Vegetarian Snacks And Fun Recipes For Picky Child Eaters

A few quick and easy recipes that picky vegetarian kids will love!

Tangy Nacho Dip and Tortillas Chips

This recipe is an ingenious alternative to real cheese nachos and provides an array of nutritional boosts without all the cholesterol and animal by-products cheese contains. Assemble all of the ingredients (save the tortilla chips) in a mixer and heat in the microwave until sauce thickens and bubbles. Pour over chips or serve as a side dish with guacamole and salsa. This same recipe can be used when making a Mexican-themed dinner. Serves 8.

* 1 cup water

* ½ cup pimiento pieces, drained

* ¼ cup raw cashews

* ¼ cup tahini (sesame butter)

* ¼ cup nutritional yeast

* 3 tablespoon lemon juice

* 2 teaspoon onion powder

* ¾ teaspoon salt

* ½ teaspoon garlic powder

* 1 bag of tortilla chips

Bumps on a Log (Peanut Butter and Raisins on a Banana)

1 ripe banana

Peanut butter


Slice the banana lengthwise and smear with peanut butter (using a butter knife or your fingers!) sprinkle with raisins, and take a bite! Simple, easy, yummy and healthy!

Peanut & Chocolate Covered Apples

Crushed Peanuts

Chocolate Chips

Medium Sized Apple (any type)

Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 40 seconds (don't melt all the chips, it needs to be spreadable). Stir until smooth. Place apple in the center of a plate and pour the chocolate over it, covering it completely. Shake peanuts over, or roll around in a bowl of them, coating the sticky exterior. Pop the apple in the freezer for about 15 - 20 minutes to harden up the chocolate, but not to freeze the apple. Enjoy the cool, sweet, and semi-healthy snack! If you're short on apples, cut it into slices and follow the preceding directions for each slice.

Sweet Potato "Fries"

4 or 5 Large Sweet Potatoes

2 Tablespoons of light olive oil

Salt to taste

Peel the potato and cut it into long, ½ inch thick strips (or instead of lengthwise, cut rounds starting from the end) and combine them in a bowl with the oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle on the salt and transfer to a non-stick baking sheet, shaking gently every 10 minutes, cooking a full 20 minutes or until crispy and lightly browned. For a twist, substitute 2 white potatoes and present your kids with a colorful mix!

Mashed Potato Volcanoes with "Real" Lava!

Peel and dice potatoes and place them in a large pot to simmer until tender, usually about 15 minutes. When they're done, transfer them to a bowl and add the margarine, milk and salt to taste and mash with electric or hand masher. For the lava, heat the milk in a saucepan. Dissolve the flour in just enough water to make it smooth, and when the milk simmers, add it to the pan. Sprinkle in the cheese and stir until melted, and finally add the ketchup, not completely stirring it in, but leaving "fiery" streaks. Serve a large spoonful of potatoes on a plate, making a volcano-like mountain, with a hole in the top for the lava. Add some of the greenery around the base, and fill the top with lava, allowing some to spill down the side.

Volcanoes -

4 Large Potatoes

2 Tablespoons margarine (or butter)

½ cup milk

"Lava" -

1 cup milk (low fat, skim, or soy)

2 tablespoons flour

½ grated cheese

2 tablespoons ketchup

Greenery -

1 cup frozen, cooked peas, and steamed broccoli

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