vegetarian meals for two year old twins

Kay - posted on 12/22/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Need quick and harmlessly simple things to whip up for my twin bunnies. They like pastas and foods they can feed themselves and i need to not take long. thanks for any ideas do not want to go down the nugget route that is son alluring. besides falafel is there anything i can pre combine/blend up that can be in refrigerator ready to go?

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Frances - posted on 12/31/2012

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Are you a vegetarian? If so - feed them whatever you eat. Or are you just trying to keep them from eating meat for a while?

Depending on how well they eat, you can cut these into bite size pieces so they can feed themselves better.
- cheese sticks
- veggie burgers
- veggie "meatballs"

Something quick is fried rice - mix cooked rice, veggies (peas, grated carrots, etc.), an egg, soy sauce in a frying pan, oiled with a little sesame oil. I'm a vegetarian, and will usually put in tofu for some protein. Quick, easy. Might be a little messy, though :-)

Mae - posted on 12/22/2012

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My daughter doesn't like meat so I have quite a few recipes without it. Here are a few of her favorites:
Caprese Salad
I know most wouldn't think kids would like this but my daughter loves it
the amounts in the recipe are enough for about 3 child sized servings

1 large tomato (the riper the better)
1 ball of good quality mozzarella
a handful of fresh spinach leaves
About 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinaigrette or Italian dressing

Slice the tomato in slices about 1/4 inch thick
slice the tomato the same or thinner to taste
Layer on plate as such: tomato, cheese, spinach leaf, tomato and top with dressing to taste.
Can be made up to 24 hours ahead of time if stored in the fridge. If they don't like either dressings you can substitute one they do like. The same ingredients can be made into a simple pasta salad instead of slicing just chop the tomato and cheese, prepare noodles and let cool completely then just toss the tomato, spinach, cheese, noodles, and dressing together and serve.


Peanut Butter, Honey, and Banana Sandwich

peanut butter
1 banana
2 slices of whole wheat bread
about 1 teaspoon or less Honey

spread peanut butter on bread slice banana into circles about 1/3 inch thick or thinner if you like
and place them on top of peanut butter and drizzle honey over top the top with other slice of bread.

this is usually a lunch item for her and I serve it with veggies like carrots, cucumbers, or sugar snap peas and dips like hummus or ranch dip.


Cabbage and noodles

family recipe it's simple and tastes great

1 head cabbage
1 table spoon minced garlic
1 leek
noodles
1 stick butter

chop cabbage and leek roughly heat a large frying pan over mid heat. Add butter, cabbage, leek, and garlic and cook until cabbage and leek are completely cooked then add cooked pasta stir and serve.

my daughter loves this one I know it's not really healthy but most of the old world Hungarian recipes aren't I just don't make it a lot.

Latkes
Although traditionally made with potatoes I add some other veggies too to make it healthier.

2 cups peeled and shredded potatoes
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 small zucchini grated
3 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup oil for frying or a non stick skillet

Place the potatoes and zucchini in a cheesecloth and wring, extracting as much moisture as possible.
In a medium bowl stir the potatoes, onion, eggs, flour, soda, and salt together.
In a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until hot. Place large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick patties. Brown on one side, turn and brown on the other. Let drain on paper towels. Serve hot.
We top ours traditionally with applesauce and sour cream but you can use hummus,salad dressings, honey, or anything else you might like.

I hope these recipes help you.

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