The switch to vegan can be difficult for us adults, however occasionally it’s even harder to get your children to try vegan food let alone go through the transition. So here are some recipes that might just change their minds for the better and will be enjoyable for the whole family.
A Tasty Starter
Simple Hummus with Pitta Bread
You can’t go wrong in making a quick and simple hummus starter that the whole family can enjoy
Serves 4-6. Prep Time = 10 mins
– 1 can of chickpeas (washed and rinsed)
– 1/2 lemon (juice squeezed)
– 1 clove of garlic (preferably minced)
– 2 to 3 tablespoons of tahini (add as much as you like)
– 3 tablespoons of olive oil
– 3 tablespoons of water (add more if needed)
– 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
– salt and pepper (as much to taste)
– smoked paprika (if you want to add more flavour)
– To make the hummus smoother, peal the skin off the chickpeas. You need to this for all individual chickpeas for the best outcome.
– Add the chickpeas and the rest of the ingredients into a blender and blend well until you get a smooth texture. Add water (as much as you need) to keep the hummus moist.
– For extra flavour add the smoked paprika along with 1 or 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
A Scrumptious Main Course
Fresh Tomato, Basil and Lemon Zucchini Pasta
If you’re in a rush to get dinner sorted, this easy to make pasta will fulfil your appetites in no time.
Serves 2 (Double the quantity of ingredients for bigger servings) Prep Time = 15 mins. Cook time = 5 mins
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
– 2 garlic cloves (minced)
– 2 teaspoons of lemon zest
– 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red chilli flakes (add more for additional spice)
– 1/2 lb (250g) of cherry tomatoes
– 4-6 small zucchini (courgettes)
– freshly squeezed juice of 1/2 lemon
– fresh basil leaves (give them a quick rinse)
– salt and pepper to taste
– Begin by preparing your zucchini noodles. To do this you can use either a vegetable spiral slicer or a julienne peeler (both do the job just fine).
– Pour a dash of olive oil into your frying pan and heat it up. Next add your red chilli flakes, onions and lemon zest and cook together for roughly 1 to 2 minutes.
– Begin adding the rest of the ingredients – tomatoes, zucchini, lemon juice, basil and salt and pepper, whilst cooking for another 1 to 2 minutes.
A Finger-licking Dessert
Almost Raw Cookie Dough Balls
This is one the children will surely enjoy and is so easy to prepare
– 1 cup of oats (use gluten free oats)
– 1 ripe banana
– 1/2 cup of grated dry unsweetened coconut
– 3 tablespoons of maple syrup (or agave syrup)
– 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 1/2 cup of vegan chocolate chips
– First step is to break down the oats to make it easier to roll into a ball. To do this you need to add the oats in a food processor and pulse for around 15 to 20 seconds.
– Do the same for the rest of the ingredients without adding the chocolate chips, and pulse until they are merged together.
– Now you can add the chocolate chips and stir well until they have merged with the rest of the ingredients.
– If your dough comes out too soft or sticky you need to put it into a refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes so it can harden up.
– Now you can roll it into 12 balls (or how many you want) and store them into your refrigerator for 1 hour.
With the holidays coming up, read our ‘Vegan Recipes for Thanksgiving’ for more vegan recipes that will add a spice to your Thanksgiving festivity.