweet Potato Poppers, you can have a complete (and delicious) meal on the table in under two minutes. Plus, these are great options for that in-between stage, when your baby is experimenting with finger foods but not quite ready for full-on big kid food! Those tots are no match for that pincer grasp.
Is dinner the hardest meal of the day for anyone else? Just us? Cool, cool. At the end of a long day, sometimes the last thing we want to do is spend excess time in the kitchen. So if you want to give your toddler a Little Spoon Plate and your babe a Babyblend and call it a night, we support you 100%. But for nights when your second wind hits a bit later and you’re feeling inspired, there are so many amazing plant-based options that your kiddos (and the whole fam!) will love.
Take some work off your plate with a vegan chili or alphabet veggie soup that’s been simmering in your Crock Pot for hours, and add a side of cornbread. Or whip up some curried lentils with brown rice and a chickpea salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, lemon juice, olive oil, and parsley. Dinnertime is a great time for a tofu stir fry with lots of colorful, crisp veggies and some fluffy rice. Whatever you end up making, make extra so you can cover lunch the next day! If you’re going to cook, you might as well make it worth your while.