Meatless Meals Your Family Will Love

There are lots of reasons to go meatless. Whether you’re concerned about the environmental impact of eating meat, the ethical concerns, or the health implications, you may be trying to reduce the amount of meat your family eats. If you’re cutting back on meat, but worried about finding meatless meals that your kids will love, look no further.

Read ahead for meatless meal ideas even the pickiest kids will enjoy.

Breakfast for dinner

There’s nothing kids love more than breakfast for dinner. Whether you scramble some eggs, put cream cheese on a few bagels, offer up oatmeal or let your kiddos have delicious pancakes or waffles, you’ll be the hero of the night for serving some of their all-time favorites for dinner.

“Chicken” nuggets 

If you have some serious chicken nugget fans in your house, consider introducing alternative chicken nuggets with all the flavor and none of the meat. You can find meatless chicken nuggets at your local grocery store and, most of the time, your kiddos won't realize they’re munching on anything different. 

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Tacos

Tacos are the ultimate put-in-what-you-want-leave-out-what-you-don’t meal and are great for families where kids like different things. Simply prep a range of toppings like beans, rice, cheese, and veggies and let your little ones fill their tacos. 

Peanut butter-based meal

While everyone loves a peanut butter and jelly sandwich there’s more you can do with peanut butter than spread it on a sandwich. Peanut butter is an ultra-filling, ultra-delicious form of protein that will leave your kids as happy as they are full.  

Pasta-based meal

Whether you choose to go with a classic mac n’ cheese or a pasta dish with loads of veggies, your kiddos will enjoy nibbling on their pasta for lunch or dinner. Tailor your recipes to your family's tastes or, go with convenience and the confidence of knowing you’re serving them something yummy with these delicious frozen meals

Quesadillas

Quesadillas are as easy to make as they are yummy to eat. Toss some cheese on a tortilla and watch your kiddos faces light up with joy when they see what’s for lunch or dinner. You can personalize quesadillas to your family’s taste and add in lots of yummy veggies to ensure your kiddos are getting everything they need from a meal.

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Meatless Meals Your Family Will Love

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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